Nexus 10 2 release date October 14 before Apple's iPad 5/iPad Mini event: Leaked image shows Google tablet manufactured by Asus

Now that Apple's big iPhone 5C/5S event is over, Google is ramping up for its Nexus event, scheduled to be some time in mid-October.

The latest rumors suggest that Google will launch the second-generation Nexus 10 2 tablet, just a day before Apple's purported iPad 5/ iPad Mini event slated for October 15.

Google may be wanting to get a head start before Apple by claiming some spotlight with its Nexus 10 2 tablet. The original Nexus 10 tablet proved to be highly successful in the tablet market, providing an alternative to Apple's iPads.

The Nexus 10 2 will most likely be manufactured by Asus this year, and not Samsung. The first-generation Nexus 10 tablet was originally manufactured by Samsung, but its smaller cousin, the Nexus 7 tablet, was manufactured by Asus.

U.K. tech retailer PC world recently tweeted a leaked photo of a device that looked like a 10-inch Nexus tablet with Asus branding, which confirms that the device will indeed by manufactured by the Taiwanese company. The 16GB version of the tablet is expected to retail or £350, which is a significant price hike from the original model.

The Google Nexus 10 2 is expected to be available online via Google Play after its official unveiling in mid-October, and will launch with the latest Android Jelly Bean 4.4 KitKat operating system, which is also rumored to be unveiled at the event.

The price of the first-generation Nexus 10 models have been slashed in recent months in the lead-up to the 10 2 launch. Retailers will be looking to clear its stock of the Nexus 10 model in preparation for the 2<sup>nd generation tablet.

The original Nexus 10 launched in November last year. The latest Nexus 10 is expected to feature Snapdragon 800 processor, a hi-resolution display with 2560x1600 resolution, and 2 GB RAM. The size and weight of the tablet is expected to be reduced with an 8.9mm frame and it may also come with a possible MicroSD slot, which is absent in all Nexus models, and support LTE.

The current Nexus 10 features a 10 inch display with 2560 x 1600 resolution in Corning Gorilla Glass 2. It is available with 16GB or 32GB internal storage, 2 GB ram, and features Dual-core A15 processor. It runs on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system.