Google officially announced the latest iteration of its Android operating system, dubbed Marshmallow, earlier in the year.
Since then, it hasn’t taken much more than a brief Web search to gather details relating to how Android 6.0 will help shape new devices and services from Google.
This morning, we learned a lot more about fresh additions to the Nexus family. We rose early to catch these announcements, and provide a rundown of the new hardware you can expect to see the little, green robot running on over the next several months.
New Nexus devices.
Suffice to say, it’s been practically no secret over the past few weeks that two new Nexus-badged smartphones were on their way, and going to be unveiled this morning.
Google has partnered with LG to manufacture the Nexus 5X, and Huawei for the Nexus 6P. David Burke, VP of Google’s Android Engineering team, took to the stage and provided some more details about these new devices.
The Nexus 6P is a “full, metal-bodied” handset sporting a 5.7-inch WQHD (that’s a resolution of 2,560 x 1,440) display covered in Gorilla Glass 4.0.
On the rear of the device is a 12.3 Megapixel camera with IR-laser assisted image stabilisation. This snapper is capable of shooting 4K video, shooting slow motion video at 240FPS, capturing images quickly (at 30 FPS) thanks to a new Smart Burst feature, and it sits above the fingerprint reader, which has been aptly named Nexus Imprint. The choice to place Nexus Imprint on the back of the chassis was a decision based around “the way you naturally hold the device.”
On the front, we are treated to an 8 Megapixel front-facing camera, and dual speakers.
Inside the case is a 64-bit octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, 3 Gigabytes of system memory, and a 3,450 mAh battery. A Micro USB Type-C connector for “fast charging” is also included.
Storage options include 32, 64, and 128 Gigabytes.
The Nexus 6P will sell in three colours, namely Aluminium, Graphite and Frost. It will ship in mid-October and will be available to pre-order for Aussies “soon”. Sign up for more news at the official Google Store.
As an indication, pricing will start at $499 (USD).
The Nexus 5X ships with a 5.2-inch, full HD LCD display that’s protected by Gorilla Glass 3.0.
Around the back, there’s also a 12.3 Megapixel camera with the same IR assist technology as its 6P counterpart. It can also capture 4K video, execute Smart Burst, and shoot slow motion video- although, the capture rate is 120 FPS. Nexus Imprint is also included here.
The front of the Nexus 5X features a modest 5 Megapixel camera, and dual speakers.
Inside its plastic body is a 64-bit hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808, 2 Gigabytes of system memory, and a 2,700 mAh battery. The same Micro USB Type-C connector is also housed in the bottom of the device.
Storage options include 16 and 32 Gigabytes.
The Nexus 5X will sell in three colours; Black, White and Mint.
In similar fashion to the Nexus 6P, the 5X will be available to Australians “soon”. You can join the waiting list here.
Again, pricing (as an indication) will start at $379 (USD).
Both the Nexus 6P and 5X will ship with Android 6.0. We’ll have more details regarding new features announced in Marshmallow later as part of our Nexus Event coverage.
Also announced this morning was a new scheme titled Nexus Protect, which aims to offer buyers additional protection for their new smartphone.
Nexus Protect gives 6P and 5X owners an additional year on top of their existing 12 month device warranty, providing the ability to process claims for “mechanical breakdowns”.
In addition, it also provides coverage against accidental damage for 2 years.
What’s more, those covered by Nexus Protect who seriously damage their device can expect a replacement in “as little as 24 hours”, but Google did not confirm any granular details, yet, as to how this will all work.
Nexus Protect will cost 6P owners $89 (USD), whilst 5X owners will be charged $69 (USD). As you may have guessed, Nexus Protect will initially be available in the US, and “soon after” in other countries.