October 23, 2012, 8:30 AM — It's Apple event day, and I guess we could speculate about the iPad Mini one last time but we'll know for sure in a few hours, so why bother?
Instead let's talk about Google's October 29th event, which is shaping up to be quite a big one if all the rumors are true. We'll see the 32 GB Nexus 7, which is actually on the shelves of some stores already so I think we can remove the rumor tag from that one. What's still rumor-material for the Nexus 7 is the talk of a 3G version.
More interesting is the talk of the N7 getting a big brother, presumably called the Nexus 10. This will, obviously, be a 10" tablet and what's really special here is the screen, reported to be 2560×1600. Assuming the tablet actually has a 10.1" screen, that means a PPI of 299 according to my favorite tool for figuring this stuff out, Pixel Density Calculator. For those keeping track at home, that's a higher PPI than Apple's Retina display.
That's nice and all but of course it'll be up to app developers to decide to support such a high resolution screen for just one of the many Android devices out there. If the rumor is true, let's hope Google and Samsung (said to be developing the device) sell boatloads of the things in order to attract support.
Last is the Nexus 4 smart phone. It's said to be a quad core, 1.5 Ghz Snapdragon device manufactured by LG. If all the leaks are accurate, it'll have a 4.7" screen running at 1280 x 768, an 8 megapixel rear camera and a generous 2 GB of RAM. Leaks also say 16 GB of storage space but we'll hope that higher capacity models (or MicroSD card support) will also be available.
The details of the Nexus 4 are still firmly in the rumor category, but the existence of the phone seems pretty much confirmed. IBN Live reports that LG's head of Mobile Product Planning Amit Gujral said in an interview "Google will unveil the LG Nexus on October 29 and the phone will be available in the Indian markets by the end of November." Sounds pretty definite to me.
Google is also ready to show off a new version of Jelly Bean, 4.2, which is supposed to have beefed up security and some kind of "Profile" feature that will let family members share a tablet and each have their own experience on it. Hopefully we'll have a lot more details next Monday.
So an exciting week ahead! Apple today, Windows 8 OS and hardware launching on Friday, then a big Google event next Monday. It's a great time to be a gadget geek!
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