By Anu Passary | Oct 31, 2012 03:17 PM EDT
On Monday, Oct. 29, Google announced the launch of its Samsung-made Nexus 10 tablet. The rumor mill had been on an overdrive the past week with leaked specifications and details of the tablet surfacing on the Internet.
Google was anticipated to take the wraps off the Nexus 10 tablet and other devices at a press event in New York City, which got canceled owing to Hurricane Sandy. However, Google kept its promise and announced the devices.
"Today, we're excited to announce three great new Nexus devices ... in small, medium and large. And they all run Android 4.2, a new flavor of Jelly Bean-which includes the latest version of Google Now and other great new features," stated Google's official blog post. The post further averred that "Nexus 10 is the ultimate tablet for watching movies or reading magazines. We wanted to build a premium entertainment device, so we partnered with Samsung to do just that."
The Nexus 10 tablet sports a massive 10.1-inch WQXGA display with 2560 x 1600 pixels resolution, and Google claims it is the "highest resolution tablet on the planet." The tablet has a 300 pixels per inch (ppi) density and packs in a 1.7GHz dual-core A15 processor and 2GB of RAM. It measures 10.39 x 7.0 x 0.35 inches and weighs 21.27 ounces.
The Nexus 10 features a powerful 9000mAh battery that will support up to nine hours of video playback and more than 500 hours of standby time. The tablet also has a set of front-facing speakers and a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera. The device also features a 1.9-megapixel front-facing camera. The tablet will support Wi-Fi and dual side NFC. It will come pre-loaded with the latest Android 4.2 OS.
"But what makes Nexus 10 unique is that it's the first truly shareable tablet. With Android 4.2, you can add multiple users and switch between them instantly right from the lockscreen. We believe that everyone should have quick and easy access to their own stuff -- email, apps, bookmarks, and more. That way, everyone can have their own home screens, their own music, and even their own high scores," noted Google.
The Nexus 10 will be available from Nov. 13 via the Google Play store in the UK, Australia, the U.S., France, Germany, Spain, Canada, and Japan. The 16GB and 32GB versions of the tablet will cost $399 and $499, respectively.
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