Google announces $399 Nexus 10 with 2560×1600 10-inch display (300 ppi) — the first real iPad killer (potentially)

Hurricane Sandy may have ruined Google’s press meet today but that didn’t keep the tech giant from officially releasing the details on its much-leaked, much-anticipated Nexus 10. And boy is it a tablet.

The Nexus 10 is a follow-up to the very successful Nexus 7 tablet Google featured earlier this year. As the name may suggest, while the Nexus 7 has a 7-inch form factor, the Nexus 10 is a tablet with a 10-inch screen. The best part? The display has a 2560×1600 resolution, giving it an astonishing 300 ppi. For reference, the latest iPad is 9.7-inch, 2048 x 1536 resolution, and 264 ppi.

Other specs of the Nexus 10 include:

  • Dual-core 1.7 GHz Samsung Exynos processor (based on Cortex-A15, not Cortex-A9)
  • Quad-core Mali-T604 GPU
  • 2GB RAM
  • 1.9 MP front-camera (720p), 5 MP back-camera (1080p)
  • 16GB or 32GB internal storage (no microSD)
  • Display protected by Gorilla Glass 2
  • Bluetooth
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Dual NFC
  • Two front-facing stereo speakers
  • All the regular sensors (microphone, accelerometer, compass, ambient light sensor, gyroscope, barometer, GPS)
  • Micro USB and Micro HDMI ports, 3.5mm headphone jack, and magnetic Pogo pin charger
  • 9,000mAh battery (!)

On top of that, the Nexus 10 will ship with Android 4.2 and will be directly updated by Google meaning you will get updates to later versions of Android really quickly. Take note that Google says that the Nexus 10 will get up to 9 hours of video playback on one charge meaning it should longer 10 hours or more with regular use, such as a mix of surfing the web, checking e-mail, and video playback. However, independent tests will have to verify that.

In case you are put-off by the fact that the Nexus 10 only has a dual-core processor, don’t be. You see the dual-core 1.7 GHz Samsung Exynos processor is based on Cortex A15; Cortex A15, due to under-the-hood enhancements, is said to be 40% faster than Cortex A9 which is what most other smartphone and tablet processors are based on. So even though the Nexus 10 is only dual-core, it is plenty fast and even bests some quad-cores. For example, the dual-core 1.7 GHz Samsung Exynos processor in the recently announced $250 Samsung Chromebook was benchmarked and found to be faster than dual-core Apple A6, the processor in the iPhone 5.

In terms of dimensions, the Nexus 10 is 263.9 x 177.6 x 8.9 mm and weights 603g. That makes it lighter and thinner than the new iPad, although it is obviously wider because of the larger screen.

The Nexus 10 will be available starting November 13 (in US, UK, Australia, France, Germany, Spain, and Canada) with the 16GB WiFi-only version costing $399 while the 32GB WiFi-only version costing $499. There is no 3G/4G version, yet.

It is, of course, a bit early to say this will kill the iPad. In fact, I don’t think it is even possible to kill the iPad. However, based on how awesome the Nexus 7, I predicate the Nexus 10 is going to be the first tablet to really challenge the iPad. The fact that Nexus 10 starts $100 cheaper than the iPad likely won’t win over iDevice diehards (just like iPad doesn’t win over Android diehards), but it will surely attract people who are platform neutral or available to switching.

Will you be grabbing a Nexus 10? Let us know in the comments below. I know I will.

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  • MikeR

    I couldn’t agree more with both Mike and AFPhys: there’s a corporate ineptitude in play here bordering on the lethal. Apple may want to sell non-expandable hardware to those daft enough to fall for it but there are many millions who don’t — hence (to name but one factor) — the success of Asus with its Transformer series of tablets.

    We discounted, completely, the iPad when making our first tablet purchases because we wanted hardware that suited us, not merely the manufacturer’s bottom line. Our two Asus Transformers have been, and so continue to be, an absolute delight.

    I’m assuming Asus — which despite the fact it spends almost zero on product advertising is continuing to enjoy massive sales and very healthy net profits — made the Nexus 10 for Google as it did with the Nexus 7? (Must admit, I don’t follow the tech product news too closely, but anyway.)

    If it did, then it must have grinned to itself at Google’s decision to follow in Apple’s footsteps, knowing that whoa-hey, not only do we pocket Google’s cash, we also stimulate demand for our user-friendly Android tablets.

    But it really is sheer folly for Google to go this route. Has it not bothered to look at the thumping great fall of once-powerful HTC? We’ve enjoyed our HTC Desire HD smartphones because we can use ’em as we please — swap the OEM battery, if we wish, for something cheaper yet more powerful, or expand the storage — but now the latest models are out and it seems that er, no, you can’t even get the back off. Stupidity gets no more stupid than that.

    When it comes right down to it, tech reviews sway the technically-minded and that type of individual will likely influence the buying preferences of non-techhie friends and family (I mean, there must be some explanation for Apple’s customer base: )

    For the rest of us though, the only business maxim ever worth noting is that when a product isn’t user-friendly, then potential users ain’t going to feel friendly towards the product.

    On which basis then, no. Absolutely not. There’ll be no Nexus 10 in our household — we’d rather put value-for-money ahead of being fashionable (or plain gullible.)

  • Mike

    @AFPhys: I absolutely agree–why no SD or microSD slot? It would add only minimal cost (a couple of dollars?).

    Where do these tablet manufacturers expect we are going to store all our media (tunes, videos, etc.)? Yes, I know, on the cloud or on separate storage drives–and then spend considerable time and hassle transferring and deleting media back and forth, or discovering, when we are out and about, that some media we want to use is back home on a storage drive. I just don’t get it.

    (By the way, I love the tablet otherwise–good show, Google! But this major lapse is just an incredible frustration–argghhh!)

  • AFPhys

    No SD card slot? Only one USB port?

    I’m not a tablet owner right now, but am considering one, but for me that lack is a show stopper.

    Perhaps there is something I don’t understand here.

  • Ashraf

    @Akash: You might be waiting a while. It has been what, 4-6 months since the Nexus 7 came out? And only now the 3G version is hitting stores.

  • Akash

    I am just going to wait for the 3G option to come out because I am sure it will come just like it did on the nexus 7. I wish it wasnt that wide but still it is an awesome device!