By Alexandra Burlacu | Apr 30, 2013 09:32 AM EDT
Amid rumors and speculation about an upgraded Nexus 4 or a Nexus 5 smartphone, a new report now points to a new Nexus 11 tablet this year.
Samsung and Google do have a seemingly close relationship, and it appears to be going quite well between them. Samsung made a few of Google's flagship Nexus phones in the past, as well as the popular Google Nexus 10 slate that sports a high-resolution screen and a dual-core ARM Cortex-A15 processor.
Now, a new report claims that Samsung is getting ready to unleash a new Google Nexus 11 tablet later this year, which will be bigger and faster than its predecessor. The news comes from tech site SamMobile, which reports a Nexus 11 launch is imminent.
According to the publication, the purported Nexus 11 will reportedly sport an 11-inch Super PLS TFT display, an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, a 2-megapixel front-facing shooter, as well as micro SD card expansion for additional memory.
The high-end Nexus 11 will allegedly come as the first tablet to boast Samsung's octa-core processor, SamMobile further reports. It remains unclear at this point which Android version will run the show, but it should be the very latest (perhaps the rumored Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie?)
On the other hand, recent rumors suggested that Android 5.0 may not debut until later in the year, and instead Google will give Jelly Bean another run with an Android 4.3 version. Either way, the purported Nexus 11 could be the first device to get a taste of the latest release. The Samsung-made Nexus 10, for instance, launched in late 2012 as one of the first devices to rock Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. Many rival products are still waiting for the update to this version of Android, but being Google's baby must have its perks.
SamMobile also lists a Samsung Galaxy Tab 11 on the company's 2013 roadmap. This slate will allegedly pack a less powerful dual-core processor and presumably sport a TouchWiz-flavored user experience (UI). It may also carry a lower price.
A 7-inch Galaxy Tab Duos with dual-SIM support and a Galaxy Tab 8 are also in the cards. The 7-inch slate seems to be similar to the new tablet Samsung introduced on Monday, April 29, while the Galaxy Tab 8 looks poised to challenge Apple's iPad Mini.
Currently no details are available regarding the tablets' exact pricing and availability, but more information should surface in the coming months.
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