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Hot on the heels of the Nexus 10 tablet’s user guide leaking out, we now have our first images of the Samsung-manufactured device itself, thanks to mobile tech site BriefMobile.

According to the site, the 2560 x 1600 resolution is indeed the display the device will ship with — Super AMOLED, no less. The Nexus 10 will also be packing a dual-core 1.7GHz Samsung Exynos 5250, and a Mali-T604 GPU for graphics, as well as 2 GB of ram and 16 GB of on-board flash storage. On the camera side of things, it appears that the rear-facing shooter will come in at 5 megapixels, and as far as radios go, you can expect both NFC and Bluetooth 4.0.

Depending on where the Nexus 10 comes in on the price scale, it could be a compelling entry into the tablet space.

That space, of course, has become much more crowded as of late. Apple announced its iPad mini this past Tuesday (the Wi-Fi version ships November 2), and Microsoft’s Surface tablet running Windows RT just went on sale today. The Nexus 7 tablet, which was manufactured by Asus, has been praised by the tech press for packing quite a bit of tablet into its $199 asking price. The Surface is more suited to compete with the iPad with Retina, as both of those devices start at $499. The iPad mini rings up at $329 for the entry-level model, and sits somewhere in between 7-inch tablets like the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD, and its 9.7 inch Retina-enhanced family member.

So where does that leave the Nexus 10? As I stated yesterday, I expect the device to drop into the $299-$349 price range. Most tablet makers are now aware that creeping anywhere near the $500 mark puts them in direct competition with the iPad with Retina, a battle they’ll often lose. Pricing the Nexus 10 aggressively will allow the device to compete with both the iPad mini (blowing its specs out of the water), as well as Amazon’s 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD, which starts at $299 and will start shipping on November 20.

The Nexus 10 will almost certainly be unveiled at Google’s event this Monday, but in the meantime, stay tuned — we’ll provide any new information as it comes in.

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