Google Nexus 4 Gets Official; Nexus 7 32GB $249 on Walmart.com; ‘Nexus 10’ Images, Video (UPDATED)
Google cancelled its scheduled New York press event due to Hurricane Sandy, but it still announced the new Nexus 4 phone. More details on its 32GB Nexus 7 and the new Nexus 10 tablet also leaked ahead of their official unveilings.
By Al Sacco
Managing Editor, CIO
UPDATE: Google just officially announced the Nexus 4 smartphone from LG (8GB, $299; 16GB, $349); the 32GB Nexus 7 tablet with HSPA+ cellular support ($299); and the Nexus 10 tablet from Samsung (16GB, $399; 32GB, $499). The new products will be available via the Google Play store starting on November 13.
Google was expected to officially announce these new products today at a press event in New York City, but Hurricane Sandy quickly changed those plans; Google cancelled the event. Sandy didn’t stop Google and LG from officially announcing the Nexus 4 smartphone, though, and the companies issued an associated press release.
Here’s a quick list of the most notable technical specifications:
Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon™ S4 Pro processor with 1.5GHz Quad-Core Krait CPUs
Operating System: Android 4.2, Jelly Bean
Network: 3G (WCDMA), HSPA+
Display: 4.7-inch WXGA True HD IPS Plus (1280 x 768 pixels)
Most of the specs line up with what’s been leaked, but rumors suggested the device would only be available with 8GB of built-in storage—something I immediately thought was fishy. But the Nexus 4 will be available in 8GB and 16GB versions, according to the release. (Check out the clip below for a video look at the Nexus 4.)
Google didn’t officially announce the rumored Nexus 10 tablet or the 32GB Nexus 7—not yet, at least. But WalMart.com is now selling a new 32GB version of the Nexus 7 tablet for $249.00. (The Nexus 7 was previously available in only 8GB and 16GB configurations.) And it reduced the price of the 16GB from $249.00 to $199.00. Still no word on the rumored cellular version of the Nexus 7.
And last week, images and video of the “Nexus 10” device leaked, so it should only be a matter of time before Google and Samsung, the device manufacturer, make this new large Nexus tablet official.
Al Sacco was a journalist, blogger and editor who covers the fast-paced mobile beat for CIO.com and IDG Enterprise, with a focus on wearable tech, smartphones and tablet PCs. Al managed CIO.com writers and contributors, covered news, and shared insightful expert analysis of key industry happenings. He also wrote a wide variety of tutorials and how-tos to help readers get the most out of their gadgets, and regularly offered up recommendations on software for a number of mobile platforms. Al resides in Boston and is a passionate reader, traveler, beer lover, film buff and Red Sox fan.