Google took the wraps off a ton of new hardware at a media event in San Francisco today.
The company unveiled the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X, the first smartphones to run Android Marshmallow. Google updates its operating system annually and gives it a treat-themed name to coincide with the release of a Nexus-branded smartphone.
The Nexus 6P, built in partnership with Huawei, is said to have a camera that rivals the iPhone 6S, as Google offered photo comparisons that touted its low-light performance.
The specs of the 6P match that of most flagships, with a 5.7-inch screen, a Snapdragon 810 processor, 3GB of RAM, and a 12MP camera. Storage options are 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB.
The Nexus 5P comes in a smaller package, with a 5.2-inch screen, a Snapdragon 808 processor, 2GB of RAM, and a 12MP camera. It comes with 16GB or 32GB of storage.
They’re both available now from the Google Store. The 6P starts at $499 and 5X pricing begins at $379.
TV and Tablets
But Google didn’t just unveil phones.
The company also refreshed its popular Chromecast TV device, bringing it up to date with modern Wi-Fi standards for greater compatibility.
It also got a major redesign, with a round disc-style look that Google said would hang further away from the TV for less interference with other signals and devices. As part of the event Google highlighted its support for Spotify streaming and integration with other TV apps, as the company continues to make a major play for the living room.
Those who work or travel frequently with a tablet may be interested in the Pixel C, a 10-inch Android tablet that pairs to a keyboard with self-aligning magnets.
The Pixel C will cost $499, and the keyboard accessory $149. Google promises it will be ready for order before the Christmas holiday.
The device is designed as a “halo” product, with the goal of inspiring other Android hardware partners to get similarly creative in building Android tablets.
Images from Google.