It’s funny how leaked shots of devices have become so prevalent, especially now that smartphones and tablets are looking more and more alike. The shot above comes, as you may have guessed, is from Gizmodo Australia. Out of habit, Gizmodo decided to reblog its own news on its US site as well, though the Australian story reads fine. Hits are hits, I suppose.
This is supposedly a promo shot of Google’s upcoming Nexus tablet, straight from the page of a training manual. According to the “manual” (we’ve seen no proof of a manual), the new tablet will be called the “Nexus 7,” come with the brand new Android Jelly Bean, have a 7-inch 1280 x 800 pixel IPS screen, run on a 1.3GHz quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor, have 1GB of RAM, and come in 8GB and 6GB models (internal storage). It will also come with a 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera, NFC, and Google Wallet. Battery life will supposedly reach 9 hours, which is just shy of Apple’s 10 hour claims for the iPad.
As rumored in the past, it looks like Google will unveil the Nexus tablet at Google I/O on June 27 (just 2 days), and it will come out sometime in July.
So, is any of this true? Google isn’t talking and neither is Asus (the supposed manufacturer) so we can only guess. The specs and picture seem plausible enough, but a bit boring. If this is Google’s big plan, what ground is it breaking. Sure, the Nexus tablet looks to be faster than the Kindle Fire and may not stammer as much when multitasking, but what is it really offering? It’s not cheaper. It certainly doesn’t appear to look interesting. It’s just a bit faster. Perhaps Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) will hold some surprises, but we’re not holding our breath for much. We’d love it if this tablet was part of a set of differently sized tablets from Google, all priced affordably and positioned with optional keyboard docks of some kind. This is Asus after all.
If this does turn out to be a fake, it surely proves that fakers are spending way too much time concocting designs and specs for rumored devices. If you’re going to bother faking something, at least make it exciting. We’ll find out in a couple days.