Google event canceled, but not Nexus 7 tablet price cuts
While Google's plans to introduce some new smartphones and tablets in its Nexus line are on hold due to Hurricane Sandy, price cuts for its Nexus 7 slates apparently are on track.
Nexus 7 tablets with 16 gigabytes of storage were spotted at Staples and Best Buy selling for $199, a price cut of $50. Office Depot also is reportedly selling the 16GB model of the slate at $199 and a 32GB version of the tablet for $249.
The 32GB Nexus 7 was expected to be introduced at the now-canceled Google event in New York City Monday. A new date for the event hasn't yet been set.
Google announced two versions of the Nexus 7 tablet in June—an 8GB model for $199 and a 16GB flavor for $249. Initial sales of the device were brisk, especially for the 16GB model, which was then plagued by shipping delays.
Google also was expected to introduce at Monday's canceled event a model of the tablet that supports HSPA + cellular connectivity, a 10-inch version of the slate, and a new edition of its Nexus 4 smartphone made by LG.
Google's new Nexus phone is expected to have a quad-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz; a 4.7-inch display with a resolution of 1280 pixels by 768 pixels; 2GB of RAM; 16GB of onboard storage; a 2100 mAh battery; and 8-megapixel rear-facing and 1.3-megapixel front-facing cameras.
Over the weekend, BriefMobile published a gallery of 16 images of the Nexus 10, including shots of its home screen and others displaying a tape measure on the device to illustrate its dimensions.
Along with the photos, BriefMobile posted an article by Kenneth Pennington about the tablet which included detailed specs.
According to Pennington, the Samsung tablet will include a dual-core processor running at 1.7GHz, 2GB of memory, 16GB of internal storage, and a 10.1-inch display with a resolution of 2560 by 1600 pixels, with a density of 298.9 pixels per inch. That density is slightly higher than the new iPad's Retina display, at 264 pixels per inch.
Pennington also noted that the Nexus 10 has a front-facing camera and a five-megapixel rear-facing camera and supports Near Field Communications (NFC), which will allow the device to host Google Wallet, the search giant's mobile commerce application.
The Samsung tablet will be running an updated version of Android "Jelly Bean," release 4.2, according to Pennington.
The Android update is expected to support multiple-user accounts on tablets, a Google Play widget, and support for horizontal movement in its camera's panorama mode. Among the pictures accompanying Pennington's article is an apparent Android 4.2 screenshot that includes a Play store widget.
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