The Android rumor mill is quick to debate the authenticity of recently surfaced image leaks (above) that have an albeit-slim “Nexus Tablet” association.

The Android Community (via PocketNow) dissected the rendering and concluded the tablet boasts standard buttons and Ice Cream Sandwich-specific apps on the display, which means the leak is a potential Nexus Tablet rendering.

It also features an ASUS-style tablet port, MicroUSB port, USB port, SIM card slot, and full-sized SD card slot. It is worth mentioning the Android Market icon is visible, even though the Google Play Store replaced it last month.

Reports fail to mention, however, that the slate in question looks uncannily similar to a first-generation Apple iPad (right). With that said, the image leak could easily be fabricated with a few spare Android tablet shots and a copy of Photoshop. Oh, and PocketNow’s absent source attribution begs the question of legitimacy.

There are many rumors regarding Google and tablets, including a report that indicates the Mountain View, Calif.-based Company is poised to enter the smaller tablet market with a 7-inch form factor built by Asus that will debut at Google I/O in June.

As 9to5Google previously noted, though, the timing seems a little strange, but a stock (and iPad-look-alike) Android device would be an interesting competitor for the new iPad and Amazon’s Kindle Fire.

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