Microsoft and Google battled it out today in a head-to-head showdown, showcasing both of their new wares just before the end of the year in high hopes to solidify their position in the ever growing mobile industry.
For their part, Google announced the new Nexus 10 tablet, a 10.1-inch slate made by Samsung. The device has a 2,560 x 1,500 resolution display, giving it a pixel density of 300 ppi. On the inside, it’ll sport a 1.7GHz Samsung-made Exynos processor paired with 2GB of RAM. Other hardware features include NFC, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and a 5MP rear camera. Google will be asking $399 for the 16GB version, which if you’re not aware, is $100 less than Apple’s current iPad. The 32GB version is priced at $499. Customers in the U.S., U.K., Australia, France, Germany, Spain, Canada and Japan will be the first ones to get their hands on it.
The search giant also made the LG Nexus 4 official. That device will have a 4.7-inch screen and a 1,280 x 768 resolution True HD IPS Plus display, giving it a pixel density of 320 ppi. All of that display real estate is lovingly protected by a Gorila Glass 2 panel. Imaging-wise, the Nexus 4 is armed with a 8MP rear camera complimented with a 1.3MP front camera. On the inside, the Nexus 4 sports a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, with 1.5GHz quad-core Krait CPUs. Storage-wise, users will be able to choose between a 8GB and a 16GB variant. The Nexus 4 will come with the latest Android OS (4.2), wireless charging capabilities, as well as NFC built-in. Customers in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Germany, France, Spain and Australia will be the first ones to get their hands on it.
Meanwhile, Microsoft today for their part had announced the new Windows Phone 8 platform and the new Windows Phone 8 handsets to the delight of their fans. The following is a rundown of the Windows Phone 8 devices that’ll become available from Samsung, Nokia and HTC very soon.
Samsung ATIV S – key specs include 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm S4 processor, 1GB RAM, 2,300 mAh battery, 135g weight, 137.2 x 70.5 x 8.7 mm dimension.
HTC 8X – key specs include 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm S4 processor, 1GB RAM, 1,800 mAh battery, 130g weight, 132.4 x 66.2 x 10.1 mm dimension.
Nokia Lumia 920 – key specs include 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm S4 processor, 1GB RAM, 2,000 mAh battery, 185g weight, 130.3 x 70.8 x 10.7 mm dimension.
Microsoft also announced other Windows Phone 8 smartphones, including the HTC 8S and the Nokia Lumia 820.
Moreover, the key features of Windows Phone 8 will include Rooms, Kid’s Corner, Data Sense, and Skype. For a more detailed infos about these features you may also want to read a report from a leading tech and gadgets news site here.
Finally, I believe the winner of today’s showdown between these two tech giants is…both of them, at least for today. It’s really too early to say at this point which of these two behemoths has made the greater impact with their audience. Anyways, I believe that the consumers, not these tech companies, will ultimately decide the final outcome of today’s momentous tech event.