While specs had been rumored for months, pricing for the new smartphone from Google came as a bit of a surprise yesterday. The complete hardware lineup gets a fresh new name and candy mascot: Lollipop.
It’s not mentioned in Google’s blog post, but the Nexus 6 starts at $649 unlocked according to Motorola, the phone’s actual manufacturer. That’s way higher than previous Nexus phones, but that’s more because the Nexus 4 and 5 were abnormally cheap.
In essence, the pricing for the Nexus 6 actually brings the Nexus brand in line with similar Android phones. Spec for spec, you’d pay about the same for a different brand:
· Snapdragon 805 quad-core 2.7GHz CPU
· Adreno 420 GPU
· 5.96” 2560x1440 display
· 32GB storage (or 64GB for $50 more)
· 13-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization
The charger supplies up to six hours of life to the 3220mAh battery in only 15 minutes, which is merciful given the large, pixel-dense screen and speedy processor. Pre-orders start “late October”.
The HTC-made Nexus 9 tablet takes its pricing cues from the Nexus 10 rather than the smaller Nexus 7 – but again has the specs to back it up. Pre-orders begin tomorrow with shipments expected November 3.
· 64-bit Tegra K1 2.3GHz CPU
· 192-core Kepler GPU
· 8.9” 2048x1536 display
· 16GB ($399) or 32GB ($479)
Most surprising is the trusty old 4x3 aspect ratio of the screen rather than the 16:10 of the Nexus 7 and 10 or 16:9 high definition of the Nexus 5 and 6.
At $99, Nexus Player doesn’t blow Roku, Fire TV, or even Apple TV out of the water. It offers many of the same features: streaming video from Netflix, Hulu Plus, YouTube, and many other apps; voice search built into the remote; an optional gamepad.
Where Nexus Player sets itself apart is its integration with other Android devices. There’s Google Cast support for sharing a phone, tablet, or browser screen on a larger television, but content also syncs between devices on the same account. It also doesn’t shirk on its internals, with a 1.8GHz quad-core Intel Atom CPU.
As is customary, the new Nexus devices will have a new operating system. Android 5.0 Lollipop brings material design, battery saver, app content searching, and multiple user accounts to the table. Older Nexus hardware will get the upgrade in the coming weeks.
While the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are already out, Apple is expected to announce other hardware this afternoon. Follow our Twitter feed for live updates and check back here tomorrow for the roundup!
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