Hurricane Sandy might have meant a canceled press launch for Google but, instead of rescheduling, the company decided to go ahead and launch its new Nexus line anyway. Right before Microsoft kicked off its Windows Phone 8 announcement in San Francisco, Google unveiled the new Nexus 4 smartphone as well as an updated Nexus 7 slate and a brand new 10-inch tablet dubbed the Nexus 10.
The new Nexus 7 comes in 16GB and 32GB variations. It seems the 8GB version previously being sold at $199 has been nixed in favor of these new capacities. Google has also added HSPA+ mobile data to the device. Pricing for the 16GB will start at the same $199 price point we saw with the original 8GB model, while the 32GB model will cost $50 more at $249. It will be available in the U.S., UK, Australia, France, Germany, Spain, Canada and Japan via Google Play and through brick and mortar retails including Gamestop, Office Depot, Office Max, Staples and Walmart.
Other than a bump in capacity, HSPA+ and an upgrade to Android 4.2, the Nexus 7 hasn't changed much. However, Google also introduced us to a brand new tablet, the Nexus 10. Based on a 1.7 GHz Samsung Exynos 5250 CPU, the tablet packs a 10-inch with a mind-blowing 2560x1600 (300ppi) resolution. Other than that, there's the usual NFC, WiFi, Bluetooth (4.0), as well as 2GB of RAM, Android 4.2, a 5-megapixel on the back and a 1.2-megapixel camera on the front. Google says the 16GB will be priced at $399. while doubling the capacity to 32GB will set you back $499. This tablet will also be available November 13 via the Google Play Store. Google has already confirmed availability for the U.S., UK, Australia, France, Germany, Spain, Canada and Japan.