Google’s new line on Nexus devices
Google just released their latest line of Nexus devices, the Nexus 6 phone, Nexus 9 tablet and a surprise media box called the Nexus Player which is running the Android TV platform that was released back in June. The Android TV is a version of Android made to be used on TVs.
Google has this time partnered with Motorola and HTC but also kept Asus as a partner for the Nexus Player. The Nexus 6 is the one built by Motorola and that’s clearly visible from the design, the Nexus 9 as you may have guessed (or heard from the rumours), comes from HTC.
The new Nexus line comes with all new price tags
It seems that the days of moderately priced Nexus phones and tablets are gone, with the Nexus 6 starting at $649 off-contract, and the Nexus 9 starting at $399. Both are priced a bit higher than their predecessors, but the Nexus 6 especially costs a lot more than the Nexus 5, the previous Nexus phone which won’t disappear from the store shelves though.
Nexus 6 is a huge Moto X
The Nexus 6 is clearly a Motorola device and that’s certainly not a bad thing, since the new Moto X has earned a lot of praise from the press. A metal bumper surrounding the sides of the phone, the familiar blimp on the back with the curvy design, it looks great and is probably very nice to hold in hand.
It just happens to sport an admittedly huge 6-inch display, but we’ll have to hope that they’ve managed to keep the bezels slim so it fits better to one hand. Not sure if that’s even fair to hope for with a device this size.
The tech specs this thing is packing in go like this: 6-inch 2560×1440 QHD AMOLED display, 13MP camera with OIS (Optical image stabilisation) and a 2MP front camera, dual front-facing speaker (WOOHOO!!), Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor, and either 32 or 64GB of internal storage.
Google is keeping the Nexus 5 in their product line so that is still a very viable option if you don’t want the massive screen of the Nexus 6. Even it has a 5-inch display though.
HTC back in the Nexus program
So the Nexus 9 is an Android tablet that features a 8.9-inch QXGA (2048×1536) display that has a 4:3 aspect ratio instead of the 16:9 found on most Android tablets. I think this is a great choice, since I’ve always been a fan of the iPad’s screen thanks to the aspect ratio because it gives you more space when browsing the web in landscape mode.
Other than that, the device packs inside the Nvidia Tegra K1 processor, a 6700 mAh battery, an 8MP rear camera and a 1.6MP front camera, 2GB of ram and a choice of either 32 or 64GB of internal storage and no micro-SD card slot. This one also has front-facing speakers.
Asus is still Google’s partner on the Nexus program
This time Asus has had the job to build a Nexus media player, called the Nexus Player. It runs the new Android TV platform Google released back in June at its Google I/O developer event.
You have access to the whole Google Play store with apps and games, movies and TV shows, music and I guess also the books not that anyone would read them on a TV. It also supports Google Cast so you can use it just a Chromecast.
The Nexus Player is powered by a quad-core Intel Atom chip clocked at 1.8GHz, and to go with that it has 1GB of ram and 8GB of internal storage. It uses HDMI to output the video signal, other ports it includes are a Micro-USB port and a 18W DC power.
Impressive new line of products
The Nexus 6 and 9 sound like an awesome pair of devices and the Nexus Player could definitely be a nice thing to have under your TV. It’s great that you can’t get the N6 nor 9 with a 16GB storage since that always runs out, both have great processors on board, probably awesome displays, and I hope the N6 got a nice camera this time. It also comes with Motorola’s Turbo Charger that is able to charge the phone with 6 hours of extra battery life in just 15 minutes.
We’ll have to see what the reviews say though. To be honest, I really wouldn’t mind getting at least one of these for a review myself. I’ll have to see if I can arrange me something. No promises though.
Also, if you would like to learn more about Android L, I mean Lollipop, check out Google’s official Android Lollipop page. To sum it up though, its got a new look, even more possibilities for developers to try new things with their apps, a new battery saver feature and it’s faster than ever before.
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