Google Nexus 10 tablet and Nexus 4 smartphone unveiled
Android 4.2 Jelly Bean Nexus mobile devices announced
By Agam Shah | Published: 09:47, 30 October 2012
Google has announced a new 10-inch Nexus tablet and 4.7-inch Nexus smartphone running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.
Google was expected to showcase the devices in New York, but cancelled a planned Android event because of Hurricane Sandy.
The Nexus 10 tablet and Nexus 4 smartphone will join Google's growing stable of hardware devices, which include the Nexus 7 tablet and existing Nexus smartphones.
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The Nexus 10 can display images at a 2560-by-1600 pixel resolution, which Google claimed is the "highest resolution tablet on the planet," the company said. Apple's recently announced iPad with a 9.7-inch screen has a resolution of 2048 by 1536 pixels.
The Nexus 10 tablet will offer nine hours of video playback and 500 hours of standby time, Google said. It weights 603g, has dual-core Cortex-A15 processor, a 5-megapixel rear camera, 1.9-megapixel front camera and NFC capabilities.
The tablet was made with Samsung and will be available for £319 with 16GB of storage and £389 for 32GB of storage. The tablet will be available on November 13 in the Google Play Store in the US, UK, Australia, France, Germany, Spain, Canada and Japan.
The Nexus 4 smartphone was made with LG, Google said. The smartphone has many new features with Android 4.2, including wireless charging and a new keyboard to make typing easier. Android 4.2 also has a new feature called "Photo Sphere" to create 360-degree images and supports a wireless multimedia streaming standard called Miracast, which allows users to wirelessly stream movies directly to high-definition TVs.
The smartphone does not have LTE capabilities. It has a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, a 1280-by-768 pixel resolution screen, NFC, Bluetooth, an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 1.3-megapixel front camera. It weighs 139g.
An unlocked Nexus 4 will be available for £239 with 8GB storage and £279 with 16GB storage through the Google Play store in the US, UK, Australia, France, Germany, Spain and Canada. Google will make the smartphones available on November 13.
Google also upgraded its popular Nexus 7 tablet, which has a 7-inch screen and a quad-core processor. The company has added a Nexus 7 with 32GB for £199, and reduced the price of its 16GB model to £159. Google will also sell a £239 model with 32GB storage and HSPA+ mobile broadband capabilities, which will be unlocked and work with multiple carriers worldwide.
The tablet war has intensified in the last few weeks. Apple will ship the new 9.7-inch iPad and 7.9-inch iPad Mini later this week, and Amazon is expected to ship new Kindle Fires later this month. Microsoft is now shipping the Surface tablet (£399) with a 10.6-inch screen and Windows RT, with other vendors like Asus and Lenovo also shipping Windows tablets.
Google also said it would bring its Google Play store to Europe on November 13 to audiences in the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain.