Google’s October 29 agenda outed: Nexus 10 aiming squarely at the iPad

By , Oct 21, 2012

Google’s Android event is scheduled to take place on October 29 in New York, but the company’s planned product launches have apparently been outed by The Next Web. In addition to a 32GB version of the seven-inch Nexus 7 tablet (which has already turned up in U.S. stores) and the long-expected cellular version of the device, Google is said to take Apple on the high-end with the introduction of a ten-inch Nexus tablet thought to incorporate a 2,560-by-1,600 pixel screen with a pixel density of 300 pixels per inch versus the iPad 3’s Retina display which tops the 264 pixels per inch on its 9.7-inch 2,048-by-1,536 Retina display…

Matt Brian, reporting for The Next Web, says a source close to the situation told him of a video recorded at one of Google’s weekly all-hands meetings which details the devices set for introduction:

Google has also been working with Samsung to launch a 10-inch tablet, confirming leaks which suggested Google had teamed up with the Korean manufacturer for another device.

Our source tells us that internally the tablet goes under the name “Codename Manta”, runs Google’s new Android 4.2 operating system (previously referred to as Key Lime Pie, but is set to retain the Jelly Bean branding), and will offer a 2560×1600 pixel (16:10) resolution, which we believe will offer around 300 pixels per inch (PPI) compared to the new iPad’s 264 PPI.

CNET first learned about the forthcoming ten-inch Nexus tablet.

The article goes on to mention the new 32GB Nexus 7 SKUs in both WiFi-only and WiFi + Cellular variants, the latter reportedly supporting 3G HSPA+. A new Nexus phone made by LG is also up for unveiling. Dubbed the Nexus 4, a Google software engineer is believed to have already used it to snap photos of his son.

Powered by Android 4.2 (like the Nexus 10 tablet), it’s believed to pack in a quad-core 1.5 GHz Qualcomm APQ8064 Snapdragon processor with 2GB of RAM, a massive 4.7-inch 720p (1,280-by-768) display, an eight-megapixel camera out the back, a 1.3-megapixel out the front and a 2100mAh battery.


LG’s Optimuns G is thought to have inspired the upcoming Nexus 4

Android 4.2 “will allow users to access Play Store content from a widget”, Brian writes. It will also support multiple user profiles on a single device (useful for families and enterprise users), a feature iPad owners could make good use of.

Another tidbit:

Our source says that Android 4.2 will compete with Apple’s iOS 6, in that the panoramic camera settings will be updated to support both horizontal and vertical movement by default.

Another key player, Microsoft, will be holding a media junket in San Francisco the same day as Google, allegedly announcing Nokia’s LTE-enabled 920 and 820 handsets.

As for this coming week, we have Apple unveiling the iPad mini on Tuesday, October 23. Then, three days later on Friday Microsoft’s Surface tablet is scheduled to land on store shelves alongside Windows 8.

Google, Microsoft and Apple are each going to put on a great show in October, that’s guaranteed.

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  • canucks23

    nexus 10 will sell if it is priced competitively like the nexus 7

    • http://policydiary.com/ John S. Wilson

      I still think they’ll have a problem selling Nexus 10. Lack of tablet apps and dev support. Also I don’t see enterprise or small business supporting it over iPad or Surface.

      • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

        yup thats the bottom line

      • canucks23

        cause stone cold said so?

      • http://www.facebook.com/antman217 Anthony Antunez

        *tosses beers around* XD

      • http://twitter.com/digitalfeind Dani Hayes

        *makes you pick it up d put it in the recycling bin* O_o

      • http://www.facebook.com/antman217 Anthony Antunez

        LOL

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/David-Diaz-Escandon/569033218 David Diaz Escandon

    Massive attack, means christmas time

  • http://twitter.com/lgasparjnr laszlo gaspar

    if the price is right then i will definatly get a nexus 10 over an ipad mini.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1595420643 Simche Apple Konstantinovic

      I agree, but if it’s priced around the iPad’s price (with 10″) then no thanks, Just because Apple has such “high price” doesnt mean they should do it, unless it really delivers and feels like a through thought product! I’ll wait for the reviews because id like to try an Android device. Otherwise, I’m still happy with my iPad 2 :)

  • chjode

    High resolution, high DPI/PPI displays? What will Google think of next? Watch them announce a new proprietary micro-USB style connector called “lightning bolt.”

