Talk about a busy month. Microsoft last week launched its Windows 8 operating system and Surface RT tablet to the general public, Apple released an iPad mini just a few days ago, and now Google is getting in on the media frenzy by announcing new and improved Nexus devices. Probably the biggest news of the day from Google is the introduction of the Nexus 10, a 10-inch Android tablet that might finally be able to supplant the iPad in popularity.
In this economy, price rules the day, and the new Nexus 10 debuts at $399 for 16GB and $499 for 32GB. That's $100 cheaper than the 3rd/4th generation iPad at both storage tiers. Google didn't gimp the display to get at that price point, either. In fact, the Nexus 10 boasts the highest resolution of any tablet at 2560x1600 (300ppi), which works out to over 4 million pixels. That's more dense than the iPad's Retina Display, which features a 2048x1536 resolution (264ppi).
Other features include a dual-core A15 processor, Mali T604 GPU, 2GB of RAM, 5MP rear-facing camera, 1.9MP front-facing camera, micro USB port, and micro HDMI port. All this comes topped with the newest flavor of Jelly Bean, Android 4.2, which supports multiple users that you can switch between on the lock screen.
Also new to the Nexus line is the Nexus 4 smartphone built by LG. The Nexus 4 sports a 4.7-inch 1280x768 display (320ppi) with a quad-core Snapdragon S4 processor, 2GB of RAM, 8GB or 16GB of internal storage, micro USB port, SlimPort HDMI, wireless charging, 8MP front-facing camera, 1.3MP rear-facing camera, and Android 4.2. It will be available in November for $299 for the 8GB model and $349 for the 16GB SKU.
Finally, Google confirmed a new 32GB Nexus 7 model that replaces the 16GB version at the $249 price point and is available immediately. The 8GB SKU disappears entirely, while the 16GB Nexus 7 gets knocked down to the $199 spot. Google also announced a 32GB Mobile version for $299, which comes with HSPA+ baked in. It will be available on November 13.