Google’s HTC Nexus 9, Motorola Nexus 6 official; Specs and Price
So everything has finally gone official as expected. Android 5.0 Lollipop, Nexus 6 smartphone and Nexus 9 tablet. Google announced its latest products in the Android line and products are coming fulfilling all the rumors and leaks.
The devices include HTC Nexus 9 and Motorola Nexus 6 and its latest Android OS dubbed 5.0 Loillipop with several new features. Let’s take a peek at the new devices and their features.
Motorola Nexus 6
The smartphone built by Motorola comes with huge screen in line with rumors and leaks. And many even Nexus fans may find 5.96″ ridiculously huge for a smartphone. The smartphone looks like giant Moto X and has a premium profile with the usual Nexus brand printed at the back. The smartphone runs on Android 5.0 Lollipop right out of the box.
In terms of specs, Motorola Nexus 6 sports 6-inch display with 2560 x 1440 resolution and a whopping 496ppi of density. The device is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 chipset with a 2.65GHz quad-core Krait 450 CPU and 3GB of RAM. At the back you have a 13MP f/2.0 camera with dual-LED flash and 2MP snapper at the front. An the device will be offered in two variants of 32GB or 64GB storage options, means no microSD card slot.
The smartphone gets its juice from a 3,220mAh battery and this time the battery is non-removable. The smartphone offers Turbo Charging, which lets you to get up to 6 hours of battery life with only 15 minutes of charging.
Google Nexus 6 will be up for pre-order starting October 29th and release date is set to November, reportedly Nov 3. And the phone will be available unlocked though Play Store while major carriers in the US will also offer the device. The carriers include AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon, and US Cellular.
Unlocked version of the Nexus 6 with 64GB storage is priced at $649 making it the most expensive smartphone in the nexus line while 32GB carries $569 price tag. And if you are not interested in this huge device, Google plans to continue offering the Nexus 5 for now and it will be getting Android 5.0 Lollipop.
HTC Nexus 9
On the other hand, the Nexus 9 this time is made by HTC and comes with stylish profile kinda looks like iPad mini in design. The tablet is built to work with keyboard case and it can be attached to the device in two different angles for better view and use the device like an Android netbook which power user will certainly appreciate.
The tablet uses a brushed aluminum frame rather than a full-on metal body and has a thin profile. The device carries dual front-firing speakers. The WiFi version of the tablet measures 0.31″ (7.9mm) thickness, and weighs 0.94 pounds (425g) and a bit more for LTE variant.
In terms of specs, the tablet sports an 8.9-inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of 2048 x 1440 pixels. The tablet is powered by the Nvidia Tegra K1 chip with a 2.3GHz CPU, the very potent Keepler DX1 GPU and 2GB of RAM. The Nexus 9 will be available in either 16 or 32GB of storages, but you can’t expand the storage further.
The 8MP rear camera and a 1.6MP front-facing snapper will take care of your photography needs while the device also boasts BoomSound stereo speakers.
The tablet packs a 6,700 mAh battery but the company hasn’t provided any estimated runtime of the battery.
Google Nexus 9 will go on pre-order starting from October 17 while release date is set to November 3. The tablet will be available in black, beige and white and pricing for the tablet starts $399 for W-Fi-only 16GB model and $479 for 32GB version. Google will also offer a model with 4G LTE support and 32GB LTE model will carry a price tag of $599.
Both devices are running on Android 5.0 Lollipop which has adapted a new design language and offers fine control over notifications. the OS comes with improved power consumption for longer battery life, and a “pick up where you left off” feature which lets you start from the point you stopped on another device.
For developers, Android L SDK will be available starting October 17.
In the USA, the Nexus 9 will go on sale via the Google Play Store, Amazon, Best Buy, Staples, Walmart, and other retailers. T-Mobile will be offering the cellular version,and its availability is set to November 12th. Take a look at the short intro videos and the image gallery.