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Jan
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Today, famed leaker @evleaks has given us what he believes is a preview of the new Nexus 10, made by Samsung. In case you haven't been following the enormous amount of drama surrounding this; Asus, Samsung, and even LG, have all been suggested as possible manufacturers for Google's next-generation 10-inch tablet. Going into today, the Asus rumors seemed to have the most credibility, so if this leak holds true, the emergence of Samsung as the top dog would definitely be a plot twist for some folks.

Update: Looks like @evleaks has removed the tweet, as the tip was likely fake. More info:

Welp, so much for that. The original information can be found below.

According to the leaked information, the rough specs are as follows:

  • Exynos 5 processor
  • WQXGA display
  • 3 GB of RAM
  • 16GB and 32GB storage options
  • 5 MP rear camera and 3 MP front camera

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He also claims that the new device will be running Android 4.5 as well. Whether or not this is really the new Nexus 10 obviously remains to be seen. This story won't have much finality to it until we get some kind of official announcement. That said, this is certainly some of the most tangible proof we've had to date and it could be a very real indicator that a succession of the throne for 10-inch Nexus devices is finally at hand.

Shawn De Cesari
Shawn is a web developer by day and XDA's resident archivist for Nexus and Google Play Edition device OTA updates by night. When not immersing himself in code or Android, he can be found hunting down antique signs, taking road trips, listening to music, or playing video games. His daily drivers are a Nexus 6 and an iPhone 6 Plus.
  • Oje Ballstrom

    Daaaaamn!!

    • http://bertelking.com/ Bertel King, Jr.

      I know, right? That massive Google search bar blew my mind too.

  • nvllsvm

    Is that silver on the side? Blech!

    • http://www.thepixelpuse.com/ Aj Meadows

      It's either silver or white. (hopefully white)

  • armandocj

    Is that a front-facing LED flash?

    • BrianLipp

      its probably the light sensor

    • Kylecore

      I'd say its more likely to be a notification light

    • jTc42

      I think it's just the light sensor.

    • mkngrm

      Probably a notification light.

  • aNYthing6

    Looks like the front facing speakers are still there, which is nice. But I don't know what to believe. We went from Asus, to LG, now back to Samsung. Just release it already.

    • Matthew Fry

      The rumor mill went from Asus to LG to Samsung. I was never convinced by the 'evidence.'

    • David P

      Nexus devices usually get a two cycle run from the OEM. That they were going with anyone else but Samsung should've been the news. This seems in line. I wouldn't count on Asus getting a third stab at the N7 this summer, or LG getting another crack at the N4/5.

      • Ionut Costica

        And by usually you mean that the only example was the Samsung Nexus phones, right? Because we don't really have any other data than that. And the fact that HTC only got to do one Nexus phone, and Asus *at least* two iterations of the N7. To be honest, it could go either way.

  • Matthew Fry

    It better be the Octa or it's already outclassed. Also, 16GB again? Really? That's so annoying. Just put the extra $20 of nand in there.

    • hkklife

      Not even close to $20 when it's Samsung and the quantities in which they purchase flash

  • henry

    @evleaks themselves even point out that "they cannot vouch for this" so I doubt it's the real deal.

    Nothing to see here people, move along.

    • Ivan Myring

      Himself. Evleaks is one man... And his sources

    • navjot

      Yeah I'm surprised to see that AP posted this

  • Firsty McFirsten

    FIRST

    • samosa queen

      ...to die

  • jTc42

    I'm a hairs breadth away from replacing my old Nexus 7 with an iPad Air (fancy something a bit different y'know) but I'm holding off to see what they come out with for the new Nexus 10. To be honest, in terms of hardware I'm not sure what I'm even hoping for.

    Software-wise though I was thinking, the 10 inch screen can comfortably fit two 7-inch scaled apps side by side. Considering the tablet app system is improving significantly but still some way away from the iPads, this sort of use of space could really convince me.

    The poor N7 is on it's last legs though, bless it. When it passes away, I think I'm just going to go for the most immediately compelling option available at the time of death. As it stands, I have a feeling I'm going to need to prepare for some serious multi-OS operation!

    • Aaron Berlin

      2012 or 2013 N7? If it's the former, I think you'd be amazed what a step up the 2013 version is. If you're thinking Air or N10 and not a Mini or the 2013 N7, are not not happy with the 7'' form factor?

