The Nexus news doesn’t stop with a new smartphone and refreshed Nexus 7! What might just be the most exciting news yet, Google has teamed up with Samsung to introduce a new flagship 10-inch Android tablet. Meet the Nexus 10.
Google really seems to be going after Apple’s new iPad here; the Nexus 10 boasts a 2560 x 1600 10.055″ display. That’s an astounding 300 PPI (for argument’s sake, the Retina’d iPad shipped with a 2048 x 1536 9.7″ display, or 264 PPI). All this means that you can be sure any photos, videos, apps, or games you decide to unleash on this device will look positively stunning.
The super-duper display isn’t the only thing of note about Google’s new 10-inch tablet. The Nexus 10 also sports the all-new Exynos 5250 SoC, which you might recall debuting on the new Samsung Chromebook. This chipset is based on the ARM Cortex-A15 Dual-Core processor architecture and you can be sure it’ll perform well. Also on the chip is the Mali-T604 GPU, sporting four GPU cores as well as support for the recently released OpenGL ES 3.0 specification.
A more complete list of specs for the new Nexus 10 are as follows:
- 10.055″ 2560 x 1600 WQXGA Display (300 PPI) w/ Corning Gorilla Glass 2
- CPU: Exynos 5250 Dual-Core Cortex-A15-based
- GPU: Mail-T604 with four GPU cores and OpenGL ES 3.0 support
- 2 GB RAM
- Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean)
- 5 MP rear-facing camera; 1.9 MP front-facing camera
- WiFi 802.11 b/g/n (MIMO+HT40)
- Connectors: Micro USB, Magnetic Pogo pin charger, Micro HDMI, 3.5 mm headphone jack
- 9,000 mAh Lithium polymer battery
- 263.9 x 177.6 x 8.9 mm; 603g (Yes, that’s both thinner and lighter than the new iPad.)
- Pricing: $399.00 (16 GB) / $499.00 (32 GB)
This will be Google’s first Nexus-branded 10-inch offering. The Motorola Xoom, which debuted with the release of Android 3.0 Honeycomb, was the closest thing to a 10-inch Nexus up until this point, but I’m sure it’ll be glad to finally have that weight off its shoulders now that this new beast of a tablet has arrived. As far as other tablet offerings go (e.g., Asus Transformer, Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, Apple iPad, etc.), the Nexus 10 seems to be very competitively priced. Of course, we shouldn’t be surprised. Google already shook things up by offering a high-end, off-contract smartphone for $350 and a wonderful 7-inch tablet for $200.
Are you drooling yet, or have you contained yourself to this point but still want to know when you can buy the Nexus 10? According to Google’s blog, the Nexus 10 will be available November 13th in the Google Play store in the US, UK, Australia, France, Germany, Spain, and Canada.
So how about it? Will you be buying a Nexus 10? With that said, who else is going for the whole portfolio?