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Google Nexus 10 coming for $399 in November

Google Nexus 10 coming for $399 in November

Tue 30 Oct 2012 12:31am GMT / 8:31pm EDT / 5:31pm PDT
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Google announces a full lineup of Nexus devices for the holidays

Google announced a full set of devices today to complete their Nexus line-up for the holiday season. The devices include the Nexus 4 smartphone, the Nexus 10 tablet, and an updated Nexus 7 tablet. All three devices will come installed with Android 4.2, the latest version of Google's mobile operating system.

The Nexus 10 is Google's first 10-inch tablet, competing directly with Apple's best-selling iPad. The Nexus was developed by Samsung and sports a 2560x1600 resolution screen, Samsung's dual-core 2GB of RAM, a Samsung Exynos 5250 (dual-core A15 CPU and quad-core ARM Mali-T604 GPU), and 16 or 32 GB of storage. Google is quick to compare the Nexus 10 to Apple's iPad, pointing out the Retina-surpassing 300 ppi and the lighter 603g heft. Users will have to get used to Wi-Fi only, as there's currently no mobile data option planned for the tablet. The Google Nexus 10 will cost $399 for the 16 GB unit and $499 for the 32 GB unit, with a release date of November 13, 2012.

The Nexus 4 replaces the Samsung Galaxy Nexus as Google's flagship smartphone, with the Galaxy Nexus being delisted from the Google Play store. The Nexus 4 features a 4.7-inch screen with a resolution of 1280x768 powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon S4 Pro processor and 2GB of RAM. Unfortunately, the Nexus 4 won't have an LTE version, meaning North American carriers like Verizon and Sprint will miss out on the fun. Google senior vice president Andy Rubin told The Verge the decision to go with a HSPA+ phone is a "tactical" choice, allowing Google to control distribution of the hardware.

"A lot of the networks that have deployed LTE haven't scaled completely yet - they're hybrid networks [...] which means the devices need both radios built into them," Rubin told The Verge. "When we did the Galaxy Nexus with LTE we had to do just that, and it just wasn't a great user experience. Tactically, we want to make sure the devices are available for every network on the planet."

The Nexus 4 will be available in 8GB and 16GB units, for $299 and $349 respectively. Much like the Nexus 10, the Nexus 4 is scheduled for release on November 13, 2012.

Finally, the Google Nexus 7 sees the death of its entry-level 8GB unit. The 16GB version has become the new entry-level at a new, lower-price of $199. At the 16GB's old $249 price point is a brand-new 32GB Nexus 7. Google has also added a version of the Nexus 7 with mobile data. The tablet will be HSPA+ like the Nexus 4, and will set users back $299.99. The Wi-Fi only versions of the Google Nexus 7 are available immediately, while the HSPA+ version will be available on November 13.

With the Nexus 4, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10, Google is on even footing with Apple's iPhone 5, iPad mini, and iPad. Will it be enough to help Google and Android gain some ground?

14 Comments

Nicholas Pantazis
Senior Editor

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"Even footing" if you discount the fact that by any objective measure (except for app selection and compatibility, which isn't a HUGE cleft) all of Google's offerings are far better than Apple's. They are more powerful, versatile, advanced, and affordable. But, you know... they don't say Apple.

Posted:A year ago

#1

Bruce Everiss
Marketing Consultant

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My wife and I both have Nexus 7s and they are utterly fantastic.
As Nicholas says these represent far better value, feature for feature, than the Apple equivalents. However they don't have the Apple ecosystem or the logo that is vital to impress fellow commuters.
This really is a measure of how quickly the market moves. Less than 5 months ago Google wasn't really a player in the tablet market. Now they are one of the biggest. In other words this market is easy to disrupt. Which means that Microsoft could easily have a very significant impact with Win8.

Posted:A year ago

#2

Peter Dwyer
Games Designer/Developer

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Give Google time and they will have an Apple sized eco-system. As microsoft showed when it entered the console market. Getting the software is just a matter of time and planning. It's the one hurdle that is easy to jump as us designers and developers will fill the gap for them in that ever present hunt for the gold at the end of the App rainbow..

Posted:A year ago

#3

Adam Campbell
Associate Producer

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Don't see how anyone can compete with this. We could see a complete shake-up (finally) of portable device pricing.

Posted:A year ago

#4

Kingman Cheng
Illustrator and Animator

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Oh wow this is ace, I thought they would have released it like early next year. But I'm still going to hold out though, I want a tablet for drawing on the go and none of the current tablets have really excited me enough in that sort of department. But still good going Samsung and Google, looking forward to seeing how this turns out.

Posted:A year ago

#5

Dave Herod
Senior Programmer

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As much as I like my Nexus 7 it still annoys me that not only do they put pitifully small storage in them, they also refuse to give you the ability to expand it yourself. I have over 40GB of music alone and I'd like to put it all on my devices, so even 32 GB just doesn't cut it. And don't tell me about "cloud", because for several hours a day I sit in a wifi black hole so I want the data local. I would have gladly paid extra for a 64GB (at least) version, but they don't even offer it.

Posted:A year ago

#6

Tom Keresztes
Programmer

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A 604T review

Its impressive, but not revolutionary. It only beats the competition by such a margin as the test was running in the device's native resolution instead of the hd res of the other devices. If you crossreference this result with other right mark results, you'll find it will put ahead of the tegra3 but not by a wide margin. The quoted link only displays fill rate, which is very difficult to get accurate information. As a wild guess, i would say this would comparable in performance of an ipad3's MP4 GPU, maybe somewhat slower.
The Exynos dual is more promising, however as it will be the first shipping A15.

Posted:A year ago

#7

Kingman Cheng
Illustrator and Animator

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@Dave I sympathise with you there and that's one of the few things that badgered me about that tablet. Other than the fact I'm waiting for tablets to become a little more artist friendly, I have the same WiFi situation as you so it isn't practical for me.

Posted:A year ago

#8
Been holding off getting a Nexus 7, and it isn't *that* different from the SGS3... but I'll definitely get the Nexus 10. Its the device I have been waiting for to complement the SGS3/Kindle.

In other news... my wife yesterday got her *new* iPhone... the iPhone 4S. She won't touch a 5, and she was extremely happy to find it still had iOS5 on it ... not 6. She made the mistake of upgrading her iPad to iOS6, and has regretted it massively.

Posted:A year ago

#9

Stephen Richards
Game Deisgner

67 28 0.4
@Dave You can expand the storage capacity by attaching a usb stick via a micro usb adaptor. I haven't done this yet myself but have heard it's possible.

Posted:A year ago

#10

Kingman Cheng
Illustrator and Animator

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@Stephen a friend of mine who has that tablet said you can do that, but the thing is it would be preferable if you didn't have a USB flash key sticking out of your tablet if you were on the go!

Posted:A year ago

#11

Stephen Richards
Game Deisgner

67 28 0.4
That would be the downside. It's not ideal for eg bringing to work everyday but I can see it being useful while travelling.

Posted:A year ago

#12

Benjamin Ryalls
Business Development Manager

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It's really very easy to expand the memory if you root the device and then run stick mount. I have a 32gb mem stick for all my films and shows.
Yes it looks a bit weird with it sticking out of the device when watching but it's an easy work around. Not to mention you can use a wireless gamepad and turn it into a mobile console!

Posted:A year ago

#13

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