Google Brings their Game: The Nexus 10 is Revealed

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It wouldn’t be the first time that a tablet has been named an “iPad killer”, nor would it be the first time a tablet is expected to be real contender. In fact, many expert techies had the very same expectations when Amazon (yes, that Amazon) released the Kindle Fire at its jawdropping price. From all angles, it seemed at first that the Kindle Fire could be the iPad death knell owing to its excellent features and ridiculously low cost. But when the initial reports on its performance came in from big name techies and users were also able to try out the Fire for themselves, it looks as though it could not live up to the hype.

Nexus 10 tablet, a ten-inch device with a higher screen resolution than the current iPad.

But now here comes Google, developer of Android and the famous Nexus 7 tablet that has been garnering raves reviews as it made its rounds through the electronics convention circuits. Nexus 7 has more than proven its capabilities as an excellent “budget tablet” that performs as well as the big boys like the iPad. At this point Android has improved to the point of overtaking the iOS in global usage.

This time, Google’s brought its A-game with their so-called “iPad Killer”: Nexus 10.

What can the Nexus 10 do?

So far the specs look impressive.

  • Screen: Nexus 10 sports a Samsung high resolution 10.055” screen, WXGA, HD PLS. These letters simply mean that it’s a quality screen, the kind you’d expect after you see its previous incarnation, the Nexus 7, at work. It also possesses Gorilla Glass, but that’s practically standard for touch screens these days.
  • Size: Overall, it’s 10.39 inches, and weighs in at a mere 1.33lbs. Slim and lightweight: so far, it’s really looking good in terms of portability; one of the main problems with a lot of tablets is that they are unwieldy.
  • Camera: Its main camera is 5MP in size, capable of taking HD 1080p video. The front camera isn’t shabby either at 1.9MP, capable of taking 720p videos.
  • Data capacity: While still not able to offer 64GB like the iPad, the Nexus 10 will have 16GB and 32GB capacities. Here’s one crippling factor: Why doesn’t it have the SD card slot? Google will have to answer to that.
  • Processors: It runs a Dual Core A15 Eagle for its CPU, and for GPU it possesses a T604. RAM capacity is up to 2GB.
  • Connectivity: the Nexus 10 has a Micro USB port and a Micro HDMI port. As said before, there are no SD slots. It’s capable of Wifi and Bluetooth connectivity, as well as what is now known as the Android Beam, giving it easy connectivity to other Android devices. No word yet on its 4G or LTE capabilities, though (although reports are disappointing to people hoping to use it for VoIP services: Nexus 4, which is released alongside it, doesn’t sport LTE and Google’s reasons are less than impressive.)
  • OS: It comes down to OS as well, of course. Nexus 10 will run on the latest Jelly Bean, with a few custom tweaks added. Enhancements have been made and, from the leaked photos, things are looking pretty good. And the fact that it can make multiple accounts is exciting—as gadget heads say, they have been waiting years for this.
  • Price: The 16GB version will be priced at $399, alongside which is the 32GB version selling at $499. Compare this with Apple’s 32GB model costing $599.

The Nexus 10 will go on sale November 13th via the Google Play online store. Lots of unknowns right now, but can Nexus 10 truly compete? This remains to be seen.

In this video, The Verge’s Joshua Topolsky visits Google’s Mountain View, CA headquarters to check out the future of Android, including Nexus 4, Nexus 10, and Android 4.2 in an “exclusive first look from inside Google HQ”: