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Newest Leak Supposedly Confirms the LG V510 Tablet is a Nexus Device

A new piece of info hit the web this weekend, concerning a possible LG-made Nexus 8 tablet with model number V510. If you will recall, the V510 has been going back and forth in the eyes of bloggers who continue to either try and confirm that this is a new Google tablet or debunk it as a LG G Pad 8.3 with LTE connectivity. According to @evleaks’s newest tweet, the V510 is indeed a Google Nexus device. 

The leak contains a listing from an inventory manifest of some sort it appears, as that exact info was not divulged. However, what we can clearly see is that the LG V510 is listed under Google in a 16GB storage option (16G), comes in black (BK), and is coming to America.


To add more juice to this story, a supposed service manual for the V510 tablet hit the web on December 1, although nowhere in the manual was the word “Nexus.” Inside the manual it states that the device is running vanilla Android and not one of LG’s skins, which continues to point in the direction that the V510 is a Nexus.

What makes us even happier is that the manual lists out the device’s specs, so take a look at these.


  • 8.3″ LCD display (1920 x 1200)
  • 5MP rear-facing camera
  • 1.3MP front-facing camera
  • 4,600mAh battery
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 16GB of storage

The community seems to be growing less patient for the release of this device by the day, but with info continuing to change daily it seems, who knows exactly what we will see once Google decides to lift the curtain. Many folks expressed joy that Google is going to release an 8-inch device instead of another Nexus 10 model, but at this point, we’ll take anything they want to give us.

Via: @evleaks | Ringer’s Blue Man
  • Matthew McKnight

    has GOOGLE confirmed there will be a nexus 10 2! I hope there will be a nexus 10 2 because in the past i have had 3 tablets smaller than a 7 inch tablet and i have been waiting for the nexus 10 2 since the word came out. It will have a great processor snapdragon 800, highest resolution, just has better specs than those smaller tablets and will compete with the ipad air. There should be a snapdragon 800 with better graphics for the nexus 10 2 if it comes out. I would hate for the nexus 8 to come out. Please get information from google and respond back.

  • Skeptical

    Wrong. It’s for sale on Google Play now, but it’s a Google Play Edition device, not a Nexus. Shows what happens when you jump to conclusions.

  • gary

    look at the image attached.

  • gary
  • littldough

    It won’t be a Nexus, just a GPad Google Play Edition.

  • sagisarius

    I’m starting to wonder if Google really did have a 10 inch tablet from Asus, and decided to scrap it with how poorly the N10 did. In any case, I’d love a 8.3 inch tablet. The only thing stopping me from picking up a G Pad 8.3 is waiting to see what google does in nexus tablet land.

  • mustbepbs

    So @Timotato:disqus, Kellen wouldn’t respond to me for some reason, so I’ll ask you:

    Are you guys going to review the G Pad?

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    I think 8.3 is a nice medium between 7 and 10. The galaxy tab 8.9 after the bezel it still big.

  • droidify

    For any one who is curious how close the 8.3 is in size to the Nexus 7 2012…..

    • sagisarius

      I’m not sure why, but having used both, the Nexus 7 is just too cramped, and the G Pad 8.3 seems like pretty close to perfect. What a difference and inch makes.

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        That’s what…

        • sagisarius

          Now that I said it, i had to google “what a difference an inch makes”… and I got a ton of results about airline seats… which is so true.

          • michael arazan

            Being 6’2 with a 34 inseam I hate flying and when the people in front of me move the seat back the plastic tray bangs my knees right on the knee caps every time. I’ve asked people in front of me to give me warning now before they move the seat back that whole 2-4 inches of recline, but most forget or could care less.

          • sagisarius

            Yeah I’m 6′, and I have really long knee to hip length, which causes a ton of problems in all seats (car steering wheels too). I was just on a flight a few weeks ago and someone tilted their chair back… I finally just decided to start being proactive about it, and told him I’m too tall he can’t push his seat back.

      • droidify

        It is a huge difference. LG did an awesome job cramming that screen into a device that is almost the size of the OG Nexus 7. I really think it is the sweet spot. I have a 10.1, 8.9, 8.3, and 7. The G Pad is the best size to me.

        • sagisarius

          Yeah, I can never quite tell if the weight or the size makes more of a difference. I have an iPad 3 and it’s just to big and heavy, but a Nook HD+ that’s the perfect size (though slow as hell).

