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Three years ago…

…today was when I made my first post on this blog. Over the last three years, the number of posts has gone from one to 360 (counting this one). Posts about the NFL (including the fourth installment of my 32 in 32ish series coming this summer) and Major League Baseball are my most common during that time, but there’s also an occasion tech-related post when there’s a flagship phone announced from the likes of Samsung or Apple.

The (somewhat-surprising) list of the five most-read posts is:

The Week in Android Wear: iPhone compatibility, Huawei Watch, Moto 360 (2nd gen), ASUS ZenWatch 2
[Updated: Will Smith injury] 2nd Annual 30 in 30ish MLB Previews: Milwaukee Brewers 3rd Annual 30 in 30ish MLB Previews: San Diego Padres
3rd Annual 30 in 30ish MLB Previews: Milwaukee Brewers My way-too-early MLB All-Star Game ballot

Some of my favorite posts include:

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Google introduces the Nexus successors, the Pixel and Pixel XL, and other hardware

Over the past several years, Google’s Nexus phones have been affordable ways for people to buy a flagship Android phone. Now, Google is moving away from the Nexus line and replacing it with the Pixel line of phones, with the first two handsets announced today, the 5″ Pixel and 5.5″ Pixel XL. Unlike the Nexus phones that preceded them, the Pixel phones aren’t taking the affordability route. The Pixel handsets are made by HTC, but you won’t find that company’s logo on the devices, as Google is calling them “made by Google.”

The specs are largely the same between the two phones, with screen size being the main difference between them. Both have AMOLED displays and are powered by Snapdragon 821 processors. Each model comes equipped with a 12.3MP rear camera and 8MP front camera. They have 4GB of RAM and storage options include 32GB or 128GB with no microSD card slots. Other specs shared by the Pixel and Pixel XL include fingerprint scanners, NFC, the latest Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, USB Type-C ports and 3.5mm headphone jacks. Both come shipped with Android 7.1 Nougat.

Here is where the phones differ. The Pixel has a 5″ FHD AMOLED screen with 1920×1080 resolution (441ppi) and a 2,770mAh battery. The Pixel XL comes with a 5.5″ QHD AMOLED display with 2560×1440 resolution (534ppi) and a bigger 3,450mAh battery.

Color options for both include quite black, very silver and really blue.


Google Pixel and Pixel XL in three color options

The phones are also compatible with Google’s upcoming Daydream VR viewer, Google’s answer to Samsung’s Gear VR system, which was also announced today and is set to be released in November for $79 in the U.S.


Google Daydream

Verizon is the only carrier that will be selling the phones, but unlocked versions can also be purchased directly from Google. Pricing starts at $649 for the 32GB Pixel and $769 for the 32GB PIxel XL. If you opt for the 128GB of either model, add $100 to those prices, meaning the 128GB Pixel XL will run you $869. Google is offering 24-month, no-interest financing, allowing you to pay off the purchases at a cost of $27.04/month for the cheapest option all the way up to $36.21/month if you opt for the most expensive configuration. Pre-orders are available now, with the phones scheduled for an October 20 release. If you pre-order before the release date, you will get a promo code for a free Daydream viewer once it is released.

Other hardware announced today include Google Home, the company’s answer to Amazon’s Echo, and Chromecast Ultra, the latest iteration of Google’s streaming dongle, which supports 4K content. Those are scheduled to be released in November for $129 and $69, respectively.

Full specs for the Pixel phones are below, followed by a listing of supported cellular networks, which include all the major U.S. carriers, including Google’s own Project Fi.

