Google is launching the first Nexus tablet with a 10 inch display on October 13th. The Google Nexus 10 will be available from the Google Play Store in the US, UK, Australia, France, Germany, Spain, Canada, and Japan for $399 and up.
As expected, the tablet is built by Samsung and features the same speedy 1.7 GHz Samsung Exynos 5250 ARM Cortex-A15 dual core processor found in the Samsung Chromebook. The Google Nexus 10 will also sport a 10.1 inch, 2560 x 1600 pixel display with 300 pixels per inch.
Google’s new tablet features 2GB of RAM, a Mali T604 graphics core, a 5MP rear camera, and a 1.9MP front-facing camera. It has a 9,000mAh battery which should provide up to 9 hours of battery life.
The Nexus 10 has front-facing stereo speakers, microHDMI, microUSB, and NFC chips on the front and back of the tablet. The tablet runs Google Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.
Google will charge $399 for a 16GB model. A 32GB version will also be available for $499.
There’s no microSD card slot for extra storage, so if you think you might want the extra space you’re probably going to want to shell out some cash for the higher capacity model.
Of course, Google really wants you to use Google Music to store your music collection, stream videos from YouTube and Google Play, and generally rely on the internet. After all, Google is first and foremost a company that provides online services.
But some modern Android games can take up a few gigs of disk space, and HD videos take up an awful lot of space too, so it wouldn’t be hard to fill 16GB of storage pretty quickly.
via The Verge
This thing is ugly and whats up with that big ass bezel?
October 13th? Nothing like a press release after it’s released?
$399 — hate to boast (we’ll not really) but I called it! 🙂
Yes, you are forced to compromise because of the lack of an SD card slot, but Google is banking on the price and the rest of the feature set being enough that most people will be willing to overlook it (it’s not like Apple has had a problem in that regard).
To be fair, $399 is kind of a low-balled price, for bragging rights, just as was the defunct 8GB N7 for $199. The more practical configuration is 32GB, which is an extra Benjamin.
Yep, those who buy the more expensive model will no doubt be subsidizing those who are happy with 16GB. I’m going to wait for the reviews before I decide, but 16GB will be fine for me. The only thing I tend to watch on a tablet is TV shows and if you can live without HD, you can easily fit an entire season of something in there with room to spare.
About that – I haven’t really looked into it too much, but I’ve never understood what makes the 10″ tablets so much more expensive than similarly-specced 7″ tablets. For one of these, you could buy two of the other.
No doubt there are some legitimate cost differences. Bigger battery, bigger screen, and if you’re after the same thin and light construction, better engineering. The Nexus 10 also has a state-of-the-art screen which adds to the cost difference.
But, yes, of course, perceived value is also a big issue. 16GB of flash memory costs less than $10 to produce, but Google and Apple are charging $100 for that upgrade. Just be thankful tablets don’t have the same markup that phones and (especially) phone plans have. They wouldn’t be less than $1000 if that was the case.
>so much more expensive than similarly-specced 7″ tablets
The N10 isn’t similarly-specced to the N7. It has Exynos 5, which is the fastest ARM SoC to date; its screen is the highest resolution on a 10″ tablet to date. It also has micro-HDMI out, which N7 doesn’t. Its wifi is MIMO, and presumably dual-band, which N7 isn’t.
More importantly, the 10″ screen can convey more info at a glance than a 7″. The 7″ is good for on-the-go use, but for home use, there’s no substitute for a 10″.
Good on Goog to keep the price down…although it has to be said that the slightly curved sides do make for a homely look. Glad to see Goog has got a complete line-up going into the holiday, as do Apple. The same can’t be said for Microsoft, however.
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