Today Google has officially announced the newest devices in the Nexus line, just one day before Apple's October event. Both devices have been rumored for some time now, and this is the first time in a while that we've seen Google introduce a new smartphone and tablet at the same time. The first device in the announcement is the Nexus 6, made by Motorola. The second is the Nexus 9 tablet made by HTC. To give an overview of how both devices look on paper, I've put together their specifications in a chart below.

  Nexus 6 Nexus 9
SoC 2.7GHz Snapdragon 805 (APQ8084) with 4 x Krait 450 + Adreno 420 at 600MHz 2.3GHz 64-bit dual core Tegra K1 Denver SoC
RAM/NAND 3GB LPDDR3 + 32/64GB NAND 2GB LPDDR3 + 16/32GB NAND
Display 5.96" 2560x1440 AMOLED 8.9" 2048x1536 IPS LCD
Network 2G / 3G / 4G LTE WiFi only or 2G / 3G / 4G LTE SKU
Dimensions 82.98 x 159.26 x 10.06mm, 184g 153.68 x 228.25 x 7.95mm, 425g WiFi, 436g LTE
Camera 13MP Rear Facing with F/2.0 aperture and OIS, 2MP FFC
4K video recording
8MP Rear Facing with F/2.4 aperture, 1.6MP FFC
Battery 3220 mAh (12.236 Whr) 6700 mAh (25.46 Whr)
OS Android 5.0 Lollipop Android 5.0 Lollipop
Connectivity 802.11a/b/g/n/ac + BT 4.1, USB2.0, GPS/GNSS, NFC 802.11a/b/g/n/ac + BT 4.1, USB2.0, GPS/GNSS, NFC
SIM Size NanoSIM NanoSIM on LTE SKU

The Nexus 6 features a similar appearance to Motorola's other devices like the Moto X and Moto G. The plastic back is surrounded by a contoured aluminum frame that curves downward at the top where the 3.5mm headphone jack is located. On the back is Google's traditional Nexus logo, accompanied by an indented motorola logo and a centered rear-facing camera. The front is dominated by a large 5.96" display with a pixel density of 493ppi, and stereo speakers on the top and bottom bezels.

In terms of its specifications, the Nexus 6 is competitive with all the current Android flagship devices. It packs Qualcomm's latest silicon, a hefty battery, and a high resolution display. However, those premium specs are accompanied by a premium price of $649 outright which is significantly more than the $349 that the Nexus 5 is priced at. The Nexus 5 has been given a new web page along with the other Nexus devices which suggests it isn't going disappear with the launch of this newer, more expensive smartphone.

The next announcement was the Nexus 9 made by HTC. This is the first tablet from HTC since the days of Android Gingerbread and Honeycomb where HTC announced they were exiting the tablet market. With its soft touch back, the Nexus 9 is similar in its design to the Nexus 5. Unlike the Nexus 5 which was an entirely plastic construction, the sides of the Nexus 9 are made of brushed metal.

The front of the device is similar to the Nexus 7 with its asymmetrical bezels. The shape of the device is a departure from any tablet Google has produced before, with a 2048x1536 4:3 display like Apple's iPad. Both the 8.9" display size and 4:3 aspect ratio make the Nexus 9 a significantly larger device than the Nexus 7.

The SoC is the biggest point of interest with the Nexus 9. It will be the first device to ship with Nvidia's Project Denver architecture. This is a custom 64-bit ARMv8 architecture designed by Nvidia, a significant departure from the standard ARM cores used in previous Tegra chips. We covered the details about Tegra K1 Denver previously and you can read that over to get a more in-depth look at NVIDIA's new chip.

Along with the new device announcements comes the official name for the next version of Android. Android L is now Android 5.0 Lollipop, and it will ship on the new Nexus 6 and Nexus 9. Lollipop comes with Google's new Material Design and Google's new ART runtime, and will be rolling out to existing compatible Nexus and Google Play Edition devices in the coming weeks.

The Nexus 9 will be available for pre-order on October 17th starting at $399 for 16GB, while the Nexus 6 will be available sometime in late October at $649 for 32GB.

Source: Google Blog

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  • mmrezaie - Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - link

    I wouldn't pay that price when they ditch upgrading the software in 18 months. It shocks me to say that but apple seems cheaper now. Reply
  • algarblandom - Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - link

    Nexus 4 will get Lollipop, that means at least 24 months of software upgrades. Reply
  • mmrezaie - Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - link

    Yes i saw it later but still apple ecosystem makes more sense. Google cannot expect to price something that is not their focus that high. I was thinking I am paying less and getting less support even though I am on cyanogenmod right now. ;-) Reply
  • cuex - Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - link

    Unless you count that installing OS8 to iPhone 4s KILLS the device, where installing Android 5 DOES upgrade Nexus 4 better Reply
  • sonelone - Thursday, October 16, 2014 - link

    The iPhone 4S is a year older than the Nexus 4... Not a fair comparison. Reply
  • Morawka - Thursday, October 16, 2014 - link

    even worse. just plain 4 can't run it any better than the 4S. lol Reply
  • craighamilton - Saturday, December 06, 2014 - link

    This is a good news. However, Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 remain to be poorly rated based on consumer satisfaction ( see http://www.topreport.org/tablets/ for example...) Reply
  • Speedfriend - Thursday, October 16, 2014 - link

    The iPhone 4S was still on sale by Apple a few months ago, the Nexus 4 hasn't been for a year. Reply
  • kron123456789 - Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - link

    I wonder if Nexus 7(2012) will get Lollipop, too. Reply
  • Wolfpup - Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - link

    That's what I've got. Can't stand the thing (same SoC runs Windows RT flawlessly, but Android is sloooooooooow).

    I really want to be done with Android/iOS tablets, BUT I'm still tempted by Nexus 9 only because Marvel's Unlimited service isn't available for Windows *sigh*

    9" seems way too small, but then it's super high resolution, so maybe that makes up for it... Only other real choice is a 12" Samsung, but it ships with goopy butchered Android that'll never get updated, so I'd be spending $550 for a tablet that can ONLY be used as an ereader...
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