    • thor_molecules

      Yes, because high resolution displays didn’t exist before Apple.

      /rolls eyes

      • chjode

        They sure didn’t in a portable form factor prior to 2010. I remember the discussion during spring 2010 about the rumored Apple HiDPI displays being crazy because who would want that.

      • thor_molecules

        Doesn’t matter.

        Tablets are merely an extension of the PC. So Apple may have been first to use high-resolution fisplays in the tablet space, but if they didn’t do it someone else would have eventually.

        That’s the natural evolution of technology not specific to Apple (or anyone else).

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Matthew-Childs/1067107105 Matthew Childs

        the point is Apple was first to do it when other companies said it wasn’t needed and then once Apple did it other companies scrambled to catch up. just like MANY things over the years that Apple pioneered or did first. it’s nice to say “someone would have done it eventually” but the reality is Apple was first to the table, which forced everyone else to catch up.

      • thor_molecules

        I don’t dispute that Apple wasn’t first in the tablet space. You either misread my comment or didn’t read it at all. I said that implying that someone is “copying” Apple by using high resolution displays is a bit ridiculous.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Matthew-Childs/1067107105 Matthew Childs

        i read what you said and what you said was….if apple didn’t do it someone would have “eventually” done it. so my prior reply still stands and still stands as valid. thank you.

      • Guest

        So by that logic, I could say that Apple “copied” Motorola (or whoever) by using a processor in a mobile phone.

        It only sounds clever to people that don’t know any better.

      • thor_molecules

        So by your logic, Apple must be “copying” Motorola by using a processor and RAM in a mobile phone.

        I mean, why didn’t they just “innovate” and use something else?

        Hopefully that helps you realize the fallacy of your comment.

        The fact of the matter is this. Just like any other technology, displays have been getting better as time goes on. This has ALWAYS been the case and it would still be true even if Apple never existed. Tablets and phones, following the same trajectory as the PC adhere to the same rules. As technology advances, materials get lighter, chips get smaller and more efficient, and displays get sharper.

        Seriously thinking that NO ONE on planet earth would have thought to stick a high-def display on a mobile unless Apple came along and did it doesn’t prove anything except your lack of understanding of how technology really works.

        Yes, they were first to it — but so what? Just like Motorola, it’s great that they thought to go down the path of mobile devices but had they not, someone else would have.

        Why? Because making something smaller and more efficient is rather obvious.

      • Henri Parmentier

        Mathew 1 Thor 0 .. game over ;-)

      • thor_molecules

        Hold his dick while he pisses too?

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Matthew-Childs/1067107105 Matthew Childs

        i didn’t say anything about copying. pull your head out of your ass and read what i typed. you stated someone would have eventually gotten around to it….my point is…rather than waiting for someone to “eventually do it”, Apple did it, and thus we got it sooner. in turn this forced other companies to catch up and offer better quality. nowhere did i say anything about anyone copying anything, that had zero to do with my post or point.

        maybe re-direct that anger and idiocy somewhere else? in the future please read only what is TYPED and also grab your ears and remove head from sphincter.

      • thor_molecules

        Dude. Respectfully, you’re an idiot.

        Let’s go back to where this conversation began — cool with you? Good.

        Originally, the OP said something to the effect of Apple’s competition copying their use of high definition displays. I replied, stating that the use of high-def displays predates the iPhone.

        That is irrefutable fact.

        You, taking it upon yourself to jump in, added that Apple was first to do so in the mobile space, which is a great point except:

        1) No one asked you.

        2) That was not what the discussion was originally about (read up-thread — ALL of it please).

        3) Perhaps most importantly, it addresses a point that no one even tried to make (or disprove).

        Next, despite my attempts to make it painfully clear that in line with current technology trends (i.e. things get smaller and more efficient), someone would have come along and did it anyways, you continue to drone on with “derp, but Apple did it first on a mobile.” And while I think it’s great that you are so fond of Apple, I find that your bias clouds your ability to reason.

