Hurricane Sandy caused the cancelation of the New York event announced by Google for October 29, but the situation did not deter the company from announcing its latest devices consisting of the Nexus 4 smartphone, the iPad’s latest competitor – the new Nexus 10 tablet, and the Wi-Fi versions of its Nexus 7 through blog post.
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Developed in collaboration with LG, the Nexus 4 smartphone will run on Android 4.2. It is an altered version of LG’s Optimus G smartphone equipped with Qualcomm’s quad-core Snapdragon processor, and features a 3G connection using GSM and HSPA+ technology. A 4G LTE version is not yet available. It features a 4.7-inch IPS Plus display in HD, an 8-megapixel rear camera, and a 1.3MP front-facing camera. The 8GB model is priced at $299 while the 16GB is at $349. They will start selling this on November 13 at the Google Play Store in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Germany, France, Spain, and Australia.
Beating the iPad’s display, Google’s Nexus 10 tablet features a 10.1-inch PLS (plane-to-line switching) panel with 2,560×1,600-pixel resolution, displaying 299 pixels per inch (ppi). Apple’s iPad comes with a lower 2,048×1,536-pixel-resolution, and 264ppi screen. Manufactured by Samsung, the new tablet features a 1.7GHz dual-core Exynos 5250 processor, with ARM’s Mali-T604 GPU. It is also equipped with Android 4.2 at 2GB of RAM, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC (near-field communication), micro USB, micro HDMI, a 1.9-megapixel front-facing camera and a a 5-megapixel back camera with LED flash. The tablet comes in two models: $399 for 16GB and $499 for 32GB. They will also be available at the Google Play Store on November 13.
The Nexus 7 has two new versions with a 32GB but one has the added feature of a pentaband HSPA+ radio. Due to ship on November 13, the new models will retail for $249 and $299 respectively. The 16GB Nexus 7, in the meantime, gets a price cut from $249 to $199.