It was common knowledge already that Google will announce its new flagship smartphones, the LG manufactured Nexus 5X and the Huawei manufactured Nexus 6P. There was no surprise here, both the Nexus 5X and the Nexus P6 were launched yesterday, and are available for pre-order in the online Google Store in the US, UK, Ireland and Japan. As far as the prices go, the Nexus 5X begins at $380 and the larger, all metal Nexus 6P starts at $500. Of course, just as it was projected, they come with the Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
Speaking of Google’s brand new version of Android OS, those who own a Nexus device will get the Android Marshmallow next week. Other Android users will have to wait a little bit longer. At the same event, Google also presented the Chromecast 2.0. This device is the new version of the original Chromecast released two years ago. It did get a physical redesign and now features a HDMI cable and a puck- shaped chassis. The Chromecast 2.0 remains to stream online video on your TV, while audio streaming got an update by adding the Chromecast Audio device to the lineup of Goole- made gadgets. New apps were also added to improve the Chromecast user experience.
One novelty which wasn’t foreseen, or at least there wasn’t that much chatter about it lately, is the Pixel C Android tablet. This is a 10.2- inch tablet belonging to Google’s Pixel line. The Pixel C tablet is an all aluminium laptop which comes in silver. It has a minimalist, squared- off design which, in my opinion is not necessarily attractive. The Pixel C comes with a removable keyboard that sticks to the tablet with magnets. The keyboard also connects via Bluetooth and charges inductively when it’s closed and attached to the tablet. The Pixel C runs on Android Marshmallow, not on Chrome OS, as it would be expected by some. It’s powered by an Nvidia Tegra X1 processor and has Maxwell desktop-class GPU.
The Pixel C tablet comes in two versions: one with 32 GB and the other with 64 GB internal storage. It also features 3GB RAM. Until now the only information about its connectivity is that it support Bluetooth and Wi- Fi, but there are probably more connections supported by Google’s new tablet. The Pixel C is equipped with a gyrometer, an accelerator and ambient light sensor. It charges on USB Type-C and has a 10- hour battery life. One feature that will probably make it a competitor for the Apple iPad Pro is its price. The 32 GB version starts at $499 and the 64 GB version sells for $599. This is a lot less than the $800, or $1,080 price tag of the iPad Pro. Other than this, the iPad Pro definitely seems to be more powerful and appealing.
All in all Google managed to take us a little by surprise with its Pixel C and we welcome the Android 6.0 Marshmallow. We are eager to get it on our smartphones as soon as it gets available on other devices than Nexus.