As leaks suggested, Google took the wraps off of the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 today. In addition to those expected announcements, we were treated with a device that no one saw coming: the Nexus Player.
Before we get into the details surrounding Google’s latest Nexus offerings, we will take a quick look at what the Nexus program signifies. Due to the openness of Android, Android comes in many shapes and forms. Naturally, this can create a view on Android devices that’s outside of what Google hoped for the platform. The Nexus program is Google’s way of introducing the latest software equipped with hardware to show the world what they envision for Android. This is holds true for both the consumer an developer perspective of Android.
“Rather than creating software in the abstract, we work with hardware partners to build Nexus devices to help push the boundaries of what’s possible.” – Google
Meet the Nexus 6
The Nexus 6 was previously known as the Motorola Shamu. Officially, the Motorola inspired and crafted Nexus 6 has an aluminum frame, a 6-inch Quad HD display and a 13 megapixel camera. Like the Moto G, the Nexus 6 has dual front-facing stereo speakers. This is a feature that isn’t prevalent in smart-phones. While it may not be as aesthetically pleasing, it’s more than efficient for watching media when headphones aren’t your immediate option.
The Google Nexus 6 will also come with a Turbo charger that will give you up six entire hours of use with a 15 minute charge. Here’s some geeky specs on the Nexus 6:
- CPU/GPU: Snapdragon 805, Quad-core 2.5 GHz Krait 450 / Adreno 420
- Display: 5.9-inch, 2560 x 1440
- RAM: 3GB
- Memory: 16/32GB
- Battery: 3200 mAh
- Camera: 13MP rear cam, 2MP front cam
- Connectivity: WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, GPS / GLONASS, NFC, Bluetooth® v 4.0 (LE)
- Network: GSM 850/900/1800/1900, HSDPA, LTE
- Sensors: Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer
- OS: Android 5.0
…and the Nexus 9
Like the Nexus 7, Google went with HTC as the crafter of the Nexus 9. The Nexus 9 features a 8.9 inch display with brushed metal sides. Google is claiming that it is small enough to carry around with one hand as the Nexus 7 was. What’s probably as equally cool as the Nexus 9 is that Google created a Nexus 9 keyboard case (I love keyboard cases) that folds into two angles so it can rest securely on your laptop. The Nexus 9 specs are as follows:
- Size: 8.9 x 6.05 x 0.31 inches
- Weight: Wifi version 425 grams, LTE version 436 grams
- Display: 8.9 inches (2048 x 1536), 4:3 aspect ratio
- Processor: NVIDIA Tegra K1 64-bit dual-core processor at 2.3 GHz LTE model uses Qualcomm MDM9625M modem
- Operating system: Android 5.0 Lollipop
- Memory: 16GB and 32GB for Wifi-only, 32GB for LTE
- RAM: 2GB DDR3
- Network: HSPA+/LTE
- Connectivity: 3.5 mm stereo audio jack, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX, Wifi 802.11ac, Chromecast
- Camera: 8MP rear with BSI, f/2.4, 1080p video 1.6MP front, BSI, 720p video
- Sound: Front-facing BoomSound speakers
- Battery: 6,700 mAh Li-polymer
- Accessories: Keyboard Folio, cover
Don’t forget about the Nexus Player
This one came as icing on the lollipop. The Nexus player is the first device ever that will run Android TV. The Nexus Player is a collaboration with Asus that stream media for movies, music and videos. It even takes it a step further with the support of Android gaming that allows you to play Android games on your TV using a game pad. The Nexus Player also doubles as a Google cast devices so you can throw your digital screens up on the big screen from any Chromebook, Android, iOS or tablet.
Availability of the Nexus 6, Nexus 9 and Nexus Player
Moving on to availability, Google said that the Nexus 9 and the Nexus Player will be available for pre-order on October 17th but will hit stores starting November 3rd. The Nexus 6 will be available for pre-order in “late October” and will hit shelves in November. The Nexus 6 will have an unlocked version courtesy of Google Play and will be hitting the following carriers: AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular and Verizon. This will be Verizon’s first Nexus device in quite some time.
Source: Google Blog