Google has taken the wraps off two new Nexus devices which are powered by a new version of Jelly Bean, Android 4.2.
The new mobile devices are the Nexus 4 smartphone, the Nexus 10 tablet, a full-sized slate, and there are also fresh variants of the Nexus 7 tablet boasting 32GB of storage along with 3G.
The Nexus 4 phone was developed by LG in conjunction with Google, and boasts a 4.7 inch 1280 x 768 screen with a very high number of pixels per inch (320 ppi, just a few shy of the iPhone 5’s 326ppi, so effectively as sharp as Apple’s retina display).
The screen is fashioned from Gorilla Glass 2.
The Nexus 4 also boasts a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU, an 8-megapixel main camera, 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera, NFC, wireless charging, and an HDMI output.
Nexus 4 owners will benefit from Android 4.2’s new features including Photo Sphere, which essentially lets you take panoramic photos in any direction to “create stunning 360-degree immersive experiences” (akin to Street View).
The base model of the Nexus 4, with 8GB of memory, is set to retail at £239.
Fashioned in partnership with Samsung, the Nexus 10 has a 10.06 inch display, and it runs an iPad-crushing 2560 x 1600 resolution (the new iPad is 2048 x 1536). Granted, we start to question exactly how much resolution you need on a 10 inch screen… but there’s no doubting graphics and text are going to be pin sharp on this new Nexus.
The Nexus 10 is powered by a 1.7GHz dual-core A15 CPU and Mali T604 GPU, it has twin cameras (5-megapixel and 1.9-megapixel), a pair of front-facing stereo speakers, and 2GB of RAM, Wi-Fi, bluetooth and NFC. It also runs Android 4.2, which brings multiple user accounts to the Android tablet world.
The real kicker, for Apple anyway, is the price for this powerful slate – £319 for the base 16GB version (compared to £399 for the base 16GB iPad). In fact, the Nexus 10 is closer to the iPad mini at £269 in terms of price range, than it is the full-fat iPad. Which has to be a worrying development for Apple.
The Nexus 10 with 32GB is £389.
The new 32GB Nexus 7 is the other introduction, doubling up the storage on the tablet but keeping the price point at £199, as the 16GB model used to cost – that has been shunted down to the base model at £159, with the 8GB version of the Nexus given the heave-ho.
A 3G flavour of the 32GB Nexus 7 is also being introduced, with support for HSPA+, at £239. Presumably 3G (or maybe 4G LTE) will also come to the Nexus 10 before too long, but at launch, only Wi-Fi models will be available.
Also note that Google is bringing more goodies to the UK Play Store – including movie purchasing, and come the November 13, music will land, too, offering songs to purchase, and music matching to scan your collection of tunes and automatically have them available to you in the cloud without any uploading.