    • Rich Robinson

      I have a G2 & a Nexus 7 2012. If this is just a rumor and there’s no new Nexus (8) tablet by Christmas, would you recommend getting the GPad to replace my N7? Thanks

      • Ajmobileguru

        I was tempted to buy the G pad for $249. But the shockingly low brightness of the display and its softness killed it for me. Trust me I really wanted to like it and buy it but nope couldnt force myself to make this massive compromise. Everything else on the GPad was top notch.

      • droidify

        If they are all like mine, I would say no. Although the extra 1.3 inches makes a huge usability improvement. You won’t find yourself pinching and scrolling all the time which is awesome. I have 5 tablets and this one is the best feeling in the hand but they made some terrible compromises. The speakers are loud but the most tinny of all of my tablets. The screen is really dim. My transformer prime is brighter at 40% than this is at max. My tablet gets uncomfortably hot and actually pops up a warning. There is no NFC or wireless charging either. At $350 that is inexcusable. The screen is the biggest disappointment. It is yellow, over saturated, and muddy. My Nexus 7 looks better if you can excuse the visible pixels. With all that said, I may have a lemon. I got it from Newegg and it seems several of those have had really yellow screens. Beside the G2, it looks terrible. I’m going to send this back and try another. Hopefully they aren’t all like this. I paid 250 and at that price it would be pretty good sans the yellow screen. I would go find a display and see if you like the screen. If you do, you will love the design and screen size. That part is near perfection.

  • Brian Menius

    8.3″ screen, similar footprint (hopefully, if that image we saw several weeks ago is accurate) to the N7? Having a hard time finding a problem.

    This would be a great successor to my aging Xoom.

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  • Kofi Williams

    Not sure about an LG tablet. Google needs to refine the tablet OS. It should have muti-window ability at least and perhaps some optimizations. Even though Android phones and the Iphone are equal the tablets aren’t. I find tablets are great for media/game consumption and apple kills android on that.

  • elpeterson76

    I just said screw it and bought the LG G Pad 8.3. There is root and I am sure the first rom that will be developed is a pure android experience or CM 11. Google lost my money by being vague about the whole damn thing. If you have a 8 or 10 inch tablet coming out, just announce it or announce that you are ending the Nexus 10 line.

    • mustbepbs

      My thoughts exactly. They are too mysterious with their Nexus line. It’s really fu**ing annoying.

      • JRomeo

        every year, there’s a new N7, N8, and N10 coming out… they will come out once per year…. doesn’t seem too mysterious to me… its not like there’s a new nexus device every few months (of the same size).

        • elpeterson76

          The N10 has not been refreshed and the rumors are that it will not be. Also the N8 is a rumored device that has never been released. Your right crystal clear!

      • Just_Some_Nobody

        Or they are like every other company in existence and don’t want to announce a product before they feel it’s ready.

    • sagisarius

      I’ve been thinking about doing the exact same thing. And now that Google looks like it’s starting to think about supporting memory cards again, all the better to buy the 8.3.

      • JC

        Whoa where did you read about the memory cards? , I would be really interested in that happening.

        • sagisarius

          I was referring to how they now let you save your google play music to a memory card… so not like apps or anything… but it seems like they might be slightly more aware of allowing you to use it for media.

  • Jake

    Why go with LG? Google owns Motorola and doesnt ultilize the brand…

    • That’s purposeful. They’re distancing themselves. By farming out Nexus to third-parties and ALSO guiding Motorola, it ensures competition, it ensures OEMs don’t lose trust in them (like they’ve started to with MS and the Surface and Nokia), and it keeps their own products sharper.

    • elpeterson76

      Eric: I am actually kind of excited to see what the new Motorola can do in the tablet game. Even if it isn’t a Nexus, it is going to be pretty close to the vision of Android.

    • Just_Some_Nobody

      In the end, Google makes more money the more OEMs they have producing devices. Google is NOT a HW company. They are an AD company.

  • droidify

    I hope it’s better than my G Pad 8.3. I have been very disappointed so far. The screen is terribly calibrated. All the whites are yellow and the colors are over saturated and dark. It also runs extremely hot. Just browsing chrome the CPU hit 162°. I tried to turn the screen up and it wouldn’t let me and said it was too hot. The speakers are horrible and tinny. The worst I’ve heard on any tablet. Hopefully mine is a lemon but there are a lot of people with yellow screens

    • AndroidUser00110001

      I have no issues with my G Pad. Maybe you should exchange yours?

