October is usually when Google announces the latest phone in its Nexus line of devices. Today was the day for the introduction for the biggest phone to join Google’s device lineup, Nexus 6, as well as its latest tablet, Nexus 9. The tech giant also officially announced the name for the latest version of its Android operating system, Lollipop.
The Motorola-made Nexus 6 phablet comes in at a large 5.92″, bigger even than Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 – the latest in the Note line that launched the phablet concept — and nearly an inch bigger than its predecessor, last year’s 4.95″ Nexus 5. In addition to its large QuadHD display, the device sports top-of-the-line specs. It is powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 805 processor, comes with 3GB of RAM and a choice of 32 or 64GB of storage, and has a 13MP rear camera with optical image stabilization and a 2MP front camera. It comes with the usual connectivity, including the latest Wi-Fi and Bluetooth radios and LTE bands that cover all the major U.S. carriers (a global model is also available internationally. The phone also features water resistance and comes in a choice of colors: midnight blue or cloud white. With the high-end specs, however, comes a high-end price, which is a departure from previous members of the Nexus family. The 32GB model retails for $649 with an additional $50 added, $699, for the 64GB model. The Nexus 6 can be pre-ordered from Google Play later this month and will be available at retail in November.
The Nexus 9, made by HTC, is Google’s first 9″ tablet. It is equipped with an 8.9″ IPS LCD display, 64-bit NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor, 2GB of RAM and comes in two storage options: 16 or 32GB. Like the Nexus 6, it includes Wi-FI, Bluetooth and NFC connectivity, and has an LTE option available in the 32GB version only. The rear camera is 8MP with a 1.7MP shooter on the front of the device, which features the dual front-facing BoomSound speakers HTC has become known for on its high-end devices. Color options include indigo black, lunar white and sand. The rest of the tablet’s specs can be found here. The 16GB version retails for $399 while the 32GB version costs $479 or $599 for the LTE-equipped version.
Google also officially introduced the latest version of Android, Android 5.0 Lollipop. It will be pre-installed on the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 and will be available as an update to all Nexus phones and tablets that have been released since 2012 in the coming weeks. Most major manufacturers — including Motorola, Samsung, HTC and LG — will also update their recent high-end devices to Lollipop in the coming weeks and months. Among the top features of the latest version of the mobile operating system are multi-device syncing, extended battery life and more ways to secure your devices.