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Samsung Nexus 10 Poses For Massive Photoshoot, Shows Off Android 4.2 as Well

Samsung Nexus 10

Well, the mystery is now over. Brief Mobile just posted up a massive gallery of the Samsung Nexus 10, along with screenshots from the software its running, which as expected, is Android 4.2.

It’s definitely the device that we saw posted up in a user manual yesterday, sports a super high-resolution display, front speakers, front and rear cameras, and looks extra-bubbly, which could mean it’ll feel great in hand. The specs are listed below, but it’s definitely running an Exynos 5 dual-core processor clocked at 1.7GHz, 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, NFC, and is WiFi only.

On the software side of things, Android 4.2 is still Jelly Bean, but includes a bunch of new goodies, like multi-user support, a Quick Settings menu for toggling off WiFi or switching between users, new camera software (Thank the lord!), and some other minor visual tweaks.

Here are the specs:

  • Samsung Exynos 5250
    • Clocked at 1.7 GHz
    • Dual-core Cortex-A15
    • Mali-T604 GPU
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB internal storage (other options possible)
  • 10.1-inch Super AMOLED display
    • 2560 x 1600 pixel resolution
    • 298.9 pixels-per-inch
  • 5-megapixel rear-facing camera
    • LED flash
  • Front-facing camera
  • NFC
  • WiFi
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Dual speakers located on front of device

Nexus 10

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Android 4.2

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Is this your next tablet?

Via:  BriefMobile

  • MicroSd slot?

  • BfromtheD

    I think it looks good from the front. That metallic should have just been a frame, and the back should have been dark, or some flat design. With 2560 x 1600, 298.9 ppi, how will anyone be able to even notice the design of the tablet itself?

  • Matt

    pretty ugly in my opinion, really hope this ui doesn’t come to my infinity. why would i want to reach to the center of the screen for all the controls when they are right by my thumb

  • Holy crap. I was thinking of buying a tf700 but ooo baby that is nice

  • FarmerTechno

    75% of folks will be slapping a case on this, so the back design isn’t a big deal IMO.

  • Teng Taing

    Dual Core? SMH

    • Bob G

      More Cores DOES NOT = Better.
      The Exynos 5 Dual Core is better than the Exynos quad

      Educate yourself before commenting. SMH.

      • JoshGroff


      • A dual core processor is kind of a strange choice, though. More cores doesn’t necessarily mean better, but we’ll see how it benches. I was hoping the rumored screen res was true, 32GB internal, and Snapdragon S4 Pro (or any decent quad CPU + strong GPU).

        • Bob G

          The tipster already said that this Exynos 5 Dual Core benchmarks much better than the S4 Pro.

          • This dual-core Exynos 5 should be a beast.

          • Bob G


            Though devs won’t like it being so closed.

          • More of a beast than the Tegra line? Idk I’m loving my N7’s performance. I’m not sure I can live without the Tegra zone.

        • Exynos 5 dual core scored 660 on Sunspider.

    • 2 Cortex A15’s will destroy any other ARM configuration available today. The question is whether or not it really has 2 Cortex A15’s.

  • teleclimber

    There is something fishy about that lock screen. Look at the font for the date. It’s huge and bold. Google designed a font specifically for high pixel-density screens. It’s very fine. So why on Earth would they use Extra-Triple-Bold font prominently on their ridiculously high density tablet?

    Also, notice how worn out the back of the tablet is. How long has this thing been around? I would think test devices would be a few weeks old at most, and wouldn’t put put through the wringer like that.

  • Knlegend1

    I’m not convinced about those specs just yet.

  • jcorf

    I’m not really a huge fan of the color on the backside. Maybe I’ll like it better once I see it in person. $299 for 16GB or $349 for 32GB and I’ll definitely buy it.

  • Rob

    I dont know, I’ve been holding out for this but that’s an ugly tablet. I’ll wait for the official and pricing, but wow. I expected more.

  • Jacob Svonavec

    Should have stuck with Asus….Fail!
    Also the Nexus 4….Total Failure

    Come on Google Get your act together!

    • Trey Mitchell

      This message brought to you by one man’s opinion.

      • Guest

        Pretty sure

      • Knlegend1

        I second his opinion.

      • Jacob Svonavec

        read on my friend, many feel that way

        • Trey Mitchell

          I was feeling a little snarky when i posted that last comment.

          I don’t disagree with your sentiment. quite honestly whenever apple(who’s products I don’t buy) gets ready to announce something I hope it’s something AMAZING that will make Google DO SOMETHING but alas all innovation died with old man jobs.

