Google held a press conference to announce two new smartphones , android 6.0 marshmallow, new updates to Google Photos, family sharing plan for Google Play Music, a new Chromecast, Chromecast Audio and the Pixel C tablet. For details on pricing and full specifications – https://store.google.com/
So Google is offering a 16gb Nexus 5X for £339 right up to a 128gb Nexus 6P for £579.The Nexus 5X also comes in a 32gb storage option, and the 6P in 32 and 64gb. Both phones feature the latest operating system from Google, android 6.0 along with the same cameras. The rear cameras feature a 12.3mp rear camera with large 1.55u pixels. The 5X is plastic and has a Snapdragon 808 processor whereas the 6P is metal with a snapdragon 810. Both include the new android sensor hub.
What is not included is a support for micro SD and optical image stabilisation for the rear camera. Qi Wireless charging has been removed too. I don’t get why wireless charging was removed as well as OIS. Micro SD is neither here nor there.
So here are my views –
Phones – The 5X is a cheaper option with lower storage too. It has 2gb ram, Gorilla Glass 3, built with plastic, 1080p screen and a snapdragon 808 processor. On paper the specs are IMO rather average. Maybe the new camera will be a surprise but there is no OIS. The 6P with a QHD display, snapdragon 810, 3gb ram and Gorilla Glass 4 and in a metal build seems like the better option but starting at around £449 for the 32gb with no micro SD card is not a bargain. I just wasn’t bowled over. But if you are in the market for a new phone, this could be one to consider. Personally some of the Nexus phones just lack features. Buy a Sony Xperia Z5 and you can link it to a Playstation Game Controller and play remote Playstation games, or listen to music through its special built in amplifier.
New Chromecasts – rather funky and look great with added wifi aerials. A no brainer. The Chromecast audio was also a great idea. Both £30 which I am sure will have lower pricing after a few months.
Pixel C – love this tablet and such a great piece of engineering. Truly liked this a lot.
Software – once again Google provided an updated and tweaked software experience to complete the package on these new phones.
For the price of the 32gb Nexus 6P, a new Chromecast and Pixel C you could buy a 128gb iPhone 6S Plus. That’s the value of the Google products.
So what did you think?
Below are videos from Google of the new phones.