Google’s press conference in San Francisco just ended, and the Mountain View giant had plenty of announcements to make today. This way basically the company’s annual Nexus event, and they have, for the first time, announced two Nexus handsets during such an event. That’s not all though, Google has managed to squeeze in a couple of additional announcements today which we’re here to talk about. We’ll do a roundup of everything that was announced, so, let’s get started.
Let’s start with the newest Nexus handsets. Google has unveiled two devices, the LG Nexus 5X smartphone, and the Huawei Nexus 6P phablet. The LG Nexus 5X sports a 5.2-inch 1080p (1920 x 1080) display, 2GB of RAM and 16/32GB of non-expandable internal storage. This device is powered by the Snapdragon 808 64-bit hexa-core processor, and ships with a 12.3-megapixel rear-facing camera which is flanked by a dual-LED, dual tone flash and the Laser Detect Autofocus. The LG Nexus 5X ships with a 2,700mAh battery, and a rear-facing fingerprint scanner called ‘Nexus Imprint’. This device also sports two front-facing stereo speakers, and comes with Android 6.0 Marshmallow installed out of the box.
The Huawei Nexus 6P, on the other hand, is the company’s new phablet, and can be considered a direct successor to the last year’s Motorola-made Nexus 6. The Huawei Nexus 6P features a 5.7-inch QHD (2560 x 1440) display, 3GB of RAM and 32/64/128GB of non-expandable native storage. This phablet is fueled by the Snapdragon 810 64-bit octa-core processor, and packs in a 3,450mAh battery. The Nexus Imprint fingerprint scanner is also a part of this package, and above it, you’ll find a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera, and a dual-LED, dual tone flash. The Nexus 6P also sports a set of front-facing stereo speakers, and will ship with Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box.
The two Nexus handsets aren’t the only piece of hardware Google announced during their event. The company has also showcased the new Chromecast and Chromecast Audio devices. The new Chromecast is basically a successor to the original Chromecast dongle back in 2013. This time around we’re not looking at a USB stick-like device, the new Chromecast is actually round-shaped, and it has an integrated HDMI cable. The device comes with support for 2.4 and 5GHz 802.11ac Wi-Fi, while it also has 3 antennas on the inside which actually pick the best frequently to cast using Google’s new adaptive antenna system. The device will be available for $35 in Black, Lemonade and Coral color options starting today in 17 countries.
The Chromecast Audio, much like the new Chromecast, sports a circular design, but has a somewhat different purpose. The Chromecast Audio lets you stream audio directly to your speakers from cast-enabled apps. All you need to do is connect it to a speaker, turn the wi-fi on, and you’re ready to go. The Chromecast Audio also comes with support for RCA & Optical Input. This device is priced at $35 and available starting today in 17 countries.
And last, but not least, the Pixel C tablet. This is a rather interesting product which attaches to a keyboard using magnets. The tablet itself sports a 10.2-inch 2560 x 1800 display along with 3GB of RAM, while it also has a Type-C USB 3.0 port on it. Android 6.0 Marshmallow comes per-installed on this device, and the tablet is made out of anodized aluminum. Now, the interesting thing in all this, is that you can use the Pixel C as just a tablet detached from the keyboard, or you can attach it to the keyboard and then use it as a small Android-powered laptop. As already mentioned, the tablet attaches to the keyboard using magnets, and you get an adjustable display (100 to 135 degrees). The keyboard charges (inductive charging) when the tablet is attached and facing screen down to the keyboard. The Pixel C will be available in 32 and 64 variants, the former will be priced at $499, while the latter one will cost $599. The Keyboard, however, is priced at $149.