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Google Nexus 10: Image blowout leaks before Monday announcement

Google aren’t doing all too well at keeping their newest wears under wraps. Following on from the quick guide shots we saw yesterday, the Nexus 10 tablet has all but been confirmed unless this is an elaborate hoax.

Google Nexus 10 back

These images cropped up on BriefMobile’s website last night and appear to show a Nexus branded tablet that fits perfectly with the diagrammatic representation which leaked earlier yesterday. As the emblems on the device confirm, the Google Nexus 10 is a Samsung-made tablet, unlike the Google’s first Nexus tab which was made by Asus. The tape measure shots reaffirm that it is indeed a 10.1-inch display and the top portion of the back is textured plastic that appears to resemble a similar pattern to the Nexus 7’s back.

Interestingly the rest of the tablet’s body save for the glass frontage looks to have opted for a lightly textured metal unibody, although whether it’s aluminum, magnesium alloy or some other metal is unclear. It’s also difficult to discern from the quality of the images, but the tablet appears to have a brown/gold hue to its body.

Nexus 10 portraits

The display proves that it can allow for five rows of apps (when landscape) and BriefMobile have also supplied the mobile world with a comprehensive specs list which is as follows:

Processor: Samsung Exynos 5250 A15 1.7GHz dual-core chip
Screen: 10.1-inch 2560×1600 display
Graphics: Mali T-604 GPU
Memory: 2GB of RAM
Storage 16GB (other capacities available)
Camera: 5-megapixel rear with LED flash, unknown front
Connectivity: WiFi, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0
Audio: Dual front-facing stereo speakers

Google Nexus 10 bottom

The results of the Nexus 10’s professional photo shoot won’t emerge until Monday, but aside from that, it looks like we know all there is to know about this new Google device. What Android 4.2 Jelly Bean holds, still isn’t as crystal clear, but Monday’s announcement will also fix that.

October 27, 2012

Throughout all the talk of the yet unannounced Nexus 10 tablet, one key element has still been amiss amidst the leaks; what the tablet will look like. Based on images plucked from a Korean imageboard, we now have a rough idea.

The Nexus 10 is Google’s 10-inch tablet expected to make an appearance at their US-based event next week and it’ll take the spotlight alongside the heavily leaked LG-made smartphone: the Nexus 4. Both phone and tablet are on the cards to demonstrate the latest version of Android Jelly Bean, 4.2 and although Google’s latest tablet; the Nexus 7, took the Nexus name in a new design direction under the control of Asus, who created the tablet, the Nexus 10 is allegedly set to be under Samsung’s arm for its manufacturing.

Google Nexus 10 quick start guide

As the images above show, the more rounded aesthetic is reminiscent of Samsung’s own Galaxy Tabs and the Note 10.1, with a distinctive area around the camera surround at the top of the tablet’s back. As well as all the expected hardware controls, like the power/lock key and volume rocker, there are some notable additions that stick out on the page. Although the Nexus 10 is said to feature a microUSB port on its left side, it also has what appears to be a proprietary charging port on its underside, suggesting that Google and accessory manufacturers, might be gearing up to offer a range of docking solutions to complement the 10-inch tablet.

The previously talked about 5-megapixel camera on the back is confirmed in these image to feature an LED flash and on the opposing side to the microUSB port, there’s a micro HDMI suggesting that the tablet will be able to output either 720p or 1080p HD video out.

The hardware that appears to feature within the Nexus 10 tablet suggests a higher price tag than the Nexus 7 and not just due to the increased screen size, but the additional ports, front and rear cameras and front-facing stereo speaker. In true rumour fashion we can’t vouch for the authenticity of the quick start guide in these photos but with the LG Nexus 4 being all but confirmed by Google directly, we have a strong feeling that what we’re seeing here will be continued next Monday.

October 26, 2012

We already have the ‘what’, but now we have the ‘when’, as sources suggest that the heavily rumoured Nexus 10 tablet will arrive alongside the LG Nexus 4 smartphone, both of which are said to debut the latest version of Google’s mobile OS, Android 4.2, at Google’s October 29th event.

