Nexus 10 And Nexus 7 3G, Google Has Rivals For iPad 4 And iPad Mini


Nexus 10 And Nexus 7 3G, Google Has Rivals For iPad 4 And iPad Mini

Google presented on Monday the new Nexus 10 tablet manufactured by Samsung and introduced 3G supported on the Nexus 7 tablet co-developed with Asus.

Even though the search engine giant had to cancel the Android event scheduled for October 29th due to Hurricane Sandy, Google still unveiled the official details and pictures of the new tablets belonging to the Nexus family.

La piece de resistance is the new Nexus 10 tablet manufactured by Samsung, which boasts about a 10.1-inch display with an amazing resolution of 2,560 x 1,600 pixels and a pixel density of 300 ppi.

The hardware platform is also interesting, as Nexus 10 has become world’s first tablet to make use of the Samsung’s prorietary Exynos 5 Dual chipset fitted with a dual-core ARM Cortex A15 processor at 1.7 GHz, quad-core Mali T-604 GPU, 2 GB of RAM and 16 or 32 GB for data storage.

Unfortunately, Google has an approach similar to the one for Nexus 7, therefore Nexus 10 doesn’t come with 3G connectivity and it can be connected to internet exclusively via a WiFi hotspot, a thing that will definitely unplease many of the potential customers.

Nexus 10′s camera has a 5 megapixel sensor and is capable of recording videos in full HD format at 30 fps, while the front-facing camera is a 2 megapixel unit.

The Android 4.2-powered tablet weighs in 603 grams, is 8.9 mm thick and promises a battery life of 9 hours for video playback.

Nexus 10 will become available on the North American and West European markets as of November 13th. The 16 GB model will have a price of $399, while the Nexus 10 version with 32 GB of internal storage will have a price of $499.

It’s obvious that Nexus 10 was positioned as a rival for the iPad 4, a tablet recently announced by Apple. On paper, Nexus 10 has the advantage of a significantly better display compared with the 2,048 x 1,536 pixels resolution and pixel density of 264 ppi of the Retina Display available on the iPad 4, while the first benchmark tests that appeared in the tech publications indicate that the Exynos 5 Dual outmatches Apple A6 and Qualcomm Snapdragon S4. Moreover, both the Nexus 10 models are $100 cheaper than the iPad WiFi-only equivalent.

Google took advantage of the Nexus 10 launch to bring some changes to the Nexus 7 tablet manufactured by Asus. Therefore the model with 8 GB of storage was ditched, and Nexus 7 16 GB became the cheapest model with a price of $199. Moreover, the new Nexus 7 32 GB joined the line-up, with an attractive price of $249.

The main novelty is the apparition of a Nexus 7 model with 3G support. Available exclusively on the version with 32 GB of internal storage, Nexus 7 3G has a price of $300 USD.

When it comes to technical specifications. the new products belonging to the Nexus 7 tribe are unchanged compared to the tablet launched in June: 7-inch display with 1,280 x 800 pixels resolution and 216 ppi, Nvidia Tegra 3 chipset with quad-core ARM Cortex A9 processor at 1.3 GHz and 1 GB of RAM. Nexus 7 WiFi-only 32 GB and Nexus 7 WiFi+3G 32 GB will become available for purchase as of November 11th.

By introducing 3G support, Nexus 7 has become a complete rival for the new iPad Mini, the 7.9-inch tablet launched last week by Apple. The Nexus 7 outmatches iPad Mini when it comes to technical specifications, as the Apple tablet has a resolution of only 1,024 x 768 pixels for a 7.9-inch display, and the hardware platform is dual-core 1 GHz Apple A5, with  PowerVR SGX543MP2 GPU and 512 MB of RAM.

Google’s Nexus 7 also wins the price war. Nexus 7 WiFi-only 16 GB is $129 cheaper than iPad Mini WiFi-only 16 GB, while Nexus 7 3G with 32 GB of internal storage is almost twice cheaper than iPad Mini WiFi+LTE 32 GB ($299 vs $559).

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