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This Week’s Chitter Chatter – new Nexus devices, news on the iPad Mini, the new Blackberry 10 & UK launch of the Kindle Fire HD
Hot off the press is the launch of a new tablet from Google - the Nexus 10 tablet – produced in association with Samsung. It has a 10-inch screen with a whopping 2,560 x 1,600 pixel resolution. Its 300ppi will be ideal for high-definition films, TV and games. In addition, the screen is 16:9, so movies and films will fill the screen completely wiht no black bars.
From a memory perspective, it's got 2GB worth of RAM, a memory capacity starting from 16GB and a powerful processor which isn't going to struggle running multiple apps simultaneously. Running the latest Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system, the only downside is that it's wifi only.
Also, soon to arrive on our shores is Google’s Nexus 7 3G. Jam packed with features and competing with Apple’s iPad mini, the Nexus 7 is expected to be a hot favourite with gamers due its ultra fast processor and 3G capability. With 32GBs (double that of the original Nexus 7), a 3G radio and a front facing camera perfect for video calls it is sure to be flying off the shelves.
Speaking of flying off the shelves, the iPad mini seems to be doing just that with the white version sold out for pre-orders in the US already. Featuring a 7.9 inch display and dual-core processor, the baby version of its sleek, iconic design is certainly proving to be popular. The iPad Mini is due to arrive on these shores on November. If you want one, you’ll need to get your order in quickly.
A tablet that has already arrived in the UK, last week in fact, is Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD. For £159 you get the 16GB version which comes complete with Dolby surround sound, dual stereo speakers, a 1.2GHz processor and a micro-USB port as well as a micro-HDMI port. Enjoying high speed downloads thanks to its dual band wifi and of course HD streaming, it gives you access to millions of films, books, songs, games and apps. We suspect Santa is going to have to stock up on tablets this year….
Finally, Blackberry fans will be interested to know that more has been revealed about the Blackberry 10 operating system. With 80 million users and some negative press over the last year, Blackberry is understandably keen to take a firmer foothold in the smartphone market. The crux of the Blackberry 10 is all about ‘Flow’. What is ‘Flow’? Well, rather than having to go in and out of separate menus as common with most mobile operating systems, the Blackberry 10 allows you to move between a wide range of apps without having to go via the home screen. Another big change will be the move away from Blackberry’s traditional keyboards to touch-screen technology. With the new operating system not expected to launch until the New Year, we’ll keep you updated on the news as we have it.