Google have launched two new smartphone products- the Nexus 5X and the Nexus 6P. It also unveiled a new tablet and two new streaming devices in San Francisco on Tuesday. The newly anointed CEO, Sundar Pichai, kicked off the press release which was the largest hardware event that Google has ever thrown and underlined the significance of yesterday’s move.
Google Aiming For The High-End
This is the first time that they have ever had two new smartphones out at the same time. As with Apple’s iPhone 6 and 6s, Google are now offering a lower spec option with the 5X and a more luxury product with the 6P. The two phones are clearly in direct competition with the Apple iPhone and the more premium look, of the 6P in particular, gives the impression that they are aiming at the top end of the market. The Nexus 6P comes in an aluminium case, making it feel slightly weightier than previous Google devices even though the size has been trimmed in order make it more manageable in your palm- now 5.7 inches. The plastic-cased Nexus 5X is smaller (5.2 inches) than the 6P and is available for around $130 less.
The Nexus 5X and 6P
Some of the changes include a fingerprint sensor on the back below the camera, as opposed to the home button that most smartphones have situated below the screen on the front. Both phones have a 12.3 megapixel camera with laser assisted focus and a f/2.0 aperture that is a marked improvement on previous models. They have also incorporated a reversible USB Type-C port that allows for extremely quick charging times- reportedly twice the speed of an iPhone 6s. The two phones run the new Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system that has been received as a smooth and intuitive interface.
Nexus’ October UK Release Looks Likely
It is currently being reported that the new Nexus handsets will be shipped in October with no exact date yet set for UK release. The 5X will start at a price of $379.99 for the 16GB model, with a 32GB also to be offered. Customers will be able to choose from “Quartz”, “Ice Blue” and “Carbon” finishes. The 6P will start at $499.99 for the smallest capacity 32GB model, there will also be 64GB and 128GB models although their prices remain unknown. This phone’s metallic case will be available in “Graphite”, “Frost” and “Aluminium”, with an additional gold case to be offered exclusively in Japan.