Google October 29 non-event part 2: Nexus 7 and Nexus 10
As we noted in part one of this roundup, Google decided to go ahead and announce its latest Android products, despite cancelling the fancy event they had planned. The LG Nexus 4 and Android 4.2 were covered in the last post, so lets move on and talk about Google’s new (and improved) tablets.
Since it isn’t completely new, we’ll start with the Nexus 7. First, the 8GB Nexus 7 has been eliminated, and the 16GB version now costs only $199. This move was to make room for the new 32GB version, which costs $249 for the WiFi version, and is identical to the 16GB version except in terms of storage.
The 32GB tablet also comes in a new HSPA+ mobile version, which includes a radio that Google says will work on 200 GSM providers around the world, as well as AT&T in the US. T-Mobile has also announced that it will carry the tablet. The 32GB with HSPA+ comes at a slight premium compared to the other tablets at $299, and doesn’t have any other storage options.
These new versions of the Nexus 7 will become available in the next few days, except for the HSPA+ version, which is coming on November 13.
While it wasn’t completely secret, the Nexus 10 was at least a bit more mysterious than the other devices announced today. Leaks began to flow late last week, but left plenty for Google to announce today.
The shape and design remains the same as we saw in the leaks, and most of the specifications line up as well. The Nexus 10 is made by Samsung, and has a 10.055-inch 2560 x 1600 display with an iPad-beating 300ppi pixel density, 9,000mAh battery that gives nine hours of video playback, 5MP rear camera with flash and 1.9MP front camera, 2GB of RAM, front speakers, WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC, dual-core A15 processor, and 16GB or 32GB of storage.
The tablet has all the same Android 4.2 features that users have come to expect, including Chrome, Google+, Google’s tablet apps, and Google Play content. Google is pushing the tablet as a magazine and movie consumption device with Google Play, one that will be used for more consumption than content creation.
The Nexus 10 will be available from Google Play on November 13, and cost $399 for the 16GB version and $499 for the 32GB version.
All of the new tablets will ship with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, a slight update to the Android OS that was covered in the first half of this roundup post. All of the products announced today can be found in the Google Play Store, where you can sign up to be notified of their availability.[Official Android Blog]