Google, Samsung Nexus 10 Tablet, LG Nexus 4 Release Date: With 32GB Nexus 7, Android Could Crush Microsoft Surface, Windows Phone 8
Despite the hype around Microsoft's new Windows 8 software, there's a lot of buzz surrounding Google and their rumored Nexus 10 and Nexus 4 devices.
The LG Nexus 4 smartphone will have a 4.7-inch display, quad-core 1.5 Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor with Adreno 320 GPU, 2GB of RAM and 8-megapixel camera, according to CNET. Previous reports said that it will look similar to the Optimus G. Rumors also say that the handset will have Android 4.2, a new software version that's expected to be released soon, however, more reports point to it running on Android 4.1.2, carrying a model number of E960.
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According to TheVerge, U.K. phone retailer Carphone Warehouse "unwittingly" revealed the Nexus 4 on their page. "An entirely official-looking pre-order page has been put up for the handset," the website said.
Some new features also were revealed. The Nexus 4 is listed as 9.1mm thick and being offered with 8GB of onboard storage and will have something called Gesture typing, which is "a Swype-like form of text input that allows you to type by 'dragging your finger across the screen from letter to letter.'"
Google is expected to unveil its latest version of the Android operating system, Android 4.2, at an event scheduled on Oct. 29 in New York. It will also introduce the LG Nexus 4, an updated 32GB Nexus 7 tablet, and the Google, Samsung Nexus 10 tablet.
The new Nexus 10 tablet will feature a 10.1-inch display and the resolution is to reach 2,560x1,600 versus the iPad's resolution of 2,048x1,536. Shim also believes that the tablet will feature a 299ppi vs 264ppi for the iPad 3. It is expected to also run on Android 4.2
"It's going to be a high-end device," Shim told CNET.
Images of a manual for the rumored Nexus 10 recently surfaced ahead of the Android event.
According to PCMag, the photos were posted Thursday on the Korean site Seeko, showing the cover and two pages from the Nexus 10 "quick start guide." It includes a sketch showing the top of the device which will be home to a power/lock key and a volume key, while a charging port will be located on the bottom.
"The tablet has a camera on the back with a flash, as well as a front-facing camera with a light sensor. On the left side, there's a Micro USB port and 3.5mm headset jack, while the right side has a Micro HDMI port. Speakers are located on both sides of the device.
As for the 32GB Nexus 7 tablet, new details revealed that the tablet is on sale at Office Depot for only $249.99. There's no picture of the device and it's only available through in-store pickup.
Google also has another partnership with Samsung: the Chromebook. It runs on Samsung Exynos 5250 and has an 11.6-inch screen and 1366 x 768 resolution with 2GB of memory.
Microsoft announced their Windows 8 software along with the new Surface tablet. A report by CNET says that the Surface is not really a tablet or a laptop, and can be used with or without a keyboard.
"Is it a tablet? Is it a laptop? What category does it go in?," Microsoft Windows President Steven Sinofsky said at the launch event. "It's not just a tablet, but it's the best tablet I've ever used It's not just a laptop, but it's the best laptop I've ever used."
Google and Microsoft seem to be in a heated tablet war, but also mobile war too.
Microsoft is holding an event in California on Oct. 29 to announce the final version of Windows Phone 8.
According to PCWorld, "Carriers on that day are also expected to announce pricing, availability, and pre-order details for the first round of Windows Phone 8 devices."
Windows Phone 8 will be with the five major U.S. carriers, Sprint, U.S. Cellular, AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile.
Some of the highly anticipated smartphones to compete with Google's LG Nexus 4 will be the HTC Windows Phone 8X, 8S, Samsung Ativ S, Nokia Lumia 920 and Lumia 820.
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