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Google, Samsung 'to unveil 10-inch Android tablet'

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Google and Samsung will announce a new Nexus-branded tablet with a 10-inch screen at a launch event in New York next week, according to a report.

The US web search giant has confirmed a major Android announcement on October 29, leading to speculation over what could be unveiled.

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The Next Web has claimed that the new 10-inch display tablet, codenamed Manta, will jointly be unveiled by Google and Samsung at the Android event.

The site's sources claim that the slate, expected to be called the Nexus 10, will feature a 10-inch 2560x1600 display, boasting a pixel density of around 300ppi, better than Apple's latest iPad.

No further details are available on the Nexus 10's specifications or pricing, but it is thought that the larger slate will go on sale alongside the existing Asus-made Nexus 7 and the new LG Nexus 4 smartphone.

This would form part of Google's multi-manufacturer assault with the Nexus brand.

The Nexus 4 phone is expected to feature a 4.7-inch 1280x768 display, quad-core 1.5 GHz Qualcomm APQ8064 Snapdragon processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB storage, an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 2100mAh battery.

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Also at the October 29 event, it is thought likely that Google will announce a refresh of the Nexus 7 7-inch screen tablet that has proved popular with consumers since it went on sale this summer.

Google is expected to unveil a new model of the Nexus 7 offering HSPA+ 3G connectivity for the first time, enabling users to get online when away from WiFi hotspots, along with an internal storage increase in the range to 32GB.

The Nexus 7 refresh would come after the unveiling of Apple's much-rumoured iPad Mini small-screen tablet at a launch tomorrow (October 23). The iPad Mini would compete with the Nexus 7 and the Amazon's Android-powered Kindle Fire.

The Next Web also claims that both the Nexus 4 and the Nexus 10 will launch next week with Android 4.2, bringing new features to the operating system.

This includes "content in the centre", a new widget in the Google Play Store; "tablet sharing" for multiple user accounts on one device; and a horizontal and vertical panoramic photo capture mode, similar to the system released by Apple in iOS 6.

It is unclear whether Google will release Android 4.2 under the latest Jelly Bean codename, or give it a new branding. It is also not certain that the latest version of Android will come to the Nexus 7 devices.

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