To the delight of tech fans everywhere, Google didn’t let something like a hurricane stop if from announcing its new products yesterday, despite having to cancel the event where it intended to show them off. Instead, just minutes before Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 conference was about to get underway, the company launched the Nexus 4 smartphone and the Nexus 10 tablet.
We’ve seen the Nexus 4 several times already, but it feels good to have not only all the official specs, but also the price confirmed too. As expected, the LG Nexus 4 has a 4.7-inch, 1280 x 768 pixel resolution touchscreen, a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor, 2GB of RAM, an 8 megapixel camera and a choice of either 8GB or 16GB of internal memory.
It comes with Android 4.2 installed – without any custom UI or network interference, remember – and will be available directly from Google, as well with O2. The price is very special indeed, as the 8GB costs £240 and the 16GB £280 – surprisingly good prices for a quad-core smartphone with a big HD touchscreen.
The Nexus 10 is Google’s latest tablet, only this time it’s taking aim at Apple and its iPad rather than Amazon and the Kindle Fire. Produced by Samsung, it has a 10.1-inch screen with an amazing 2560 x 1600 pixel resolution and a pixel density of 300ppi, both of which beat the already impressive iPad’s Retina display.
A dual-core 1.7GHz processor and 2GB of RAM power the tablet, which like the Nexus 4, runs on Android 4.2; plus there is a 5 megapixel rear camera, a 1.9 megapixel video call lens, Bluetooth, NFC, stereo speakers and a battery which should return 9 hours of continuous video playback.
Available with either 16GB or 32GB of memory, it’s priced at £319 and £389 respectively, which means it undercuts the equivalent iPads too.
Both new Nexus devices can be ordered from the Google Play store, and will be released on 13 November.