Pixel Pixel XL
Software Android 7.1 Android 7.1
Display 5″ FHD AMOLED (1920×1080, 441ppi)
Gorilla Glass 4
5.5″ QHD AMOLED (2560×1440, 534ppi)
Gorilla Glass 4
Processor 2.15GHz Snapdragon 821 (quad-core, 64-bit)
Adreno 530 GPU
2.15GHz Snapdragon 821 (quad-core, 64-bit)
Adreno 530 GPU
Camera Rear: 12.3MP (f/2.0, 1.55um)
Front: 8MP (1.4um)
Rear: 12.3MP (f/2.0, 1.55um)
Front: 8MP (1.4um)
Battery 2770mAh
Fast charging
Fast charging
Storage 32GB or 128GB
No microSD support
32GB or 128GB
No microSD support
Other Fingerprint scanner, NFC, 3.5mm headphone, USB Type-C Fingerprint scanner, NFC, 3.5mm headphone, USB Type-C
Connectivity Bluetooth 4.2
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2×2 MIMO, dual-band (2.4 GHz, 5.0 GHz)
Bluetooth 4.2
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2×2 MIMO, dual-band (2.4 GHz, 5.0 GHz)
Dimensions 143.8 x 69.5 x 8.6 mm
143 grams
154.7 x 75.7 x 8.6 mm
168 grams
SIM Nano Nano
Colors Quite Black, Very Silver. Really Blue Quite Black, Very Silver. Really Blue
GSM Quad-band GSM
UMTS/WCDMA B 1/2/4/5/8
FDD LTE B 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/13/17/20/25/26/28/29/30
LTE 2xCARRIER AGGREGATION B2+B2, B2+B4, B2+B5, B2+B12, B2+B13, B2+B17, B2+B29, B2+B30, B4+B4, B4+B5, B4+B7, B4+B12, B4+B13, B4+B17, B4+B29, B4+B30, B5+B30, B7+B7, B12+B30, B25+B25, B29+B30, B41+B41
LTE 3xCARRIER AGGREGATION B2+B2+B12, B2+B2+B13, B2+B4+B4, B2+B4+B5, B2+B4+B12, B2+B4+B13, B2+B4+B29, B2+B5+B30, B2+B12+B30, B2+B29+B30, B4+B4+B12, B4+B4+B13, B4+B5+B30, B4+ B7+ B12, B4+B12+B30, B4+B29+B30, B41+B41+B41

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Apple’s new product announcements highlighted by iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus

Wednesday was the day that Apple holds its annual event to announce the latest additions to its iPhone lineup, in addition to other products. This time around, the big announcements at the event were the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, which don’t feature many external design changes from the previous generation iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus model but do feature some notable changes, including the controversial removal of the standard 3.5mm headphone jack.

The iPhone 7 is the smaller of the two devices, weighing in with a 4.7-inch Retina HD screen with 326 ppi resolution compared to the iPhone 7 Plus’ 5.5-inch Retina HD screen that comes with slightly higher 401 ppi resolution. Both are equipped with a A10 processor and 7 MP front-facing camera. The 7 comes with a 12 MP rear camera with 5x optical zoom while the 7 Plus has a dual-camera setup on the back of the device, with 12 MP wide-angle and telephoto cameras featuring 2x optical zoom and 10x digital zoom. A Touch ID fingerprint sensor is built into the home button on both models with Apple Pay functionality. The devices are also the first iPhones to be water-resistant.

For the first time, Apple is releasing iPhones that come with a base storage option bigger than 16 GB. The phones come with storage options of 32 GB, 128 GB and 256 GB. With the lack of a headphone jack, Apple is including a pair of Lightning earbuds, which connect to the device’s Lightning port, as well as a Lightning-to-3.5mm dongle to allow users to use standard 3.5mm earbuds.

Color options include rose gold, gold, silver, black and jet black (with the latter only available in the two larger storage sizes). As with other recent iPhone models, both the 7 and 7 Plus include the cellular bands needed to operate on all of the major U.S. carriers — including AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile — in addition to the latest Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. Both also come with iOS 10, the latest version of the operating system which is scheduled to exit its beta on September 13.

The iPhone 7 Plus color options

The iPhone 7 Plus in its various color options

Pre-orders begin this Friday, September 9, with the U.S. release date scheduled for a week later on September 16. The iPhone 7 starts at $649 for the 32 GB model, with pricing for the iPhone 7 Plus starting at $769.

You can get full specs and more for the devices at Apple’s site here.

