This is Google’s Nexus 10 by Samsung With Android 4.2

Filed under News by Adam on October 26, 2012 at 12:52 PM
Google Nexus 10 by Samsung

Google Nexus 10 by Samsung

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BriefMobile is proud to release the first pictures of Google’s Nexus 10 tablet by Samsung. The device, manufactured by the popular Korean OEM, features the latest version of Google’s Android operating system— Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. Yes, it’s still called “Jelly Bean.” There’s no “Key Lime Pie” yet.

We expect Google to announce this tablet on Monday, October 29th, in New York City. At that time, the Android tablet market will have a new virtual king of the hill. With an ultra high resolution screen, screaming fast processor, and the latest Google operating system, I’m comfortable calling the Nexus 10 the best-specced Android tablet in the world. We’ll dive in to the hardware and software of this fantastic new device below.

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[heading]Nexus 10 – Hardware[/heading]

Nexus 10 Specifications

  • Samsung Exynos 5250
    • Clocked at 1.7 GHz
    • Dual-core Cortex-A15
    • Mali-T604 GPU
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB internal storage (other options possible)
  • 10.1-inch Super AMOLED display
    • 2560 x 1600 pixel resolution
    • 298.9 pixels-per-inch
  • 5-megapixel rear-facing camera
    • LED flash
  • Front-facing camera
  • NFC
  • WiFi
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Dual speakers located on front of device

Inside, the Nexus 10 features a Samsung-built Exynos 5250 processor with a Cortex-A15 architecture and Mali-T604 GPU. That’s the same processor used in Google’s latest Chromebook. It’s a 1.7 GHz clocked dual-core powerhouse that benchmarks better than the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro and Apple A6 SoCs. Like the new Android elite, the Nexus 10 houses a full 2GB of RAM, which gives it that speedy edge in multi-tasking.

We’re not sure if there will be multiple storage sizes/options available at launch. The unit used by our trusted source had 16GB of internal memory. There is no microSD card slot. Google is relying heavily on their new Drive and Play Store infrastructures for cloud storage, whether Android fans like it or not. We were thinking Drive might come pre-installed on this device, but that’s not the case (at the moment).

The display is an incredible feat for Samsung. At 2560 x 1600 pixels, it far surpasses the Apple iPad’s “Retina Display” in resolution. We’re told the display measures 10.1-inches. That means we’re looking at approximately 298.9 pixels-per-inch, dwarfing Apple’s 263.92 on the third-generation iPad.

Google’s Nexus 10 will launch with a 5-megapixel rear camera, NFC connectivity, WiFi, and Bluetooth 4.0.

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Update: The device’s back feels like brushed aluminum, says our source. There are rubber coated edges, and it’s extremely light and thin.

Update #2: The back is made from a polycarbonate substance, but it’s been brushed to look semi-metallic.

[heading]Android 4.2 – Software[/heading]

Build Details

We all know the Nexus 10 will be running an unadulterated version of the Android operating system. We can now confidently say that it’ll launch with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. An upgrade from Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean was pushed to test devices on October 24th. For those of you who care, we’re looking at Android API Level 17. The build the Nexus 10 runs as of this moment is titled “JVP15I.” The device’s fingerprint: “google/mantaray/manta:4.2/JVP15I/508255:user/release-keys.” We can definitely confirm the Manta codename is still in the device’s system info. Android 4.2 Jelly Bean is a minor update to the existing Jelly Bean we know and love. We can’t tell you all of the new features, but we can confirm a few.

New Applications

Like AndroidPolice leaked this past week, there is a brand new Gallery application. As of now, the Gallery icon remains unchanged from Android 4.1.

Android 4.2 - Gallery

Android 4.2 – Gallery

The camera application has been significantly improved. A new slide-to-activate menu can be triggered by a button in the upper right corner. The menu, seen below, appears.

In addition, the camera and clock application icons have been remodeled slightly by the designers at Google.

Android 4.2 - Applications

Android 4.2 – Applications

User Accounts

Multiple user accounts appear to be enabled on this build of Android 4.2. The earlier referenced set of leaks indicated that this feature may finally surface in 4.2, and it seems like the screenshot below makes it official.

Quick Settings

Also, we can see the new quick-settings bar below, which was originally pointed out by AndroidPolice in the system dump leak. Users will have access to quick toggles for user accounts, brightness levels, WiFi, auto rotation, airplane mode, Bluetooth, and battery status. We can speculate about whether or not these toggles can be added to or subtracted from. It does appear that user accounts will be allowed to have their own profile pictures.

