Google and LG made impressive waves in the mobile device industry when the two companies paired up to deliver the Nexus 5 smartphone. The two powerhouses could be teaming up yet again to produce another mobile hit, this time in the tablet market.
A tweet from the Twitter account “@evleaks” brought attention to a mysterious gadget bearing the model number “LG V510,” Android Guys reports. The details are sparse, but the device is expected to be the Nexus 8.
Earlier this month, Geeky-Gadgets highlighted a service manual for a never-before-seen LG tablet running Android. The manual, which at the time was speculated to be for either the Nexus 8 or an LG G Pad 8.3 variant, was accompanied by text describing the exact same specifications as those associated with the most recent Twitter leak.
The specifications are reported to be:
Screen: 8.3-inch LCD display, full HD IPS 1920 x 1200p resolution
Performance: 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor, 2 GB of RAM
Camera: 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera
Power: 4600 mAh battery
Storage: 16 GB of internal storage, built-in micro SD slot supports up to a total of 64 GB
One of the most interesting categories to note is the operating system (OS) that could be installed on the hardware. The G Pad 8.3 is currently running Android OS 4.2.2, a.k.a. Jelly Bean. More than likely, the Nexus 8 tablet would launch running the new KitKat, Android version 4.4. The KitKat software was recently rolled out to a number of Android devices, including LG’s Nexus 5, according to Gotta Be Mobile.
KitKat may have been instrumental in kick-starting the Nexus 8 speculation. Rumors started to brew when sites like SoftPedia brought attention to a KitKat promo showing the then-upcoming Android software displayed on an unknown, yet somewhat familiar LG tablet. At the time, the device was suspected to be an LTE version of the aforementioned LG G Pad 8.3.
A Steady Tablet Hardware Partnership Born?
So far, the LG G Pad 8.3 has been well received in the mid- to high-end tablet market. A big part of its appeal is a strategic design that accentuates the software under the hood. “From its light weight to its sleek design, LG G Pad 8.3 is the ultimate complement to the Android smartphone experience,” James Fishler, Senior Vice President of Marketing at LG, was quoted as saying in a Tom’s Hardware article.
What features are you hoping the Nexus 8 will have?
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