Apple Watch Series 2

Apple Watch Series 2

Also announced at the event was the Apple Watch Series 2, which has a similar design to the original Apple Watch. Its upgrades include built-in GPS and 50 meters of water-resistance.  The Series 2 has similar battery life — 18 hours — as the original. The Apple Watch Series 2 has the same pre-order and release dates as the iPhone 7 models. Pricing starts at $369, while the original Apple Watch is getting a faster processor and a price break, bring its base price down to $269.

Full details on the Apple Watch Series 2 can be found here.

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Samsung unveils upcoming Galaxy Note 7 flagship phone

Samsung released the Galaxy Note 5 smartphone last fall, which means the Galaxy Note 6 must be around the corner, right? Not quite. The next phone in the Note line is right about the corner, but it’s not the Note 6 — it’s the Galaxy Note 7, skipping a number to get the line in sync with Samsung’s other flagship phone, the S7 (and S7 edge).

Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Note 7 earlier today at an event in New York City and it has the type of specs you’d expect to see in an Android flagship in 2016 — in fact, the specs are nearly identical to the S7 and S7 edge. Internally, you’ll find a quad-core Snapdragon 820 processor (in the U.S. variant), 4GB of RAM, 64 GB of internal storage (expandable with microSD card up to 256GB) and a 3500mAh battery. It’ll ship with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow but will be upgraded to Android 7.0 Nougat once it is available to the public.

Samsung Galaxy Note 7

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 specs diagram

The phone features a 5.7″ Super AMOLED dual-edge screen (2560×1440 resolution) with Gorilla Glass 5 to protect it. It has a 5MP front camera and 12MP rear camera with optical image stabilization. In addition to typical security features, like a fingerprint reader, the Note 7 features an iris scanner that allows the user to use their eyes to unlock the phone or use features like Samsung Pay. It also comes with a new version of the S Pen stylus that is a staple of the Note line.

The Note 7 has the latest in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, a USB-C charging port, fast charging, Qi wireless charging capability, a heart-rate sensor and IP68 water resistance. It also includes the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack, which some phones — including the Moto Z and, if the rumors are true, the iPhone 7 — are now leaving out. It has the cellular bands needed to work on all of the major U.S. carriers, but versions bought directly from carriers will likely be locked to that particular carrier.  Color options will include black, silver, blue and gold but, as usual, not all colors will likely be available for all carriers or at all retailers.

Samsung Galaxy Note 7

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 colors

Pre-orders will begin tomorrow, August 3, with an expected release date of August 19. Pricing varies by carrier but is expected to be in excess of $800 full price, with pricing for payment plans depending on the individual carrier’s full price and length of the payment plan.

You can find out more about the Galaxy Note 7 on Samsung’s site here.

Below, you will find a spec list, Samsung’s introduction video and the official press release

OS Android 6.0.1
Display 5.7″ Quad HD dual edge Super AMOLED
Processor US: Snapdragon 820 Quad Core (2.15GHz Dual + 1.6GHz Dual), 64 bit, 14 nm process
International: Octa core (2.3GHz Quad + 1.6GHz Quad), 64 bit, 14 nm process
Storage 64GB internal, microSD support up to 256GB
Camera Rear: 12MP Dual Pixel, f/1.7
Front: 5MP, f/1.7
Battery 3500mAh
Fast Charging on wired and wireless
Wireless Charging compatible with WPC and PMA
Dimensions 153.5 x 73.9 x 7.9mm
Weight 169g
SIM Nano
Other Bluetooth 4.2, 802.11/a/b/g/n/ac WiFi, USB Type-C, NFC, 3.5mm headphone jack, S Pen, Fingerprint Sensor, Heartrate Monitor, MST
Dust and Water Resistance IP68
Bands Main 2G CDMA: CDMA800, USPCS1900
Main 2G GSM: GSM850, GSM900, DCS1800, PCS1900
Main 3G CDMA: BC0(800), BC1(1900), BC10(800)
Main 3G UMTS(WCDMA): B1(2100), B2(1900), B4(AWS), B5(850), B8(900)
Main 3G TD-SCDMA: B34(2010), B39(1880)
Main 4G LTE FDD: B1(2100), B2(1900), B3(1800), B4(AWS), B5(850), B7(2600), B8(900), B12(700), B13(700), B17(700), B18(800), B19(800), B20(800), B25(1900), B26(800), B29(700), B30(2300)
Main 4G LTE TDD: B38(2600), B39(1900), B40(2300), B41(2500)
Colors Black, Silver, Blue, Gold