          I was primarily disagreeing with the asus comment. I for one like Sammy hardware and am glad to see a good number of manufactures participating in the nexus space (where are you Moto???).

          What I’m not glad to see is Google taking “usability” cues from apple

          “so we heard you liked the nexus 7 so we took your 7″ ui and stretched it on to a 10″ tablet” same damn thing apple did iphone to ipad stupid then even more stupid now they had already fixed that problem in honeycomb why would they go back and break it

          also no sd cards cause….. it….. confuses……. people????? the same damn thing apple would likely say if asked. however there’s likely also money grubbing occurring at Cupertino.

          No LTE (iphone 4 and 4s anyone? same DAMN THING)

          not on biggest carrier in the US. fail

          we agree they missed the mark what we disagree is rather they were a little to the left or a little low.

          sorry for the wall of text some time my fingers don’t know when to stop.

    • JoshGroff

      I’d pick ASUS over most other OEMs on the market right now, at least until Motorola releases a GSM unlocked dev edition MAXX HD, much like they did with the XT910, or a Nexus.

  • ToddAwesome

    unattractive? rather.

  • Geo

    Bezel bezel bezel bezel rockin everywhere

  • Trey Mitchell

    hopefully the price is right but I hope that status bar at the top thing isn’t here to stay its fine in 7″ form factor but I like the original honeycomb layout for 8″ and up

  • godsfilth

    dont like that they chose to use the middle navbar again thats great on a 7 inch that is supposed to spend most of its time in portrait but a 10 inch is supposed to be landscape more often than not essoecially with that rez screaming for game playing and middle navbar with the notification panel on top isnt as good for landscape

  • turb0wned

    So were getting an ugly LG Nexus and a fugly Nexus 10 tablet….. What the hell is Google thinking?

    • Ravi Rao

      Trying to avoid trade dress lawsuits from Apple. Apple apparently has the patents on good looking devices, so Nexus devices have to be ugly…

      These two devices look so bad.

      • ddevito

        Surface RT tabs looks very nice and dont infringe on patents

        • Ravi Rao

          My comment was intended to be tongue-in-cheek. In reality, the nexus 10 probably isn’t ugly because of Apple. It’s probably ugly because of odd design choices made by Samsung and/or Google.

          However, Surface RT has been out for 3-4 days. Lawsuits could still come down if it did infringe on any patents. It’s too soon to say that it doesn’t infringe. Other companies may not even worry about infringement if the Surface RT sells poorly.

          • ddevito

            Microsoft and Apple have agreements in place that negate any kind of infringement lawsuits.

    • Butters619

      They went hipster on us

  • @google i agree the bottom right notification center blows but leave the on screen nav in the bottom right please!

  • Why on earth would they use the phablet ui like the Nexus7? The best thing about the Honeycomb tablet ui was that you can use the thumbs on your left hand to easily control back/home/recents and your right hand for notifications and settings. The phablet UI has too much wasted space using a top and bottom bar, the first thing I did on my Nexus7 was change it to tablet ui.

    • bakdroid

      Because this is the way it should be. It is consistent so anyone can pick up a phone or tablet without change. Also, the buttons in the middle of the bar are genius One major problem has been when you hold a tab, you fingers hit the back button or home button.

      • But with the buttons in the middle you have to take one hand off the tablet to touch the buttons, whereas before you just use your thumbs easily. I get the keep everything unified thing but the tablet ui, imo, was great and it differentiates itself from the phone ui so it’s not like ios where everything is exactly the same but just a bigger version.

        • And also, there is so much wasted space. That giant black bar at the bottom looks hideous with only those 3 buttons there, and the top status bar is also just wasting space.

  • NorCalGuy

    A nice upgrade from my Xoom the 7″ had my interest but I am a 10″ kinda guy

  • Aardvark99

    I judge this to still be not “cool”!

  • bakdroid

    And now the Xoom WiFi bows and steps aside for the new standard of tablets!

    • JMonkeYJ

      it had quite a run, didn’t it?

      • bakdroid

        Yep. How many other devices can continue to be the first of its kind to get new updates after almost 1.5 years? It is a very short list. I can see it getting 4.2 as well.

        • JoshGroff

          It was a perfect tablet, sold mine to my sister when I got my N7. (and of course she took it to the cabin and went 4-wheeling… Cracked the screen and it still works like a charm.)

  • Hauthisis

    Any pricing guesses?

    • 449$ right under the iPad. A tablet like this ain’t cheap to make. Especially considering the specs.

  • not the prettiest thing thats for sure.
    also, still scratching my head on the 4.2 UI. IMO, its a step back on such a large screen…but maybe it will change then i acutally use it.

