Despite cancelling today's Android event in for New York today amid fears about a severe hurricane barrelling towards the east coast of the US, Google has officially announced the launch of the latest Nexus handset and tablet (opens in new tab) - the LG-manufactured Nexus 4 and Samsung-produced Nexus 10 will be available in “select markets” starting 13 November, confirming rumours that have been swirling for the past few months.
The Nexus 4 will be powered by a quad-core processor, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 Pro, with 2GB of RAM. It will boast a 4.7in display with a 1,280 x 768 pixel resolution, an 8-megapixel rear camera, a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, and will support 3G, wireless charging and NFC. The handset will measure in at 133.9 x 68.7 x 9.1mm, with a weight of 139g. It will ship in 8GB and 16GB variations, which will cost £239 and £279, respectively.
Meanwhile, the Nexus 10 is being billed as a high-end tablet, with its 10.1in, 2,560 x 1,600 pixel display boasting a pixel density of 300ppi - higher than the iPad’s Retina display. It will be powered by a dual-core A15 processor, which Google claims will make it much faster than previous offerings. The tablet has a battery life of up to nine hours, front-facing stereo speakers, and will be the first device to feature Google’s new ‘Play Music’ service, suggesting that Google is preparing to take on Apple’s iTunes. The Nexus 10 will cost £319 for a 16GB model and £389 for a 32GB version.
Both the LG Nexus 4 and Samsung Nexus 10 will run on Android Jelly Bean 4.2, the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system, which will reportedly introduce new features like Photo Sphere (a new photo app), Gesture Typing and wireless display support. It will allegedly be the “simplest and smartest version of Android yet.”
Google also announced an update to its budget Nexus 7 tablet - the Asus-produced device will now be available with 16GB or 32GB of storage, as well as with 3G mobile capability, which will make it a more viable competitor to Apple’s iPad mini.
Check back for more updates about UK pricing and availability, as well as details about the Google Play Music service.