Samsung Unveils the New Galaxy Note7 the Intelligent Smartphone That Thinks Big

The Galaxy Note7 combines advanced S Pen capabilities with ultimate security features to help users accomplish and do more

SEOUL, Korea – August 2, 2016 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. continues to drive the smartphone market with the Galaxy Note7 by building on the company’s category-defining leadership with innovative features that set a new standard for large-screen devices. With refined craftsmanship, premium materials and a unique, symmetrical edge design, the Galaxy Note7 features:

  • A water resistant body and S Pen (IP68)*
  • Top-of-the-line security that combines Samsung Knox with biometric authentication including a new iris scanning feature
  • Immersive entertainment features with HDR video streaming capabilities.

The Galaxy Note7 strikes a balance between work and play, enabling people to achieve more than what they thought possible on a smartphone.

“The Galaxy Note7 combines productivity and entertainment, with strong security features. Powering a robust ecosystem, it is the ideal device for those who want to achieve more in life,” said DJ Koh, President of Mobile Communications Business, Samsung Electronics. “Life moves faster than ever now so we created the Galaxy Note7 to help users get things done more easily wherever, whenever.”

Galaxy Note7 S Pen: Quickly and Easily Bring Ideas to Life
The enhanced Galaxy Note7 S Pen is more than just a writing tool – it is the gateway to getting more done efficiently and accurately. Users can bring ideas to life the moment inspiration strikes without unlocking the screen by using Screen off memo and simply pinning the memo to the Always On Display. The S Pen also gives users the ability to easily create and share GIF animations with Smart Select. In addition, the new Air Command functions, including Magnify and Translate, enable users to zoom in on the screen or convert languages with a simple hover of the S Pen. It is even easier to access the best of the S Pen’s creative abilities with Samsung Notes, a new unified app allowing users to jot down handwritten notes, draw, or edit memos from one location.

The new S Pen writes with ease and precision. The smaller 0.7mm tip and improved pressure sensitivity provides a real pen-like experience. With the peace of mind that IP68 water resistant provides, the Galaxy Note7 S Pen lets users jot down their thoughts without interruption, even when the screen gets wet.

Advanced Security: Now in the Blink of an Eye
Samsung understands the importance of keeping content on users’ phone protected. Coupled with Samsung Knox, an industry-leading security platform, the Galaxy Note7 provides heightened security and privacy, with highly advanced biometric authentication, including fingerprint scanner and iris scanning technology. The Galaxy Note7 offers more authentication options that can be used interchangeably depending on how people use their phones, wherever they are, or whatever they are doing.

The Galaxy Note7 instills a new level of user confidence with Secure Folder, a separated folder that adds an extra layer of authentication to keep private and personal information safe. The iris recognition technology will also be used to authenticate secure purchases that are made on Samsung Pay**. The Galaxy Note7 will also support Samsung Pass, bringing authentication such as iris scanning and fingerprint recognition to more apps and services.

Best-in-Class Entertainment
The phone is one of the most important screens in a user’s life because it’s with them all of the time. The Galaxy Note7 features a gorgeous, curved 5.7-inch QHD Super AMOLED screen delivering a bold and immersive picture on a smartphone. It is ready to stream HDR video, enabling a cinema-like experience including brighter colors and a deeper black, which ensure users get the full experience that the filmmaker intended. The Galaxy Note7 also features Game Pack, available through Google Play, including top game titles, an easier redemption process and new user benefits.

By pairing the Galaxy Note7 with the new Gear VR powered by Oculus, users can experience premium virtual reality almost anywhere. Galaxy Note7’s incredible Super AMOLED screen and powerful processor delivers an ultra-immersive experience. The vast and ever growing library of apps, photos, games and more puts, users in the center of the action. Whether it’s next level gaming or journeying to places users have never been before, there’s always something new to discover.

