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Get ready for Google I/O: reported Nexus 11 tablet specs leak

Attendees of the annual Google(s goog) I/O developer event are looking forward to the conference, which takes place in two weeks. Sure, they’ll get to hear details of Google’s latest Chrome, Chrome OS and Android efforts, but that’s only part of the story. Often, Google introduces a new Nexus device to showcase its software. Last year the Nexus 7 tablet arrived and this year, it could be a larger Nexus 11 tablet if leaked specifications pan out.

The SamMobile blog, which has a better than average track record for such leaks, reported on Monday that the Nexus 11 appears on Samsung’s 2013 tablet roadmap. Samsung currently makes the Nexus 10 tablet and it also built the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S smartphones. As the biggest seller of Android hardware, Samsung is Google’s key partner of late. Then again, the two have a complicated relationship as Samsung’s Galaxy line is becoming synonymous with the Android brand to many.

exynos-5-powerSo what does the leaked roadmap say about a new Nexus tablet? Not much but enough to give prospective Nexus 10 buyers a reason to pause: The rumored tablet is expected to be the first octa-core tablet to market, running on Samsung’s 8-core Exynos 5410 chip. Don’t get too hung up on the eight cores though; they’re not all high performing processors. Instead, four are cutting edge Cortex-A15(s armh) cores for heavy duty activities while the other quartet are Cortex-A7 cores to offload lighter tasks and save on power consumption.

The 11-inch display is expected to be a Super PLS TFT screen and I’d expect it to be at least 1920 x 1080 resolution, if not the same 2560 x 1600 resolution used on the current Nexus 10. A pair of cameras should grace the slate — 8 megapixels on the back and 2 megapixels on the front — while a feature unique to Nexus devices may finally appear as well: micro SD expansion.

A lesser version of the tablet is reportedly planned as well: Samsung may create a Galaxy Tab 11 with similar specifications. That device would certainly use Samsung’s TouchWiz software interface and feature set, of course. And if the roadmap is accurate, Samsung will opt for a standard dual-core Exynos 5250 chip; likely to keep costs down.

chrome-tabletCould the Nexus 11 be legit? I’d say the odds are quite good although I don’t know if we need a larger Android tablet on the market. Then again, might a Chrome OS tablet be a possibility? If so, then an 11- inch slate might be sized just right, especially with a docking keyboard.

We’ll find out for sure at Google I/O, where we’ll be reporting live.

32 Responses to “Get ready for Google I/O: reported Nexus 11 tablet specs leak”

  1. Daniel

    So, the fact that the 10 doesn’t have 3g/4g/LTE, does that mean that I couldn’t connect it to my Galaxy S3 through my mobile hotspot app? Or does it just mean that it can’t connect directly to a 3g/4g network like like my S3 does? I used to have the first Asus Transformer pad and I could connect that to my smartphone through a mobile hotspot app on my phone, no problem. If I can’t do that with the Nexus 10 than that is a major deal breaker for me.

  2. buzniak

    3g and/or LTE would be good, 11″ why??? 10 is just fine. Android devices should nudge their way into the car market, a Nexus 10 or 11 would be great for a Headunit replacment; Just like apple has been used for years now. Ohh and more hardware like Portable Dac’s etc.

  3. Uncle Ken

    The 7 inch is nice for portability but at home I prefer a 10 inch screen as books with pictures and magazines are easier to read. As I already have a Nexus 7 I’m just waiting to see what the next generation Nexus 11 will offer and at what price.

    As a home machine a micro SD will still be nice but a camera is a better feature for the more portable Nexus 7 for scanning flyers and menus and not for Kodak moments.

    If they’re going to reduce screen resolution but increase screen size it will probably be a deal breaker and I will look for a different 10 inch tablet or hold off buying one indefinitely. Unless you forgot your reading glasses I am confused as to why you’d use a bigger screen with reduced resolution. Sounds like the bean counters are cutting corners.

  4. My wife has an iPad 4 and I have a Nexus 10. We both like the Nexus tablet better, I have found just as many similar or the same apps on the Nexus and others that aren’t on iPad. I love the Nexus, I hope they make another upgraded model.

  5. Craig Campbell

    I had a Nexus 10 briefly, and I have to say I loved the device. Unfortunately, I returned it due to having an iPad 4, and I decided to go that route instead, mainly because of the higher quality apps on the iPad. I would have loved to keep both, but I have so many other gadgets, I really couldn’t justify it. I loved everything about the Nexus 10 though, except for the lack of tablet optimised apps! It broke my heart to return the device :-(

    • Prabuddha

      Google rotates around the Nexus devices- HTC built the Nexus One, Samasung the Nexus S and the Galaxy nexus. LG is building the Nexus 4 phone and Acer the Nexus 7 Tablet. The Nexus 10 is again with Samsung. Confusingly even some of the devices not built by Samsung may use Samsung chips. More confusingly when Samsung builds a Nexus they are not allowed to build a touchwiz UI into it but then they come out with a very similar device within months with the TouchWiz UI built into it

  6. Zeakavo

    I have a Nexus 10 and from what I’ve been hearing they’re not selling very well so I don’t think they’re going to release another just because it’ll include a quad core processor.

    • John-Michael Williams

      No they are not selling that well and there are many reasons for that. One being the lack of ‘quality’ tablet apps. Google is working to fix that and I for one can not wait for the better tablet optimized applications start rolling in.

      The other, and this is just me, is that I will not buy a tablet that is wifi only. I have an iPad cellular and I bought the first gen Nexus 7.. I returned it after a week not because I didn’t like it but I did not have instant internet when I was out and about; instead having to rely on hot spots and tethering. I have not bought the Nexus 7 with cellular because I was hoping that the 2ed gen of the Nexus 10 had celular in it. So I am waiting to replace my iPad with a Nexus device…

      • I think that’s a great point about the lack of ‘quality’ tablet apps. In the past few weeks, I’ve noticed Google working harder to make this easier for developers. It won’t change overnight of course, but the fact that we see effort from Google there is promising.

      • JM, I so agree with you on this, I use my iPad because it has 3G, I also bought the 1st Gen Nexus 7, mine is currently in the drawer gathering dust.
        With at least 3G it’s of no use to me, regardless of the quality tablet apps.

    • i believe they are not selling well at least in part because of the drastic price difference when moving from 7 in to 10 in

      a lot of people who might prefer a 10 in are buying the nexus 7 or other small tablet because they do not want to pay 2 1/2 times the price

  7. Since I got the flip cover recently for my Nexus 10 I’m less inclined to upgrade to a next model that will be months without such a nice accessory.

    • Because it’s not. ;)

      I totally understand your point and to be honest, I’d love to keep it in simpler terms. However, there is a potential benefit to the pair of 4-cores in terms of performance battery life over the true quad-core solutions available. So it’s (unfortunately) more accurate to describe this way.

      • Raj Seshadri

        But it’s not 2x the performance (or whatever 8-core is vs. 4-core) of the quad-core.

        To call it Octa-core is as dishonest as saying that increased megapixels without the matching sensor upgrade is any step up in image quality.

        • Cliff Taylor

          If it has 8 cores, then calling it an “octa” core is a true fact. It is what it is. He never said anything about it being twice the performance. That was your assuption.

  8. I would love it if Google actually made a premium tablet with expandable storage. If they do, somebody better remember to ask if it’s going to be a feature on all upcoming Nexus devices. I was going to get a Galaxy S4 but I’ll wait to see what Google has to say about this.