      • mustbepbs

        Same. I have the exact opposite experience. This has been the best tablet I’ve ever owned. Perfect screen size, gorgeous display and lightning fast. Sounds like he got a lemon.

        • droidify

          I hope so but there at least a dozen people on XDA with the same problem (not saying that doesn’t mean we all got lemons). Can you post a pic of your screen beside another device so I can see if mine is really a lemon? I would really appreciate it. I don’t want to send it back for another if this is the way they all are.

          • mustbepbs

            Sure. And people on XDA complain about anything and everything. Besides that, the complainers are the most vocal, and the people who don’t have issues don’t usually post that they don’t.

          • droidify

            Very true.

          • mustbepbs

            That is versus the Note 8. I took this when I first got it. Don’t think they’re at the same brightness but I could be wrong.

            And the sound on mine is excellent. Speaker placement is great because when you use it one handed, you’re cupping one speaker naturally. It’s really loud too. I think you’ve got a bad device. Mine also doesn’t run hot at all, especially after gaming for hours.

          • droidify

            Thanks for doing that. I appreciate it. I really want to like this device but it has been hard. I love my G2 so I thought this would be the same. So judging by your pics, I think mine is a lemon. From what I can tell all of the people complaining about yellow screens bought them from Newegg. Maybe they got a bad batch. Thanks again.

          • mustbepbs

            I got mine from Best Buy when they launched.

          • mustbepbs

            And other. Took this one a while ago too.

      • droidify

        Can you post a pic with it beside another device so I can see if mine is really a lemon? The pics above I posted are beside a Nexus 7 (2012) and a kindle fire HD 8.9. The phone is my G2 and it is actually worse than the pics show.

  • Dominic Powell

    QUick question maybe someone here can answer it. with a 4600 mAH battery compared to 3950 mAH, can we expect better battery life or worse.

    The screen is 18% larger, but the battery is only 16% larger? Does increasing screen size have a linear effect on battery consumption or does it curve downwards.

    also if the processor is a s600, would that be more efficient than the detuned s600 present in the nexus7 ( nexus 7 has a s4pro with krait 300 cores.

  • pdditty

    Google totally missed the boat with the release of this tablet. We are in the middle of the holiday season and yet nobody knows when this thing will be released. Yes the 8″ is bigger but its too close in size to the Nexus 7. I guess Google is trying to emulate Amazon.

    • Dominic Powell

      they could have a 7, 8 and 10… Personally if the 8 was a more premium version of the 7 i would bite… smaller bezels and more screen area with better battery life would suit me to upgrade.

    • The 8 inch form factor is likely going to be replacing 7 inch (as far as being released by more big name companies) as more people see the benefit with the success of the iPad MINI. It’s the MINI being chased after here.. not Amazon.

      • I see NO benefit to the 8″ form factor, though. The 7 is the perfect size, fits in my back pocket, and one-hands easily. The iPad Mini doesn’t do any of that.

        • Are u kidding me? The mini is lighter or the same weight as almost EVERY 7 inch tablet out there. Its VERY one-handed.That was the whole point of it.. and 8 inch screens have like 50% more viewable area. The back pocket thing depends on which 7 inch tablet you are talking.. as VERY few have this possibility with their ugly bezels. Even the 8 inch Amazon tablets weigh less then many 7 inch tablets..

          • Where did I say anything about weight? Nowhere. Not once.

            And the Nexus 7 fits in my back pocket beautifully.

          • Well. You said you saw no benefit.. So for a much larger screen viewing experience 50-70% more viewable area.. You have tablets that weight about the same a 7 inch.. and are very much so one handed devices.. .. so only the back pocket thing is the issue.. and not sure that is a big issue for most.. since not many care to keep tablets in their pockets..

          • I still haven’t found an 8-inch that’s comfortably one-handable. The Galaxy Tab 8s are huge, and the iPad Mini doesn’t fit that bill, and I STILL have no interest in the weight element of this argument which is why I didn’t bring it up. Also, this has the EXACT same resolution as the Nexus 7, which means it has exactly 0% more viewable area. It just makes everything bigger.

          • I find the iPad Mini way more comfortable one-handed then my Nexus 7 2012.. I do figure the Nexus 7 2013 is more one-handed friendly… Yes The Galaxy Tab 8s and 7s are both kinda huge.. I have an 8 inch Dell Venue Pro 8… about the size of the Nexus 7 2013.. still the the Mini is better one-handed.

