The Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 have been announced. The preview builds of Android Lollipop have been released. It’s been a crazy weekend for Nexus and Android fans. Now, we’re in a state of limbo until these devices and the latest Android OS actually comes out. Let’s take a quick look at what we know right now!
A lot of people were skeptical when this was first announced and really most people still are. The price tag is much higher than the nexus 5 and there are those who take exception to that. The 6-inch display is also gigantic and is almost too big even for most fans of phablets. The normal sized phone crowd has repeatedly expressed their unhappiness about that.
Even without the device, there are a few educated guesses that we can make. There are very few phones that have over 3000mAh batteries that have poor battery life. The 1440 display will probably keep it from attaining the kind of battery we saw in the Note 3 but most people should be able to make it through the day with a battery that size.
The processor is top of the line, so is the GPU, and so is the operating system. That means we can expect nearly flawless performance that results in a very pleasant and pretty much lag free experience. There will probably still be a hiccup occasionally but overall this should be one of the best performing phones ever.
We know this is pretty much the same camera that’s on the Moto X 2014 edition. Unfortunately that camera has come with mixed reactions. Some people think it’s alright and others think it’s pretty bad. A lot of that depends on personal taste and we’ll definitely know more once the comparisons come out.
We know the device will cost about $650 and will be available in the Google Play Store, the big four US carriers along with US Cellular, and likely a range of carriers from around the world.
Far fewer people are skeptical about the Nexus 9. It’s reasonably priced by pretty much anyone’s standards, comes with a reasonable amount of storage, and that 64-bit processor is about as state of the art as you can conceivably get right now.
About the only weird thing is the 4:3 aspect ratio because 16:9 is kind of the standard but this isn’t the first time Google has done this. As you’ll recall, the Pixel Chromebook has a 4:3 aspect ratio and Google fans seemed to enjoy it so it may not be a bad move.
Without this device, we can still make some educated guesses. With that processor, that RAM, and running stock Android Lolllipop, we can guess that this is going to be an impressive machine. Some may balk at the idea of a dual core processor but keep in mind that it isn’t in the same category as the dual core processors from two years ago. We’re relatively certain this device is going to be a beast.
HTC built the Nexus 9 and with it comes HTC’s Boomsound. Boomsound has been well regarded since it was first included in the HTC One M7 and continues to be one of the best features on every HTC device that has it. The speakers are going to sound awesome compared to most other tablets.
Overall, the Nexus 9 seems to be a very solid device. It has great specs, HTC’s well regarded build quality and Boomsound, and it’ll be running stock Android. When the Nexus program originally started, it was meant to be a benchmark from which all other OEMs could follow to create awesome devices. The Nexus 9, on paper, seems to live up to that status.
Nexus 5 and the rest
Some people are misled by the fact that Google didn’t put out a smaller device this year. Instead, they opted to keep the Nexus 5 around for another year and that’s not a bad thing. The snapdragon 800 in the Nexus 5 is still a very speedy and efficient processor and our cursory tests show that it runs Android Lollipop with grace.
When you look at the big picture, Google is kind of doing a Samsung strategy. They have the 5 inch device, the phablet, and the tablet. In other words, there’s pretty much a device out there for everybody. If I had to guess, I’d say that we’ll probably see a Nexus 5 and 6 refresh next year when 64-bit processing becomes the standard.
Something else to keep in mind is that there are plenty of options if you want to go with a Nexus and still get Lollipop. Altogether, there will be 7 Nexus devices running Lollipop by Christmas including the Nexus 4, 5, 6, both 7’s, 9, and 10.
By Christmas, there will be 7 Nexus devices running official Android Lollipop. That's more than ever before.
Since it’s been established that you don’t need amazing specs to run stock Android well, that means there are more up to date Nexus devices than ever before and that’s pretty exciting. Especially since you can get about half of them used at very reasonable prices. It’s literally never been a better time to be a nexus fan.
We’ll know more about the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 when we get some devices in hand. Like I said earlier, we’re in that kind of limbo where the devices have been announced but only a select few people even have them. When they do start getting handed out, you’ll want to stay tuned to Android Authority!