  • I can see everyone is goign to complain about that bezel, not to mention after teh bezel it continues cause of the speakers etc.

  • Bauce40

    The tablet looks ugly. Looks cheap, which I’m hoping means that it will be cheap (as in inexpensive not as in will be a piece of junk). Great specs, terrible looking.

  • Mark

    dummy box?

    • Doesnt look like it

    • JoshGroff

      I hope so, or that it comes in a better color.

  • TheWenger


  • This is amazing!!!! This will for sure be my next tablet. The fact that the 4.2 screen still has the jellybean logo on it shows that 4.2 won’t be a gigantic update, but welcome nonetheless.

  • The UI certainly looks.. interesting. Sort of like a mixture of Android’s phone & tablet UI’s. A bit odd, but I like it. The new location for the toggles is nice to see as well.

    The hardware is interesting as well, some don’t like it but I personally love metal backs on tablets.

    • JoshGroff

      As per the previous droid-life post, it’s actually plastic, not metal.

  • Buy This

    So much depends on the price point. I paid $450 for my wifi Xoom (that is admittedly still chugging along just fine) because I knew I would be able to unlock and maintain it with dev support. That is laughable now and I truly hope that it hovers around or below that.

  • andrew galvin

    so excited for monday!!

  • mecevans

    Massive bezel, and just plain ugly.

    • hfoster52

      It’s probably so they don’t get sued…..

      • TheWenger

        Apple will find something to sue over. Nothing is safe as long as it runs Android.

  • ddevito

    (According to the leaks)…Google’s made no (or not enough) UI changes to represent larger screen devices. So I ask…what’s the point? Besides performance, is there anything else this 10″ tablet gives us? There aren’t enough (or in some cases, any) applicable apps for large screens.

    Android lags behind iOS – and now RT – in large screen (fullscreen) apps

  • Fireface

    This will be my first tablet. Hopefully it comes with a good pricetag, as well.

  • crysisrequiem

    Can you make the pictures any bigger?

    • JoshGroff

      I know right, I had to actually use control+scroll wheel. 🙁

      • Greyhame

        Yo Josh, you getting this? I didn’t think I would, as I have the N7. …..But after this mind blowing leak…. I don’t think I can resist! Probably will keep my N7 for reading and what not, but .. I MUST HAS THIS!

        • JoshGroff

          I’m actually not a big fan of Samsung, and right now I’m favoring the Padphone over pretty much anything else on the market, especially with T-Mobile’s new unlimited everything plans.

          • Greyhame

            Ah yes, I forget you actually have options (stupid verizon). In any case, Monday cannot come soon enough.

          • Joshhud

            when did they say the padphone was available for tmobile? how about Sprint?

          • evltwn

            They haven’t. But it will be a GSM phone, so it should work with AT&T or T-Mobile on their GSM networks. You just won’t have LTE speeds.

          • JoshGroff

            They didn’t, but it is GSM unlocked with a pentaband radio, so I plan on just importing one.

    • Knlegend1
    • Fixed, sorry.

  • Guest

    kinda kills the excitement for monday

  • Octotron

    Ugly IMO. Not sure why they chose that styling.. looks plasticy. I much prefer the way Asus makes the Transformer line now-a-days.

    • I have to agree. Aesthetically, I’m disappointed. Internals are very impressive and obviously what a Nexus should be, but putting this up against the likes of Asus and Apple in a market that is driven as much by appearance if not more than it is by tech specs…..I’m not sure how well this stacks up.

      • fauxshizzl

        Considering who made it, I think the key for them is what it DOESN’T look like. Aesthetically pleasing has been patented, and is aggresively protected.

        • Paul Taylor

          I agree. No way this can be mistaken for that other product now!

    • hfoster52

      I agree but will the price and specs get you past the looks?

    • TheWenger

      I kind of like having the speakers on the front though. This style does seem like the most aesthetic way of doing that.

    • jldleo

      Totally agree.. That bezel is big enough to sit your beer on it.. just saying..

      • MrSteve920

        Ah, how is one supposed to hold the tablet if it doesn’t have some kind of bezel?

        If it didn’t have some type of border then people would end up touching the edges of the screen accidentally.

        • I can’t imagine how many fingerprints you have on all your optical discs…

          • MrSteve920

            That is a terrible example for multiple reasons. So you’re saying that the tablet should have no bezel at all and that you should just hold it the very tips of your fingers?

