By Stephen Schenck | October 29, 2012 12:51 PM
A little hurricane isn’t about to stop Google from sharing all the hardware it’s been putting together for its Nexus lineup, and even with today’s event canceled, the company has gone ahead and announced the Nexus 4 smartphone, Nexus 10 tablet, and some new hardware options for the Nexus 7.
We’ve already heard a lot about this hardware, so let’s focus on the big news: the incredibly low prices. While you’ll pay nearly $300 for a phone like the Galaxy Note II on-contract, the Nexus 4 starts at the same price with no contract whatsoever.
The 8GB Nexus 4 will run you about $300, though without room to expand that, you might want to go with the 16GB model for the nonetheless affordable $350. The phone will arrive running Android 4.2, sure enough, and is going to be available starting November 13. It will have penta-band HSPA+ support, but there’s no sign of an LTE radio. The Nexus 4 supports wireless charging, runs a Snapdragon S4 Pro, and features a 4.7-inch 720p display.
The cat was mostly out of the bag on the Nexus 10, but Google confirms its sky-high 2560 x 1600 resolution and the presence of Android 4.2. Just as we speculated Google might pull off, it’s launching the tablet at the very affordable $400 mark for the 16GB model, with 32GB available for $500. Like the Nexus 4, it will go up for sale on November 13. While Google doesn’t confirm the presence of an Exynos 5 SoC by name, it does state that the tablet runs a dual-core A15-based SoC with Mali T604 GPU, exactly what we were expecting.
As for the Nexus 7, the 16GB model takes the old 8GB version’s $200 price point, adding a 32GB version for $250. We’re also going to see the arrival of the rumored cell-enabled Nexus 7 with HSPA+ (no LTE), available in 32GB only for $300 with no contract.