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Google Unveils Motorola Nexus 6 Smartphone and HTC Nexus 9 tablet [u]

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Google has today unveiled two of its latest Android devices, a Motorola branded Nexus 6 smartphone with a massive 6-inch display as well as an HTC-made Nexus 9 tablet with an 8.9-inch display, both of which will be running the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop operating system. Pre-orders for Nexus 6 will begin on October 29th while the Nexus 9 will be available for preorder on October 17th. Both devices will hit the stores in the first week of November.

Google Nexus 6 Smartphone:

Larger than both the iPhone 6 Plus and the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, the Motorola Nexus 6 phablet features a Quad HD display, a Snapdragon 805 processor, a 13-megapixel rear camera, a 2-megapixel front camera, a 3220 mAh battery, and two front-facing speakers. The device will be offered in 32GB and 64GB storage options and will come in white and blue colours. The Nexus 6 will be sold unlocked in the U.S. starting at $649.

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Update: the starting Canadian price for the 32GB model will be $749 CDN (wow).

Google Nexus 9 Tablet:

The HTC-manufactured Nexus 9 tablet features metal build on the sides and an 8.9-inch QVGA (2048×1536) display with a ratio of 4:3 as opposed to 16:9. It packs a 64-bit Nvidia’s Tegra K1 processor, the first for a Nexus product. The device also features 2GB of RAM and promises 9 hours of battery life on average. Nexus 9 will be available in either black, white or sand colour and will be offered in three configurations in the U.S. i.e 16GB for $399, 32GB for $479, and an LTE-enabled 32GB model for $599.

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For the owners of older Nexus devices, the good news is that Android 5.0 Lollipop, which comes on Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 will also be available on Nexus 4, 5, 7, 10 and Google Play edition devices in the coming weeks.

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  • OliChabot

    That Nexus 9 tablet is really interesting. [I found the prices] and I would have liked them to be a little more aggressive. Of course the ipad is more expensive but it is bigger. What I really like about this tablet is their keyboard !

  • einsteinbqat

    6 effing inches!!! Gosh!

  • Riddlemethis

    I know a LOT of folks who were waiting for the Nexus 6 and avoided buying the iPhone 6+, until today.

    Google dropped the ball with the Nexus 6and has been doing this quite a bit in other areas within the Android universe.

    I have to ask. When will these smartphone companies with the exception of Samsung realize they can’t compete with the iPhone?

    The Nexus 6 is typical of Google’s strategy of throwing ideas and concepts at the wall to see what sticks instead of thinking them through rationally and logically.

    Google has lost touch with reality and the public. They now want to introduce a “premium” device? Who in their right mind would buy the Nexus 6 which has an inferior camera, has no external SD card, no external battery, has virtually no customer support, and is terribly huge over the Note 4? The latter costs a little bit more than the Nexus 6 but I know people will prefer it over the Nexus. And has anyone tried to reach Google on any issue never mind a warranty issue? It’s almost impossible, and it is in most cases.

    The Nexus 6 caters to a different niche now. The Nexus 6 is outrageously expensive compared to the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 which started at $349/379 when it debuted.

    For most consumers, they will turn the other way to either the Note 4 or iPhone 6. Apple and Samsung, maybe HTC are the winners here.

    However, I think Samsung has a bit of an edge though since recently tests showed that people preferred the pictures taken by the Note 4 over the iPhone 6 in a blind test.

    Although unsubstantiated, in another study where the participants were told which pics were from an iphone 6 and the other from the Note, people preferred the iPhone 6. Can you say, baaaaah?

    IMO, the Nexus 6 is a great example of how the great Google is suffering from cognitive impairment. Don’t be surprised if this is the last Nexus phone we see from Google. Let’s just wait and see what happens, shall we?

  • Lakh Jhajj

    WTF! Nexus 5 $349 and Nexus 6 $749. Why? Is the technology getting cheaper by each passing year or expensive? What was Google thinking when they priced Nexus 6 400 dollars or 300 us dollars more than the last Nexus. Google Marketing is messed up. MOSTLY PEOPLE WILL NOT PAY THAT MUCH For A NEXUS. DOA!

    The whole purpose of Nexus line was to get the BEST OF Google at an AFFORDABLE PRICE ……”TOTAL FAIIIIIIIIIIILLLLLLLL

  • Blame Motorola.

  • justmyopinion

    How is the camera inferior when you haven’t even used the phone? And just like the iPhone there is no SD card, removable battery. The size is almost identical to the iPhone 6+ but has a slimmer bezel so the screen is actually much larger. I called Google today for a warranty replacement on a Nexus 5 and got through within 30 seconds and had a new phone being shipped to me within 10 minutes. My mother on the other hand has a defective iPhone 5 that the Apple store won’t cover without Apple Care. I didn’t need “Google Care” for them to immediately offer to replace my phone almost a year after I bought it. The price point is pretty much right up there with all other flagship phones. I think people were spoiled with the below average cost of the previous phones that they feel like they’re owed lower prices. This is a premium phone and obviously isn’t in the budget of the average person. That’s not who they are targeting. If you want it cheaper you always have the option of a subsidized phone through a carrier.

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