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Nexus 6 and 9 prices leak: suggests the times of affordable Nexus is over

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Nexus 6 and 9 prices leak: suggests the times of affordable Nexus is over
Update: The Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 are official, and they indeed are no longer in the affordable price bracket. Take a look at the official 2014 Nexus prices here.

Google is expected to unveil the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 quietly, without any large press events today, and hours before the anticipated announcement, we’re seeing leaked prices for the Nexus 6 ‘Shamu’ and the Nexus 9 ‘Volantis’. 

For those expecting to see prices similarly low as on last year’s Nexus devices, this will be a cold shower: German retailers Media Markt and Saturn have listings showing prices only slightly below flagship levels for the two.

The Nexus 6 is listed with a starting price of 569 euro, way higher than last year’s Nexus 5 starting price of 399 euro at the same retailer. Note that last year, those retailers quoted prices 50 euro higher than those on Google Play, but even if the same scenario plays out this year, we’re still looking at a price of at least 500 euro (which usually translates into a retail price of $500 in the United States). While still not as expensive as a flagship smartphone, this is a hefty price tag when compared to Nexus prices from the last two years.

Nexus 6 price listings at Germain retailers

Nexus 6 price listings at Germain retailers


The Nexus 9, on its part, is listed with a starting price of 399 euro (which usually means that the U.S. price will be $399) for a basic 16 gig Wi-Fi-only model. A 32GB Nexus 9 will retail for 489 euro in Europe, and 32GB with 4G LTE goes for 569 euro.

Nexus 9 price leaks

Nexus 9 price leaks


This pricing puts the Nexus series in much more direct price battle with other Android flagships, as well as with Apple’s iPhones and iPads. Would you still buy a Nexus at that price?

source: Caschys Blog (translated)

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posted on 15 Oct 2014, 07:05 32

1. antonioli (Posts: 200; Member since: 08 Sep 2013)


This is not good.

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 07:18 21

8. Antimio (Posts: 313; Member since: 11 Nov 2013)


Not good at all.

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 07:22 6

11. sipha (Posts: 434; Member since: 12 May 2012)


its a complete tsunami!!

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 08:09 2

32. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4833; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Are you kidding? This is cheaper than a Galaxy Note 4 or pretty much any true flagship.

Google is going to get my money as soon as the preorder sites come up.

This is going to be a GREAT day!

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 08:40 1

44. medicci37 (Posts: 1276; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


Yeah & the Note 4 is much better!

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 10:29

65. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4833; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Yeah... Much better how? The only major differences are the S-Pen & Camera... Other than that, they are the same phone, only the Nexus has a larger 5.9" screen.

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 11:02 1

66. Alantef (Posts: 288; Member since: 14 Sep 2011)


I would never say something is much better when its running touchwiz compared to something that's pure android

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 12:57

70. designerfx (Posts: 76; Member since: 26 Mar 2013)


I disagree. Price is such a high jump that I don't see these products selling anywhere.

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 08:45

47. medicci37 (Posts: 1276; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


Anyone saying "you must be crazy to think you can get those specs with bargain prices" must have forgotten about the 2014 Nexus!

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 09:58 1

62. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4210; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


This is the 2014 Nexus.

All these people seem to forget that until the Nexus 4 and Nexus 7, that the Nexus devices cost about the same as competing phones. The Nexus1, Nexus S, and Galaxy Nexus were not cheap devices. That trend started with the N7.

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 10:13

63. michaelny2001 (Posts: 111; Member since: 01 Aug 2012)


If that is the case i guess we gotta switch to the chinese phones for 150 on amazon. I like the Nexus line, but damn... i refuse to pay more for a phone than a decent HP Envy.

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 07:06

2. apurb.lal (Posts: 13; Member since: 17 Oct 2013)


Price is a bit steep.. Looking forward to Nexus 9, hope they price it under 35k in India.. And google, plzz release it already,, been waiting like anything...

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 07:07 1

3. Af1rPA (Posts: 690; Member since: 12 Jun 2014)


Boooooooooooo!!

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 07:07

4. Af1rPA (Posts: 690; Member since: 12 Jun 2014)


Boooooooooooo!!

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 07:10

5. irbaaz (Posts: 163; Member since: 27 Mar 2014)


So you are motivating me to become rich, so I can afford it.....

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 07:13 14

6. Hatshipuh (Posts: 129; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


Whoever thought, that the price will stay low while racking up specs like QHD and a processor that isn't even on most other flagship devices yet, lack a sense for reality.
I'm hesitant though because of the size.