For people who live to create, tell stories and transport people to entirely new worlds, the Galaxy Note7 can be used with the new high-resolution (3840×1920) Gear 360 camera, to capture, edit and share 360-degree images videos on the go. These memories can then be shared with friends via platforms including YouTube 360 and Facebook, and can be relived with the ultra-immersive Gear VR.

Galaxy Foundation with Refined Craftsmanship

With Galaxy Note7, Samsung continues to defy boundaries of engineering to perfect the user experience through innovative design. Every edge, surface and detail of the device’s design has been refined to provide a comfortable grip, easier one-handed operation, and durability with Corning® Gorilla® Glass 5. Although the Galaxy Note7 features a large-screen, the unique front-to-back symmetrical dual-edge curve remains balanced and light with the sleek feel users have come to love from the Galaxy series. The curved screen lets the Galaxy Note7 add the powerful Edge Panel for one-tap user access to applications, news and functions.

The Galaxy Note7 is equipped with the advanced camera that was introduced on the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge The dual-pixel sensor technology, wide aperture and fast auto focus, work together to create sharp and beautiful photos even in low-light environments.

In addition to 64GB of internal memory, the Galaxy Note7 offers expandable storage and microSD support up to 256GB. The Galaxy Note7 is equipped with a 3,500mAh battery, easy Power Management UX through Smart Manager, and charges quickly using the new USB-C port. Recharge the Galaxy Note7 wherever wireless charging is available.

A new line of accessories will be available to complement the Galaxy Note7, including the new S View Standing Cover, a light and portable cover that can be used to prop the device at a 60-degree angle for easy viewing of content, as well as an IP68 water resistant Backpack for on-the-go charging.

Creating a Phone+ Ecosystem of Connected Experiences

The Galaxy Note7 is more than just a smartphone; it’s a connection point to Samsung’s ecosystem of devices, software and services. Users can monitor their fitness activities on the Gear Fit2 or Gear IconX and track their data through S Health 5.0.** In addition to accurate and robust fitness tracking and measurement, the new S Health enables users to stay connected to family and friends by sharing fitness updates or competing in friendly challenges with one another.

With the Galaxy Note7, consumers can use the iris scanner to access value-added Samsung services like Samsung Pay** for quick and easy mobile payments.

The Smart Switch feature has been enhanced further with Samsung Cloud, which supports a seamless device experience by providing continuous backup and easy transfer of content including data, apps, settings and layouts between devices. Galaxy Note7 users will be able to use up to 15GB of free space to store and restore information on Samsung Cloud.**

The Galaxy Note7 will be available starting on August 19, and will be offered in Blue Coral, Gold Platinum, Silver Titanium and Black Onyx.

Moto Z front and back

Motorola announces the Moto X successor Moto Z and Moto Mods, beats iPhone 7 to the punch

Motorola’s flagship phone over the last three years has been the Moto X line, but the Lenovo-owned company is switching things up this year, renaming its flagship device the Moto Z, the company’s first modular phone. Announced alongside the Moto Z was a higher-end Moto Z Force Edition and Moto Z DROID Edition, both Verizon exclusives.


Moto Z

Specs are similar for the devices, with a 5.5″ Quad HD display (2560×1440), Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM and choice of 32GB or 64GB of internal storage (with microSD support up to 2TB). The Moto Z has 15MP rear and 5MP front cameras, with a 2600mAh battery while the Force Edition ups those specs to 21MP rear camera and 3500mAh battery. The Force also has a shatterproof display. Both have USB-C port with turbo charging, water-repellent coating and a fingerprint sensor. Both will ship with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow installed.

One thing you won’t find on the Moto Z devices is a standard 3.5mm headphone jack. As is rumored to be the case with Apple’s yet-to-be-announced iPhone 7, you will have to use an adapter (in this case USB-C to 3.5mm adapter) to use wired headphones with the devices. Otherwise, you’ll have to use Bluetooth headphones with the phones.

Moto Mod backs

Moto Mod interchangeable backplates

The Moto Z family also introduces the debut of Moto Mods, swappable backplates that either add functionality to the device or change the look of it. The backs, which attach to the phone using strong magnets, allow you to enjoy the additional functionality without drastically changing the look of the phone.

