GOOGLE ANNOUNCES NEW NEXUS SMARTPHONES, PIXEL C TABLET AND CHROMECAST

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Google has just announced the 2015 iterations of its Nexus smartphone line, a new tablet and a new Chromecast. Following the recent trend in the industry, Google is splitting its Nexus line into two distinct products, a Nexus 5X and a Nexus 6P.
With the Nexus 5X, Google seeks the two major complaints with last year's Nexus 6 which were the size and the cost. The reduced footprint leaves the LG made Nexus 5X with a 5.2 inch IPS LCD 1080 Display powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 with an Adreno 418 GPU and a 2700mAh.

The rest of the specs includes a 12.3MP back camera with dual LED flash, a 5MP front camera, 2GB RAM, a fingerprint sensor, USB Type C port and the usual connectivity options. The pricing for the Nexus 5X starts at $379 and $429 for the 16GB and 32GB versions respectively.


The Nexus 6P retains the 5.7inch phablet size display of last year's Nexus 6. This year's Hauwei made Nexus 6P retains the QHD AMOLED display and the front facing speakers of the Nexus 6, in addition to an all metal finish.

The Nexus 6P is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 and a large 3450mAh battery. The Nexus 6P also sports the same 12.3MP main camera as the Nexus 5X, the front camera is an 8MP camera. A fingerprint sensor, USB Type C port, 3GB RAM Mike up the rest of the specs. The pricing for the Nexus 6P starts at $500, $550 and $650 for the 32GB, 64GB and 128GB versions respectively in the US. The UK and European prices are £450(€650), £500 (€700), £580 (€800) for the 32GB, 64GB and 128GB versions respectively.


Besides the Nexus smartphones, Google also announced a new tablet, the Pixel C, which ditches Google's usual Nexus naming convention for the Pixel tag borrowed from its ChromeOS line of laptops. The Pixel C which sports a 10.2 inch QHD LCD display toes the line set by Microsoft's productivity focussed Surface Pro tablets including a keyboard. The Pixel C is powered by a NVIDIA's Tegra X1 which is powerful enough to handle multitasking. The Quadcore processor is supported by 3GB RAM and a Maxwell GPU. The Pixel C also comes with the USB Type C port and starts at $499 and $599 for the 32GB and 64GB versions respectively. Unfortunately these prices doesn't include the keyboard which would set you back $149.

A new Chromecast device which looks a lot a bit better than rather generic USB flash. The $35/€40/£30 (depending on where you live) streaming device comes with a variety of colours and ups the connectivity options to the 5GHz WIFI ac which is great for congested households. The resolution of the new Chromecast is still capped at 1080p.

A Chromecast Audio device was also introduced which cost the same as the new Chromecast. The Chromecast Audio is aimed at those looking towards setting up a multi-room speaker without burning a hole in their pockets.