Google’s press-release/blog post announcement is far more than some details on the new Nexus HD tablet, indeed Google has 3 treats for us in November.
Sadly, while the digital press is unhindered, the actual NYC based Android 4.2 release event was cancelled due to some infamously bad weather.
Ooop! Ooop! Hey pretty tablet!
Lets start with the new HD tablet’s confirmed specs:
- 10.1″ 300PPI 2560×1600 Resolution LCD
- Android OS v4.2 (Jelly Bean)
- WiFi 802.11 b/g/n (MIMO+HT40)
- + Bluetooth and NFC (Android Beam)
- Dual Core Cortex A15 ARM CPU
- Mali T604 ARM GPU
- 9000 MAh LiPo Battery
- 9hr Battery run-time (>500hrs in Standby)
- Front facing HQ stereo speakers (Movies!)
- 2 GB of internal RAM
- 16/32 GB of internal Storage
- 603 grams (~240 Pennies)
Heck looking at this thing’s sensor list (5mpx front Camera, 2mpx rear Camera, Microphone, Accelerometer, Compass, Ambient light, Gyroscope, Barometer, GPS), all it’s missing is the ability to taste.
… and removable storage?! I find it very odd there’s not one mention of what sort of interface the tablet has for removable storage, though I’d be really shocked if it didn’t support MicroSD cards.
The price is almost as shocking, with the 16GB selling for $399US, and the 32GB version selling for $499US. Both models should be available on the 13th of November, which is also shocking because it’s a bit early for an xmas promotion, but that’s Google for you.
When discussing the middle device in a lineup I’m always reminded of Stealers Wheel – Stuck in the Middle with you.
In this case there’s no clowns to the left or jokers to the right, and nobody’s stuck.
In fact the Nexus 7 will be the mainstream device to buy for each of the kids, and at $199US for the 16GB version, you can afford to have a big family!
Heck the 32GB version is only $50 more at $349US, unless you wanted mobile high speed data access, which tacks on another $50 for a $299US price tag.
The specs aren’t as impressive as it’s big brother, but you do get what you pay for:
The Nexus 7 sports many of the same sensors as the Nexus 10, but it’s single 1.2Mpx camera is clearly just for web-chat/video calling.
The $299 Nexus 7 has fully unlocked HSPA+ support which I am almost certain will be used for more than just web-surfing given the available internet telephony options.
Last but not least is the latest cell phone from Google, the Nexus 4. In fact I seem to have saved the best for last.
This is way more than a phone at this point, we’ve really got to start looking at these devices as mini-tablets because the Nexus 4 has better features and functionality than most existing tablets.
The price gives the Nexus 4′s secret goodness away, the 8GB version goes for $299US, and the 16GB retails for $349US, both of which are unlocked/contract free. That’s not a typo, if you spent $799(CAN) on an unlocked 32GB HTC One X, which has inferior screen hardware, you might want to sell it, quickly.
According to Google’s blog:
The 16GB version will also be available through T-Mobile for $199, with a 2-year contract (check here for more details).
Sadly, I’ve really run out of space to explain the specs, but the Nexus 4 page on Google’s Play store does cover the details quite nicely.
In a nutshell it’s 4.7″ display, at 1280 x 768, has got the highest pixel density (320ppi) of any device in it’s class.
Indeed, if the world were to switch to this grade of phone and/or tablet hardware the concept of a ‘mobile version’ of your website would be pointless since this hardware has more than sufficient resolution to display a desktop style website.
At these prices the idea of the world switching to Nexus isn’t too far fetched either. I know I’m in the market for a better phone and I’m so glad I went with a standby device and waited for something this good of a value to come out.
SEO news blog post by Ryan Morben @ 12:55 pm