While there are a bunch of us folks who are eagerly awaiting the iPad Mini announcement on October 23 (today!), Google will be hosting its own event on October 29, probably in an effort to steal some thunder away from Microsoft, which just so happens to be launching Windows Phone 8 on the same day. As always, there are a bunch of rumors surrounding this big event, but most believe that it will be to launch the 32Gb version of the Nexus 7, as well as a 3G version that people have been clamoring for.
Strangely enough, there has already been confirmation through leaked images that the 32Gb exists and that someone was able to buy it! Although there technically hasn’t been any authorization yet for retailers to start selling it ahead of the release, it appears that a customer simply walked into a Staples outlet in the US after making a call to inquire if it was available, exchanged his 8Gb Nexus 7 for the 32Gb version that sold for $249, and payed the difference.
Currently, the 8Gb version sells for $199 while the 16Gb version sells for $249. It wouldn’t make sense to discontinue the 8Gb version and start selling the 16Gb model for $199 since they are already selling the 8Gb version at zero profit. It would make more sense from a profitability standpoint to drop the price of the 16Gb model to somewhere in between the price point of the 8Gb and 32Gb models. It’s also possible that the 16Gb version might be discontinued, but that’s really all speculation at this point.
Another thing to look out for is the LG Nexus 4, which has been confirmed by LG’s Head of Mobile Product Planning, Amit Gujral. He confirmed ahead of the official announcement that the Nexus 4 will sport a quad core 1.5GHz Qualcomm APQ8064 Snapdragon CPU, 4.7 inch 1280 x 720 screen, 2Gb of RAM, 8mp rear facing camera, 1.3mp front facing camera, and a 2,100mAh battery. The Nexus 4 will come in 8Gb and 16Gb flavors and will launch with Android 4.2 Key Lime Pie, something that Gujral also confirmed.
Speaking of Key Lime Pie, there have been some leaked details about that too. Key features to look out for are something that Google calls Content in the Center. Sounds weird, but early leaks say that it provides users with access to Play Store content that they have purchased, such as movies, music and books. Since we don’t have access to that kind of content yet in the Philippines, that likely won’t apply to us. Another feature that should appeal more to families and enterprises is Tablet Sharing. It simply allows different users to have their own account on a single tablet. That allows them to simply switch to their own accounts when it’s their turn to use the tablet, each one with their own email, apps and settings.
Finally, the last exciting piece of hardware that Google might announce on the 29th is the Nexus 10, a tablet with a 10 inch screen (obviously) that Google and Samsung have reportedly been in the works with for a while. It’s rumored to have a resolution of 2560 x 1600 and an aspect ration of 16:10. At that kind of resolution, the PPI (pixels per inch) would have to be in the 300 area, which beats out the New iPad‘s 264 PPI. It has also been rumored that the Nexus 10 (known internally as Codename Manta) will launch with Key Lime Pie 4.2 as well.
[Image Credits: The Verge, Geek.com, Android Community, BGR]