Android 4.2 - Quick Settings

Android 4.2 – Quick Settings

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156 responses to “This is Google’s Nexus 10 by Samsung With Android 4.2”

  1. Tommy Thompson says:

    The back looks like metal…could it be?! It would explain the big cut out on the back where the camera is at.

  2. Sean Livingston says:

    It looks well designed too; it will easily avoid being banned due to patent trolling.

  3. Well done Ken! seems like you know all the right people haha

  4. dlovely says:

    front speakers are awesome, loved them in the playbook. way to go!

    • Mountbatten says:

      Front speakers have been a feature of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 for a while now.

      From the looks of things, the Nexus 10 is based on the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 with modifications.

      I’ll pass, since I’ve had nothing but problems with Samsung products.

      • . . says:

        i don’t blame you. my samsung phone just failed within less than a year. i RMA’ed it, samsung never fixed it. 2nd RMA and i’m done with samsung phones. may as well get a no-name chinapad it’ll be just as good for a fraction of samsung cost.

        • Mountbatten says:

          I had two Google I|O Tab 10.1 and they both BRICKED for no apparent reason. Sent the first one back within 3 months and Samsung says nothing was wrong, just needed to “cycle the power” and reboot.
          Last week, the second one bricked the same way.
          Overall, I think Samsung stuff is way overrated. It’s cheap plasticky stuff that they charge a whole boatload of money for.
          The one “bright” spot is my Galaxy Nexus, which is doing fine, but I baby that thing like it was worth a million dollars! :)
          Maybe this Nexus 10 will be different with Google spec’ing the materials and built quality, but if it’s a generic Samsung, I’m staying away from it!

        • James says:

          Both of my iPhones failed in the first year and then again 2 months out of warranty. That’s why I now have a Samsung.

      • All the company have faulty devices. You’ve just been unlucky. Hope is always there my friend!

        • Mountbatten says:

          Thanks for the words of encouragement. Actually, Samsung is the only manufacturer that I have had electronic products fail.
          Besides the Google I|O 10.1s, I also had several Galaxy S2 fail as well. Have never had any other manufacturers, ranging from Nokia, HTC, Apple, LG, etc. product fail on me yet.
          Overall, I like Android, but not Samsung. I don’t mind the Nexus 7, or the upcoming Nexus 4. I also actually like the Galaxy Nexus (the only Samsung product that hasn’t failed yet).

  5. Brandon Heid says:

    Video review!!

  6. Aqua1ung says:

    I can’t really understand this obsession with aluminum…

  7. Poopsicles says:

    I came here from the link you put on Engadget. Nice info! Thanks! Tablet looks awesome sauce! I like the multiple user accounts! Hide secret porn stash from gf! I like exclamation marks! And short sentences! Gotta sell ipad 3!

  8. Naga Appani says:

    That Bezel.. Oh no…. :(

    • Tarukai says:

      On a tablet I can understand a larger bezel. small bezels are fine on phones, but on tablets they make it easier to hold in various ways without affecting the screen actions.

      • Naga Appani says:

        Yup, But I do not think that big bezel.. It should have been little trimmed.. I’ve been waiting to replace my 7.7, let’s see how it looks when we hold… Can’t wait….

    • JR69 says:


  9. FayezNoor says:

    benchmarks asap

  10. Tony Avila says:

    I feel disappointment with this tablet. Yes, the specs are great but the OS looks a little out of place to me. Anyone else feel it just a bit?

    • Bloodflame87 says:

      Totally. The phone UI doesn’t belong on a tablet.

        • Bloodflame87 says:

          You wouldn’t drive a McLaren with the same gas you’d usually put in a Corolla, so why give a phone UI to a tablet? The current tablet UI works as-is. It’s clearly designed for 2 hands, and it should stay that way. This might be an issue for some, but I don’t think I have much to worry about personally – I’ll just customize my device to work the way I want it. Paranoid Android should spike in popularity come 4.2

    • required name is required says:

      i agree, ill miss the old honeycomb/ICS setup with time and notifications in the bottom right. sigh

      • Peter Nam says:

        seriously. on a larger tablet, you want the controls closest to where you hold it – near your thumbs. not in the middle of the screen where your hand has to travel all the way there for very often-performed common functions.

