Google Announces the Nexus 10: Sports 300ppi 2560×1600 Display.
If you headed to bed early last night, knowing that the Google announcement was cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy, you weren’t the only one. However, that didn’t stop Google from announcing their new Nexus devices anyway, so now you get to wake up to Nexus goodness!
First off the list (in my books anyway) is the heavily leaked tablet, the Nexus 10. This is as expected, a 10 inch tablet produced by Samsung with a super-high resolution display. The display is undoubtedly the highlight of the show here, clocking in at 2560 x 1600 resolution. With a pixels per inch count of 300, this rivals most top of the line smartphones available, and easily trumps anything we’ve seen on a tablet.
The rest of the specification similarly follow what we’ve been hearing, it’s powered by a dual-core ARM Cortex-A15 chip (which we’d expect to be a Samsung Exynos variant) paired with a quad-core Mali T604 GPU and accompanied by 2 GB of RAM. Around the front there’s a 1.9 MP camera for video chat and around back there’s a 5 MP shooter for those people who absolutely insist on taking photos with a tablet. It is available in 16 and 32 GB varieties and (disappointingly?) is only in Wifi. Saying that, the 3G Nexus 7 was also announced last night, several months after the Wifi Nexus 7, so this gives us hope that a mobile version of the Nexus 10 might be incoming.
There’s oddly two NFC chips in the device, one facing forwards, the other backwards, and there’s also microUSB and microHDMI connectivity. It also packs a 9000 mAh battery which Google claims will last for 9 hours of constant video playback.
The other star of this device, other than the screen of course, is that it’s one of two all-new devices sporting Android 4.2. This latest iteration adds a bunch of new features, despite still falling under the Jelly Bean name. As well as extending the functionality of Google Now, there’s new “Gesture Typing”, which sounds like a Swype-like keyboard, and a new camera function called PhotoSphere. Watching the video shows that it plays like an extended version of panorama mode, allowing many photos to be stitched together (in any orientation, not just left and right but up and down too) to create a full “Photosphere” of the world around you, in every direction.
Another feature that people have been asking for is more streamlined support for wireless displays, allowing you to easily mirror your tablet to your TV . There’s also added support for multiple users on the tablet, each of which can have their own apps, login information, wallpapers, etc. This is something I personally have wanted for ages, as it always annoys me when someone else wants to use my tablet to check their Facebook or Google+, which of course means I have to log out, which removes all of the Google+ and Facebook data from my contacts.
Finally the best news is Australia is one of the launch countries! It will be available on the Australian Google Play store from November 13th, and will sell for AU$469 for the 16 GB version and AU$569 for the 32 GB version.
So don’t take my word for it, actually what are you people even still doing here? Go check out the videos and let us know if this has tickled your fancy.