Reported Google Nexus 10 tablet specs, pics leak early

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Google is holding an Android event next week although some of the product details appear to be leaking early. Case in point: Brief Mobile, by way of Engadget, claims it has pictures of a 10-inch tablet aptly named the Nexus 10. An alleged screenshot shows a device running Android 4.2 with the same on-screen software buttons currently found on Google’s Nexus 7 tablet.

According to Brief Mobile, the Nexus 10 is a Samsung device and uses the same chip that the company uses to power the newest Google Chromebook, a 1.7 GHz quad-core Samsung Exynos. Other reported specifications include a super high-resolution 2560 x 1600 display, 2 GB of memory and 16 GB of storage, but no memory expansion slot. A number of screen shots from the reported device jibe with what I’ve been hearing about the next Android upgrade: a modified Gallery interface, quick settings, and user accounts for tablet sharing.

So is this legit? Obviously, we’ll know on Monday as we’ll be on site at Google’s event in New York City. My educated guess right now, however, is yes.

The specifications, for one, simply make sense. Samsung previously created one flagship tablet for Android in the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and its new chip is already powering another Google product in the new Chromebook. As far as the screen resolution: the highest supported by Android officially is the same 2560 x 1600 that the Nexus 10 reportedly uses. And Google itself doesn’t yet have its own tablet to take on Apple’s iPad. The size and specs of this reported device change that. I’m guessing the Nexus 10 is real and I’m expecting a direct-sale price for a 16 GB model in the $379 to $429 range.

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