Despite being forced to cancel it's Android event due to the Hurricane Sandy, Google announced in a blog post, the lineup of it's new Nexus devices.
The three new devices that were officially unveiled by Google are, the Nexus 4 smartphone, the Nexus 10 tablet and a new Nexus 7 tablet with 3G connectivity.
Starting with it's latest flagship smartphone, Google introduced the Nexus 4 which is being co-manufactured by LG. The phone is powered by a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor with 2GB RAM. It has a 4.7-inch IPS display with a resolution of 1280 x 768 pixels.
Running on Android 4.2 Jelly bean (Yes, 4.2 is still Jelly Bean), the Nexus 4 sports an 8-megapixel primary camera that's capable of recording video in Full HD and a 1.3-megapixel front camera.
For storage, the device comes in either 8GB or 16GB storage options but on the downside, there's no Micro-SD card slot. The other big miss is the lack of 4G LTE connectivity on the device.
Google Nexus 4 Specifications and price:
- 1.5 GHz quad processor; 2GB RAM
- 4.7-inch IPS HD display
- 8 megapixel primary, 1.3 megapixel secondary camera
- 8GB/16GB storage options (No micro-SD slot)
- 2100 mAh battery
- Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
- $299(8GB), $349(16GB)
If you think that was impressive, wait till you hear the price of the Nexus 4. It's just 9 for the 8GB Model and 9 for the 16GB variant. That is a killer price for a smartphone with such high-end features. With this, there's no doubt that Google surely has a winner at it's hands.
The phone will be available starting November 13 in US, UK, France, Germany, Canada, Australia and Spain. Though there's no word on the availability of the Nexus in other parts of the world, but we expect that phone will start shipping in Europe, Asia and the Middle East by November-end this year.
In a press release, Andy Rubin, senior vice president of mobile and digital content at Google, said, "This is the first time we collaborated with LG to build a Nexus device. They brought an extraordinary amount of talent to the project, and the result is a feature-packed device that feels great in your hand, and blazingly fast under the hood."
The second big launch was the Nexus 10 tablet. Google has collaborated with Samsung to launch the the new tablet, that comes with a 10.1-inch display that has a resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels, that's aropund 300ppi and that is the maximum highest resolution on any tablet that's available in the market today. (Yes, even the iPad falls short here!). The Nexus runs on a 1.7GHz dual-core Exynos 5250 processor coupled with 2GB of RAM.
Nexus 10 specifications and price:
- 1.7GHz dual-core processor; 2GB RAM
- 10.1-inch display with a resoltion of 2569 x 1600 pixels
- Android 4.2
- 8 megapixel primary, 1.9 megapixel secondary camera
- 16GB/32GB storage options ( No Micro-SD card slot)
- $399(16GB), $499(32GB)
For shutterbugs, there's a 5-megapixel rear camera and a 1.9 megapixel front facing camera. The Nexus 10 runs on Android 4.2 and for connectivity, there's Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, Micro USB and Micro HDMI and would be available in two storage options,
16GB and 32GB and just as the Nexus 4, there's no Micro-SD card slot here as well.
With this, the Google Nexus 10 directly takes on the Apple iPad and the newly launched, Microsoft Surface. The 10-inch tablet segment that is currently being ruled by Apple, will now have some serious competition.
The Nexus 10 too, will be available starting November 13 in select countries.
Other than these two new devices, Google has also updated it's older, Nexus 7 tablet. Google has decided to discontinue the 8GB variant of the tablet and introduced a new 32 GB variant for the Nexus 7 while the 16GB variant is now the base model and comes at a price of $199 (down from $249 earlier).
The 32 GB variant is now priced at $249 for the Wi-Fi only model. Google has also added 3G connectivity to the 32GB model of the Nexus 7 and priced it at $299.
With this announcement, Google now has it's flagship devices across all the screen sizes available in the market today. And to top it all, these have been prices quite aggressively as well. It seems that this holiday season, Google surely looks to take the market by storm!