As expected, Google has today officially announced via a blog post the availability of the long-rumored new entries to their Nexus line. The Nexus 6 smartphone and Nexus 9 tablet will be available for purchase in early November with pre-orders starting later this month. The pair will be the first devices to ship with Android Lollipop (the now-official name of the operating system update previewed at this year’s Google I/O).
The Nexus 9 is HTC’s first Nexus tablet and their second Nexus device following the original Nexus One. It succeeds the 2013 edition of the Nexus 7 and will serve as a replacement for both that tablet and the larger, pricier Nexus 10 by Samsung, by all appearances. Its specs include:
- 8.9-inch, 1440×2048 display
- NVIDIA Tegra K1 processing (quad-core 2.5GHz Cortex-A15)
- ULP GeForce Kepler graphics
- 2GB RAM
- 8MP rear and 1.6MP front-facing cameras
The tablet is offered with two storage options: 16GB and 32GB. A folding keyboard case/stand will be sold as an optional accessory.
As for the Nexus 6, the handset could be considered the first phablet to enter the Nexus line, featuring a display measuring an inch larger than last year’s Nexus 5. Manufactured by Motorola, it’s design will be immediately familiar to anyone who has seen a Moto X or Moto G. Its specs:
- 5.96-inch, QHD (1440×2560) display
- Snapdragon 805 processing (quad-core 2.7GHz)
- Adreno 420 graphics
- 13MP rear and 2MP front-facing cameras
- 3220mAh battery
The Nexus 6 will also benefit from Motorola’s Turbo Charge technology, promising 6 hours of battery life after only 15 minutes on its charger. It will be available in both 32GB and 64GB options.
The Nexus 9 goes up for pre-order on Friday, October 17th with full retail availability beginning November 3rd. The Nexus 6 will go on pre-order later this month and launch in early November and will be available unlocked or with carrier support from Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and US Cellular. Specific pricing for both devices has not been announced.