Google on Wednesday announced three devices, all trying to enter spaces that rival Apple seems to be comfortable in at the moment. So the Nexus 6 will try and give a pure Android alernative for iPhone 6 Plus while the Nexus 9 will give large screen tablet buyers a option beyond the iPad. There is also a Nexus Player that is clearly gunning for the Apple TV space. All devices will be the first to run the new Android 5.0 Lollipop update natively.
The 8.9-inch Google Nexus 9 built by HTC will have a premium design and finish. It will have a 64-bit NVIDIA Tegra K1 2.3 GHz processor and come with HTC trademark features like BoomSound. Trying to take on the Microsoft Surface, it will also come with an optional magnetic keypad that “helps you get stuff done at home, at the office, and on the go”.
The tablet will be powered by a 6700 mAh battery and will have a 8MP rear camera. There will be 16GB and 32GB options to choose from.
The 16GB model will cost $399, 32GB will cost $479, while the LTE-enabled 32GB model will cost $599 in the US. Pre-booking will start tomorrow in many countries.
Built by Motorola, the Nexus 6 looks like a large Moto X. And that could be the USP of this device. The phone will have a 6-inch Quad HD display and will be powered by the new Snapdragon 805 quad-core 2.7GHz processor with the Adreno 420 GPU. The 13MP camera will come with an f2.0 lens and Google camera app. It will also have turbo charging and Google claims users can “get up to 6 hours of use from only 15 minutes of charging” on the 3220 mAh battery.
Motorola said the Nexus 6 — available in Midnight Blue and Cloud White in 32GB and 64GB versions — will be on pre-order through the Google Play Store in late October. “Nexus 6 will also be available with partners starting in November,” a release said, adding that pricing and availability details will be released soon. Nexus 6 will come to 28 countries, including India, in the first wave.
The Nexus Player entertainment console is a sleek small circular box that will “fit beautifully alongside your current home entertainment setup”. It is Google Cast ready and can beam content from apps on any OS or platform to the TV. It also enables content to sync across devices so that you can continue watching. Plus, the voice contolled remote lets you just say what you want to watch instead for manually searching for it on your library. For those who take Android games seriously, it also comes with an optional Gamepad for Nexus Player.