It's safe to say this will come in 16GB and 32GB varieties, and hopefully there will be a 64GB option.
My Galaxy Nexus has 32GB, and my Nexus 7 has 16GB, and I've never hurt for storage, even with movies (Nexus 7) and Spotify playlists at "extreme" quality (Galaxy Nexus.)
Of course, I'm not in the habit of carrying around dozens of movies or a library of 600MB+ games as some might.
SD cards use a protocol called 'SPI', its a serial protocol and requires a total of 5 I/O lines to the processor. The connector  is less then 10 cents. I can't really speak to the cost of milling a slot in the side of the case. So we're not talking a large expense, or even a nominal expense. There are consumers for whom its a deal breaker that it isn't there, and few of whom which won't buy a tablet if it has a card reading slot. By that reasoning I conclude that it only expands the market (and doesn't contract it) assuming a 5x markup cost->market (50 cents), Lets assume Google makes $150 in 'profit' per tablet, so selling one to me with a card reader pays for 299 (($150 / .5) - 1) card readers in tablets where the customer didn't care if it existed. 1/299 is 0.3%. So if adding a card reader expanded the sales by more than 0.3% it would be a net gain for Google. That seems pretty achievable.
Now lets talk about "but I never needed any more memory." (more of incision's point than yours) there are two benefits to a card, one is expandable space, but more is 'rapidly replaceable content' I can take a 16GB micro SD, or a 64GB SDXHC card, and swap it out in a 3 seconds. That is equivalent to a network between 5.3 and 21.3 GB per second (53 or 213 gbps) If I rip a few movies into a card to carry with me on the plane where there is no decent internet, and then when I arrive I can pop them out and put my books back in, or what ever content or app data that I need locally. That is a user model that may eventually change (although keeping a copy of a movie in the cloud to watch on your tablet probably gets you in trouble) but for now its being held hostage by a 10 cent connector.
$150 in "profit" per tablet is beyond ridiculous. I have no idea of where you could pull a number like that from. The common wisdom is that the gross margin on Nexus hardware is around 0. Google's cut from what little content they manage to sell can't amount to much. And the incremental ad revenue from the average Android tablet user isn't going to be more than a few bucks a year either.
Fortunately for you I generally can show my reasoning on the things I put out there :-) In this case there was data from the Apple vs Samsung trial  which if you recall said 775k Galaxy Tab's generated 325M$ in revenue. Doing that math gives you about $448 per tablet in revenue. iSuppli calculated the original Galaxy Tab cost Samsung about $214 to make. That would suggest a gross profit in the neighborhood of $234 per tablet. I was assuming that there was some sort of "OS/License" fee on top of that which is why I didn't suggest it might be as high as $200 each.
 "Samsung sold 725,000 units and generated $325 million." - http://news.cnet.com/8301-13579_3-57490740-37/samsung-tablet...
 "When the $9.35 manufacturing cost of the Galaxy Tab is added in, the combined materials and production cost amounts to $214.57." - http://www.isuppli.com/Teardowns/News/Pages/Samsung-Galaxy-T...
That's a very different case to the much more aggressive pricing used for the Nexus 7 (publically stated to be selling with no margins) and the Galaxy Nexus. And the new Chromebook too, come to think of it. I guess it's possible that they're switching strategies again. So yeah, if these are priced at $600, I'm sure there's a healthy margin on the few units they manage to sell. But until prices are announced, I see little reason to think that there is such a strategy change.
While all SD cards are SPI-compatible no one really accesses them that way (it's way too slow). Almost all SD cards in electronics today use the proprietary SDIO bus.
It seems the Nexus 7 and an entire lines of Apple devices have done just fine without expandable storage.
I certainly understand why folks want the option, but as demonstrated, being able to charge a premium for different tiers of internal storage works wonders for profit margins.
This annoys me a bit less on my Galaxy Nexus as I don't typically install large games (> 1GB) on it.
Devices can do fine without expandable storage, sure - but it's an easy differentiator for Android to make, and is one of the reasons I bought into the platform to begin with.
Now I, on the other hand, have to deal with a (Samsung) android phone running Gingerbread, which with the Facebook app installed, and all Android updates installed, complains about having run out of internal storage.
