[quote]Update: Google has officially announced the Nexus 10.[/quote]
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]
- Samsung Exynos 5250
- Clocked at 1.7 GHz
- Dual-core Cortex-A15
- Mali-T604 GPU
- 2GB RAM
- 16GB internal storage (other options possible)
- 2560 x 1600 pixel resolution
- 298.9 pixels-per-inch
- 5-megapixel rear-facing camera
- LED flash
- Front-facing camera
- 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.
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]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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