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 08:00 1

28. Awalker (Posts: 1502; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


Yeah. The price is not the problem for me; it's the size of the phone.

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 08:14

36. Klamba92 (Posts: 210; Member since: 25 Jun 2012)


Its a bit of both for me mainly the size of the phone but yh the specs are better than anything else right now so the pricing may be justified. As the pricing is more in line with the competition and its not the great off contract phone anymore. So back to contracts for me! :(

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 08:12 2

35. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4833; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Excellent post. People are CRAZY to think a phone of this magnitude will be cheap, price wise.

The size will NOT be an issue. I have a Galaxy Note 3 & you get used to the size fairly quickly.

+1

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 08:25 1

40. Jommick (Posts: 221; Member since: 10 Sep 2013)


Agreed, I love the rumored specs, and this cost doesn't surprise me at all.

The size shouldn't be an issue either if it has a form factor similar to the moto x, seeing as that phone crams a 5.2" screen into a size comparable to the iPhone 6 and its 4.7" screen.

tl;dr - Motorola makes big things fit in tight places

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 08:39 1

42. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4833; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Yes from what I have been reading the 5.9" 1440p screen will fit in a smaller body than the iPhone 6 Plus, that has only a 5.5" 1080p screen.

So you are correct when saying "Motorola makes big things fit in tight places" lol

+1

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 08:48

50. Awalker (Posts: 1502; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


I bought the Moto X 2014 and it's a little too big for my taste. It would be perfect with a 5" screen in the same form factor.

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 08:14 1

37. jan25 (Posts: 470; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)


yeah, because Nexus 4 & 5 had underwhelming specs when they were out *facepalm*

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 09:16

57. Bjray (Posts: 177; Member since: 29 May 2014)


No, but they did leave out some monster specs to save cost & not cannibalize the market. Battery and camera being the two.

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 09:50

61. jan25 (Posts: 470; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)


Battery capacity was as big as Sony's and HTC's flagship devices, while slightly behind Samsung's. Both the N4 and N5 camera were Sony's latest sensors. Infact, Nexus 5 camera was among the first to feature OIS I believe?

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 17:44

71. Canaan (Posts: 335; Member since: 25 May 2014)


Then why is the camera so aaverage on the N4 and N5?

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 11:08

67. Canaan (Posts: 335; Member since: 25 May 2014)


When the Nexus 5 was released it was the first of the mainstream phones to come out with the snapdragon 800 chip and it was still affordable.

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 07:17

7. darkvadervip (Posts: 365; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)


I agree it would have been better two offer two sizes of the phone

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 07:19 3

9. mayur007 (Posts: 565; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


More reason to buy ipad??

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 09:15 2

56. Animorphed (Posts: 10; Member since: 28 Oct 2011)


There is never a reason for this...

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 07:20

10. scarface21173 (Posts: 155; Member since: 17 Aug 2014)


Looking at £399 in the uk for 32gb nexus 9, it's about what you expect to pay for a top end device, hopefully we will find out later. I wont dive in till I read reviews. Looks like nexus 5 is going to stay with us.

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 07:23

12. marcusxv3 (Posts: 15; Member since: 30 Oct 2013)


Maybe if it was lg again, they would have managed to make the price tag lower... Anyways, looks like I'm gonna have to wait for the OnePlus 2 , or project ara before I change my g2..

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 07:23

13. naittosan (Posts: 234; Member since: 28 Jun 2014)


No way.

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 07:28 2

14. Dude2014 (Posts: 439; Member since: 12 Feb 2014)


s**t just got real. ;_;

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 07:32 3

15. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Not surprised at all. No way they can cram specs like they are into that phone and sell it at the same price as last year's model.

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 07:52 4

25. frankg (Posts: 152; Member since: 14 May 2014)


They did it last year, why not this year...

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 08:08

31. androiphone20 (Posts: 1654; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


I guess you won't have to listen to people crying about the price alone.

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 08:10

34. androiphone20 (Posts: 1654; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


oops, *size

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 08:10

33. roldefol (Posts: 4242; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


Well, the expectation was that it would be close. I was expecting $400 for a Nexus phablet.

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 07:37 1

16. Micah007 (Posts: 254; Member since: 09 Oct 2014)


Look at the specs this thing is rocking. QHD Display, faster processor, 64Bit supporting Android L. Of course the price will go up, and it's amazing it will still be cheaper that most flagships.

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 07:38

17. Antimio (Posts: 313; Member since: 11 Nov 2013)


By the looks, Google is not done yet with the Nexus 5. I guess they'll be offering both options, one for the affordable side and another for the spec-raw side.

