Google’s October 29th event is expected to introduce us to the new Nexus smartphone from LG, but it could also serve as the launch of a 3G-enabled Nexus 7 with 32GB of internal storage as well as a new 10-inch Nexus tablet from Samsung. We’ve been speculating for weeks that we might see the updated Nexus 7 make its official debut at the event, but the Samsung tab, codenamed Manta, is a new twist.
According to The Next Web, Samsung’s Manta tablet (possibly launching as the Nexus 10) will feature a hi-res 2560×1600 resolution display, an iPad-besting DPI of 300 pixels per inch. But perhaps more intriguing is the prospect that the slate will launch with Android 4.2. While a few leaks of the new Android build have surfaced, it wasn’t quite clear if we would see it launch alongside the latest round of Nexus devices. This now seems likely.
As for what to expect from Android 4.2, multiple Nexus tablets brings a new feature called “Tablet Sharing,” which appears to be the name for setting up multiple Google accounts on a single device. We should also see a new Play Store widget as well as an updated panoramic camera that can stitch together images both vertically and horizontally. It still is not clear if the new OS version will launch under the Jelly Bean moniker or if this will be our first taste of Key Lime Pie.
The same report reconfirms details about the Nexus 4 from LG, which will also run Android 4.2. Apparently everything we have heard up to this point has been accurate and we can expect a quad-core Snapdragon S4 CPU at 1.5GHz, 4.7-inch 720p display, 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, and an 8MP camera.
Take it all as rumor for now. Nothing will be confirmed until the 29th, and we’ll be there covering the event live. A few key questions remain, including how much we might expect to pay for a 10-inch Nexus tablet with high-end specs.