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Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Nexus 10 Leak

Nexus 10 (2013) Potential Leak

A screenshot of a potential Nexus 10 leak was provided to Phone Arena by an anonymous tipster.
It was of the Google Play stores' devices section, and it showed the Nexus 10 tablet as well as some very impressive specifications. Ooooh goody...

Quick Update

Nexus 10 2013 leak
The Nexus 10 (2013) edition ( according to the leak ), is more compact and slimmer than the last generation nexus,with a smarter and boxier design.

Internally it has been updated to a quad-core Qualcomm snapdragon 800 CPU married to a powerful Adreno 330 series GPU. Bottom line: it's going to be fast.

The screen is at the same resolution, not necessarily a bad thing, but we suspect the underlying technology will be updated for better colour reproduction and black levels. It's protected by a more durable corning gorilla glass 3 layer, in comparison to gorilla glass 2 for the old model.

For the people who care, the cameras have also been upgraded to an 8 megapixel sensor versus 5 megapixels for the back, and 2.1 megapixels versus 1.9 for the front.

An oft overlooked specification; the battery size. The battery has been boosted from 9000mAh to 9500mAH, so it should stay alive longer between charges.

And of course: Android 4.4 KitKat, which probably requires an article for itself... I'm on it.

Look and Design

The new tablet has a much more mature design than the previous iteration, a sleek rectangle with slightly rounded off corners, and straighter edges. This in itself is significant as it may show who manufactured the device; lately Samsung has been going for this sort of minimalistic and smart design ethos, but then again Asus has done a similar thing with the Nexus 7 (2013). 

The bezels are far slimmer, and also more consistent in thickness, which will be a big plus for many people, as the old Nexus 10 was often accused of looking too toyish due to the ungainly bezels.

Going over to the numbers, the leak suggests that the slate will be 258.9 by 172.6mm in area, with a depth of 7.9mm, compared to the 263.9 by 177.6mm area and 8.9mm depth of the old Nexus 10. This change in size will definitely have a tangible impact for the end user.

It's also lighter, weighing in at 584 grams compared to 603 grams.


Many people criticised the old Nexus 10 for being equipped with only a dual-core processor. My personal opinion is that a dual-core processor is better than a quad-core processor if they manage to have similar performance with all their respective cores being stressed. (skip ahead if you just want the nexus ten info, a full article on this topic should come later)

Why? Because most apps are designed to run on only one or two cores, and if a quad-core SoC and a dual-core SoC have similar performance, the per-core performance on the dual-core SoC is higher. Therefore the apps themselves should run much more smoothly on the dual-core.

Well, that's my opinion on this topic, however it isn't as simple as that because of background processes.
 Here's why more cores would help here; the background processes can be handled by an idle core, resulting in less occasional dropped frames.

However, the quad-core Qualcomm snapdragon 800 found in the new Nexus 10 probably gets the best of both worlds, with a high enough per core performance to ensure smooth operation, and the number of cores needed to provide a buttery multi-tasking experience. Add to the the 3GB of ram, and I doubt you will find any app that will really push this device.

Display and Camera

Not much is told about the display, except for the fact that it will have the same resolution as before; 2560 by 1600, stretched over  10.055 inches, also the same as before, coming in at around 300ppi. However the protective sheet has been upgraded from Cornings gorilla glass 2 to Cornings gorilla glass 3.

This approach makes sense, as it would only add to the cost of the device to increase the display resolution, without actually improving screen quality much. Personally, I would assume they are focussing more on the underlying technology in order to get better colour reproduction and deeper black levels, real improvements rather than a spec bump.

Fear not, the cameras have also been upgraded to an 8 megapixel sensor versus 5 megapixels for the back, and 2.1 megapixels versus 1.9 for the front. Other than this, there's no other information. By now the myth of megapixel count = quality should be dispersed I hope.

Release Date and Price

There was no release date in this particular leak, however there was a leak of the release date of the Nexus 5, as well as a press shot, by evleaks on Twitter. He is reputable, and states that it will be announced or released on 1/11/2013. It's a safe bet that the Nexus 5 and Nexus 10 will both be released or announced at the same time, along with Android 4.4 KitKat.

In terms of price, no information was given, but it's safe to assume that it will continue Googles legacy for top end hardware at a reasonable price. I would expect it to be have the same pricing as last years Nexus 10.

UPDATE: Unfortunately this assumption about the release date was wrong. At the moment no information is known about a potential release date for the tablet. However, the other details could be correct. The Nexus 10 could be running a future version of KitKat that could bring the GEL Launcher to tablets.

Nexus 5 Leaked Image White and Black

Final Notes

It's fairly evident that this tablets' main competitors are the iPad Air. Googles' strategy here is to dramatically undercut its competitors with a bang for buck ratio that just cant be beat, in the hope that costumers will purchase software and content from the Play store.
It's worth mentioning that PhoneArena suspects this leak as a fake, due to the "digging" that they have done on the anonymous tipster, however they also said that when they went to check the devices page on the Play store, the page wouldn't load, coming to the conclusion that the page was being taken down. As per protocol with leaks, take them with a pinch of salt.
As always, many thanks for reading and bearing my terrible writing.
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