      • jTc42

        2012, my main problem is I'm a grubby uni student so I treated it like a tattered notebook so it's in pretty bad shape. My own fault >.<

        Yeah I used to have a 10 inch tab and while the 7 inch form factor is great for some stuff, it's be way more useful for me to have a slightly bigger device I can at least pretend helps with productivity :p

        My problem is I'm a massive update-junkie. I'm not happy buying anything non-nexus because I hate waiting for updates. Part of the appeal of the iPad. I considered the current N10 but it's clearly approaching the end of it's life so I feel that'd be a bad move long term.

        Also worth saying, I'm traditionally pretty hot on Android, so an iPad would certainly be a side-step (my friends will think hell has frozen over) but it seems like a seriously nice bit of kit and these days basically every service I use is platform neutral. So it's pretty tough to decide, mostly because it matters so little! Haha.

        • Matthew Fry

          I had a very unpleasant experience with the N10. It's good now but it's nearly a year and a half old.
          I would recommend you watch for customer issues before taking the plunge.

          • jTc42

            Yeah I had a similar thing initially with the N7 to be honest. Mine still has the raised left side of the screen from back in the launch days, and my GF at the time got one on which the touch screen would randomly stop working until a full reboot.

            Learnt my lesson to wait a while, and to buy from brick & mortar stores when possible.

        • Pierre Gardin

          Make up your mind.

          "I'm a massive update-junkie"

          "basically every service I use is platform neutral. So it's pretty tough to decide, mostly because it matters so little! Haha."

          • jTc42

            By "basically every service I use" I mean things like gmail, dropbox, feedly. Stuff with apps that sync across multiple platforms.

            By update-junkie I mean as a big-ol' nerd I love getting new OS-side features, new UI updates, stuff that changes the core experience but allows me to use services on top of that.

            I disagree that they're mutually exclusive.

          • Pierre Gardin

            Mmmmh, OK. I see your point.

      • Cory_S

        Amazing how the 2012 N7 decayed performance wise. It was fantastic when I first got it...now nothing will bring it back, no matter how clean wipes I do. The NAND must had been really awful on it.

        • jTc42

          I factory reset it every 2 or 3 months and it keeps it usable as long as I don't run too much. I also don't have a whole tonne of apps on it (for that exact reason) so again, that helps.

        • Simon Belmont

          I believe it depends on the capacity of the NAND. There were certain capacities that were pretty bad (16GB, I think was the main one).

          Conversely, I've had good performance throughout my time with my 32GB Nexus 7 (2012), and I've got a lot of apps on it. Android 4.4 has been great on it, too.

          • h4rr4r

            The wife has a 32GB and it seems as speedy as the day I bought it for her.

          • Cory_S

            Yeah mines a 16. Have to keep it at about 75% or below or it just stops. The 4.3 TRIM update didnt do anything for it either.

          • Simon Belmont

            Yeah! Unfortunately, TRIM is no match for a lousy NAND. :(

            At least they sorted that out with the 32GB N7 (2012), and then the N7 (2013). Poor 16GB Nexus 7s! ;)

    • Jared

      The iPad Air is a very nice tablet that I would recommend. Personally, I hardly use tablets for anything other than surfing the web, reading books, and typing up some documents, so it not running Android is not a huge deal for me. That being said, I'd wait and try out Samsung's new tablets first. They're pretty tempting.

  • Aaron Berlin

    I can't imagine we'll actually see either this or Android 4.5 before I/O.

    • RedPandaAlex

      I doubt they'd release a Nexus device before I/O either.

      • Hans Pedersen

        The current Nexus 10 is getting pretty old. I wouldn't be surprised to see this long before I/O. Though, I'm a bit sceptic that they would want to release an Exynos 5 based device this long into that processor generations life-cycle.

        • Mathias Kenting

          If Google waits till I/O with a new one, they will have all their tablets on the same update cycle. From there on they will propably release it on a one year cycle like the N7.

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Shawn De Cesari

            It wouldn't make business sense to do that. No 10" Android tablet line has the market interest to make yearly refreshes a worthwhile enterprise. An 18-month refresh cycle would suit it just fine.

          • Hans Pedersen

            Do they really want that? I'm not sure about that. Cannibalising on their Nexus 7 sales, which are pretty great, would be a bit unfortunate.

  • Bluewall

    Exynos. Please no. GOD NO.

    • Asgard

      Don't they hold the documentation for the exynos?
      How is it going to be a Nexus if the drivers are closed source. are we going to have the same problems as the N7 2013 initially had?

      • Matthew Fry

        N10 is an Exynos 5 Dual.

      • Bluewall

        They don't release proper source for Exynos sadly

      • h4rr4r

        The Nexus devices all have closed source drivers. That is why google posts them on the binary releases page.

