Nexus 10 tablet launching at Google Android event

If you like surprises, look away. Although the headline of this piece probably tells you most of the story. Yes, details of the Google Android event have spilled out onto the web and with it, confirmation of the Google Nexus 10 tablet.

We described the launch of the Nexus 10 as an outside bet recently. We weren't alone in that opinion either. Google seems to be have wrong-footed the tech world and kept its larger Samsung-made tablet under the radar. But thanks to an internal video spotted by The Next Web site, all is now revealed - and not just about the Nexus 10 either.

The video details everything set for launch at the event, including the larger capacity Nexus 7, that Nexus 10 and of course, the heavily-rumoured Nexus 4 handset, which is the launch name of the LG-made smartphone.

In terms of specific details, the 32GB Nexus 7 (leaked previously) will be offered in both Wi-Fi and 3G versions, which suggests networks deals in the offing in the UK. Expect those to be announced shortly after the 29 October event.

With the 10-inch tablet, that's currently under the codename 'Manta' and is said to run Android 4.2, adding to speculation that Google will be launching a new operating system at the event. It was originally named Key Lime Pie, but it now seems more likely that Android 4.2 will be another version of Jelly Bean. Hardware-wise, the tablet will also have a 2560×1600 pixel (16:10) resolution, offering around 300 pixels per inch (PPI) compared to the new iPad’s 264 PPI.

Finally, the presentation video gives the full specification of the LG Nexus 4, which includes a quad-core 1.5 GHz Qualcomm APQ8064 Snapdragon processor, 4.7-inch 1280 x 768 display, 2GB RAM, 16GB storage, an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera and a 2100mAh battery. It will also run Android 4.2.

Android 4.2 remains something of a mystery. It is said to offer ‘content in the centre', which will allow users to access Play Store content from a widget and 'Tablet Sharing', an easy way to switch between several users on a tablet, including personal email and apps. There's also talk of panoramic camera settings too, but it looks like we'll have to wait until next week for the full story.

As for the hardware, Google has a good track record of getting its kit out quickly, so we would expect it to be on the shelves not far into November. Might be a nice upgrade surprise for existing Nexus owners at the same time too.

Source: The Next Web

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