          • My Nexus 7 2013 is pretty perfect one-handed, and I didn’t have much in the way of trouble with the 2012. But the Mini is awkwardly shaped and sized for me. It just doesn’t do the job. The aspect ratio seems like a really bad call, and it’s just uncomfortable.

            But either way, your preferences for the 8″ Mini wouldn’t translate to this at all. The aspect ratio is completely different, and the resolution is identical to the 7. So no increased viewable area. It’s just a 7, but bigger.

          • You are right.. didnt pay attention there.. It is a mistake for 8 inch models not to go with a higher resolution screen to take advantage of the viewable area..

          • Mitchman

            For reading I’m sure that 4:3 screen ratio is nice, but depending on the film/video half the screen on the iPad Mini is black letterbox.

          • LionStone

            That’s true…I was next to a guy on the plane and he was watching a movie on his ipad…and my N7 looked better while taking advantage of practically the whole screen while the ipad was limited with all the space it has available with the black borders. I can’t even imagine the ipad mini…

          • Adrynalyne

            50% more viewable area from 1 inch?

            You sure you don’t want to exaggerate a little?

          • Sorry.. I was wrong.. the iPad Mini has 67% more viewable area then the Nexus 7.. So I was under “exaggerating”.. Not sure you understand how diagonal screen measurement works.. it’s not just “1 inch” bigger.. look it up

          • Adrynalyne

            Ipad’s viewable area also has to do with aspect ratio (it is 4.3). Maybe you should do some research as well.

            The aspect ratio would be the same between these two tablets.

  • teleclimber

    I almost went for the GPad 8.3 on cyber Monday for $250. A Nexus version will be much harder to resist.

  • Chippah

    Gimme a 10′ LG tablet with the G2 UI,knock on and loud front facing speakers.

    • elpeterson76

      SO you could knock on it and hear in the speakers or something Tsssss. Home Run Chippah!

    • mgamerz

      A 10 foot tablet is pretty big. You really want the LG UI on your huge coffee table?

  • barrmy

    i’d def prefer a n8 to n7, but not with that poor screen resolution…

    • Adrynalyne

      That is a poor screen resolution?

      • Pierito

        My reaction exactly…*scratches head*

        • Adrynalyne

          What did we ever do when all we had was 1080p on TVs?

          • Pierito

            32″ TV? 4K or I aint buyin it!!!

          • Big_EZ

            I put ice picks through my eyes while watching TV, not sure how other people cope.

      • barrmy

        IMHO yes, but to each their own..there are plenty of people happy with their 2012 N7 and Nexus 8’s with even lower ppi

        • Adrynalyne

          It is an 8 inch screen…why tax it with something you would never notice?

        • T4rd

          1920×1200 @ 8″ is 283 PPI. That is not a low PPI and is higher than any other 8″ tab besides the new (retina) iPad Mini.

    • jxcgunrunna

      What screen resolution are you expecting at 8.3 inches? 1440? 270 DPI is good enough for me. I am sure Google is going to be keeping the price down, and I would not pay even $25 more for 350 DPI

      • barrmy

        as i said below, to each their own…300 dpi minimum is what i look for nowadays…i’d gladly pay $25 for better dpi with all the reading i do on my device…feel free to buy it if it meets your needs…it doesn’t meet mine

        • Mark Curtis

          irrelevant…you hold the tablet farther away than a phone

          • teleclimber

            Exactly. This should be a similar experience to viewing the screen of the Nexus 4, despite the difference in actual DPI. And to me, that’s good enough. I’d prefer they keep the price down and the battery life long and the scrolling smooth.

        • mustbepbs

          Enjoy your useless numbers.

          Meanwhile, I’m enjoying the gorgeous screen on my LG G Pad 8.3 with its “mediocre” 1900×1200 resolution.

    • omarsalmin

      I hope you realize that 1920×1200 > 1080p

      • barrmy

        irrelevant…i sit 8 feet away from my tv…

        • Adrynalyne

          Does your nose press against the tablet to find that 1920×1200 is low-res to you?

          If so, move back a couple inches and you will be fine 😉

  • muffnman

    I’ve been quite impressed by the G Pad thus far. CM11 right around the corner. That said, a Nexus 8 does sound appealing.

