If you like big phones or thin tablets and love the Android thing, two new products are on the way to provide some competition to Apple, and start showing the world how the next iteration of Android should look.
Every year or so, Google shows us something new from its Nexus brand, a series of products that tends to be the best example for its Android operating system, with the most stock version of Android and a feature set on the products designed to work best with it.
Last year, the products came in the form of the Nexus 7 tablet made by Asus and the Nexus 5 phone made by LG, and this year, we’re seeing a changing of the guard, as Google relies on two different manufacturers for its new products.
First is a new phone, and this year, it’s made by Motorola, as Google works with Motorola to produce something built from the mould of the new Moto X, but with higher specs across the board.
This product is the Google Nexus 6, and here you’ll find a 6 inch Quad HD display (technically 5.96 inches), rivalling the display we’re about to see in the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, with a similar size and identical resolution, that of 2560×1440.
Two front-facing speakers flank this screen, and there’s also a 13 megapixel camera on the back with the same dual LED ring flash we saw in the Moto X recently, complete with 4K video capture in the box.
As for the chip, this feels like what the new Moto X should have been, including a similar processor setlist to what Samsung is using in the Note 4, with a quad-core Snapdragon 805 clocked at 2.7GHz, Adreno 420 graphics chip, and a choice of either 32 or 64GB of storage.
4G LTE is part of the package, and we’re told the battery will be rated at 3220mAh, providing as much as a day of life, but with a fast charge of 15 minutes providing as much as 6 hours of extra life. Bluetooth 4.1 and Near-Field Communication are both included, as is 802.11ac WiFi, which should give people some room to move whether at home or abroad.
From a looks point of view, the Nexus 6 appears to be very close to the Motorola X, which we checked out recently, though geared at a slightly bigger hand, providing a phablet Moto for people who think the upcoming 5 inch Moto X is too small.
Neither pricing nor availability is available yet for Australia, but we’ll pester Google and tell you what it comes back with later on.
The second product for today’s announcement is for a tablet, and to make things interesting, it’s one produced by HTC, a brand not known for tablets.
There’s been one rumoured by HTC for some time, but outside of one camera, we’ve only seen phones from HTC, with the excellent One series made by this company.