Why can we have a 10" display w/ 1600p at a very reasonable price but I can't a get a 22" + monitor at the same resolution without shelling out over $1000 :C
I'm writing this to you on one right now. I got the slightly more expensive version that swivels. 27" for $363 shipped. LG LCD panel (I opened it and confirmed). A number of dead pixels, but none in the center and they are only visible if you're 2" from the screen. At any reasonable distance, I can't make them out.
If you want an immaculate, brand name, warrantied monitor ... yeah, it's 1K. If you're willing to compromise on a few things, there are other options.
I imagine the disparity in availability has to do with the manufacturing technology. It's probably very difficult to make a zero-dead-pixel screen that is high resolution and very large.
At the same resolution, bigger pixels are still harder to manufacture correctly than smaller pixels.
Androd devices are subsidized.
On iPad I presume speakers are not facing front due to form trumping function. On other pads, I presume it is due to copying Apple's focus upon form?
For it to be a problem, you need to physically be able to see the jaggies (have good eyesight, or be short-sighted, but not long-sighted), and you need to find the jaggies disturbing (plenty of people who can see them don't mind them).
Personally I notice it on my Galaxy Nexus, but it doesn't particularly bother me (it did bug me on the Galaxy S).
A bigger problem with the OLED displays is the slow degradation in output of the blue LEDs, leading to burn in or yellowing of the screen. Maybe they have improved the tech, but I would be worried about a device that got more use than my phone. When in landscape, my 1 year old Nexus has a white band where the soft buttons are in portrait (because the rest of the screen has burned the blue LEDs more and has yellowed compared with the unburned white. Unburned band because soft button area is usually black). Even worse is the ugly unevenness in colour for solid grey or red. And sometimes there are ghost after-images that fade within say a second. Occurs in high contrast areas because of localised heating, which when changing to an even white, the LED output is uneven due to the heating. I accept these defects as compromises for other features I want in a phone.
Basically, I think it behooves one to always view a real device before buying a pentile display device, especially if one is sensitive to aberrations and one has good eyesight for tiny detail. YMMV.
I really want to get on board with a modern Android tablet, but they're not making it easy.
* They conserve bevel space and let you have a larger screen overall.
* They're only visible when you're using apps that need them.
* When you're doing something which needs the whole screen, like playing video, they're hidden giving you a larger usable screen area.
* Because they're implemented in software, their behaviour can be changed later and they can also be context sensitive.
The non-existent microSD card is just Google's way of trying to get people to use more of their cloud based services (Drive, Play, etc) and has been a "feature" of almost all Nexus devices till date. This is one of the biggest negatives about this device.
True, SAMSUNG devices feel like cheap plastic, but the same cheap plastic becomes very helpful when you drop your device: I've dropped my cheap plastic Galaxy Note several times with nary a scratch on the thing, but a friend's iPhone's cover shattered with a single drop.
Unless you're out of Internet range for days at a time, I don't understand the need for over 16GB of local storage.
I don't know what people are talking about when they talk about build quality anymore. My Droid 1 was TOUGH. I dropped it repeatedly and it never broke and it held up for 3 years. But even when it was new, they were inconsistent. The sliding action was different, the button quality varied from one to the next, but it was heralded as tough and "feels good". On the other hand, my Galaxy Nexus has no flaws and has been dropped just as hard (I slung it out of my hand across a concrete parking lot once on accident) and has never had a case on it and is in pristine condition.
I know it's still a compromise, but that all having been said, the Galaxy Nexus can be a USB host device so you could use a reader or a jump drive or other USB devices (mice/keyboards/etc)
I know it's something of a running joke that people like to see escalating numbers on spec sheets, regardless of what they mean in objective reality.
But in this particular case it strikes me as particularly silly.
The entire trumped-up definition of the "Retina" classification is based on the idea that the human eye literally can not distinguish individual pixels beyond a given threshold (at a given distance). Striving to go beyond that limit is... quite an interesting endeavor.
Not only does it sound particularly pointless, but actually self-defeating as it would seemingly only add busywork to the GPU.
* For most people, natch. I'm sure the discussions of devices at "higher than retina" resolutions will fill up with people claiming better than 20/20 vision, or uniquely short arms, or whatever.
Not a huge deal yet, but no doubt it will become one with '4x' and '8x' oversampled displays.
I wonder, will we soon see a group of "visiophiles" (visual-philes? videophiles?) emerge to take their rightful place besides the audiophiles?
About the only thing I'm missing is the ability to insert a SIM card in this model and the 10 inch update seems to have the same limitation.