Google said to unveil Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 quietly today, no big event in tow

Google will officially announce two new devices today: the Nexus 6, a Motorola-made device that is the first phablet in its smartphone series, and the Nexus 9, a tablet made by HTC and powered by Nvidia’s 64-bit Tegra K1, according to Forbes. Both gadgets will run on the latest Android L operating system, but rather than getting a proper public reveal with an accompanying event, Google has decided to make them public via a blog post. The reason for this is said to be that the company is still putting the final touches on Android L. While there is no official time for the unveiling, we expect it to happen around 1pm-2pm ET.

The Nexus 9 is expected to be the first of the two to go on sale, with pre-orders starting on October 17th, and sales kicking off on November 3rd. The 9-inch tablet carrying the HTC Volantis codename will bring dual front-firing speakers, and be powered by Nvidia’s Tegra K1 chip in its 64-bit variation, with two large Nvidia Denver CPU cores and a Kepler 192-shader GPU.

The rest of the Nexus 9 specs are as rumored painted them: an 8.9-inch display with a resolution of 2048 x 1440 pixels, weight of 480 grams, and a 8MP rear camera as well as a 3MP front cam. HTC and Google have settled on using a brushed aluminum frame rather than a full-on metal body in order to keep price down.

The Nexus 9 price starts at $399 for the basic, 16GB Wi-Fi-only model, while a 32GB option with 4G LTE on board costs $499. You’ll have the option of expandable storage via microSD cards, a welcome change of course for Google’s Nexus series.

As for the Nexus 6, we still have no clarity on the actual release date, but the specs seem to match the rumors: a 5.9” Quad HD display, Snapdragon 805 SoC, and a 13-megapixel main camera with optical stabilization.

source: Forbes

Related phones

Nexus 9
  • Display 8.9" 1536 x 2048 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.6 MP front
  • Processor NVIDIA Tegra K1, Dual-core, 2300 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 6700 mAh
Nexus 6
  • Display 6.0" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 805, Quad-core, 2700 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 3220 mAh(24h talk time)



1. vincelongman

Posts: 5694; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I hope the L factory images are posted tomorrow I cant wait to try it, even though I'll lose xposed Also that HTC Nexus 9 with the K1 sounds great, might be my first tablet

2. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

It's going to be interesting to see how they price the Nexus 6 off contract. I'm excited to see responses to the phone beyond the "it's too big!" whining I've been seeing on every goddamn article about it.

3. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

Same here :) Waiting for pricing.

4. Klamba92

Posts: 212; Member since: Jun 25, 2012

Really looking forward to this and the release date of android L, just announce it already! Also why would Google launch the Nexus 6 with the higher resolution display compared to the tablet? Nexus 6 is meant to be QHD so 2560x1440 or 1600 and the Nexus 9 is meant to be 2048x1440 am I missing here?

6. g2a5b0e unregistered

I'm willing to bet it's wrong. I think the Nexus 9 will be 2560x1600, but I suppose anything is possible.

7. Klamba92

Posts: 212; Member since: Jun 25, 2012

Yh that would make sense as the nexus 10 was QHD as well and would be a downgrade display wise, I don't know though? Just want to see the devices now and decide whether to get it?

14. g2a5b0e unregistered

Guess we were both wrong.

5. rowdysheeter

Posts: 74; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

tablet for me. will let the phone go.

8. uchihakurtz

Posts: 427; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Just want the L update for my flo. It's gonna be long wait though for my Z1C...

9. imkyle

Posts: 1115; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

I hope the Android L update is released this week.

10. iamamrith

Posts: 4; Member since: Jun 25, 2014

So you're telling me that the Nexus 6 doesn't have flash?

13. _jussyy

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 26, 2014

The two dots on each side of the camera ring are the dual-LED flash

11. Tritinum

Posts: 471; Member since: May 06, 2014

no hype, google style!

12. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

At this point, they'll probably get better press with a simple blog post. Remember the GNex press conference? Face Unlock failing on poor Matais Duarte? Better to provide the facts and let the tech sites do your publicity work for you.

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