Google needs a Nexus tablet. If it really wants Android to provide a true rival to the iPad, it needs to stop hanging back and take control of things itself. While previous rumours had suggested that Asus would provide the hardware, fresh gossip points to Google teaming up with Samsung. Is the Samsung Nexus tablet just around the corner?

Adam Green, an Android developer with a credible track record, claims to have uncovered bits of code in Google’s Git Repository that points to the use of Samsung specs. Among the code are references to an Exynos 5250 dual-core processor, a Mali GPU and a S6E8AB0 display with 1280 × 800 resolution.

Now, you’ll recognise the word Exynos from Samsung: the Exynos 4412 is the processor that powers the Samsung Galaxy S3. Why should you get excited? Google’s annual I/O conference is scheduled for June 27th-29th, and it’s very likely to mark the official unveiling of Android 5.0 (Jellybean).

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Whereas previous Android launches have all had their own Nexus smartphones (more often than not built by Samsung), this year could well see the introduction of a Nexus tablet as well.

What makes us say that? Well, aside from the obvious analysis that ‘it would be a pretty smart move’, the resolution of that screen – 1280 x 800 – says it’s more likely destined for a tablet than a phone.

Are you desperate for an official Nexus Android tablet? Would Samsung make a decent job of it? Let us know below.

Source: SamMobile

  • Hatchleader

    Size is going to be the key here for me. I have had a xoom and a playbook and played with several others. For me the Xoom seemed too big to comfortably hold one handed, the playbook is good with that but the 7in screen seems tiny compared. After looking around i cant help but think that a 8-9in screen is the killer. The ones on the market are currently about the 500g mark (good), have ok battery (but not great TBH), and are excellent for content consumers. 

    Dual core is fine as anything above is really just a waste (my One X is only slightly faster than an Arc S even though it has 4x the processing power) for the sort of thing consumers want. so the only other question will be cost! 

    Make a nexus tablet with an 8.5in screen, dual core, and quick software updates for under £250ish…. and I’ll take 2!

    • Anonymous

      One thing that bugs me about Android tablets is that they’re often far too wide, especially on 10.1-inch models: I think Apple nailed it with a 4:3 ratio for the iPad.

  • Hatchleader

    Size is going to be the key here for me. I have had a xoom and a playbook and played with several others. For me the Xoom seemed too big to comfortably hold one handed, the playbook is good with that but the 7in screen seems tiny compared. After looking around i cant help but think that a 8-9in screen is the killer. The ones on the market are currently about the 500g mark (good), have ok battery (but not great TBH), and are excellent for content consumers. 

    Dual core is fine as anything above is really just a waste (my One X is only slightly faster than an Arc S even though it has 4x the processing power) for the sort of thing consumers want. so the only other question will be cost! 

    Make a nexus tablet with an 8.5in screen, dual core, and quick software updates for under £250ish…. and I’ll take 2!

  • http://twitter.com/PCSievers P.C. Sievers

    A lot of people will see this as a step backwards over working with ASUS who undoubtedly make the best Android tablets right now and were the rumoured partner but Samsung and Google have a long Nexus history and Google has proven they can shepherd Samsung around to produce great devices for them with the QC they desire at the production levels the market demands so it is the obvious choice.

  • Adam Green

    I am already waiting in the queue outside the Google store for their iPad killer.  I was a died-in-the-wool Mac and iPhone user, but the opportunity to use the Google Phone (gPhone?) in the form of the Galaxy Nexus, after maybe 20 minutes, I didn’t even realize it, but Android won me over.  Browsing, email, camera, texting, apps, the convenience and speed of the phone itself, the image quality of the display, as of 4.0, Android has leapfrogged iOS in the iPhone (not so much in the iPad.)  Now that Google is set up to sell their devices from their Web store, hopefully they’ve learned from the debacle of their first attempt years ago and when they roll out their iPad killer, well, I have the iPad 3.0 (aka “The new iPad”) and it’s just not compelling.  The iPad 2 was already great.  The faster processor isn’t noticeable to me.  The luscious display is great, but it’s not compelling.  The photo processing is about the only really killer app and you have to pay for it after you buy the iPad! : )

  • Adam Green

    I am already waiting in the queue outside the Google store for their iPad killer.  I was a died-in-the-wool Mac and iPhone user, but the opportunity to use the Google Phone (gPhone?) in the form of the Galaxy Nexus, after maybe 20 minutes, I didn’t even realize it, but Android won me over.  Browsing, email, camera, texting, apps, the convenience and speed of the phone itself, the image quality of the display, as of 4.0, Android has leapfrogged iOS in the iPhone (not so much in the iPad.)  Now that Google is set up to sell their devices from their Web store, hopefully they’ve learned from the debacle of their first attempt years ago and when they roll out their iPad killer, well, I have the iPad 3.0 (aka “The new iPad”) and it’s just not compelling.  The iPad 2 was already great.  The faster processor isn’t noticeable to me.  The luscious display is great, but it’s not compelling.  The photo processing is about the only really killer app and you have to pay for it after you buy the iPad! : )

  • Anonymous

    Asus should make the next Google tablet they are better than Samsung and way faster with updates.

  • http://knuckles-mutatis.myopenid.com/ Knuckles Mutatis

    Please, PLEASE Google; fix the audio latency issue. It’s the only thing holding back huge numbers of musicians from defecting from i-devices to the Android platform. 

    • Andy

      So envious of i-pad users on this issue, incorporating into my studio would be fantastic.

    • Andy

      So envious of i-pad users on this issue, incorporating into my studio would be fantastic.

  • Greenlatin

    I wouldnt mind a nexus variant of the padfone personally think its a great idea aside from the tab forms bulkiness. But i think theres alot more to this and multiple devices will get unvailed hoping for an 8.9 inch tab with an s-pen with the spoken specs. If asus makes one a padfone variant with a few things like phone battery life design and tablet form thickness changed i think google and the partners can achieve great success and id be lining up to buy whichever makes the cut.

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