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iPad Mini, Microsoft Surface, Google Nexus… big tech launches

Get ready for a bumper couple of weeks in the tech world, folks. The Apple iPad Mini, Microsoft’s Surface tablet and a line-up of Nexus devices from Google are making their debut in the near future.

The only device that has been confirmed is the Surface on 26 October, debuting on the same day as the Windows 8 OS, although Apple has sent out press invites for an event on 23 October with a tag line ‘We’ve got a little more to show you.’

Google has also sent out invites for an Android event on 29 October, with the invite reading ‘The playground is open.’ Here’s what we can expect from all three devices.

Apple iPad Mini

The latest rumours about the 7.85-inch iPad Mini is that it will be available in Wi-Fi only, 3G and 4G versions, meaning that if the device is showcased as expected on 23 October, it will come in time for the rollout of super-fast 4G on 30 October.

There are also expected to be a staggering 24 variants of the iPad Mini, with two colour choices in storage options ranging from 8GB to 64GB.

The iPad Mini is expected to priced between $200 and £600 and feature a liquid-crystal display and a lightning connector as well as dual cameras for FaceTime.

This will allow users to both snap pictures with the rear camera and engage in video chats with the front camera.

Microsoft Surface tablet

Microsoft’s Surface comes in at a heftier starting price of £399 for an entry-level 32GB model along with a 10.81-inch display boasting a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels (1366×768 pixels on Windows RT).

Microsoft engineers have claimed that the display offered by the Surface trumps the iPad’s Retina display as a result of its ClearType technology.

The RT version features the powerful Quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor, while the Windows 8 Pro version 3rd Gen Intel Core i5 Processor with Intel HD Graphics 4000.

Both versions also boast two cameras and a microSDXC card slot, which for now offers up to 64GB, but in the future could allow for up to 2TB of removable storage. Speculation has also emerged about a possibility of a Surface smartphone.

Google Nexus devices

Google is expected to launch its next Nexus handset at the 29 October event, with the strongest rumours centring around an LG handset – dubbed the LG Nexus 4 or LG Nexus G.

The event could also be used to showcase Android 4.2, although few details have emerged as to what the improved OS could offer.

With not one, not two, but three tech giants putting big dates in the tech world calendar, there’s no knowing who’ll come out on top. Let battle commence!

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