Today’s the day, Android fans. Google has officially taken the wraps off of its new Nexus hardware, the Motorola Nexus 6, HTC Nexus 9 and the ASUS-made Nexus Player, and I’ve got the rundown on all three for you.
First up is the Motorola Nexus 6. As it’s name suggests, it’s got a 5.96-inch 2560x1440 AMOLED display, making it the largest Nexus smartphone to date. It’s also packing a 2.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon 805 processor, 13-megapixel rear camera with optical image stabilization, 2-megapixel front-facing camera, 32GB or 64GB of storage, 3GB of RAM, a 3220mAh battery, wireless charging support and Android L. Also included will be a wide range of LTE bands. The Americas flavor of the Nexus 6 will support LTE bands 2/3/4/5/7/12/13/17/25/26/29/41, while the SKU for the rest of the world will include LTE bands 1/3/5/7/8/9/19/20/28/41.
The second Nexus device outed by Google today is the HTC Nexus 9. The new tablet marks HTC’s return to the Nexus program and offers an 8.9-inch 2048x1536 IPS LCD screen. Also packed inside is a 2.3GHz 64-bit Tegra K1 processor, 8-megapixel rear and 1.6-megapixel cameras, 16GB and 32GB of storage, 2GB of RAM, and a 6700mAh battery.
But wait, there’s more! Google has also outed the Nexus Player, an Android TV device manufactured by ASUS. The Nexus Player includes a 1.8GHz quad-core Intel Atom processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage and HDMI out. The unit comes with a remote with voice search, and Google plans to offer a controller for games as well.
So what about availability? The Nexus 9 and Nexus Player will go up for preorder on October 17 and will launch on November 3. The Nexus 6 will be available for preorder in “late October” and will launch in November. Google says that it’ll offer an unlocked version of the N6 in the Play Store and that AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, US Cellular and Verizon will each offer the phone as well.
So now that they’re here, what do you think? Will you be buying any of Google’s new Nexus devices?
UPDATE: Pricing for the new Nexus devices are now available. The Nexus 6 will be priced at $649 for the 32GB model and $699 for the 64GB variant. The Nexus 9 will start at $399 for the 16GB model, $479 for the 32GB version or $599 for the 32GB variant with built-in LTE. Finally, the Nexus Player will cost $99 for the player and remote, with the controller coming in at an extra $39.99. Each purchase of the Nexus Player will come with $20 of Google Play store credit.