By Stephen Schenck | June 6, 2012 12:16 PM
We’ve heard plenty of rumors about the possibility of Google releasing its own seven-inch tablet to join its Nexus line of Android devices, with ASUS supposedly the manufacturer behind it. While we’ve seen very little in the way of evidence to support such claims (though some interesting data from some benchmark tests recently caught our eye), this tablet would be supposedly be going up for sale quite soon, with some reports even looking to later this month; when would we get a chance to see the tablet in the flesh? Today, a pair of images attempt to reveal the Nexus tablet to us; could we be looking at the real deal?
To play devil’s advocate: this looks like a big phone, not a tablet. From the irregular bezel thickness, to the apparent inclusion of an earpiece, this isn’t hitting a lot of “tablet” notes. Granted, seven inches is close to that hybrid region where phones pretend to be tablets and vice versa, but this still seems like a weird design direction.
If we’re going to be super paranoid, why would someone bother to pixelate text like “confidential” and “proposal” when they’re both plainly readable even after the treatment, and when it appears that the only information worth redacting was the ID number directly below? While perhaps not a direct sign of ill will, it’s nonetheless a bit odd.
What do you think? Could this still be the real Nexus tablet? The source providing the images did mention some details that line-up with that benchmark data, including Android 4.1 and a Tegra 3 chip. Maybe this off-kilter design could be legit, after all.