updated 07:02 pm EDT, Fri October 26, 2012
Higher-res screen than Retina, brushed aluminum chassis
Just a day after images of the device's manual leaked and gave an impression of its build, images of the actual Nexus 10 tablet have now emerged on the Internet, showing what the device looks like in real life. The Samsung-made Nexus tablet is expected to launch alongside a slew of Nexus devices early next week, and the new images suggest that the Nexus tablet will be attempting to take on Apple's iPad not only in terms of specs, but also in build quality.
BriefMobile acquired the new pictures, which show off the new Nexus tablet in great detail. The device appears to measure about 10x7, and its depth is difficult to ascertain. As was rumored, it bears the manufacturing mark of Samsung alongside its Nexus branding, and it bears some similarities to Samsung's Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet. Where that device features a plastic casing, though, reports have the Nexus 10 constructed from brushed aluminum with rubber coating on the edges. In all, the device is said to be "extremely light and thin."
The back of the device appears to feature section of differently-composed material along the same edge as the camera. From the images posted, it looks to be similar in composition to the plastic backing featured on the Asus-made Nexus 7 tablet. This area may be differently composed in order to make for better transmission of wireless signals.
Inside, the Nexus 10 is said to pack a Samsung Exynos 5250 chipset with a dual-core Cortex A-15 processor clocked at 1.7GHz and a Mali-T604 GPU. It has 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage, which cannot be expanded through the use of a microSD card. This last aspect seems to indicate that Google will stick with its standard low-storage configuration on its Nexus devices in the hopes that that will drive adoption of its cloud storage solution.
The choice of processor for the Nexus 10 is reportedly the same used in Google's latest Chromebook -- also produced by Samsung. It is said to perform better on benchmarks than Qualcomm's Snapdragon S4 Pro and Apple's A6 SoCs.
The screen is said to be a major selling point for this new Nexus tablet, though the exact type of screen featured remains unknown. What is known is that it will output at 2560x1600 with a pixel density of 298.9ppi. That measurement outstrips the Retina display featured on the most recent iPad.
The new Nexus tablet also features NFC capability, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, a 5MP rear-facing camera with LED flash, and a front-facing camera of unknown resolution. No word is available on whether it will feature a cellular connectivity option.
When the Nexus 10 debuts next week, it is expected to run the latest version of Google's Android operating system, version 4.2. That version will still bear the Jelly Bean moniker, as it is thought to be largely incremental in the nature of its update. Version 4.2 is expected to feature a number of user interface enhancements for Gmail, the Gallery app, and the camera application. It is also expected to implement a user account system, allowing multiple users to maintain profiles on the same device.