      • fonseca898 says:

        There’a a ROM for that.

  11. kimir says:

    Looks like a potential dock with a keyboard could be compatible.

  12. Alex Beyer says:

    I hope it’s readable outside, it looks a little too thick and in turn heavy. What happened to the thin and light tablets of the iPad 2 generation/Galaxy Tab 10.1 era?

  13. Luca says:

    wallpaper? thanks also for infos!

  14. Guest says:

    wallpaper? thx

  15. What about support for Miracast? This would make it “perfect”…

  16. Hyundella says:

    it looks very retro. Kinda like the Jetsons! SGS3 design grew on me. I think this one will too. Way to go, Samsung! :)

  17. Helmore says:

    Judging from those images I’d say that’s not an AMOLED display. It’s probably one of Samsungs PLS displays, which are generally slightly better than their IPS equivalent.

    • hot_spare says:

      True. I don’t think they will use SAMOLED in a 10-inch tablet. Too expensive. Remember Tab 7.7? Very high price just because of that screen.

  18. hot_spare says:

    Need GLbenchmark and browsermark run on that device quickly!! Thanks..

  19. GoogleWhyYouSoDumb says:

    Give. Me. My MicroSD. Why don’t you want my money, Google??!!?

  20. Der Kamener says:

    Thank you for this pics! But ugly tablet :D

  21. Chris Smith says:


  22. Harry_Wild says:

    If it has 64mb option and is around $400; I may risk buying the Nexus 10 instead of the iPad4! But I have to see it in person to see the fit and build of it! If Google tries to price it like close to the iPad4; I will definitely go with the iPad4; since I have other Apple stuff and itunes and it an iPad(has top built even without Steve Jobs – since he traded his subordinates well on this). Part of the cost would be the conversion time and learning curve. I love to see it in “white”!

  23. Jean Prado says:


  24. Greg says:

    Sweet mama, look at that display. Now if only I could get a monitor with that resolution, anywhere from 20″ to 30″…

  25. This >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> iPad 3. OOooh, I mean iPad 4. Correct me if I’m wrong, maybe they already released the iPad 5?

  26. Southrncomfortjm says:

    Google – give me a keyboard dock and you can have my money… up to $399 for a 16gb model.

  27. TheMystroSpeaks says:


  28. somedude13 says:

    Congratulations on the scoop! Good article with lots of juicy tidbits.

  29. surethom says:

    User accounts finally. May stop some from moving over to Windows 8 tablets???

    • KyleRay says:

      What’s going to stop people from moving over to Windows 8 tablets, is ARM A15’s Hardware Virtualization Features in Exynos. Using Xvisor, you can boot customized versions of Windows 8 (x86 or ARM) simultaneously as Guest OS, while running Android as Host OS! ……they also be capable of booting Windows or Linux Touchscreen enabled Programs and Application VM’s w/ full GPU support via Para Virtualization. Because even Apple’s Retina iPad has few games or applications that support the full resolution of these new displays!!!

      Even though Super Fanatical iFants will cry about that and claim how marvelous low resolution web graphics look. This is no different than when people were first buying 1080p HDTV with ugly 480p content looking like dogmeat. It’s improved with vectoring and built in scaler engines, but line doublers can only do so much with info that isn’t there in the first place. Latest Algorithms can help, but in reality only developers moving to load higher res assets/content or using Procedural Texturing will work on these Ultra HD screens! …..and that’s why Windows on x86 Intel or AMD will retain and gain on both Apple and Android devices. Because they already have developers utilizing greater res Application content and Assets!

      Soooo…. Hardware Para-Virtualization is Android’s best chance against Windows 8 Devices and Apple doesn’t stand a chance against either one. That is if…. they can overcome the Blind Religious Fervor, Lies and FUD Marketing Apple uses in keeping their Brain Dead iZombies on a short leash!!! ;-P

  30. hot_spare says:

    Why no benchmarks yet? Please don’t bother about quadrant or Antutu etc., Please share detailed GLbenchmark, browsermark, V8, Peacemaker, google octane, SunSpider results.
    I know I am being pushy. I can’t hide my excitement :)

  31. Larry Brin says:

    Anyone want to guess the price?

    • Sergei Page says:


    • chithanh says:

      I expect that the 32GB version will launch at $499. This will put Google into competition with Microsoft’s Surface and Apple’s iPad, both of which lose out to the Nexus 10 in every measurable way.