            Following that logic, if you have to take one set of finger tips off of the edge (you know, it actually use the tablet) you would have to move your other hand either to the back of the tablet (and hope you don’t drop it) or you would have to grab the edge of the tablet with your whole hand. By doing that you would have to touch the touch screen which could hit all kinds of different elements on the screen. Or the tablet could just have a bezel…

        • jldleo

          I’m not apposed to a bezel, I’m just apposed to one that looks like a badly receding hairline.

          • MrSteve920

            Yeah I agree about that, it doesn’t look as streamlined or sleek as other tablets.

    • Raven

      I agree, it is very ugly, especially the back and the finish does not seem very good at all, it clearly shows all kinds of dust, fingerprints and scratches, and this is a new one. Imagine what it will look like after a few months of use. I do like the concept of the speakers on the sides for horizontal movie watching. I really hate the speaker location on the Nexus 7, they are terrible for watching a movie. I think the original Asus Transformer had one of the best speaker placements for watching movies in stereo.

    • Agreed, looks nothing like the 7, not impressed.

    • Ubi2447

      Are you really expecting anything else from Samsung? Not to bash them or anything but every mobile product that they have put out for the past some-odd years has been plasticy. I’m not sure what Sammy’s obsession is plastic, but it’s not impressing me. It is however predictable. My S3 with out a case on it is like a plasticy wet bar of soap when you try to hold it

  • RGiskard

    If I upgrade my Xoom this year, it would be to this (unless Asus does a 300ppi Transformer that can be unlocked/rooted)…

  • squrel23

    Where’s the tablet UI 🙁

    • No kidding, they F-ed up the N7 interface by giving it a hybrid phone/tablet UI. Now they’re doing the same thing to the N10.

      • JoshGroff

        They want a more unified experience between phones and tablets.

        • FortitudineVincimus

          “unified” thats the newest tablet/phone/OS buzz word

          • TheDrunkenClam

            In my opinion having a more unified software experience (no manufacturer skins, less fragmentation) would be a good thing for Android.

    • balthuszar

      i thought that, starting with ICS, the tablet UI and the phone UI were supposed to be the same?

      • JoshGroff

        They are. or at least very similar (tablets do have dual panel settings.)

    • bakdroid

      This is the way it should have always been. There is no reason to have different UIs. It is just confusing for users. And the buttons in the middle are genius When they are on the side your fingers always hit the back or home button.

      • Buy This

        Not sure why this is downvoted. Totally agree with the buttons in the middle comment

        • David Henry

          I prefer the Tablet UI for the bigger screen. The back button on the Tablet UI is perfectly reachable from your left hand. The middle of a 10″ will be a big hand movement to reach.

          Also, I personally prefer the tablet UI is because you can access much more settings (ie brightness) in the quick settings instead of actually opening settings.

      • teleclimber

        The reason there should be different UIs is because different sized devices are held in the hands differently. You want to have the most-commonly used UI elements within easy reach. The middle of a 10″ tablet in landscape orientation requires a complete shift of hand position to touch. That’s bad design.

        • br_hermon

          While I don’t necessarily disagree with you… tell that to Apple and their home button. It must be right since they put millions of dollars into research and development… right? *Please note my sarcastic tone and total disdain for Apple* 😀

          • teleclimber

            My fear is that Apple’s giant-phone UI is driving consumer perception about what is “right” for a tablet. As a result there is pressure on Google to do what is “wrong”, but accepted by consumers. Be strong Google!

            Apple doesn’t give enough credit to users. They dumb things down too much and they make things too unified, leading to highly compromised capabilities.

          • Jackson

            I have the same fear the only good point I see about unification is that all apparently work well etc

          • sadly, consumers really are that stupid

      • squrel23

        I don’t mind the middle buttons at all. I will miss the notifications on the bottom right corner tho…I got used to that. But who knows, maybe they’ll be a way to switch between phone and tablet UI for the homescreens! One can wish…

        • Kookas

          I always thought that Google were inspired by Windows (7 and earlier) with their Android nav bar.

      • tehserver

        So I should have to change my hand position just to hit a button? The bezel on this is big enough that accidentally hitting the on screen buttons won’t be an issue, unless you’re leaving your fingers on the screen the whole time.

  • benjamin forehand

    Anyone think its fishy that all these new devices are coming with the 5250 and the lgnexus is rumored to come with a snapdragon?

    • Asmodai

      Why would it be fishy that Samsung made devices use a Samsung SoC and LG made devices don’t?

      • JoshGroff

        Even more so, why is it fishy that Samsung devices use in house hardware as opposed to the Snapdragon?

  • adtst3

    Good lord is that thing ugle

    • adtst3


  • jdevore64

    Yep. Depending on price.

