Google Nexus 4 And Nexus 10 Australian Release Plans And Prices

Google Nexus 4 And Nexus 10 Australian Release Plans And Prices

Google is expanding its Nexus range, adding a 10-inch tablet and a newly-updated Nexus phone to the series. Australia is amongst the handful of countries that get the devices in the first release batch. Yay!

Google’s Nexus 10 tablet has a 2560 by 1600 resolution, which is higher than the so-called retina display resolution Apple promotes. The 16GB model is $469, while the 32GB version is $569. (That competes well with the equivalent iPad Wi-Fi models, which are $539 and $649 respectively. Even if Google charges for shipping, which Apple doesn’t, it’s a cheaper device overall.)

The new Nexus 4 has some nifty features (inductive charging amongst them) and some notable omissions (no support for LTE). For Australian buyers, the most appealing aspect is that unlike previous Nexus-branded phones, it will be sold directly through Google, not via carriers. That should make it easier to get subsequent Android updates, since the process shouldn’t be carrier-dependent. An 8GB Nexus 4 will sell for $349, while the 16Gb model is $399.

The one new product we don’t appear to be getting in Australia yet? An updated Nexus 7 which lets you add a SIM card, an option Google is going to start selling on plans in the US.

Google hasn’t set an Australian launch date for the new devices, but you can sign up on Google Play for updates on when they’ll be released. A November shipping date seems likely given the announced US plans. All the new devices run Android 4.2, which was also announced today.

Nexus: The best of Google, now in three sizes [Official Google Blog]


  • If I’m reading the official blog correctly we will be getting the 3G enabled Nexus 7.

    “Nexus 7 with 32GB and mobile data: $299 and unlocked, on sale 11/13 in the Google Play store in the U.S., U.K., Australia, France, Germany, Spain and Canada.”

    • I beg to differ. It’ll still be a few years before 4G becomes available in enough areas to make it a worthwhile choice. I live in Launceston, Tasmania and 4G is only available within 1km of the town centre everywhere else is 3G. Right now is the perfect time to pick up a 3G device, while 3G is at it’s peak and 4G is just getting off the ground.

      • 4G is pretty much available across most major Australian cities now. I’ll tell you know, there is a MASSIVE difference between the speed of Telstra’s 4G and NextG network. I would never buy a phone without 4G from now on, it’s already reasonably widespread, but it’ll only become more so over the next year or 2.

      • I live 50 km’s from Launceston and we won’t see 4G here until they make Joe Hockey PM ( so a very long time). The only difficulty that I’m having is going between 8gb and using all my Google accounts in the cloud or the 16gb just in case. I don’t use many apps, just the cloud and streaming.
        I’m I mad not to get the 16gb model even just for possible resale.

      • Only 21Mbs with this phone as it’s not a DC-HSPA+ phone. In reality it will be a lot less, likely around the 5-10Mbs range. In practice the HSPA network also has a lot more latency on it than the 4G network. The combination of the reduced bandwidth and increased latency actually makes a very noticeable difference between the 2.

      • It isn’t the raw datarate.
        3G is fine in terms of datarate.

        Its latency, 4g is often between 25-40ms
        3g in the same locations for me is 150-400 (Though; to be fair I *have* seen 70ms 3G)

        I have seen 20 megabits on DC-3G, and 50 megabits on 4G.

        What people notice however, is the delay, total transmitted bandwidth doesn’t matter, but the ramp-up (and error correction) delays that high latency gives you is the killer.

    • I know 4G is great and everything, but the coverage of Optus 4G is very poor, the phones are 200AUD more expensive (SGSIII) and the mobile phone batteries are not good enough yet.
      So all in all I don’t think one is a fool when purchasing a 3G device.

  • $470 for the Nexus 10? What a hardcore fail. Why not spend a bit extra and get the iPad, which isn’t plastic crap, has far more apps and has a similarly high resolution?

    • Yeah, the pricing isn’t so hot on the Nexus 10. People would be better off just getting an iPad 3 off eBay – they’ll still be under warranty and there will be a flood of them after the iPad 4 is released.

    • I have both Nexus 7 and iPad 3. iPad is frustrating to use after the nexus 7. Cant change the homescreen, cant put date into status bar, notifications screen sucks, TONS of screen space is wasted on the iPad. It lags and stutters quite often when switching between apps and browsing app store. App store actually doesnt seem to have many useful and FREE apps apart from games. Its a pain to transfer anything onto the ipad, like music, videos documents, textbooks. Have to start up itunes, then convert the file formats, then have to download an expensive player for .flac music because iPad doesn’t support it natively. Mail opens every email link in safari and not in browser of my choice. The onscreen keyboard is crap and I cant install a custom one. Theres a ton of other things which make the iPad limited and only a gimmicky device for showing off games.

    • you guys are all wrong! $470, pay a bit more and get a Windows 8 device

      i believe the number of x86 “apps” avaiable shits all over your phandroid and isheep operating systems

      • Bought the i3 samsung series 7 slate for $600 from computer alliance. USB broke and they replace the motherboard to the i5 version (selling for $1300 currently), installed windows 8. All tablets are obsolete now really. But this intrigues me since it ha more resolution than my 27″ ips display

    • Because ipads and ios are simply fail? iTunes limits the types of files you can put in, thats if th ipad alone can play anything other than mpegs. Android natively played my mkv’s, just plug in a hard drive. But then there are silly people who enjoyed scaled versions of angry birds on a high res screen.

  • As an ipad owner, I will be trading mine in and getting one of these, I want customisation, a better interface and more control. Sorry but I never drank the koolaid like you, ipad is nice but its incredibly limited.

  • I like the N4 as a replacement for my SGS2. Though the lack of micro-sd slot is concerning. I use the micro-sd much more on my tablet compared to my phone, but it’s nice to have the ability to switch the card to watch movies I’ve got on there.

  • It will have PenTile, and whether or not I can discern it on a day-to-day basis, it will still make me feel that the supposed 2560×1600 resolution will be false as hell.

  • I don’t get it. The $AU is worth more than the $US yet it costs us MORE to buy the Nexus here in Oz than it does in the U$. Are they shipping these things in on satin pillows by first class air?

    • Yes I agree here in the global economy we still pay more here in Oz even with our dollar being strong – was going to buy until I saw the price difference

  • I have 4g with Telstra on a Sierra modem/router and live in the middle of Nowhere in southern WA, 160 KMS from Albany, where I get download speeds of 28+MB/SEC. At home in NoWhere I get 1-5 MB/S if I am lucky. So I find 4g fast but unstable. I would like a 4g Nexus 4 but the coverage in my experience is not currently optimised for max speed. Also you use your allowance up quicker, especially video, as it candownload in HD quality .

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