Google may be preparing to expand its line of Nexus tablets. We already know that the company will introduce new Nexus 7 models with 32GB of storage and 3G capabilities. Now it looks like the company is also getting ready to introduce a 10 inch Nexus tablet, possibly built by Samsung.

Update: Specs and photos are now available… maybe.

Samsung Nexus 10

This week a few photos allegedly showing a user manual for a Samsung Nexus 10 tablet showed up on Korean website Seeko.

Of course, it’s possible to fake that kind of thing… but now Google vice president Vic Gundotra has gone and posted a few vacation photos to Google+ that appear to have been taken from a Nexus 10 device.

That kind of data can also be faked… but it seems highly unlikely that Gundotra would go through the trouble.

Benchmark results that showed up online recently also suggest that the tablet may be powered by a Samsung Exynos 5 ARM Cortex-A15 processor and Android 4.2 software. It could also have a high resolution 2560 x 1600 pixel display.

Yeah, those could be faked too… but Gundotra’s photos are almost certainly real.

So it looks like Google is testing a Nexus 10 tablet. If the user manual photos are accurate, it will have a micro USB port, micro HDMI port, front and rear cameras, and a charging port. No surprises there. We’ll probably have to wait at least a few days to find out what kind of processor or other specs the device has.

Google is holding an event on October 29th, where the company is expected to introduce new products including the next Nexus smartphone (probably built by LG), as well as the new Nexus 7 and possibly this new 10 inch Nexus tablet. We may also see the introduction of Google Android 4.2 on Monday.

In other words, the Google Play Store is about to get more crowded. The company also recently started selling the $249 Samsung Chromebook through the Play Store.

 via Android Central and The Verge

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7 replies on “Evidence of a Google Nexus 10 inch tablet is mounting”

  1. Actually I think $399 is more likely than $499. It’s more in line with the aggressive pricing of the Nexus 7, and only a little lower than some pretty decent HD 10 inch tablets that are already on the market.

    I doubt Google is in this game to add another a “me too” tablet.

    BTW: the 2560 x 1600 photos don’t necessarily mean a screen with that resolution.

  2. Some folks were hoping for $399, but I expect it to be priced same as iPad, ie $499 w/ 16GB wifi-only. Since Chromebook got Exynos 5, I also expect same for N10.

    I think this should help lift Android out of the $200 bargain basement in terms of brand positioning, ie Android is isn’t for just low-priced tablets. But Apple brand is very strong, and Play store still can’t compete on content, so I don’t see this appreciably moving the sales needle.

    Still, the phat specs should make geeks happy, and I expect XDA will be lively with this unit around.

    Frankly, I’m more intrigued about the $99 Nexus tab rumor. Many people have pooh-pooh’ed the notion, but there are good uses for a cheap officially-supported Android tab. Think of all the “stick PCs” around for $70-80. It would be great if they can get a display and a battery for portability. A cheapo tab can fill that role.

    1. I was thinking of an idea of a tab case for stick PC’s that basically does this i figure it could be made for $30-$50 between the battery, touch screen, and ips display.

      1. That’s not a mass market product, though, no matter how slick it is. People don’t want to be buying two separate products from different manufacturers just to get a working tablet. And then you have all the issues of support. If something goes wrong, who are you supposed to contact for support?

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