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Gizmo Download: Google Flexes Nexus Bigger-Screen Tablet

Gizmo Download: Google Flexes Nexus Bigger-Screen Tablet 11/04/2012 7:00 PM Eastern

The Hype: Google wants to take a bite out of Apple’s original iPad with the Nexus 10, a 10-inch touchscreen tablet built by Samsung Electronics. The Nexus 10 — just 8.9 millimeters thick and weighing in at 603 grams — features a 2560-by-1600-pixel HD display, designed for watching movies, TV shows and other video and reading magazines, with battery life for up to nine hours of video playback.

What It Means: The Nexus 10 launch comes after Apple announced the 7.9-inch iPad mini (at a lower price point than the 9.7-inch iPad), while Microsoft began shipping its Surface tablets and introduced Windows Phone 8. Google also introduced enhancements to its seven-inch tablet model and a new smartphone. The new Nexus devices run Android 4.2, a new flavor of the operating system code-named “Jelly Bean,” which adds support for wireless display to let users watch movies, YouTube videos and play games on an HDTV that is compatible with the Wi-Fi Alliance’s Miracast standard. The feature is similar to Apple’s AirPlay.

Pricing and Availability: The Nexus 10, to be available Nov. 13, is $399 with 16 Gigabytes or $499 with 32 GB of storage.

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