Not to be outdone by Microsoft’s recent release of the Surface tablet and Windows 8, Google is adding to its lineup of Nexus tablets and smartphones. Available starting 11/13/2012, Google is offering the next generation of the Nexus Android smartphone, an upgraded Nexus 7 tablet, and a new 10-inch Nexus tablet. All of these devices are priced competitively, and the technical specs are set to blow the competition away.
Nexus 4 Phone
First in the line-up is the Nexus 4 Android smartphone. This handset comes from collaboration with the hardware manufacturer LG, despite the fact that Google could have easily manufactured it through it’s self-owned manufacturer Motorola. With a 4.7 inch display the Nexus 4 comes in at roughly the same size as Samsung’s latest Galaxy SIII phone, but is still dwarfed by the the larger Samsung Note II phablet. Coming as a surprise and likely as a result to keep costs low, the latest Nexus phone is not dual-band and will only be available initially to GSM carriers. Available November 13 in the Google Play store.
- 4.7” Display at 1280 x 768 resolution (320 ppi)
- Qualcomm Snapragon S4 Pro processor
- HSPA+ capable
- GSM carrier unlocked
- 2GB RAM
- Weighs 0.31 pounds
- $299 for 8GB model / Add $50 for 16GB model
- Ships with Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) and receives the most recent updates first
- 8 MP rear camera / 1.3 MP front camera
Nexus 7 Tablet
The Nexus 7 is now considered old news since its release last July, but it’s received two noteworthy upgrades. The 8 GB version is no longer available, and now the 16GB is dropped in price to make room for the 32 GB taking its place. In effect, size was doubled and price has remained the same. In addition a new HSPA+ capable version has been added for the 32GB version that tacks an extra $50 onto the cost, aside from the data plan required to employ it which must be acquired separately.
For technical specs on the Nexus 7 check it out in the Google Play store, as there is nothing new to report.
Nexus 10 tablet
The first of its kind, the Nexus 10 tablet is the largest Android tablet that Google has yet to produce. Compared to the Nexus 7, this tablet dominates from a hardware perspective with nearly double the horsepower underneath the hood. The only unfortunate part is that there won’t be a 10-inch model available with HSPA+ connectivity. Available November 13 in the Google Play store.
- Dual-core A15 processor
- Mali T604 graphics processor
- 16GB internal flash storage / add $100 for 32GB
- 2GB RAM
- 5 MP rear camera / 1.9 MP front camera
- Weighs 1.3 pounds
- Connectors: Micro USB / Micro HDMI / 3.5mm jack / Pogo pin charger
- Ships with Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) and receives the latest updates immediately
Google also released it’s first promotional video announcing the devices yesterday that shows off a new ‘Siri’-like feature, check it out below or on YouTube.
Google has the data, content and now the device as the portal into its world…. These guys are the company to beat at this point. Amazon has the online retail presence but Google has the data and the geeks to pull it all together.
Scary company at this point… — in a good way
I really like the new voice search feature on iOS…works a lot better than Siri that’s for sure.