In a rather strange manner, we may have figured out the next Nexus model from Google, and it comes in the tablet form factor. The first days of 2011 saw a strange Toshiba made tablet weaving around an operating system close to becoming Android 3.0 Honeycomb. At that time, testing models were still running Android 2.2 Froyo so nobody could foresee what Google had in mind for them.
If you look closely below, this is what most believe will be the next Nexus device, and thanks to its presumed Tegra 2 processor and its manufacturers name, will probably be named Nexus T. This is probably the well known by now 10.1 inch Nvidia Tegra 2 powered tablet from Toshiba, and it likely be made official at Google’s I/O conference starting on the 10th of May. There are a couple of clues that hint at this announcement.
Among these clues we can find the answer to Google’s @googlenexus challenge for today: PRISMATIC. This sole word might not mean anything alone, but when we know that the new Toshiba tablet will spot a prismatic Li-Ion battery it surely sounds like a hint towards it. This new type of battery should be revolutionary since it packs almost three times the juice of its normal Li-Ion brothers. I am sure everybody would like a mobile device that lasts three times as long before it needs to visit a plug.
The @googlenexus challenge ends one day before the I/O conference so it remains to be seen if further clues to this tablet appear. This mysterious tablet has shown its face quite a couple of times on Amazon and on Best Buy but it never had any names attached. This is probably because Google did not want us to know the device will be part of the Nexus series, with a full Google experience.
And now for the dilemma behind the T name. That T may be the real name mostly because of three things. It is the next letter after S in the alphabet. It is the first letter of the device manufacturer (S was for Samsung). It seems like a good name for the first Tablet.
With all this in mind I sure hope we will see this tablet unveiled at the I/O conference, not because of its specs or pure Google experience as most tablets run Android 3.0 Honeycomb without customizations, but because of the new battery that would sit perfectly in any other portable device.
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