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Google announces new Nexus tablet, smartphone

 The Nexus 10 tablet, left, and the Nexus 4 smartphone are shown at a Google announcement in San Francisco, Monday, Oct. 29, 2012. Google is adding a ...

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The Nexus 10 tablet, left, and the Nexus 4 smartphone are shown at a Google announcement in San Francisco, Monday, Oct. 29, 2012. Google is adding a ...

With the addition of the iPad Mini, Apple offers touch-screen devices in three sizes. Now its competitor Google is doing the same, introducing a 10-inch tablet, an upgraded 7-inch tablet and a new smartphone.

Introduced Monday, the Nexus 10, which Google developed with Samsung, is the company’s first tablet that competes directly with Apple’s 9.7-inch iPad. It boasts the highest-resolution display of any tablet on the market. Most significantly, it undercuts the iPad’s price: A Nexus 10 with Wi-Fi and 16 gigabytes of storage costs $400, compared with $500 for an equivalent iPad.

Google’s Nexus 4 smartphone, which it developed with LG, has a 4.7-inch screen and wireless charging capability. Google highlighted its new camera software, called Photo Sphere, which allows a user to snap a picture up and down in different directions and stitch them together into a 360-degree view. (For comparison, the iPhone 5 has a 4-inch screen and camera software that allows creation of a panoramic photo by panning left or right.)

Google also upgraded its Nexus 7 tablet, which it developed with Asus, to include a cellular data connection called HSPA+.

Google was originally expected to announce the new devices Monday at an event scheduled in New York City, but cancelled the event because of Hurricane Sandy. The product launches were instead announced in a company blog.


Updated : 2021-04-14 10:53 GMT+08:00