Google has an event coming up in the next few days (Monday, to be exact) and we’re expecting it to be a Nexus extravaganza. A refresh of the Nexus 7 might be in order with a 32GB configuration rumored, LG’s Nexus 4 is said to be getting unveiled, and Samsung is the latest player said to be involved with a 10 inch Nexus tablet on the way.
We haven’t seen too much in the way of physical evidence to back this rumor up, but it looks like one piece of the puzzle has been uncovered. Korean site Seeko appears to have gotten its hands on the manual for the 10 inch Samsung tablet. We don’t get much information in the way of specs, but it does confirm some of the ports and the possible design we’re going to be seeing once it’s unveiled.
For starters, it looks like Samsung will include a micro-HDMI port on the side of the device. This is interesting because Samsung is the biggest proponent of MHL, the technology that allows a USB port to double as an HDMI port.
The decision to include a standalone micro-HDMI port likely stems from the fact that Android does not have native MHL support, and since Samsung won’t be making any changes to the firmware outside of helping Google with optimization then it probably isn’t possible. Other ports include the usual suspects such as a micro-USB port, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a charging port.
Interestingly enough, the tablet appears to house an LED notification light beneath the display. The ASUS-manufactured Nexus 7 didn’t include one so we weren’t sure what to expect in this regard. We’re hoping it’s a multi-colored light in true Nexus fashion, but we’ll have to wait until Monday for confirmation.
Another discrepancy between Samsung’s 10 inch Nexus is the addition of a rear camera (alongside the standard front-facing camera that we figured would be included). It’s puzzling that a rear-facing camera would be included on the bigger device. Believe me — it looks a lot more ridiculous to take photos with a 10 inch tablet than it does with a 7 inch device. The manual suggests the rear of the device will be two-toned, but as the tablet isn’t colored in this instance it will be hard to tell.
As with anything these days it’s wise to take this with a grain of salt. We’ve had our fair share of hoaxes and fakes over the past month, and we won’t go into the Google event expecting this to be the Nexus device we see.
Heck, we might not even see a 10 inch Nexus on Monday — that’s why these are all rumors, and that’s why Phandroid will be in New York to see whether or not Google and Samsung are prepping this thing for a big unveiling. Be sure to circle back at the beginning of next week for coverage on all of that and more. [Thanks to everyone who sent this in!]