What would have emerged from Google's postponed launch
With Google's product announcement event, scheduled for Monday, postponed due to hurricane Sandy, we look at what is already known about the products expected to be launched, which already adds up to a pretty clear picture.business Updated: Oct 29, 2012 18:27 IST
With Google's product announcement event, scheduled for Monday, postponed due to hurricane Sandy, we look at what is already known about the products expected to be launched, which already adds up to a pretty clear picture.
Hurricane Sandy's imminent arrival on the east coast of America has put paid to any hopes Google had of an Apple-style launch of its latest products and the search giant has postponed its big announcement until the danger has passed. However, thanks to a combination of massive, multi-national supply chains, eagle-eyed tech bloggers and huge retailers gearing up for the holiday season that need to meet deadlines for print-based advertising, we actually have a fairly complete picture, not only of what was going to be revealed, but also of the products' specs, performance and potential pricing.
The LG Nexus smartphone
The fourth Google-Nexus-branded handset, manufactured by LG and expected to run a slightly tweaked version of Android rumored to enable users to have multiple log-ins on an individual device, will have a 4.7-inch display and 1280x768 screen resolution. It will be powered by a 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, have 8GB of onboard storage, 2GB of RAM, an 8MP camera and NFC and be available in black or white. And of course, as with all Nexus devices, it won't have an SD slot so memory expansion is not an option. Last week it accidentally appeared on the UK's Carphone Warehouse website as a free handset with a £31-a-month (about $50) contract.
32GB Nexus 7 tablet
Next up is a larger capacity tablet to add to Google's existing 7-inch tablet range. Currently, the Nexus 7 is only available with 8GB or 16GB of internal storage and no SD memory expansion slot. The new addition will come with 32GB and a choice of wi-fi only or wi-fi plus 3G making it the first tablet Google has produced to offer cellular connectivity. The only thing that isn't clear is whether this tablet will add to the existing range or whether one of the existing tablets will be retired to make room. What is clear, according to Cnet, is that it will be competitively priced and should retail for $250 -- the current retail price of its 16GB model
Nexus 10 tablet
After making a splash in the 7-inch segment and hoping to keep the competition at bay, Google has been working with Samsung to create a 10.1-inch "iPad killing" full-size tablet. Rumored to be called the Nexus 10 and allegedly seen in a video posted on BriefMobile on Sunday, it will run the same updated version of Android found on the LG Nexus phone, offer a 2560x1600 pixel display and a 16:9 aspect ratio (like the Nexus 7) and therefore should have a resolution of around 300ppi, greater than that of Apple's retina display iPad (which only boasts 264ppi). What is yet to be confirmed or officially denied is how it will connect to the web -- via wi-fi only or wi-fi and 3G/4GLTE, or its price, and although it is clearly aimed at the top end of the market, it would be commercial suicide to price it on a par with or above the current, full-size iPad, prices for which start at $499 for the 16GB wi-fi-only model.