New Nexus phone and tablets expected next week

Google has been mum about its October 29 happening, but details have been seeping onto the Internet since the search giant first announced the event late last week. A number of new and refreshed Nexus devices are expected to be unveiled next Monday, all of which are running Android 4.2.

Android 4.2 is expected to keep the Jelly Bean name, and will reportedly add features like multiple user accounts on tablets, a Google Play widget, and support for horizontal movement in the camera’s panorama mode.

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Android 4.2 is expected to keep the Jelly Bean moniker.

Among the hardware expected to be introduced is a long rumored 10-inch Nexus tablet primed to go head-to-head with Apple’s iPad. The tablet, code-named “Manta,” will have a display with a higher resolution than the iPad—2560 by 1600 pixels, or 300 pixels per inch, compared to the iPad’s Retina display of 264 PPI—according to a report by The Next Web.

Google is also expected to introduce two new versions of its Nexus 7 tablet: a 32GB model that supports HSPA+ and a 32GB Wi-Fi only model that is rumored to be priced at $250.

It’s also anticipated that the search giant will pull the wraps off the latest version of its smartphone, the LG Nexus 4. The new Nexus phone is expected to have a quad core processor, clocked at 1.5GHz; a 4.7-inch 1280 by 768 pixels display; 2GB of RAM; 16GB of onboard storage; a 2100 mAh battery; and eight megapixel rear-facing and 1.3 megapixel front-facing cameras.

Google’s event next week may be just the beginning of a product offensive the company is planning for the holiday season. “Some developers think there may be six more Android device launches with various partners time-spaced to take the thunder out of both Apple iPad mini and Microsoft tablet and phone launches,” Trip Chowdhry, managing director for equity research at Global Equities Research, wrote in a recent research note for investors.

Indeed, Google may have yet another new product primed for the holidays: A $99 version of its Nexus 7 tablet. I guess we’ll find out soon enough.

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