  32. Peter Nam says:

    price is key. nexus 7 sells well because it has a nice cpu, all the basic features we need, and mostly – low cost. a lot of people can spend $200 on a tablet and not think too much about it. If the nexus 10 comes in over $400, it will bomb. At $350, it might have a chance. There are so many tablets this size out there with similar specs. And iPad has much more apps and nicer tablet (versions of) apps
    Also, why is the status bar on top? isn’t full tablet UI with one combined status/button bar on bottom?

    • chithanh says:

      You are aware that Amazon sells their $299 Kindle HD 8.9″ below cost, and uses a cheaper screen, slower processor and half the RAM? $350 for this device is very unlikely.

      I think it will do well even if prices start at $450, simply because there is no competition for the 2560×1600 screen.

  33. lensgrabber says:

    Give it 32gb or a MicroSD slot and you’ve made a sale.

  34. Yianni Galiatsatos says:

    If you look at the App drawer at full size you can see some of the Icons are blurry

  35. Didn’t I tell my reader before that I can and will provide? Not only that, but this is 100% authentic, as are all of my leaks!

  36. Palmer Nyako says:

    couldsomeone predict a possible price?

  37. Waza_Be says:

    Phone UI on a tablet? Are people at Google on drugs?

    The notification area in the bottom bar was awesome, but splitting the bar.. I can’t believe this!

  38. DeePo says:

    That port, mmm it reminds of something I’ve seen very recently … oh no, please no more legal issues!!!!

  39. This looks really promising and I am really looking forward to the Nexus 10’s official presentation on monday. I doubt that the panel is Super AMOLED though.

    • IPS display is possible.

      • FayezNoor says:

        its PLS Display. Samsung dont manufacture IPS Display

        • KyleRay says:

          Basically PLS and IPS are the same. It’s Samsung’s improved version of IPS. IPS is well over a decade old and it’s always had extremely slow response time, low contrast issues and required greater powered back lighting. True Gamers have always hated them. They are known to Ghost and cause excessive battery drain in higher resolutions. New Apple Retina is still IPS. That’s the main reason Apple has brought out latest iPad 4. To replace the iPad 3’s problematic screen. But Apple religious loyalist won’t tell you they saw the problem till it’s fixed!

          Samsung’s PLS retains the best IPS design traits with better contrast ratios, no ghosting because unlike the response time (which notice that’s been the one missing spec you never hear from Apple) of iPad 3, Samsung’s screens are brighter, faster and better contrast, etc. Apple had to do something and most likely this is LG’s copy of Samsung’s screen technology in iPad 4! ……since Sharp is still having manufacturing problems with their latest large HD screen tech!

  40. young says:

    OMG… external SD is not there…;(

  41. . . says:

    no GPS??? :((((((((

  42. Gmon3y says:

    It’s been a while ever since my last visit here, dating back to the motorola atrix and the alien rom. I won’t be making the same mistake again and will be checking the site daily now! thank you for the info provided awesome job!

  43. Kevin Davis says:

    please release a system dump so we can start working :D

  44. JR69 says:

    I really wish this had a the Exynos 5450 Quad core. Has there been any comparisons of the Dual core 5250 and the S4 Pro?

    • not yet, not that we have seen.

    • Matthew says:

      Most people dont understand the difference between quad and dual core
      processors, honestly, quad core is something that will never really
      benefit you in terms of what you notice, but you can brag about it all
      you want, but a dual core based on a faster ARM 15 architecture can be
      signiifcantly notisable because of the higher clock rate, I can tell you
      this, the Exynos 5 in this is way better than the Tegra 3, because of
      the higher clock rate and ARM 15 architecture, good difference between
      dual and quad core to find specific details on their differences, cus im
      not fully explaining it, but today in the mobile market “quad-core” is
      mostly a thing manufacturers are using to make their phones seem way
      better or up-to-par, even though day to day you wouldnt notice, say, the
      difference between a Exynos 4 and a Snapdragon S4

      • JR69 says:

        It’s not about bragging, it’s about fluidity of the OS. A quad-core will help with smoothness of how the operating system works, especially with the resolution this tablet has. I agree with you to a point, especially when it has to do with phones, but when it comes to tablets I differ.