        What I would not give to get the drivers for this crap into mainline.

      • Nick

        I don't know of any main stream devices with open source drivers, Nexus line included. Binary blobs everywhere.

      • Adrian Meredith

        I've just realised that the new tegra k1 will already have gpu open source gpu support. As its an existing nvidia desktop gpu does that should surely mean an opensource driver should be relatively easy to support.

        fingers crossed the new nexus 10 uses it!

  • Kylecore

    I can only wish those giant side vent/slots are speakers

  • ginobili

    I hope there is sort of stylus for this because if it does then i'm sold.

    • Aaron Berlin

      I'm hoping we see some sort of windowing solution baked into 10'' Android. This, to me, is the one thing Windows 8 was really trying to do that had the potential to set it apart, and one of the remaining things that keeps tablets from being a serious desktop replacement. That, and maybe multi-monitor support (I can dream!).

      • Simon Belmont

        I'm hoping to see that on any device running the next version of Android. But, yeah, especially tablets (7 or 10 inches).

        There's been plenty of times that I'd have loved to have multiple windows open at once on my Nexus 7. Here's hoping Android 4.5 or 5.0 (whatever it's called), starts to bring that paradigm forward.

      • h4rr4r

        The fact that it reinvented the tiling window manager?
        What is this 1990 again? The wheel of computing sure does keep turning. Maybe next FFM will be popular again.

        • Aaron Berlin

          I'm really just referring to the fact that they tried to bring this to mobile, not the implementation itself. None of the other mobile OSes have tried to incorporate "windowing", and I think this is a major bar to taking tablets seriously as productivity devices. But that may just be me.

          • h4rr4r

            Actually there are several implementations on Android. Samsung has one for example. Window management is the normal term.

            I think the amount of productivity is based entirely on what you do. I use mine for work all the time, mind you ssh is pretty much all I need.

  • h4rr4r

    KitKat MR2 spyder, you mean.

    • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

      Wait, isn't that a Toyota car?

      • Simon Belmont

        Yes it is. That was the joke. :)

        I happen to own one, too. So, I upvoted. ;)

        • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

          I didn't know that Belmont clan uses cars, how do they help to chase off Dracula every now and then?

          • Simon Belmont

            We've modernized. Cars are integral to our vampire hunting ways now.

            Nowadays, Dracula has gotten lazy, so he drives a car, too. We basically just have long car chase scenes, now, instead of whipping and subweapon throwing.

          • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

            Wow, this is bad... Remember how good this stuff was back in Super Castlevania IV and Symphony of the Night days?

            Jeez, Dracula in a car..? What has Transylvania come to (though I guess they should've built those highways someday)

          • Simon Belmont

            I totally agree. I prefer the classic Castlevania games, and not the newer 3D cinematic style ones.

            I suppose Dracula saw the Angry Birds folks branch out to Angry Birds Go and figured it'd be worth a try. At least Dracula doesn't require in app payments to chase him.

          • Serge Cebrian

            haha.. i like the cinematic, but i loved more the 2d plataforms!!

            best would be to play in 2d and see key events in cinematics!!

          • Serge Cebrian

            Ahhhh the nostalgia!!
            i will play symphony on my nexus 7 ...
            my original disc no longer plays anyway :-(

          • Serge Cebrian

            ha i will also play all metroids (totally unrelated :P)

  • jm9843

    If they have a 64 gb/LTE version then it might finally be the Xoom successor I've been waiting for. It's still not a forgone conclusion though having to give up 32 gb of storage (Xoom: 32 gb internal + 64 gb microsd).

    The Xoom might be 4 or 5 years old before something replaces it.

  • http://www.binarytuberculosis.com BinaryTB

    Front facing speakers, YES!! I'm glad the next Nexus 10 will continue on with that tradition.

    Also, rear camera, kinda worthless in tablets, wouldn't mind having a slightly lower price and/or higher res front facing camera instead.

    I *really* hope Google doesn't botch the accessories for this tablet when it launches, like they did with the previous Nexus 10 release.

    • Matthew Fry

      There were oh so many things botched on the Nexus 10.

      • http://www.binarytuberculosis.com BinaryTB

        True, but the front-facing speakers and the beautiful beautiful screen just kept me coming back for more.

    • pfmiller

      The rear camera is not useful for photography obviously, but I've used it on my N10 a number of times. Things like photographing documents in particular. I wouldn't want to be without it, especially not in exchange for a higher res front camera which seems even less useful to me.