At launch, the available Moto Mods will include

  • JBL SoundBoost Speaker, which improves the audio coming out of the speaker, adds a kickstand to the back of the phone and includes its own battery for up to 10 hours of music
  • Moto Insta-Share Projector, a pico projector with kickstand and built-in battery that allows the phone to project images up to a screen of up to 70 inches
  • Power Packs, which Motorola says can add up to 22 hours of battery life to the phone
  • Moto Style Shell, which offers a different look to the phone; different variations include wood, leather and other personalizations (similar to Moto Maker options available with Moto X devices)

Motorola says that more Moto Mods will be available in the future.

The phones will be available this summer, exclusively for Verizon customers in the U.S. In the fall, the standard Moto Z will be available in an unlocked version for AT&T, T-Mobile and other GSM carriers. No word yet if there will be a Sprint version of the Moto Z available later in the year.

The Moto Z is available in black/lunar gray and white/fine gold options, while the Moto Z Force is only available in black/lunary. Additional backplate color options should be made available through the Moto Style Shell mods. Motorola did not announce prices for the devices, but you can expect them to run in the typical $600-700 range for a flagship, unless Motorola wants to compete on price on puts it closer to the $500 range.

Here are specs for the Moto Z (left) and Moto Z Force (right):

OS Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
Processor Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 820 processor with up to 2.2 GHz CPU Quad-core CPU and Adreno 530 GPU Natural Language Processor Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 820 processor with up to 2.2 GHz CPU Quad-core CPU and Adreno 530 GPU Natural Language Processor
Storage 32GB/64GB UFS, microSD Card support (up to 2 TB) 32GB/64GB UFS, microSD Card support (up to 2 TB)
Dimensions Height: 153.3 mm
Width: 75.3 mm
Depth: 5.19 mm
Height: 155.9 mm
Width: 75.8 mm
Depth: 6.99 mm
Weight 136g 163g (5.8 oz)
Display 5.5” AMOLED
1440p Quad HD (2560 x 1440)
535 ppi
Corning® Gorilla® Glass
1440p Quad HD (2560 x 1440)
535 ppi
Battery 2600mAh
Turbo Charging
Turbo Charging
Water resistance Water repellent nano-coating Water repellent nano-coating
Sensors Fingerprint reader
Ambient Light
Hall Effect
Fingerprint sensor
Ambient Light
Hall Effect
Rear camera 13 MP
ƒ/1.8 aperture
Optical Image Stabilization (OIS)
Laser Autofocus
Zero Shutter Lag
Color Correlated Temperature (CCT) flash with dual LEDs
1.12um pixel
21 MP
ƒ/1.8 aperture
Optical Image Stabilization (OIS)
Laser Autofocus
Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF)
Zero Shutter Lag
Color Correlated Temperature (CCT) flash with dual LEDs
1.12um pixel with Deep Trench Isolation (DTI)
Front camera 5 MP
ƒ/2.2 aperture
Wide-Angle lens
1.4um big pixel for better low light
5 MP
ƒ/2.2 aperture
Wide-Angle lens
1.4um big pixel for better low light
Connectivity Moto Mods™ connector
USB-C port for headphones, charging and data transfer
3.5 mm to USB-C headphone port adapter included
Moto Mods™ connector
USB-C port for headphones, charging and data transfer
3.5mm to USB-C headphone port adapter included
Bluetooth 4.1 4.1
Network bands CDMA (850, 1900 MHz)
GSM / GPRS / EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
UMTS / HSPA+ (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz)
4G LTE (B1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 13)
CDMA (850, 1900 MHz)
GSM / GPRS / EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
UMTS / HSPA+ (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz)
4G LTE (B2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 13)
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2.4 GHz + 5 GHz with MIMO 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2.4 GHz + 5 GHz with MIMO
SIM Nano Nano

You can learn more about Moto Mods here.

