The new Android halo device is sporting some impressive specs, but it’s taking on the iPad
If Apple's ship's been a bit leaky lately, Google's looks more like a sieve. We know everything Google has planned for the October 29 event; we've even had specs for all the devices that will be unveiled and even photos.It wouldn't be too surprising if the script for what all the execs are going to say on stage was published ahead of time.
Now, the Nexus 10, the big (literally) Google/Samsung tablet that's finally supposed to take on the iPad, has been fully revealed.
The first definite hints of the tablet came from none other than Google+ boss Vic Gundotra, who's been posting vacation photos, on the aforementioned social network, shot with the yet to be unveiled Nexus 10 tablet.
There's a been a leaked manual for the device that made it online and now, BriefMobile has managed to get ahold of one ahead of everyone else and put some photos of it online.
The site is actually down due to all the traffic this generated, but it was enough for all the interesting details to come out.
The Nexus 10 looks fairly tame, a black slab with rounded corners, though not "rounded" like Apple's iPad or Samsung would get sued again.
If the Nexus 7 build quality is anything to go by, it should be up there with the best of Android tablets in this respect. If the Samsung build quality is anything to go by, it should be entirely made of plastic and it will show it.
The back could be aluminum, but it's probably brushed plastic judging from the photo. We'll find out soon enough.
What's inside is much more interesting though. The tablet is sporting the new Samsung Exynos 5250, the first Cortex A15-based processor to hit the market, clocked at 1.7 GHz. The processor made its debut in the newly launched $249 Chromebook, so the choice is obvious.
A Mali-T604 GPU completes the computing package, there's 2 GB of RAM, which is the norm these days for high-end devices, 16 GB of storage and no microSD card, again the norm for Nexus devices these days, a 5 megapixel front camera, NFC, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0.
The eye catcher though, again literally, is the uber high DPI 2,560 x 1,600 pixel Super AMOLED screen, which actually trumps the new Retina iPad in pixel density, with 298.9 pixels per inch. The iPad has "just" 264 ppi.
All of this is running Android 4.2, which is still Jelly Bean; it's only a minor update not worthy of a name, though it has been called Key Lime Pie for a while.
Android 4.2 will also be powering the LG Nexus 4 phone also launching on Monday and presumably the new 32 GB Nexus 7 as well. You can also expect all Nexus devices that have Jelly Bean to get upgraded too.