Google has unveiled its latest tablet Nexus 9 and the Nexus 6 smartphone which run its latest 5.0 version of Android – called Lollipop.
The Nexus 9 is 8.9-inch tablet with a new improved design. It sports a soft-grip back and a thin bezel with brushed metal sides. The tablet will be available in three different colours: black, beige and white.
The new Nexus tablet is powered by a 64-bit NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor, which will come into play when running high end games and apps and for better multitasking. It is backed by 2GB Ram and will be available in 16GB and 32 GB storage options.
The Nexus 9 features an 8Mp rear camera and a 1.6MP front camera. For a better movie-watching experience, there are dual front-facing speakers from HTC.
Google has also launched a magnetic keyboard for easier typing on the tablet, which will be sold separately. The tablet will compete against a new version of the iPad Air that Apple is expected to show off to reporters and analysts tomorrow, in California. The Nexus 9 is available for pre-order in the US from today.
Besides taking the wraps off its new tablet, Google also rolled out its latest Nexus smartphone. The Nexus 6 phone has a nearly 6-inch screen, eclipsing the 5.5-inch display on the iPhone 6 Plus that Apple began selling last month.
The Nexus 6 features a 5.9-inch Quad HD display, meaning there are four times the number of pixels on a standard HD display. This should render greater detail in images and web pages. In addition, it comes with two front-facing speakers for a fuller stereo sound and a 13Mp camera with built-in optical image stabilisation and a 2MP front camera.
The Nexus 6 runs on a 2.7GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 with Adreno 420 GPU, backed by 3GB of Ram. The phone is fuelled by a 3220 mAh battery, which Google claims provides up to 24 hours of battery life. The phone will be available in 32GB and 64GB storage versions.
Both of the Nexus devices will run on a new version of Google’s Android operating system. The latest software is called “Lollipop” in keeping with Google’s tradition of naming its Android upgrades after treats.