Google Brings Nexus 7 and 10 Tablets, Android 4.2. Oh, and the Nexus 4 Smartphone
Google announced via its blog this morning that on November 13th they will release the Nexus 4 Smartphone, updated variants of the Nexus 7 Tablet, and Nexus 10 Tablet. All will be running Android 4.2, Jelly Bean, this time touted as “a different flavor”. With the Nexus 10, Google brings the fight to Apple, with a tablet that’s cheaper and offers better specs than the iPad. Dig into the deets after the break!
Nexus 4 Smartphone
Nexus 4, built in partnership with LG, includes a quad-core processor and the latest version of Jelly Bean, Android 4.2. The display is 4.7″ (320 ppi), placing it similar in size to the other new smartphones and just 6 pixels shy of the iPhone 5’s density. It supports wireless charging, so you can just use a charging surface instead of digging for cords. Pricing starts at $299 for the 8GB and $349 for the 16GB for the unlocked phone, without a contract. The 16GB phone will also be offered through T-Mobile for $199 with a two-year contract.
Nexus 7 Tablet
The Nexus 7 is built by ASUS and has a NVIDIA® Tegra® 3 quad core processor. It also ships with Android 4.2. It will be available on 11/13 in two sizes: 16GB ($199), replacing the outgoing 8GB model, or 32GB ($249). There is also an option with 32GB and HSPA+ mobile for fifty bucks more ($299), which will operate on AT&T and T-Mobile.
Nexus 10 Tablet
This is where things get neat! The Nexus 10 Tablet, made by Samsung, has a a dual-core, Cortex A15-based, 1.7 GHz Samsung Exynos 5250 CPU and a 10.555-inch display with a 2560 x 1600, 300 ppi (vs. iPad’s 264 ppi) better-than-retina display. It has forward facing speakers (finally!) so that you can hear your music, not your desk, or the people in front of you. Other specs include Mali T604 GPY, 2GB of RAM, NFC, 802.11 b/g/n (MIMO + HT40) WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, and with front-and rear NFC (Android beam) radios.
It has microUSB, Pogo Pin, microHDMI and the standard 3.5mm headphone jack to round out your input/output options. There are two cameras on the Nexus 10, a 5-megapixel main camera on the back and a 1.9-megapixel camera on the front. Though, please, don’t be one of those people at Disneyland holding up a 10 inch tablet in front of them, walking along oblivious to the world, taking pictures. That’s lame. Use your damn phone or point and click. The tablet weighs 603 grams and is 8.9mm thick. According to Google, the Nexus 10 can handle nine hours of HD video playback (vs. iPad’s ten) and 500 hours of standby with its 9,000 mAh lithium polymer battery.
Another thing Nexus 10 has going over the iPad is that it can be setup with multiple user accounts, a feature that’s been an obvious omission on the iPad for more than two years. Unlike the iPad, where there is only one e-mail box, facebook account, etc., you can have multiple users and switch between them on the lockscreen. No longer do you have to worry about your kids getting into your e-mail, apps and
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The Nexus 10 Tablet comes in two options: $399 for the 16GB and $499 for the 32GB model. That’s $100 cheaper than an iPad for a product with superior specs and superior cloud integration. Bravo, Google.
Now, Microsoft, how about a Surface RT price drop? I know, I know–I ask for so much.