  • p0k3y

    Cheap-looking plastic back. Typical Samsung. What’s with the grainy pictures? Took them with N7? LOL.

    • JoshGroff

      It’s actually Ron’s webcam from the first droid-life show. I take back my previous comment about the original RAZR’s camera. (the flip one)

  • Steve Benson

    Mind officially blown. Now release at an incredibly aggressive price…lets say $299 or even $349 and this thing will destroy anything in it’s path. Either of those price points and my N7 is gone 🙂

    • godsfilth

      dont remember where (think it was android police) but it was being rumored that the 16gb would be 299 and the 32gb 349

    • Jarred Sutherland

      Interesting to see what price it will start at. Personally I find the 10″ size just too big for reading and the majority of stuff I do (simply because after holding it up for awhile, its tiresome).

      • brando56894

        Exactly the reason I got rid of my TF101 and got the N7. I’d end up resting the TF on my chest while laying down after only a few minutes.

        • user311

          Lol, thats one of the reasons I gave away my N7 and picked up a transformer infinity. The other was storage space.

          • evltwn

            I’ll be selling my 16gb N7 and buying the 32gb N7 when it’s released. I love the size of the N7. It’s perfect. I almost never touch the iPad I have.

          • user311

            Aye to each their own. i wish that another 8.9 would come out. My old 8.9 tab was the perfect size, only it didn’t have enough space and feels really slow even with the recent ics update.

          • sagisarius

            Ditto on that, I’ve been hoping for a 8.9 (especially after those Kindle and Nook announcements). I find my iPad too big and heavy, and i found the Nexus 7 too small… I think I neet to mix the porridge to get to what’s just right.

          • PhillipCun

            I’m thinking of diong the same but such a waste of money….

          • brando56894

            I will agree that the lack of external storage on the N7 is a problem, I’m getting rid of my 8 GB and picking up a 32 GB. That’ll be more than enough for me considering I had 16 GB internal, 16 GB external and 8 GB external and I barely used 16 GB.

    • x0lliex

      I would do a 32GB for $449. I’m going to go with $399 for 16GB and $449 for 32GB

      • My wild guess was for $400 as well.

      • sagisarius

        I’ll second your guess.

    • bogy25

      I agree completely – this is what I have been holding out for!

    • Why not start at $329????

      • michael arazan

        well $300 + tax will be about $321 here in MO, varying with individual state’s sales tax of course. Our taxes are almost the cheapest in the whole US

    • Bionic

      No way in hell. Minimum $375

  • Tommy Thompson

    I like the design, and it appears to be, possibly….metal or of such premium material? Seems like this will be one of those things where everyone says it’s ugly now, but when it’s announced everyone will be drooling.

    • Anthony Vella

      Its drop dead ugly, your kidding me right? Look at the bezel, the side designs, the back. Its terrible.

      • Tommy Thompson

        I know this is hard to swallow for some people, but your opinion…doesn’t equal a fact so calm down.

        • Anthony Vella

          Well I think the common fact is that a Nexus design is supposed to be unique and represent a clean device. Samsung copied their Galaxy Tab design and is now calling it a Nexus. Google just needs to create their own device. These manufacturers just don’t understand what a ‘clean design’ is.

          • Tommy Thompson

            The LG Nexus is a re-hashed Optimus G with a rounded top and bottom. The Nexus 7 is a re-hash of the Memo that was never released, only change there was the backing. The Galaxy Nexus took design bits(the hump and textured back) from the GSII…

          • JoshGroff

            I was pretty sure the Memo straight up became the Nexus 7.

          • Tommy Thompson

            It did, but they still changed a few things. 😉

          • JoshGroff

            It was basically a prototype when announced at CES, of course they changed a few things.

    • JoshGroff

      Looks at previous droid-life post. It’s plastic. :/ Then again, so are the N7 and G-Nex, so I don’t know why I’m disappointed by that.

      • Because it’s gaudy, faux-metal, glossy plastic and not soft-touch, rubberized plastic.

      • Tommy Thompson

        briefmobile is reporting otherwise

  • Anthony

    Samsung can now win the ugliest Nexus design of the year!

  • Wow, well they emptied her wardrobe….

  • any sign of micro sd slot?

    • Tommy Thompson

      It’s a Nexus, that answer will always be, no.

      • JoshGroff

        From the Nexus S on. The One came out before the S (which had an SD slot), right?

    • “The unit used by our trusted source had 16GB of internal memory. There is no microSD card slot.”

    • no nexus will have an SD card…google said this before and i doubt it has changed here

  • monkey082506