Fresh additions to Google’s line of Nexus smartphones were launched today, teaming the new Marshmallow version of Android with battery-life extending modes and rear-mounted fingerprint scanners.
Fashioned from aluminium and sporting a unibody construction and 7.3mm-thin frame, the higher-end model is the Nexus 6P, which has been manufactured by Huawei on Google’s behalf. This packs a 5.7-inch WQHD, high-resolution screen and a beefy Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 v.2.1 processor.
It’s also home to a whopping 3450mAh battery that combines with a low power battery saving mode to help you eke out your battery. To speed up charging, and data transfer rates, there’s USB Type-C charger too. According to Google, this charges twice as fast as an iPhone 6S.
The rear camera is 12.3 megapixels with better light capture than last year’s Nexus flagship phone, as well as laser auto-focus, 4K video recording and, for the first time on Android, slow-motion video. An eight-megapixel camera handles selfies.
Storage options are 32GB, 64GB and 128GB. It's priced from £449.
Pitched at the lower-end market and made by LG, the Nexus 5X features a 5.2-inch FHD 1920 X1080 LCD screen fashioned from robust Gorilla Glass 3 and is covered with a fingerprint and smudge-resistant oleophobic coating. In contrast to the all-metal 6P, the 5X has a plastic rear panel.
Its main camera also comes in at 12.3 megapixels, and offers the same 4K video recording, and laser-assisted autofocus. The secondary front-facing snapper is a rather more modest five megapixels.
And rounding off the key specs is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor, a 2700mAh battery with the same fast-charge smarts as the Nexus 6P and internal storage options of 16GB and 32GB. It's priced from £339.
However, perhaps the key selling point of both phones is that they feature a stripped-down fuss-free version of the hitherto unreleased Marshmallow version of Google’s Android software.
This brings with it a revamped more helpful version of the Google Now virtual assistant, the aforementioned 'smart' Doze battery-saving mode that automatically activates when the phone detects that it is at rest and a streamlined app permissions system that makes personal details more secure.
It also introduces the 'Now on Tap' function. This promises to allow users to 'dig deeper' by pressing the home button to bring up apps and information that are related to whatever they're hearing, watching or reading.
Both handsets are compatible with Cat6 4G+ technology, meaning they're capable of mobile internet speeds far above 4G, and feature then Nexus Imprint fingerprint scanner on the rear that lets users open up their phone with a single touch.
They're available to pre-order now from the Google Store and are bundled with a 90-day free subscription to Google Play Music. Interestingly, they'll be compatible with Google's Project Fi network in the US.