  • AbbyZFresh

    Probably the new Nexus 10. But then again, the specs look exactly the same as the current version.

  • Seth Merritt

    I’m not saying that an 8 inch Nexus Tab is completely out of the realm of possibility, but it just doesn’t make a ton of sense to have a 7 and 8 selling against each other. Especially since Google is pushing devs to create tablet apps.

    • Sounds like a contradiction. If there are more Nexus tablets to work for, then why not? Some folks really prefer 8″ over 7″ anyways, so this move would be easily justified I think.

      • AbbyZFresh

        It only increases fragmentation with each screen size.

        • BrianLipp

          developing for 7″ and 8″ isnt going to be that big of a deal. Theres an inch difference, its not that much. Plus, there are already 8″ tablets out there, so its not like its this entirely new screen size.

        • MikeCiggy

          This argument has been debunked many times. Android handles the screen size very well since ICS.

          • AbbyZFresh

            It may handle screen size very well. But tell that to the developers who have to redesign their code to adjust to the screen size.

          • Adrynalyne

            We adjust to resolution, not screen size.

          • MikeCiggy

            If they aren’t already doing so they aren’t releasing apps worth our money.

          • Big_EZ

            It’s the resolution that you adjust to, not screen size. If a dev is developing as recommended by Google then this isn’t even an issue.

          • Blue Sun

            That form factor is already out on the market. Take a look at LG & Samsung tablets in the 8″ size.

          • Franz

            Developers adjust to dpi. All they have to do is offer icons and graphics at multiple levels of resolution. Android takes care of the rest.

            This is not Apple. Android embraces multiple resolutions and OEM’s can do whatever they want with it.

        • Adrynalyne

          Not really. If it introed some off the wall resolution, then yes.

          • kashtrey

            Though the rumored resolution is a pretty standard 1920×1200.

            As many have said, Android isn’t like Apple and has designed an OS that has been built to support multiple screen sizes from the very beginning. All developers have to do is provide appropriate assets for a given resolution which isn’t incredibly hard to do.

      • Seth Merritt

        Totally agree, having an 8 inch screen in a 7 inch tablet footprint sounds awesome and given the chance back in July, most people would probably take the bigger screen. Why not wait until next year to launch an N8 to replace the N7 and do a refreshed N10 now?

        • 640k

          That’s the kicker if this isn’t offered in the same footprint of a7″ tablet, I’m not interested.

        • Franz

          I think they are trying to space out their release. Last year the N4 and N10 got released at the same time. I think they might be going something like this?

          Summer – Nexus 7
          Fall – Nexus 5
          Winter – Nexus 8
          Spring – Nexus 10

          Just to space them out a bit over time. Not to over-saturate themselves.

      • Greg

        That’s what she said

    • BrianLipp

      exactly. 7″ and 8″ are too close together for there to be really a benefit of choosing one over the other. presumably the 8″ will use the 7″ UI rather than the full 10″ UI, so there really is no point. Unless Google is going to phase out the Nexus 7 and just go Nexus 8 from here on out.

      • AndroidUser00110001

        The size difference is noticeable and not as close as it looks on paper than having both tablets side by side.

        I rarely used my N7 and have been using my LG Pad a lot more just because of the “smaller” size difference.

        7 was too small for me and 10 was too big so the 8.3 is perfect for myself.

        I love this tablet. Makes a nice compliment to my G2.

        Yes insert that’s what she said jokes here…

        • mustbepbs

          Was gonna type the same exact thing with the same devices lol.

        • Mvrcel Lgt

          Im sorry to steal again, but Me too was gonna type the same exact thing with the same devices 😉 You are so right, it matters!

      • Matthew Sobke

        Not to not abuse the formerly living breathing equine quadruped, but the 7″ vs 8″ difference is bigger in real life than one might expect. For those of us use who use a tablet primarily as an eReader but still have a ROM flashing affliction this is great news. Loved my Tab 8.9, but as ROM support started to wane I received a Kindle 7 HD as a gift, so I sold the Tab because the screen on the Kindle was orders of magnitude better. Went on vacay the next week and wanted to cry. Ever tried to read a book in PDF on a 7? Completely sucks.

  • htowngtr

    LTE unlocked please

  • Chris

    google must really be in love with LG….

    • AbbyZFresh

      and not enough in love with Motorola.

    • Adrynalyne

      The lowest bidder wins…

  • rslh

    The battery!? It’s a monster!!!!