Google officially announced three new devices today, in three sizes.
Though forced to cancel its press event in New York City today due to Hurricane Sandy, Google did move forward with its smarthphone and tablet announcements online.
As expected, Google is launching a Nexus 4 smartphone from LG, an updated Nexus 7 tablet and a Nexus 10 tablet from Samsung -- all running Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean).
From a photography standpoint, we're most excited about the updated camera on the Nexus 4, which will now offer an 8-mexapixel primary camera. The 4.7-inch screen should showcase images well on a 1280 x 768 pixel, 320 ppi display. The Photo Sphere feature also looks fun, promising "360-degree immersive experiences" that could make panoramas feel passe.
Photographers may also be intrigued by the Nexus 7's expanded cellular connectivity for mobile workflow, and we're eager to see how the Nexus 10's 2560 x 1600, 300 ppi display compares to the latest iPad's 2048 x 1536, 264 ppi Retina display -- especially since the device starts at $399 for the 16GB model ($100 cheaper than the comparable iPad of that capacity and connectivity type).
Availability and pricing are as follows:
- Nexus 4: 8GB for $299; 16GB for $349; available unlocked and without a contract on 11/13 on the Google Play store in the U.S., U.K., Australia, France, Germany, Spain and Canada. The 16GB version will also be available through T-Mobile for $199, with a 2-year contract (check here for more details).
- Nexus 7: 16GB for $199 and 32GB for $249; available in the U.S., U.K., Australia, France, Germany, Spain, Canada and Japan, and also through Google retail partners Gamestop, Office Depot, Office Max, Staples and Walmart.
- Nexus 7 with 32GB and mobile data: $299 and unlocked, on sale 11/13 in the Google Play store in the U.S., U.K., Australia, France, Germany, Spain and Canada.
- Nexus 10: 16GB for $399; 32GB for $499; available on 11/13 in the Google Play Store in the U.S., U.K., Australia, France, Germany, Spain, Canada and Japan.
You can also read the full press release on Google's website.