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Google officially announces Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P — what you need to know

Over the last couple of days, we’ve brought you most of the specs for the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P, but Google filled in the blanks at the company’s official unveiling of the devices today.

nexus 5x pic

The specs for the Nexus 5X, the smaller and more affordable of the two devices, are as follows:
Processor: Snapdragon 808 hexa-core CPU with Adreno 418 GPU
Display: 5.2-inch 1080p LCD, Gorilla Glass 3
Storage: 16GB or 32GB
Battery: 2,700mAh
Camera: rear 12.3MP with f/2.0 aperture and laser autofocus, front 5MP with f/2.2 aperture
Operating system: Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Measurements: 147×72.6×7.9mm, 136g
Other: USB Type-C with quick charge, nanoSIM slot, 3.5mm hadphone jack
Cellular connectivity:
GSM/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900MHz
UMTS/WCDMA: B1/2/4/5/8
CDMA: BC0/1/10
LTE (FDD): B1/2/3/4/5/7/12/13/17/20/25/26/29
LTE (TDD): B41
LTE CA DL: B2-B2, B2-B4, B2-B5, B2-B12, B2-B13, B2-B17, B2-B29, B4-B4, B4-B5, B4-B7, B4-B12, B4-B13, B4-B17, B4-B29, B41-B41

It is available to pre-order now in carbon, quartz or ice color options, for $379 for the 16GB version and $429 for the 32GB version.

nexus 6p

The specs for the Nexus 6P are below:
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 v2.1, 2.0 GHz Octa-core 64-bit, Adreno 430 GPU
Display: 5.7-inch WQHD AMOLED (2560×1440, 518ppi)
Storage: 32GB, 64GB or 128GB
Battery: 3,450 mAh battery
Camera: 12.3MP rear camera (1.55 μM, f/2.0), IR Laser assisted autofocus, 4K (30 fps) video capture, Broad-spectrum CRI-90 dual flash; 8MP front camera
Operating system: Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Dimensions: 159.3 X 77.8 X 7.3 mm, 178 g
Other: Type-C, Fingerprint sensor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Barometer, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor, Hall sensor, Android Sensor Hub
Colors: Aluminium, Graphite, Frost
Cellular connectivity:
GSM/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900MHz
UMTS/WCDMA: B1/2/4/5/8
CDMA: BC0/1/10
LTE (FDD): B1/2/3/4/5/7/12/13/17/20/25/26/29
LTE (TDD): B41
LTE CA DL: B2-B2, B2-B4, B2-B5, B2-B12, B2-B13, B2-B17, B2-B29, B4-B4, B4-B5, B4-B7, B4-B12, B4-B13, B4-B17, B4-B29, B41-B41

The Nexus 6P is available for pre-order for $499 for 32GB, $549 for 64GB or $649 for 128GB.

Both devices work on Google’s Project Fi network. Complete information for the 5X can be found here and the 6P here.

Everything you need to know about Google’s Nexus 5X before it’s announced

After specs for the Nexus 6P leaked over the weekend, now we have specs for that phone’s smaller counterpart, the Nexus 5X, which is expected to be officially announced by Google tomorrow alongside the 6P.

The LG Nexus 5X, the follow-up to 2013’s Nexus 5, has a 5.2-inch FHD LCD screen protected by Gorilla Glass 3. It is powered by the Snapdragon 808 processor and comes equipped with 2GB RAM. Its rear camera clocks in at 12.3MP, with a 5MP shooter on the front of the device. It comes with a 2,700mAh non-removable battery. Like the 6P, the 5X has a fingerprint sensor and a Micro USB Type-C charging port and launches with Android 6.0 Marshmallow, the latest version of the operating system.

The Nexus 5X is available in 16GB or 32GB storage options (with no microSD card slot) and color options that include quartz white, ice blue and charcoal black.

According to FCC documents, the 5X is equipped with cellular bands to work on all the major U.S. carriers.

Separate reports from Android Police note that the Nexus 5X will be available to pre-order in the U.S. U.K., Korea, Japan and Ireland following Google’s event on Tuesday. Pricing in the U.S. begins at $379.99 for the 16GB model. AP also notes that the device (and the 6P) will be sold online only and not available in carrier stores.

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