Google’s New Lineup: the Nexus 6, Nexus 9 and Nexus Player

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After months of leaked specs, fuzzy images and mockups, the rumors are finally true. The long awaited Nexus 6 is here. And it brought company.

Nexus 6

To start off with, the newest Nexus phone (codenamed “Shamu” after the star of a very popular killer whale show at SeaWorld San Diego in the mid-1960s), was rumored to be produced by a number of manufacturers. Our money was on LG, who made the previous generation Nexus 5. Finally it was revealed that Motorola would do the honors – and they’d call it the Nexus X .

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It’s the very first device to run Android 5.0 Lollipop. Just like the Nexus 5 was derived from the LG G2, the Nexus 6 basically looks like a blown up Moto X – complete with metal trim along the outside of the body. Like the previous generation model, the Nexus 6 does not include a microSD card slot.

It packs a 5.9” 1440*2560 AMOLED screen, a 2.7 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 805 processor with 3 GB of RAM, storage consisting of either 32 or 64 GB, a 3220 mAh battery (quite a bit more juice when compared to the 2300mAh of the Nexus 5), a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera with optical image stabilization and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera. Given it’s size, it’s considered more a phablet than a phone.

Additionally, the Nexus 6 also ships with one of Motorola’s Turbo Chargers, which can apparently charge the phone back up to six hours’ worth of battery life in a total span of 15 minutes. A bold claim indeed. We’ll just have to wait and see if it actually works.

The Nexus is priced at USD 649 (unlocked) making it by far the most expensive Nexus in the lineup to date. The Nexus series was usually seen as Google’s way to give the user a device that was packed with a powerful set of features coupled with a stock android experience for a fairly low price (considering the Nexus 5 sold at USD 349). With the 6, it looks like they’re easing off the pressure on the manufacturers and letting them make some money without being undercut.

The Nexus 6 will be available to preorder on October 29th.  No word on when someone will bring one here, though we suspect November to be a good deadline.

Nexus 9

Not intent with giving the spotlight only to the Nexus 6, Google also launched its new tablet, the Nexus 9. Manufactured by Taiwanese company HTC, the Nexus 9 boasts the build quality commonly associated with HTC.

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Packing an 8.9-inch QVGA (2048×1536) display with a 4:3 aspect ratio (rather than the usual 16:9), the device also runs the latest version of Android Lollipop and also has a 64-bit Nvidia Tegra K1 chipset. It’s the first time an Nvidia processor’s found its way into a Nexus product. The device also features 2GB of RAM and, on average, around 9 hours of battery life. Warning: the keypad isn’t included.

The Nexus 9 will be available for preorder on October 17. Expect the 16GB version of the tablet to cost around USD 399, whilst the 32GB version will cost USD 479 and the 32GB version with LTE will cost USD 599. Not exactly cheap, are they?

Nexus Player

The finale of the trio is the Nexus Player. Google has partnered with Asus to bring users the first device to run Google’s new Android TV. Powered by a quad-core 1.8GHz Intel Atom processor with PowerVR Series 6 graphics, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage, the device is touted to be everything that Google TV was not. It even mimics a Chromecast.

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It basically resembles a hockey puck around 4.7”In diameter and includes a remote with a few buttons on it. One of the things in the featureset is a microphone with which you can perform a voice search ‘Ok, Google’.  It is also able to stream over 802.11ac Wi-Fi, which is the newest standard out there right now. Additionally, Asus also has Game controller, although it’s sold separately.

The Nexus Player will retail for around for USD 99 and the game controller for USD 39, and is available for pre order from the 17th October 2014.

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