Despite the fact that their event in New York was cancelled yesterday due to Hurricane Sandy, Google went ahead and unveiled their newest tablet, the Nexus 10, which looked just like the leaks. The Nexus 10, made by Samsung, features the world’s highest resolution display in a tablet at 2560-by-1600 (300ppi) and features Samsung’s new Exynos 5 dual core A15 processor, for ultra-smooth performance. While it may not be a quad-core, the A15 dual-core can out perform many of the quad-core processor currently on the market. The Nexus 10 also features MIMO WiFi, for faster browsing speeds, 4x faster than normal WiFi all in a frame that is just 8.9mm thick. Like the Nexus 4, the Nexus 10 will come with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and features many of new features like Photo Sphere and gesture typing.
But the big question is whether or not this tablet, priced at only $399, will make a dent in the iPad’s already massive lead. It has more memory and a higher resolution display, but that may not be enough. As Apple so candidly pointed out during the iPad Mini event, Android apps for tablets… well, stink. They are blown up phone apps, and while that may not effect folks to badly when using a 7-inch tablet, a 10.1-inch tablet with a resolution that high, will look terrible. With Android tablets, Kindle Fire aside, barely making a dent, developers need to question whether or not it’s worth the money to invest in creating an Android specific tablet app. Depending on how well the Nexus 10 sells, could be a determining factor, but with the tablet only available online, getting it in front of consumers will become another problem all together. It doesn’t matter how smooth, powerful or content rich the device is, if it’s not in front of customers.