For many in the Android world, today is one of the more exciting days in the year as it’s when Google announce the next Nexus devices. If you’ve been following the news, you’ll have read about the two new devices – the Google Nexus 6P as the higher end Nexus device, with the Google Nexus 5X as the mid-range model. These two devices are somewhat different and appear to be aimed at different parts of the market. The Nexus 5X is based around a 5.2-inch, 1080p AMOLED panel and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 system on chip. It’s backed up by 2 GB of RAM and includes a fingerprint scanner and a 12 MP rear camera. The Nexus 6P has a larger, 5.7-inch and higher resolution AMOLED screen and is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor. It includes a larger battery but a similar 12 MP rear camera and fingerprint scanner. Both devices will ship with Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box.
Having poured over the specifications, it might be time to think about when you can get your hands on the device. In the United Kingdom, the latest news is that the current market leading carrier, EE are to offer the devices to customers, although the pre-order process won’t start for a few days yet – the 9th of October to be precise, with the device launching later in October. EE are offering the device on the UK’s most comprehensive 4G LTE network, which also includes the highest performance data transfer speeds. Both new Nexus models will also benefit from WiFi calling technology once a software update is released, which will not be at launch but is to follow.
As far as pricing goes, the Nexus 6P will be available for £29.99 up front on EE’s £36.99 twenty four monthly plan, which includes 1,000 minutes, unlimited text messages and 1 GB of data. Customers can double the data allowance for another £3 a month, bringing the cost to £39.99 a month, which is the equivalent of around $65. The Google Nexus 5X is a less expensive device and will be available for £19.99 up front on the £31.99 twenty four month plan, which includes 500 minutes and text messages and just 500 MB of data. Again, another £3 a month doubles the data allowance to 1 GB and will set customers back £34.99 a month. EE customers will also benefit from the three month trial of Google Play Music, although as a caveat don’t forget that music streaming services can chew through a lot of data in a small space of time, which is something to bear in mind if you opt for the 500 MB plan. It may be prudent to restrict your music streaming to when you have access to a WiFi network – but there are other plans available with the two new Nexus devices! EE’s announcement also reminds customers that they are able to recycle their old device back to EE for cash, too.