There were no surprises this evening as Google announced its latest products, nearly every detail had already been leaked in the last couple of weeks.
In a rather lacklustre presentation, Google announced two new Nexus Smartphones, an updated Chromecast and a new Chromecast Audio to transform ‘dumb’ speakers into smart devices.
Google confirmed the Huawei Nexus 6P as their new flagship smartphone, referring to it as its most premium phone yet.
The Nexus 6P features a new 5MP ‘selfie’ camera and a 12.3MP rear facing camera, supporting 4K video and slow motion video (presumably 720p).
The phone has a 5.7 inch high-resolution WQHD AMOLED display and front-facing stereo speakers, its 7.3mm thick with an aluminium body, a Snapdragon 810 v2.1 processor and a 3,450mAh battery.
A new fingerprint sensor on the back referred to as Nexus Imprint will unlock the phone and is compatible with Android Pay, it will also sport a USB-C port on the bottom for faster sync and charging.
The Nexus 6P is available for preorder in the UK, US, Ireland and Japan starting at £449 and ships the last week of October.
The LG Nexus 5X is the little brother and ultimately cheaper alternative to the Nexus 6P, it features a 5.2-inch display, a Snapdragon 808 processor and a 2,700mAh battery. Still pretty impressive.
As the affordable option, the Nexus 5x is made out of a premium polycarbonate housing but includes the new Nexus Imprint fingerprint sensor on the back.
The Nexus 5X also features the same resolution cameras as it’s bigger brother, 12.3MP rear facing and 5MP front facing. It will also feature a USB-C port on the bottom.
Preorders for the Nexus 5P are available as of today in the UK, US, Ireland and Japan starting at £339 and shipping the last week of October.
Google presented the new ChromeCast at the same price point as the last iteration. Chromecast is a small device that plugs into a HDMI slot on your TV and lets you stream just about anything from a computer or smart phone.
The ChromeCast ‘2’ is essentially the same as the original in a new form factor and with 3 antennas supporting Wi-Fi 5Ghz, it also includes some new technologies that improve buffering and the loading speeds of content.
It is available as of today for £30 in three colours, Black, Lemonade (Yellow) and Coral (Red).
Another new device in the line up is the ChromeCast Audio, which is as simple as it sounds, effectively a ChromeCast for speakers instead of the television.
The ChromeCast audio plugs into any Speaker system with either aux/line, RCA, or optical input making them smart speakers, allowing high-definition music to be streamed over 5GHz Wi-Fi from any smart phone or computer.
Google also announced compatibility with most popular apps such as Spotify, Pandora and Youtube, allowing the user to pause, rewind, skip or change the volume directly on their phone.
ChromeCast Audio is available to order as of today but currently only shipping as of the 12th October for £30.
The last device to be announced was the Pixel C Tablet/Chromebook, a 10.2 Inch screen tablet with a Bluetooth detachable keyboard that charges via induction when the Pixel C is closed.
The keyboard can be removed from the screen allowing Tablet esque usage and or be reattached with strong magnets that hold the two together – the C actually stands for convertible.
Like the Nexus phones revealed today, the Pixel C will sport a USB-C port for charging and data transfer at the bottom of the anodized aluminium frame.
The Pixel C seems to be a real competitor for the Surface Pro and quite possibly the recently announced iPad Pro. The 32GB version will cost you $499 while the 64GB is $59 with an optional keyboard that’ll cost you $149 extra. The release date is believed to be in November.
I have pre-ordered the Nexus 6P for a friend which is due to arrive on the 30th October, I doubt I will provide a full review but I may get a glimpse and give a small preview.
I also purchased the new ChromeCast in black so you can expect a review on the site in a couple of days, let me know if there is anything particular that you would like to test.
And so there we have the hardware announcements from Google, not too much to get excited about for the moment as we had most of the information previously. For more detailed information and product specifications you can check out the Google Store.
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