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Google Nexus Line Adds New Smartphone, Tablet

Posted October 30, 2012 - By Adam Rosenberg

Google Nexus Line Adds New Smartphone, Tablet

The Google Android-powered Nexus line of mobile devices just got a bit bigger, with the newly revealed LG Nexus 4 smartphone and Samsung Nexus 10 tablet both set to arrive on November 13, 2012. The tablet is perhaps the most noteworthy, a 10.1-inch beast that bests Apple's iPad in processing power, video resolution, memory, and, most importantly, price. The Nexus 4 falls at $399 for a 16GB, a full $100 less than the iPad.

Meanwhile, the Nexus 4 features a 4.7-inch screen (larger than the 4-inch iPhone 5) and competes with most high-end smartphones out there on the hardware side, save for one key difference: the Nexus 4 offers no support for 4G LTE networks. The Verge has a pretty detailed explanation from Google's Andry Rubin on the reason for the omission, but it basically boils down to the fact that the company hopes to sell the new phone primarily as an unlocked device. Adding 4G support wouldn't just increase the cost, it would also require playing ball with wireless carriers.

The Nexus 4 will sell at $299 and $349 for 8GB and 16GB models, respectively. T-Mobile will also sell a subsidized $199 version with a two-year contract commitment. In related news, Google also announced that the Nexus 7 tablets from Asus will see their storage capacity doubled, to 16GB and 32GB for $199 and $249 models, respectively.

 

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