updated 01:35 pm EDT, Mon October 29, 2012
Nexus 10 in 16GB, 32GB models, new Nexus 7 revealed
Even though its official unveiling event was canceled, Google has pressed ahead and revealed the devices it meant to reveal today, including the rumored 10-inch tablet meant to take on Apple's iPad. The search giant revealed in its Google Play Store today the Samsung-built Nexus 10, a Wi-Fi only tablet that will run the latest version of Google's Android operating system, version 4.2 Jelly Bean. The company also refreshed its quick-selling line of Nexus 7 tablets, introducing a higher storage capacity as well as a cellular-enabled model.
The Nexus 10 features a 10.055-inch screen outputting at 2560x1600 with a pixel density of 300ppi. Inside, it has a dual-core A15 CPU, a Mali T604 GPU, and a 9,000mAh battery said to be good for up to nine hours of HD video playback. It also features a 5MP rear camera and a 1.9MP front-facing camera.
Contrary to prior reports, the Nexus 10's frame is not made of brushed aluminum. Instead, the back is composed of a soft-touch plastic. The back has a removable panel that can be replaced with another featuring a built-in cover for the tablet. That cover features a smart-wake feature like that seen with Apple's Smart Covers.
The Nexus 10 will run Android 4.2, which implements a number of UI changes and improvements. The new version also implements multiple user accounts for tablets, allowing different users to have different home screens and accessibility.
Google also rolled out a refreshed version of its Nexus 7 tablet. The refresh makes the 16GB model the baseline, reducing its price to $199. A new 32GB model will retail for $249, and there is another 32GB model with an HSPA+ cellular connection available for $300.