        Your statement is about as valid as me saying “well the iPhone is great product and all but it took Motorola to push the mobile market forward and now everyone else is playing catch up and blah blah etc.”

        Again, it may sound good to like-minded morons that don’t know any better. But to the keen observer (meaning anyone that can read above a second-grade level), it clearly has nothing to do with the original topic that was being discussed.

        So, this is the part where I say goodbye. Unfortunately, I have better things to do then to sit here and argue in circles about who we should thank for high-resolution displays. This thread is all yours now.

        Enjoy.

      • Blahfoe

        Well put

    • http://twitter.com/2morebatteries AAAA

      4″ screen, turn-by-turn navigation, LTE, what will Apple come up with next? A 7-inch iPad?

  • macboy74

    For the people that purchase it I hope it comes put together. Mine, and from what I see online and lots of youtube vids came with the screen separation, screen white out and flicker, wifi and touch screen response issues and 10 other issues. But thats what they get for using Asus as the manufacture. And btw this tablet will have no effect on iPad or ipad mini sales.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

    i am so tired of all thee lame android POS device flooding the market…lol they all sit in best buy and gather dust

    • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

      and im tired of google and samsung..

      • Henri Parmentier

        Didn’t realize this had anything to do with Samsung….

      • mark lugtu

        We are apple fanboi. We feel genius when saying this.

  • http://twitter.com/monster_hazardo Roger Riekki

    Android devices bore me, Apple ftw!

    • mark lugtu

      Till the end. Apple will win

  • Evostance

    A 10″ Pure Android Tablet straight from Google will no doubt sell like hot cakes. Just as the Nexus 7 did. I think the big problem with Android tablets before the Nexus 7 was the fact manufacturers put their crappy interfaces on it and never updated it.

    If its from Google directly, it always gets the latest updates and within a few days of announcements.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Matthew-Childs/1067107105 Matthew Childs

      but the main problem they have is they sell it so cheaply that it is at or near their cost to build which means they see zero profit, and usually lose profit, on each sale. this is why their earnings they just announced were so bad. it’s nice to sell it cheaply to undercut the competition but if you don’t make any profit and you keep selling at a loss you either have to abandon that product at some point or you go out of business. if they sold it to make a profit, as they should be doing, it would be priced the same as the iPad and they would have little, if any, sales.

      • Evostance

        Their 20% drop was because someone leaked an unauthorised submission of 10% which was due to their acquisition of Motorola last quarter. Google sells the majority of its products are just over break even because thats not where they make the money.

        They make their money through revenue, searches, licensing etc etc etc. Not through the sales of hardware. Do you really think selling a few million devices at break even or a $100 loss is going to make it drop 20%..

        Google are not Apple – they don’t make money from Hardware

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Matthew-Childs/1067107105 Matthew Childs

    Android 4.2? yet another version? just what the Android market needs…MORE fragmentation. i don’t see a nexus 10 being competition for an iPad. with all of the fragmentation and lack of programs and the fact it is going to be another plastic-fantastic device…no worries.

    • jdshorrock

      Let’s rollout a device with 4.2, when we haven’t even finished deploying 4.1! Genius!

  • Yujin

    Eventually resolution would be undetectable to the human eye, mean while the resolution war has started, some will innovated, some will use witchcraft science to make you believe the have the best (a la ms). We just need to wait and see…literally.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Matthew-Childs/1067107105 Matthew Childs

    there is 1 version every year, which the vast majority upgrades to. there are bug fixes and minor tweaks that are released over the year but there aren’t 10+ different versions. Apple isn’t still selling iPhones with iOS 1 or 2 or 3 or 4 or 5 anymore. that’s the difference. and that is why it is easier for developers to make programs for iOS than it is for Android.

    see we iOS users are offered every update when it comes out. we aren’t denied it like almost every Android phone is with each update. there may be some insignificant fragmentation from those 10 or 20 people still holding onto their original iPhone, 3g, or 3gs. beyond that the vast majority are all on the same iOS.

  • jacob