Google has been springing leaks about its upcoming 10-inch Nexus tablet for weeks, revealing details about the iPad fighter that is widely expected to be unveiled Monday at an Android event in New York. But the most notable information leak comes from one of Google’s own top executives, Vic Gundotra. The exec posted two images to his Google+ profile Friday morning that, according to the listed photo details, were taken with a device called a Nexus 10.
Nexus 10 is, of course, the expected name of the rumored Samsung and Google device that will serve as a follow-up to the Asus-built Nexus 7 tablet. As the Nexus 7 has a 7-inch display, the Nexus 10 is expected to have a 10.1-inch display.
Gundotra, a senior vice president at Google and frequent on-stage presenter at the company’s press events, posted two photos from an unnamed beach Friday, as first reported by the website Android Central.
More details emerged on Friday after the website BriefMobile claimed that it had gotten its hands on a Nexus 10. Those details include a dual-core 1.7GHz Samsung Exynos CPU, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, a 10.1-inch display with a monstrous resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels, NFC, and a 5-megapixel rear camera. Judging by BriefMobile’s photos published, the Nexus 10 looks a lot like a Galaxy Tab 10.1 or Galaxy Note 10.1 with a Nexus logo on the back. The photos match up perfectly with illustrations in a purported Nexus 10 user manual that landed on Korean news site Seeko on Thursday. The design isn’t terribly exciting, but the display resolution would peg the Nexus 10 ahead of the iPad, at least on paper. Apple’s third- and fourth-generation iPads feature a 9.7-inch Retina Display with a resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels.
The Nexus 10 leaks follow weeks of leaked information on the new Nexus 4 smartphone, built by LG in collaboration with Google.
Google is expected to be debuting both the Nexus 4 and the Nexus 10 at an event in New York on Monday. The event, and the new devices, come at a crucial time for Google and its Android operating system as rivals Apple and Microsoft are also launching new products. Earlier this week, Apple unveiled its new iPad Mini and it’s fourth-generation full-size iPad. On Monday, just three hours after Google’s Android even is set to begin, Microsoft will host an event in San Francisco to formally launch its Windows Phone 8 software, running on new phones from Samsung, HTC and Nokia.