Google Nexus tablet revealed?

It looks like there might be something to those Nexus tablet rumors. It may not be much, but a new benchmark posted on Rightware's Power Board reveals some interesting (if cryptic) information on the 'Google Asus Nexus 7,' as the site calls the device.

Let's start with the obvious: we've previously reported on rumors that the tablet will have a 7 inch screen, so we might venture to suggest that the tablet's name could confirm this. Or we could just be wrong. The benchmark also puts the tablets resolution at 768x1280.

The folks over at Android Police note that the other Nexus devices have all used fish based code names, like Mahi-mahi and trout, and the Nexus 7's 'Grouper' codename follows this trend. Hopefully the tablet looks better than the fish, which is a little bit terrifying.

The really cool part, though, code be the device's build number – JRN51B. It's been speculated that Jelly Bean could be the code name for Android 5.0, which would be the J in the build name. On the other hand, the benchmark shadows an SDK version of 4.1, which could mean Jelly Bean will be Android 4.1. Or just that the J doesn't stand for Jelly Bean.

Also worth noting is the fact that the benchmark says the device will feature a NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core chipset at 1.3 GHz, which also fits the rumors we've heard.

Rumor has it that the Nexus tablet will see the light of day sometime around July, so we'll have to wait until then for anything more concrete to emerge. But until then, we've got an interesting tidbit.

Source: Power Board | Android Police

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Just ordered a galaxy Tab 7.7 (with honeycomb on it dammit) for £350 GBP, hopefully I wont get buyers remorse when nexus tablet is released lol!!

After owning two Android tablets, I will pass. I was gifted an iPad 3rd-gen for my b-day last week and I finally am in a "happy place" as far as tablets go. Android has to do something huge to lure me back.

I am still loving my nook color. sounds like the screen will be much much nicer though here. So might be a nice upgrade

panuj said,
I think they should put that fish to default background icon

yeah, that way customers would have the option to be shocked by the fish or the interface :-P

I might try one of these. I just sold my HP TouchPad because I never used it. I feel like a 10" tablet is mostly useless. I'm not going to carry it around with me and when I am willing to carry something big, I will just take my Tablet PC. Otherwise I have my smartphone when I'm out or my desktop and laptop when I'm home.

I tried the 7" Galaxy Tab 2 and it seemed pretty cool, so I can give this thing a try.

mrp04 said,
I might try one of these. I just sold my HP TouchPad because I never used it. I feel like a 10" tablet is mostly useless. I'm not going to carry it around with me and when I am willing to carry something big, I will just take my Tablet PC. Otherwise I have my smartphone when I'm out or my desktop and laptop when I'm home.

I tried the 7" Galaxy Tab 2 and it seemed pretty cool, so I can give this thing a try.

I think 9" - 10" is best size for a Tablet, or I would prefer Galaxy Note over a 7" tablet. A 10' tablet (I have a HP Touchpad with both WebOS and ICS) provides a good reading experience, also most websites and apps are not optimised for tablets (and one reason is different screen sizes) so with 10" tablet we can use desktop websites, and web apps. Even Virtualized Desktop Apps (over Citrix) or Remote Desktop are usable this way.

Waiting for Win8 and WinRT tablets....with implementing Metro UI on WP and now XBox, Win8 (and that 80" Tablet or whatever it is). MS has proved that this UI could be scaled for all sizes.

Google needs to go back to the drawing board and come up with a proper tablet experience. I like Android on the phone but on a tablet it sucks.

Deihmos said,
Google needs to go back to the drawing board and come up with a proper tablet experience. I like Android on the phone but on a tablet it sucks.

The problem isnt the OS, but lack of apps and a new version of Android isn't going to fix that.

Deihmos said,
Google needs to go back to the drawing board and come up with a proper tablet experience. I like Android on the phone but on a tablet it sucks.

Isn't ICS pretty solid on a tablet?

dagamer34 said,

The problem isnt the OS, but lack of apps and a new version of Android isn't going to fix that.

apps are coming since when you devellop for ICS you are also develloping for tablet in a way

the OS UI for tablet is one of the best tablet UI not only a big ass phone...

Deihmos said,
Google needs to go back to the drawing board and come up with a proper tablet experience. I like Android on the phone but on a tablet it sucks.

I love my xoom with ICS, but as dagamer34 rightly points out, it is the current dearth of tablet-optimized apps which is the problem. It is improving though.

Shiranui said,

I love my xoom with ICS, but as dagamer34 rightly points out, it is the current dearth of tablet-optimized apps which is the problem. It is improving though.

I just an HP touchpad and put android 4 on it, and boy, the apps ive gotten used to on my phone ive had to abandon on my tablet. Even popular apps like Facebook and Twitter arent tablet optimized!

McKay said,

Isn't ICS pretty solid on a tablet?

Not in my optionion. It's exactly the same as the phone. EVen most of the apps are exactly the same. The same app switcher that sucks on a tablet. I think Apple is the only one that gets it.

Edited by Deihmos, May 30 2012, 4:03am :

Deihmos said,
Google needs to go back to the drawing board and come up with a proper tablet experience. I like Android on the phone but on a tablet it sucks.

Honeycomb, yeah sorta, but ICS on a Tablet with a good processor blows everything else out of the water, as other people have noted, its the apps that are the problem although with Android, apps designed for phones can actually look quite good and be nice to use unlike iphone OS where its horribly scaled up mess.

Saying that though, with Windows 8 RT just around the corner it will offer an experience unlike anything we have ever seen.

sam232 said,

Honeycomb, yeah sorta, but ICS on a Tablet with a good processor blows everything else out of the water, as other people have noted, its the apps that are the problem although with Android, apps designed for phones can actually look quite good and be nice to use unlike iphone OS where its horribly scaled up mess.

Actually, with the new Retina display, they look great. IIRC, there was some sort of issue with scaling down the actual textures in the other two iPads.