After the impressive sales of the ASUS-made Nexus 7 Android tablet, Google has made another foray into the tablet market by launching a 10 inch tablet in collaboration with Samsung.
Rumored to be nicknamed ‘Manta’, Google and Samsung have finally made an announcement detailing their plans to push the new, bigger and better Nexus into the tablet war against the Apple iPad.
The Nexus 7 tablet introduced a new version of Android (4.1), which it called Jelly Bean. It was a successor to the impressive and much lauded Ice Cream Sandwich, but it took the Android experience to a whole new and exciting level altogether, thanks to features like Project Butter and Google Now.
The Nexus 10 comes with an even newer build of Google’s OS – Android 4.2 (but still nicknamed Jelly Bean). This brings in a great new set of features, such as: a much improved keyboard with gesture typing; Photo Sphere panorama photos, an even more powerful notifications bar, and much more.
Coming to the tablet itself, the Nexus 10 is arguably the most powerful tablet across any tablet that money can buy right now. With specs that include 2GB of RAM, a 1.7 Ghz Samsung Exynos Cortex A15 dual core processor, a 9000 mAh Li-ion polymer battery, 5MP back camera and 2MP front camera, the Nexus 10 is a real powerhouse in the hardware stakes.
But the truly incredible part of the Nexus 10 is its screen – the 10.1 inch PLS-backlit LCD screen has an unbelievable resolution of 2560×1600. With a pixel density of 300 ppi, the Nexus 10 ensures that the much publicized Retina display in the Apple iPad doesn’t hold a candle to Samsung and Google’s latest effort.
Android’s familiar problems with the app ecosystem will remain for the time being, however. Google Play may have exploded in app and download volumes in recent months, but remains painfully lacking in tablet-specific apps.
The Nexus 10 will be getting released on November 13, and will be priced at $399 for the 16GB version and $499 for the 32GB version. From the looks of it, Google and Samsung have a huge hit on their hands, a la the Nexus 7.