Google introduces new Nexus devices

With Apple’s forthcoming iPad mini giving the company a product to cover each of the mobile device markets, competitors must be even more aggressive on pricing, design and features.

Though Sandy took the wind out of their news cycle, Google tried to do just that, announcing new Nexus products through their official blog.

Here’s what to look for from Google’s Nexus line:

Nexus 7

The original Nexus 7, a 7” tablet released in July, was an upstart product for Google.  Retailing for under $200, the device put Apple on notice by bringing a high quality product to a low price point.

The new Nexus 7 retains the specs and price point of the original, but makes the 16GB model the base model (up from 8GB) and adds a 32GB option for $249.

A new 32GB 3G HSPA+ GSM version of the Nexus 7, for use on AT&T and T-Mobile, will sell for $299.

Nexus 10

As rumored, Google also introduced a new full-size Nexus, called the Nexus 10, which brings the Nexus 7 sensibilities to a larger form factor.

The Nexus 10’s most appealing new feature is it’s 10.1” display, which runs at a resolution of 2560x1600px (almost 300 ppi).  By comparison, the Retina display in Apple’s new iPad is “just” 2048x1536px (264 ppi).  The 10 is a widescreen tablet, though, so it will appear longer than most 4:3 tablets, like the iPad.

Under the hood, the Nexus 10 is powered by an ARM A15 dual-core processor and has 2GB RAM, which should comfortably power the high-resolution display.  It also sports both front and rear-facing cameras, as well as a 9,000mAh battery that Google says is capable of 9 hours of continuous HD video playback.

The Nexus 10 will ship on November 13 in both 16GB and 32GB flavors and retail for $399 and $499, respectively.

Nexus 4

Google’s latest mobile phone, the Nexus 4, rounds out the Nexus lineup.

Manufactured by LG, the Nexus 4 smartphone provides users with a 4.7” screen, which runs at 1280×768 (320 ppi).  The iPhone 5 employs a 4” screen, which runs at 1136×640 (326 ppi).

A 1.5ghz, quad-core processor powers the Nexus 4, which also has 2GB of RAM.  It also has great battery life, but doesn’t, unfortunately, have LTE technology. It can connect HSPA+ networks, though.

Nexus 4 will release on November in 8GB and 16GB flavors that will cost $299 and $349, respectively.  The device also ships unlocked, which means that users aren’t on the hook for a contract at the time of purchase and can use the smartphone on the compatible carrier of their choice.

All of the new Nexus devices will run Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, the latest version of the OS.  Android 4.2 brings performance upgrades and new features, like multiple-profile support.

For more information, view Google’s announcement blog post here:  Along with features and pricing, Google included a product overview video for prospective buyers.

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