The countdown to the official Google Nexus 10 release date it now just a case of hours, with the high-end tablet PC destined to hit the shelves for the first time later today. Of course, this really isn’t good enough for the hungriest of masses who are right now trying their very best to decrypt an exact time at which the Nexus 10 will launch via the Google Play store online, but for the rest of us, the question is more one of whether the Nexus 10’s specs and features will live up to the hype.
Along with the launch of the Nexus 10, Google is also expected to begin rolling out Android 4.2 Jelly Bean as of today – a build with several new features including lock-screen widgets and various new multi-user settings. Should this debt with the Nexus 10 as expected, a rather large box can be immediately ticked in terms of temporary exclusivity to the new Android build – always good for brownie-points.
By way of hard specs and raw grunt, the most appealing piece of hardware of all the Nexus 10 boasts is of course the 10-inch display panel, which apparently puts the Retina display of Apple’s iPad to shame. Google revealed upon announcing the device that the Google Nexus 10’s screen packs in 300PPI resolution, which towers over the market-leading iPad at a comparatively paltry 264PPI.
Under the hood, the Google Nexus 10 packs an A15 dual-core processor, along with a vastly souped-up graphics chip and GPS. Fronting the charge is a sheet of Corning’s Gorilla Glass 2 which is about as tough and durable as it gets today.
A worthy rival for the iPad 4 then? Absolutely, but as always it really just comes down to iOS Vs Android preference as without taking a microscope to the thing, the battle for world’s highest display PPI count is beginning to make little to no difference to the end result – other than for bragging rights.