        • Matthew says:

          at this point in the market it is redundant though, especially with jelly bean, so yeah, thats what it comes too, a marketing scam in a way

  45. Idon't Know says:

    The retina display iPad is 2048 X 1536 with 264 dpi and state of the art sharpness and color resolution. This has 2560 X 1600 with 298 ppi. Those res and dpi are indistinguishable and are typical of Samsung’s silly one upmanship by a few points.

    That obviously isn’t ‘far surpasses’ the iPad 3 in resolution or dpi.

  46. JayJBK says:

    I would be surprised if those are indeed the real specs for Nexus 10, because those are cutting-edge, flagship specs for Samsung, and it would be strange for them to build a Nexus tablet with better specs than their own Galaxy line of tablets, which probably will be offered at cutthroat prices. Or maybe Samsung has something even better planned for themselves.

  47. mikeym0p says:

    I dont like the fact that they’re using the hybrid UI for the 10″ tablet. I know how many users are going to root just to enable that, thankfully it’s a NExus product.

  48. Mike says:

    Well I’m totally excited! It will look great next to my Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 7. Finally I have a nexus for every occasion lol Nexus devices offer the best user experience. Long live untainted Android OS.

  49. Kylecore says:

    I’d just like to point out that this is the first build where Chrome is actually the default browser. Jelly bean 4.1 was suppose to have it as default but there is still a separate browser in every build I’ve had. I love chrome lol

  50. Rabid Rotty says:

    Just came across your site. Awesome work Ken. You now have a new loyal reader. Any word on GPS and 3g though?

  51. sheik says:

    Could you tell me about the size of the battery sir?

  52. Jeremy Fryman says:

    Will it have gps? Unlike the IPad wi fi models. I want to use it for Navigation without incurring roaming charges.

  53. simoC says:

    Good pictures… O.o.

  54. Rami Matar says:

    Why 1.7 ghz dual core when the Nexus 7 has a quad 1.3

    • Matthew says:

      Most people dont understand the difference between quad and dual core processors, honestly, quad core is something that will never really benefit you in terms of what you notice, but you can brag about it all you want, but a dual core based on a faster ARM 15 architecture can be signiifcantly notisable because of the higher clock rate, I can tell you this, the Exynos 5 in this is way better than the Tegra 3, because of the higher clock rate and ARM 15 architecture, good difference between dual and quad core to find specific details on their differences, cus im not fully explaining it, but today in the mobile market “quad-core” is mostly a thing manufacturers are using to make their phones seem way better or up-to-par, even though day to day you wouldnt notice, say, the difference between a Exynos 4 and a Snapdragon S4

  55. dercius says:

    Great pictures. Any idea on the weight? If it’s noticeably (at least 15%) lighter than an ipad 3/4th gen, I’d say it’s gonna be a big sucess

  56. Dan Barkley says:

    GPS and I’m there cos I get lost a lot.

  57. Nerd News says:

    This will definitely be a must buy for me.

  58. As much as I want one, I HATE Samsung products. All of them. No sale.

  59. K. Moore says:

    Couldn’t be a better bunch than you ALL here to ask & PLEASE don’t be too Critical (of me), but your Opinions would be extremely helpful…..was considering getting the Toshiba Excite “Before” my husband told me about a new Tablet on the horizon. I was Big on the NVIDIA Tegra 3 Quad-core (for the Excite), but now find out I’m comparing it to a Dual-Core & NO Sdcard slot. Would you say the Nexus 10 would still be the better buy ? We’ll be needing 2 tablets…..Thanks in advance (:

    Also a big contributor is the $ factor. It’s been a long time since I compared processors & specs, etc. and that was in desktop pc’s – so you’ll understand why I’m inquiring and need the input from those of you “in the know”, ty

  60. MadFox says:

    Ух ты, метр в комплекте – это зачет )

  61. inyourbase says:

    Any idea on the size of the battery? That’s one massive screen! Impressed by the specs.

  62. nipun says:

    i guess its fake…it is a comp copy of 10.1….hope my assumption is true….o god

  63. Larkhillv says:

    Do we still not know what type of display it is exactly? The “super amoled” has a strike through the text.

  64. ThatsHowISeeIt says:

    I like everything about it but I wish the bezel was bigger. (/s)

  65. 64gb version or SD card expansion and I would buy it. Otherwise I’ll wait for the next version of Note 10.1 whatever they call it, I assume Samsungs next tablet will use 2560 x 1600 as well. I am just not keen on relying on cloud storage, I want complete control of my devices.