Google Nexus 7 by Asus

Sources close to Google have told TNW that there exists a video in circulation during the company’s TGIF internal meetings, showcasing the devices set to arrive at the recently revealed October 29th event, scheduled to take place in New York. The Nexus 10, or ‘Manta’ as it was previously codenamed is in fact just one part of the event’s contents, which is said to also play host to the LG Nexus 4 smartphone and two 32GB variants of the existing Nexus 7 tablet; one of which was spotted in newest Argos catalogue here in the UK, whilst the other is said to be a 3G (HSPA+) version of the 7-inch best seller.

Going back to the Nexus 10. As we saw earlier, the tablet will likely employ a 5-megapixel camera and screen resolution is said to be extremely high, with a pixel density of around 299ppi (surpassing that of the latest iPad which makes use of its 264ppi Retina display) on its 10.1-inch 2560×1600, 16:10 screen. What’s more, unlike the Nexus 7, the 10 is being produced by Samsung.

Both it and the LG Nexus 4 are taking to the stage in order to showcase Android 4.2, previously thought to take on the Key Lime Pie branding, but is now thought to simply be a continuation of Jelly Bean. Features that are expected to be included in 4.2 JB are distinct user spaces on tablets under the name ‘tablet sharing’ each with their own gmail, general preferences and apps for multiple users on one device, ‘Content in the center’; a new Google Play-related widget for easy access content on the Play store and Panorama mode will now operate in portrait as well as landscape, likely as a parry to the new panorama mode which features in Apple iOS 6.

We’ll have to wait until next Monday to find out how concrete all of this is, but that’s not too long in the grand scheme of things.

October 22, 2012

Ahh Picasa, the fountain of photography-based clues which so often provides us with a new Android-shaped puzzle piece to slot into the next big device. In this instance it’s delivered us a new piece of information regarding the rumoured Nexus 10 tablet, which looks to feature a 5-megapixel camera.

Google Nexus 10 alleged camera sample

The image, spotted by SamMobile, which appeared on Picasa just a few days ago is shot in a resolution of 2,560 x 1,920, which suggests a 5-megapixel resolution, although Picasa uploads can readily be compressed and resized so we cannot depend upon this fact alone. The EXIF data contained within the file also makes mention of the fact that the unknown device goes by the name, ‘Nexus 10’ and that the camera is registered directly to Google.

Tie this fact into the invitations which the company issued just the other day and the Nexus 10 might well be another alternative that could debut on October 29th. We possibly have just under a couple of weeks before the true nature of this device is revealed, however until then, we’ll bring you all that we discover.

October 19, 2012

Word has it that the Google Nexus 7 was only the start of seriously competitive Android tabs from Google. Following the success of the Nexus 7, there’s now talk of a 10-inch tablet said to be in the works thanks to the combined efforts of both Google and Samsung.

With Apple supposedly putting together a 7.85-inch iPad Mini to square up to the likes of the Nexus 7, Google and Samsung are in turn are said to be creating a 10.1-inch Android tablet with a spec sheet designed with taking on the current iPad in mind. Richard Shim, an analyst at NPD Research told CNET that such a tablet would likely tackle the iPad’s key feature by beating it at its own game.

A 10.1-inch Nexus tablet with a 2560×1600 resolution display does sound tempting as it places the ppi (pixels per inch) at 299, bearing in mind that the current iPad makes use of a 9.7-inch display with ‘just’ 264ppi.

If Google and Samsung are attempting to recreate the success of the Nexus 7, they have one key element that they have to get absolutely correct; the price. The Nexus 7’s popularity is largely thanks to its affordable nature, with the 8GB variant costing just £159 in the UK. The 10.1-inch model would likely push past the £200 mark easily enough, but so long as it offers users a unique experience that is comparative to the iPad, Apple could have a new threat to deal with in a market which they no doubt consider themselves to dominate at present.

The Nexus 10 might not be ready in time to make it as the debut device for Android Key Lime Pie: the anticipated name for Android 4.2, but the iteration which follows (Lemon Sorbet?), might serve as the ideal launch platform for such a device. As is always the case, we’ll have to wait and see what shows up in the coming months.

October 9, 2012

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