Google is ready to take on the competition and, even though Hurricane Sandy ruined their plans regarding the highly-anticipated New York-based launch event, forcing the search engine giant to postpone it, the creators of Android unveiled not less than three devices today.
You’ve already met one of them before, the Nexus 7 tablet which received more internal storage and 3G support, and you’ve probably heard about LG Nexus 4 and Samsung Nexus 10, two terminal that made the headlines over the past few weeks. Let’s have a closer look at each one of them and talk about their technical specifications and features.
LG Nexus 4
The quad-core smartphone has driven the Android enthusiasts crazy, as many of them heard about the device from the recent leaks, and now that all the rumors have been confirmed, I am sure that the fans of Google’s mobile platform are pleased.
After all it seems that is just one Nexus smartphone: LG Nexus 4, not five like the early rumors have suggested. The smartphone’s specifications are the highest currently available on the market: a display borrowed from LG Optimus G, a 4-inch unit with a resolution of 1,280 x 768 pixels, quad-core Qualcomm Snadrpagon S4 Pro at 1.5 GHz, 2 GB p RAM, 8 or 16 GB of internal storage. Unfortunately there’s no microUSB slot available.
LG Nexus 4 is running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, it has an 8 megapixel rear-facing camera with a feature called Photo Sphere, which basically works the same way as panorama, only it captures pictures from more directions.
The you come add all the connectivity features of a high-end smartphone like NFC, WiFi, Bluetooth, 3G, plus a 2,100 mAh battery and wireless recharging. Nexus 4 is 9.1 mm thick and weighs in 139 grams. The 8 GB model as a price of $299, while the model that comes with 16 GB of internal storage is priced $349.
LG Nexus 4 release date in US, GB, Australia, France, Germany, Spain and Canada was set for November 13th. It will have a price of only $199 after a two-year contract on T-Mobile.
ASUS Nexus 7 3G
You’ve already met the Nexus 7 tablet, the device co-developed by Google and ASUS that received numerous positive reviews. Nexus 7 comes with decent technical specifications: 7-inch display with 1,280 x 800 pixels, quad-core 1.3 GHz Tegra 3 processor, 1 GB of RAM, WiFi, Bluetooth, 3.5 mm jack, 4,325 mAh battery and the latest Android software.
The 8 GB model that was, until now, priced $199 will disappear from the retailer’s offers, while the 16 GB Nexus 7 will take its place at the same price. The Nexus 7 WiFi-only with 32 GB of internal storage will be priced $249, but if you want 32 GB and 3G support you will have to play extra $50. The latter model will be available starting November 13th on the following markets: US, GB, Australia, France, Germany, Spain, and Canada.
Many users said that would want 3G support and more internal storage on their Nexus 7 tablets, and the Google team delivered. All these at a price that is still below iPad Mini WiFi-only with 16 GB of storage.
Samsung Nexus 10
A tablet that comes with a display capable of beating on par with iPad 4’s Retina Display, and Samsung Nexus 10 promises to become one of the best 10-inch Android-powered tablets on the market.
Nexus 10 brings a 10.1-inch display with a resolution of 2,560 x 1,600 pixels, dual-core 1.7 GHz Exynos 5250 Dual processor based on ARM Cortex A15 architecture, quad-core Mali-T604 GPU, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean as standard, and a battery capable of keeping it awake for 9 hours.
There’s an element shared by all three aforementioned terminals: Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. You can see that Google decided not to change the name to Key Lime Pie, since Android 4.2 is considered a minor upgrade. The camera received a new feature called Photo Sphere, a new Google Play with improved services for more countries, and a built-in feature that allows you to directly connect your tablet or smartphone to a compatible HDTV.
As of November 13th the Android users in GB, France, Germany, Italy and Spain will be able to download music from Google Play. There are over 20,000 songs available for download free of charge.