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 07:41

18. dmsrfl (Posts: 45; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


Looks like I'll be investing all my $ into the word BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 07:45

19. evil_slayer (Posts: 50; Member since: 23 Nov 2011)


nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo​oooo

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 07:46 2

20. Smithy5995 (Posts: 9; Member since: 23 Aug 2014)


As it turns out, I now won't be getting a Nexus 6. Oneplus One, here I come.

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 07:48 1

21. daka_x (Posts: 4; Member since: 22 Jan 2014)


Guys... it's a phablet.

When you look at the prices of other PHABLETS in the same category (the popular iPhone 6 Plus and Galaxy Note 4 both retail in the $850 range), the Nexus 6 still undercuts most of them with a price of $500-600. In fact, if released at a price of $500, the price ratio of a Nexus 6 to any other high-end flagship smartphone in its category is the same as it was with the Nexus 5.

I reckon that Google could also release a Nexus 5 (2014) and keep it at the same price range as the current Nexus 5.

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 07:48

22. iGeek (Posts: 171; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)


This can't be true ...... looks like I have to buy thr iPhone 6 Plus now. I was waiting this phone to offer 64 GB at 499$ but it seems this is not happening.
Not to mention that in my country we add 100-150$ to the US price. This is hefty.

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 09:21

59. Animorphed (Posts: 10; Member since: 28 Oct 2011)


Love these comments because there isn't a bit of sense in the reasoning.. "Oh this price is a littler higher than expected so I'm gonna pay a lot MORE for a lot less of a device.." Really? It's not just you either, its like 90% of tech site comments are either these stupid QQ posts, people talking at the manufacturer like they are going to read the comment, or people who don't know there is a difference between their opinion and fact (5.9" is too big, when will they realize this - type posts). Don't even get me started on iOS vs Android user wars based on who they love to give their money to...

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 07:49

23. gaara6775 (Posts: 738; Member since: 20 May 2014)


I'm still saying nvidia shield tab is still better. Probably I will get that if it ever launches in India or I have to buy this overpriced tab.

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 07:50

24. haikallp (Posts: 204; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Damn! This sucks. first bad news; 5.9". Now, the retail price is too steep for me

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 07:53

26. boosook (Posts: 1437; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


The problem is not in the prices themselves, we already knew that Google could not subsidize our phones and tablets forever and these new Nexus have really top-notch specifications.
The problem is that, for example, 399 is a bit high for a 16GB tablet and if you want 32GB you have to pay $/EUR 90 more, that's really too much, given that until now we used to pay $/EUR 50 for 16 additional GB.
The same can be said for the N6: given that everything is "oversized", I would have expected 64GB for that price.
BTW, consider that the iphone 6 plus costs more than 1000 euros in Italy (that's more than $1300) before complaining. ;)

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 07:58 1

27. lallolu (Posts: 472; Member since: 18 Sep 2012)


Yes, nexus, we had a good run.

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 08:02

29. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


I could care less bout the price. Just glad they add a 64GB NEXUS. Now this will be my next phone. 30gb of music rest for pics n apps.

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 08:08

30. Bondurant (Posts: 426; Member since: 04 Jun 2014)


Lol @ nexus fanboys committing suicide.

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 08:21

38. Planterz (Posts: 2079; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


Ouch. If these prices are accurate, maybe I'll wait until some reviews come out instead of just buying one as soon as it's available.

Good news on the storage front though. If the options were 16/32, I would have been severely disappointed.

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 08:24 1

39. Limbopope (Posts: 62; Member since: 12 Aug 2014)


Should have called it Moby-Dick not Shamu

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 08:33

41. rowdysheeter (Posts: 74; Member since: 10 Sep 2014)


pass. next one pls..

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 08:45

46. DocOc (Posts: 138; Member since: 23 Apr 2014)


You think the next one will be cheaper? doubt it

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 08:40

43. GrosseFatigue (Posts: 139; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)


I may still buy it. 2 years contract is too long today. I don't like contract anymore. I want to be able to switch carriers in a huff. I have to look at it first. I think I may like it better than the Note 4. I loved the Nokia 1520. The only thing that prevented me from buying it were aps. I have programs with internet security cameras and such that were unavailable on Windows.

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 08:41

45. DocOc (Posts: 138; Member since: 23 Apr 2014)


I don't think that pricing is what we are going to get in the U.S. I think it will be in $400-450 range. It's a phone for developers and Google has never tried to make much of a profit on their Nexus line. They are not even advertising...

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 08:50

51. Awalker (Posts: 1502; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


Developers can still get the Nexus 5.

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