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Google updates Nexus product line

29 OCT 2012

Google has updated its Nexus device line, comprising the Nexus 4 smartphone (manufactured by LG Electronics), an updated Nexus 7 tablet, and the new, larger Nexus 10 tablet (manufactured by Samsung).

The trio are powered by Android 4.2, which Google describes as “a new flavour of Jelly Bean”.

Nexus 4
The Nexus 4 is the first Nexus-branded unit manufactured by LG, with Google previously having worked with HTC and Samsung for its smartphones (Nexus One, Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus).

Nexus 4 has a 4.7-inch screen, 8 megapixel camera, and includes 3G connectivity – no LTE variant has been announced.

It is powered by a quadcore, 1.5GHz Qualcomm processor, and includes wireless charging and NFC support.

Availability is scheduled from next month, and the device will be sold unlocked. It will be available from Google Play in 8GB and 16GB versions from 13 November, in the US, UK, Canada, Germany, France, Spain and Australia.

“Offline availability” will begin from the end of November, in Europe, Central/South Americas, Asia, CIS and the Middle East.

Pricing is US$299 for the 8GB version and US$349 for the 16GB. For the US market, a subsidised version will be available from T-Mobile for US$199 with a two-year contract.

Nexus 7
The Asus-made Nexus 7 has been updated, with a 32GB version available alongside the 16GB unit – the previously-available 8GB incarnation appears to have been axed. The US$199 price tag for the 16GB unit is the same as that of the 8GB unit at launch, with the 32GB variant priced at US$249.

The other headline feature of the update is the addition of HSPA+ connectivity, which will be supported in a US$299, 32GB version.

It will be available in the US, UK, Australia, France, Germany, Spain, Canada and Japan through Google Play, and via retail partners including Gamestop, Office Depot, Office Max, Staples and Walmart.

Nexus 10
Google said that with its new large-screen tablet, it “wanted to build a premium entertainment device, so we partnered with Samsung to do just that”.

According to the search giant, the device is “the first truly shareable tablet”, with the ability to support multiple users and switch between them from the homescreen. This will enable users to personalise the email, apps, bookmarks and other content available to them.

The company describes it as “the highest resolution tablet on the planet”, with 2560-by-1600 (300ppi) resolution. It also has a battery that is said to deliver nine hours of video playback or more than 500 hours of standby time, and includes front-facing stereo speakers. Nexus 10 will be priced at US$399 for the 16GB version and US$499 for the 32GB incarnation.

It will be available from 13 November from Google Play in the US, UK, Australia, France, Germany, Spain, Canada and Japan.

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