Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) was all set to announce its latest Nexus products in New York today, but the event was cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy. Undaunted, the search giant announced the new smartphone and tablets on the company’s official blog.
The new smartphone, the Nexus 4, designed with LG Electronics and built by the Korean firm, will sell for just $299 in an “unlocked” 8-Gbyte version and $349 for a 16-Gbyte phone. The catch is that the new phone does not support the 4G LTE high-speed network. It’s a 3G phone, but the price is certainly right. Only T-Mobile will offer the unlocked phones, which come with Google’s latest version of Android, code-named ‘Jelly Bean’, but officially version 4.2. For comparison, an unlocked iPhone 4S from Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) costs around $450 for a 16-Gbyte version.
Google also announced a refresh to its Nexus 7 7-inch tablet. The biggest change here is the addition of compatibility with the pseudo-4G network of AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T). A 16-Gbyte version of the device is $199, while the non-AT&T compatible 32-Gbyte version costs $249. A 32-Gbyte version compatible with AT&T’s network costs $299. The Nexus 7 is built by Asus.
The Nexus 10 is Google’s full-size competitor to Apple’s iPad. It is being built by Samsung and uses a 2560-by-1600 (300 pixels/square inch) high-resolution display. The 16-Gbyte Nexus 10 sells for $399 and the 32-Gbyte model sells for $499. Each is $100 less than a comparable iPad.
A product announcement by blog post is not very thrilling, but then even Google hasn’t figured out to manage the weather. Here’s the link so you can join in on all the excitement.