Limited numbers of Nexus 10 tablets available for $140 off

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Google is expected to release a new Nexus 10 device later this year, as it has already released a Nexus 7 2013 update, but even given that, can a buyer pass up this price?

Update: a new deal is even better, at $359. This seller has 163,000 feedback reviews and a 99 percent satisfaction rating.

eBay, via Altatac, has the Google Nexus 10 10-inch tablet, with 32GB of internal storage, on sale for $369. That is $130 less than buying it from the standard location, the Google Play store, where it sells for $499.

That $369 price is lower than the 16GB model's price, in fact. That model sells for $399.

In addition, except for California, buyers won't be subject to sales tax.

Those wondering about the safety of buying such a device on eBay, Altatac's feedback offers a sort of guarantee. The eBay seller has about 317,000 feedback reviews, with an overall 99.4 satisfied rating. With that many transactions, there is virtually no way for the company to maintain a 100 percent satisfaction rating, so we'd take this rating as gold.

The sale says that there is a limited quantity of devices sold, with more than 600 purchased so far.

The Nexus 10 joined its smaller brother, the Nexus 7 last year, when Google expanded its Nexus line of products -- which are sold with stock Android and with no UI layer, just pure Android -- to tablets. The Nexus 7 line was eventually expanded to include cellular versions, but not so, the Nexus 10.

In addition, Google recently launched both wi-fi only and cellular versions of a 2013 version of Nexus 7 tablet. Hardware has been significantly upgraded, including the addition of a rear-facing camera (last year's Nexus 7 sported only a front-facing webcam).

It is unclear exactly how Google will upgrade the 2013 version of the Nexus 10. It was somewhat disappointing to see it ship, last year, with a dual-core processor. However, it did ship with a 2560 x 1600 pixel display resolution, which amounts to a just shy of Retina display resolution of 300 ppi.

We'd expect that Google -- or rather Samsung, the actual manufacturer of the device -- would not opt for a higher resolution, but we would expect to see significant changes in terms of performance, with a better processor. Last year's model sported 2GB of RAM, so we aren't expecting a bump there, either.

There might be a boost in camera features, too (last year's model came with a 5MP rear-facing camera and a 1.9MP front-facing camera.

Still, at this price, it's hard to avoid clicking on the Buy button.