      As for the accessories, you can't botch something that doesn't exist right? *sigh*

      That's an area where Apple is lightyears ahead of Google.

  • Elislurry

    I really hope this leak is wrong and they do not use the garbage Exynos SOC

  • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

    I'm inclined to think that we're not looking at the real deal here. The specs are predictable enough given Samsung's recent products, but there's no way I'll believe that's a real image. Assuming that it is, we're looking at a very early comp.
    The overall finish of the hardware shown in the image, the persistent search bar, and the disparity in quality between the wallpaper and hardware lead me to believe we've not seen anything worth placing a bet on yet.

    • Wyatt Neal

      I think Google is really going to rely on the hypebeast after the success of the Nexus 5 launch. It seems like it's a pretty good marketing strategy for a company that has a "history of making beta products" by giving them the opportunity to see the reaction might be and then perform minor course corrections along the way.

      Really though, I just want to be able to upgrade my old N7 to a shiny new N10.2 or whatever they're going to call it. I might just start calling it the N10.11. You know, a 10 inch screen, but it goes to 11.

  • Soukthachone

    specs are meh.

  • Simon Belmont

    If that leaked render is to be believed, it looks like it would use the GEL. It has transparent navigation and notification bars, so maybe Google would be finally rolling out the GEL upon this release?

    Then again, it IS just a render. Also, that gigantic Google search bar looks hilarious.

    • http://www.modminecraft.com/ Nick Coad

      Of course it would use the GEL, it's a Nexus device...

      Edit: also, the GEL has already been rolled out. What are you talking about?

      • Simon Belmont

        It's rolled out in the Google Search app, but it's not activated. You can't choose the GEL unless you grab that GoogleHome.apk and install it manually.

        So, yes, it's THERE, but it's not usable (without some work). I was just pondering if this would be the official "launch" of GEL on other Nexus devices such that you can choose it without having to manually install an apk.

        • pfmiller

          It's rolled out on every device which has been released since GEL was officially announced. That's how Google introduces changes that would be disruptive to existing users (like Chrome as the browser). The safe bet is that it will be on any future devices.

          Personally though, i don't want it. I think having home on the left screen is a step back for usability and having Now available to the left of home is useless when Now is already available consistently and more conveniently from anywhere by sliding from the bottom of the screen.

          • Simon Belmont

            Yep, that's what I've been saying. It's technically "rolled out" but the GoogleHome.apk isn't rolled out yet, which is what I assume would happen eventually (perhaps with the release of the Nexus 10 or some other Nexus device).

            Without the GoogleHome.apk, you can't select GEL as your launcher. Plain and simple.

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    Still waiting on the second gen

  • TmoFan

    In the leak the time is 4:50. Means that Android 4.5 is around the corner

    • Serge Cebrian

      and the backgroud looks legit enough..

      or does the kitkat update on the nexus 10 has this background

  • Serge Cebrian

    i like the backgroud looked legit in that matter :P

  • schmolch

    My wish-list:
    - more battery life
    - 64GB
    - official docking station

    Pretty please?

  • duse

    I will say this every time a Nexus 10 article is posted, if Google gives up on the full-size tablet market, aka the next era of PCs for the average Joe, they are complete morons. Soon many average users won't need a laptop at all, a full-sized tablet with a good keyboard will suit their needs. iPad sales are proving this. Google, step it up and keep releasing good products in this space. The Nexus 10 was a GREAT start and is still an awesome tablet today - just update the CPU, keep adding to Drive's capabilities, and release some good accessories.

  • Enchante

    I haven't followed the tablet market in about a year. So I am naive when I ask this question. Do the android tablets have more "work" functionality these days i.e. split screen browsing, some form of easy access to drive/docs to do things, a decent keyboard etc.

    Thanks in advance

  • Robert Hart

    The prices for the new Samsung Note Pro and Tab Pro 12.2 are outrageously overpriced for Android and 32GB

    Just say"NO"

    http://www.fudzilla.com/home/item/33632-samsung-galaxy-notepro-and-tabpro-pricing-revealed

  • roberto

    If next version is 4.5 we'll have another round of bugfixes and no real new android.

    • Elliot Kotis

      It was a fake leak. It'll be 5.0.

  • Claw

    Nexus with Exynos? :)) i hope not Google..

  • Quinton

    Interestingly enough, the Nexus 10 is completely out of stock again on Google Play . . .

  • mikegonzalez2k

    Tegra K1 or GTFO

    • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

      No thanks, I've already had pityful experience with a Tegra chip in the first-gen N7

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