Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 announced by Google alongside new Nexus 7 modelsAlex Wagner - Deputy Managing Editor, News Desk
Google just officially announced the LG Nexus 4 and Samsung Nexus 10, alongside new versions of the ASUS Nexus 7. First up, the Nexus 4 will be launching on the Google Play store on November 13, with pricing set at $299 for the 8GB model or $349 for the 16GB version. The Nexus 4 will be sold unlocked from Google, though a 16GB version will also be sold by T-Mobile for $199 with a two-year contract.
When it comes to specs, the Nexus 4 features a 4.7-inch 1280x768 True HD IPS+ display and 1.3-megapixel camera on its face, as well as a second 8-megapixel shooter around back. It touts a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor under its hood along with 2GB RAM. A 2,100mAh battery powers the whole show, and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean will come preloaded on the Nexus 4. Also included is wireless charging support, NFC and HSPA+ connectivity.
Moving on to the largest of the new Nexus devices, the Nexus 10 will also be launching on the Google Play store on November 13. Interested customers will be able to pick up a 16GB Nexus 10 for $399 or a 32GB model for $499. Your hard-earned cash will get you an Android 4.2 tablet with a 10.055-inch, 2560x1600 display, front-facing stereo speakers and a battery that Google says will last for 9 hours of video playback. The Nexus 10 also features a dual-core processor, 5-megapixel rear and 1.9-megapixel front cameras, 2GB RAM, NFC, microUSB and microHDMI, Pogo pin charger support and a 9,000mAh battery.
The Nexus 7 isn't being left out of today's announcements, as the ASUS-made slate is now available in a couple of new versions. The 8GB model has been dropped in favor of 16GB and 32GB units, which are priced at $199 and $249, respectively. There's also a new variant with HSPA+ connectivity for users that'd like connectivity on the go. That version includes will be launching on November 13 with 32GB of storage and a price tag of $299
Finally, Google also officially announced the new version of Android that'll come preinstalled on the Nexus 4 and Nexus 10, Android 4.2. This new flavor of Jelly Bean comes with several new features:
- Photo Sphere: Take photos in multiple directions that can then be stitched together to create one large photo
- Gesture Typing: New feature of the Android 4.2 keyboard that allows users to slide their fingers to each letter that they'd like to type
- Multi-user Support: Allows different people to have their own profiles on a tablet, complete with different home screens, apps and high scores. Available only on tablets.
- Wireless Display: Support for beaming content to an HDTV using a wireless display adapter that connects via HDMI.
- Daydream: Shows off things like photos and Google Currents news when a device is idle or docked.
- Google Now: New Google Now features include the ability to check popular photo spots, track packages and check for information about movies.
Google also confirmed to us that it won't be rescheduling the event that it had originally planned to hold today, which doesn't come as much of a surprise considering that it just announced all of its new Nexus products. After all of the times that the Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 have leaked, it's good to see them finally made nice and official by El Goog. The Nexus 4 borrows several features from LG's Optimus G, including a 4.7-inch high-res display and quad-core processor. Some folks may be disappointed by the Nexus 4's lack of LTE support, but its $299/$349 unlocked pricing certainly helps make up for that. So now we've been introduced to Google's new line of Nexus products, what do you think? Anyone going to be opening up their wallet next month?