Google has officially unveiled its next-generation Nexus Android devices, with two models of smartphones available for pre-order now: the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P.
In an unusual move for the advertising giant, which typically launches a single flagship tablet and smartphone alongside each successive Android release, the two devices are built by two separate companies: the Nexus 5X continues Google's partnership with LG, while the Nexus 6P picks Huawei as its manufacturing partner. Both devices run Google's latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow as standard, and come with integrated finger-print sensor and the latest reversible Type-C USB port for charging and data transfer. Both also include 12.3 megapixel cameras with 4K video support.
The Nexus 5X offers a 5.2" Full HD display panel, behind which is a 64-bit 1.8GHz hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 system-on-chip processor, 2GB of RAM, a 2,700mAh battery, and 16GB or more of storage. The larger Nexus 6P, by contrast, has a 5.7" WQHD AMOLED panel with Snapdragon 810 SoC, 3GB of RAM, 3,450mAh battery, and a minimum of 32GB of storage. Both devices are available to pre-order now, priced at £339 for the Nexus 5X 16GB and £449 for the Nexus 6P.
At the same time, Google announced that it would be releasing over-the-air updates to Android 6.0 Marshmallow for its older Nexus 5 and higher devices starting on the 5th of October. The company also unveiled the Chromecast Audio, a £39.99 device which does for hi-fi systems what the Chromecast does for TVs: allows Android devices to stream their audio via Wi-Fi with the press of a button.
Manufacturers of other Android devices have yet to confirm their launch schedules for Android 6.0 Marshmallow updates.