The last week of October was supposed to be a pleasant time of the year. Mild days and nights, autumnal glory amongst the trees and Halloween to close out the month. The perfect opportunity for Microsoft to launch not only a new Operating System, but a completely new product – the Surface RT – as well. All this just in time for the holiday shopping season. Then Apple had to get in on the act by announcing – supposedly – the iPad mini and heaven knows what else today, October 23rd. If that wasn’t  bad enough, Google is rumoured to be stealing the spotlight from Microsoft on October 29th. claims that Google will announce a 10″ Nexus tablet – among other things – on Monday. Google is supposedly working with Samsung to create this addition to the Nexus family. The Nexus 7 was/is manufactured by Asus so Dr. Data is a little unsure as to why Google would switch suppliers. The Nexus 10 is supposed to have a 2560 x 1600 pixel resolution which means that it may very well have a higher pixels per inch density than iPad’s Retina display.

The Nexus 10 is not the only thing that Google is supposed to announce next Monday. A 32 GB version of the Nexus 7 is in the offing as well as a second 32 GB model that will offer High Speed Packet Access and 3G connectivity. The Nexus 7 is suddenly becoming very mobile.

Since Microsoft’s Surface tablets will only come in a 10″ model and will only accommodate Wi-Fi connectivity, Microsoft is looking to be an also-ran before the first tablet is delivered to the customer. If Microsoft is indeed serious about joining the fray that is the tablet market today, the boys from Redmond will need to have additional entries waiting in the wings.

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Fasten your seat belts, folks. It’s going to be a bumpy week.

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