At next month’s annual I/O conference, Google is expected to reveal updates to its software efforts, and also introduce new hardware in partnership with OEMs. Last year we saw a Nexus 4 (LG), Nexus 7 (ASUS) and Nexus 10 (Samsung), and follow ups are expected soon, but we’re not sure what manufacturers have been chosen by Google to build the hardware.
One rumor suggests we’ll see a slightly upgraded Nexus 4, while another claims a better screen is coming to the Nexus 7, among other new features. A rumor on Monday from SamMobile claims we actually won’t see see another Nexus 10, but a larger Nexus 11 with an eight core processor. Specs are already in place, but apparently the device itself is awaiting approval from Google.
According to a leaked rap sheet, the Nexus 11 will sport an 11-inch Super PLS TFT display, an 8-megapixel camera (2-megapixel front), microSD support (up to 64GB rumored) and an eight-core Exynos 5410 (A15/A7 configuration). That would make it the first octo-core tablet in existence, ensuring it certainly won’t skimp on specs when it’s announced. Those specs coupled with a competitive price will surely attract quite a few followers.
This is the first we’ve heard of a Nexus 11, so we’re not sure what to make of it, particularly when I/O is so close. SamMobile actually details a separate 11-inch Samsung tablet, Galaxy Tab 11, with similar specs, but it’s unclear when that one will hit. From a spec standpoint, the Tab 11 sounds identical to the Nexus 11, but it won’t have the same processor and won’t offer vanilla Android.
The Nexus 10 is a pretty fantastic device that was just outdone by the Nexus 7’s superior form factor and cheaper price. It sounds like Google and Samsung are intent on going all-out with a Nexus 11, but we won’t know for sure if the world’s first eight-core tablet is coming until Google actually says so. Not long until we find out.