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Last year’s Nexus 6 was not much of a big hype for Google due to its price and size. This time round, Google has announced two smartphones the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P made by LG and Huawei respectively. The Nexus 6P is Huawei’s first Nexus device and also become the Chinese company’s first smartphone to be officially sold in the USA.
The Huawei Nexus 6P has a 5.7-inch WQHD AMOLED display with pretty tiny bezels — 74 percent of the front of the device. It’s a full-metal bodied Nexus that is finished with Anodized aluminum and is 7.3mm thick. It’s roughly the same size as the iPhone 6 Plus, apparently. There’s a USB Type-C port that can charge the device twice as fast as an iPhone 6 Plus. There are also HTC One like stereo forward-facing speakers. On the camera font, it has a 12.3 megapixel “Sony imaging sensor and 8MP front-facing camera too. Nexus Imprint” is a “seamless way of authenticating with your fingerprint. It runs Android 6.0, Marshmallow, of course.
The Nexus 5X is made by LG. 5.2-inch display. It weighs 136 grams. It has a 2700 mAh battery. 64-bit processor. Nexus Imprint fingerprint scanner. USB Type-C. Comes in Carbon Black, Sports White, and Ice Blue.
The Nexus Camera
Google has emphasized a lot about the camera on the Nexus 6P. The 6P camera is optimized for indoor photography. It has 1.55 micron pixels with huge pixels. Like for real, you might call them “ultrapixels” if you’re HTC. But you’re not HTC, so you want. Bu,t each pixel on the sensor is way bigger than the pixels on the iPhone 6S Plus. It also uses laser-detect autofocus. The camera supports slow motion video, too. The 5X does it at 120 frames per second. The 6P can do 240 fps. Both can do 4K too. There’s a new “smart burst” feature in the camera, which takes photos at 30fps to make GIFs with. You can double-tap the power button to launch the camera, too.
The Android Sensor Hub
Okay, its worth noting that each smartphone has an “Android Sensor Hub,” which does …stuff. It knows how you’re moving and what you’re doing without having to spin up the main processor. It tracks movement, tracks then the phone is picked up so it can turn on the ambient display, and a few other bits.
Other apps can use the fingerprint system. “It takes literally just a couple of seconds” to train and can recognize a fingerprint in less that “600 miliseconds,”according to Google. Tapping the sensor wakes the phone and unlocks it. You can use your fingerprint to authorize app purchases in the Play Store, too.
Android 6.0 Marshmallow
You can now voice search from the lock screen — you can swipe in from a corner to launch it. The charging indicator tells you if you’re in fast-charge and tells you how long until it’s charged. “Heads-up” notifications are simpler — it bounces down from the top. We guess that’s better! The app drawer lets you quickly search for apps, and it puts apps it thinks you want to launch at the top of the app drawer.
The permission model is better now too, apps can ask when they need a feature instead of asking for the whole world when you first install them. Just like the iPhone has done it for years. To fight bloadtware, New Nexus devices have fewer preloaded apps as over a quarter of the apps are “post set up,” which means you can uninstall them.
To expand on Google’s Google Now feature, Google will officially release Now On Tap. If you don’t remember, it lets you search Google automatically from any app. So if you’re looking at a chat in Whatsapp and it mentions a restaurant, just long-press the home button to search for that restaurant. Now on Tap is cool. And not creepy at all that it’s so each to put even more information into Google’s search engine. Ok maybe a little creepy.
Marshmallow rolls out next week to existing Nexus devices. Marshamllow hits the 5, 6, 7, 9, and Player.
Battery Life & Availability
When the screen is off, the average battery life is 30 percent longer than on the first-gen Nexus 5 and Nexus 6 devices. You can buy the Nexus phones at the Google Store. The store is in two dozen countries and works in 50 languages. Nexus 5X and 6P available for preorder today in US, UK, Ireland, and Japan. Outside the US, you can buy the Nexus at retailers. 5X starts at $379 and the 6P starts at $499 and will ship “later in October.” Both will come with a 90-day free subscription to Google Play Music.
Google announced a new warranty program, called “Nexus Protect.” This gives you get a second year of warranty coverage and two years of coverage on accidental damage. It’s $69 for the 5X, $89 for the 6P. They’ll overnight you a replacement while your original is repaired.