The leaks were true!
The new Nexus phones are here. Before I dive into the features, here are the specs:
Nexus 5X (LG):
- Display: 1080 x 1920 pixels, 5.2” HD display, Gorilla Glass 3
- Processor: Snapdragon 808 1.8 GHz Hexa-core, 2 GB RAM, Adreno 418 GPU
- Camera: 12.3 MP Sony made, 1.5 micron image sensor, f/2.0 aperture, dual flash, laser autofocus; front camera: 5 MP
- Battery: 2700 mAh, Quick Charge, USB Type-C
- Others: Nexus Imprint fingerprint sensor, Android 6.0 Marshmallow, front facing speaker
- Price: $379 (16 GB), $429 (32 GB)
Nexus 6P (Huawei):
- Display: 1440 x 2560 pixels, 5.7” Quad HD display, Gorilla Glass 4
- Processor: Snapdragon 810 2.0 GHz Octa-core, 3 GB RAM, Adreno 430 GPU
- Camera: 12.3 MP Sony made, 1.5 micron image sensor, f/2.0 aperture, dual flash, laser autofocus; front camera: 8 MP
- Battery: 3450 mAh, Quick Charge, USB Type-C
- Others: Nexus Imprint fingerprint sensor, Android 6.0 Marshmallow, front facing dual speakers
- Price: $499 (32 GB), $549 (64 GB), $649 (128 GB)
The flagship Nexus 6P has an all metal body while the 5X sticks to a plastic body with the same soft touch finish as on the original Nexus 5. Both the phones house some of the best cameras in the market - the 12.3 MP Sony made sensor can capture superior quality images even in low-light and the large sensor size reduces the need for optical image stabilisation. Both phones have the same camera this time, and both can record 4K video.
Google introduced Nexus Imprint, the standard fingerprint reader expected on Android phones. Imprint can be accessed by developers to use within their apps, and will be used for Android Pay. Reviews show that the fingerprint scanner is located in an ideal position an the back of the phone and reads fingerprints at a super fast 600 milliseconds.
The batteries on both these phones can be charges within a few minutes, thanks to Quick Charge technology. In fact, this is the first of its kind on USB Type-C.
Other announcements included the rollout of Android 6.0 to older Nexus devices in the coming weeks, and of course, it’ll bring the much awaited Now-on-Tap Google Now features (read more here).
Other than these phones, Google announced an all new, colourful Chromecast. The new Chromecast is much much faster because of its support for 5GHz 802.11 ac WiFi standard. The Chromecast Audio is a new device that has a 3.5 mm output instead of HDMI in order to connect it to home speakers and cast music onto them. Both these products will retail at the same $35 price point.
Finally, we saw a new Chromebook: the Pixel C is a 'C’onvertible tablet-laptop hybrid. The device runs on Chrome OS and is attached to the keyboard using very strong magnets that also houses a strong hinge. The keyboard is said to have the same travel and ease as the keyboard on the Chromebook Pixel, so the typing experience is similar to that of a laptop. The device will retail at $499 (32 GB) and $599 (64 GB) and the keyboard will cost $149. It’ll be available by this December.
That is it! This is the new Nexus Family and has a lot of expectations to fulfil.
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