First Look: The magnificent new Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 Jon Gold October 17, 2014 Network World US Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn 1. Nexuses big and, um, bigger The newest members of Google’s Nexus line of “stock” Android devices are the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 – a phablet and tablet, respectively. Made by Motorola and HTC, the new Nexuses are impressively well-stocked with high-end hardware and software features. Have a look. 2. 1440p! Not to be outdone by Apple’s splashy move into the world of very large “handsets,” Google reminded us all that humongous phablets were an Android thing first. Is the Nexus 6 outsized? Check. Sporting a full 1440p display? Double-check. 3. QXGA! Somewhat surprisingly, HTC has packed fewer pixels into the Nexus 9’s display, and gone for a less-common (but more Apple-ish) 4:3 aspect ratio with its 8.9 inch, 2048x1536 screen. 4. Mobile work The Nexus 9 will support the use of a magnetic keyboard-case-thing, for serious road warriors and people writing detailed Yelp reviews of airport restaurants. Unfortunately, like the Microsoft Surface line, said keyboard-case-thing will be sold separately. 5. Cameras The Nexus 6 sports a 13MP, optically stabilized rear camera, while the Nexus 9, presumably designed with less emphasis on photography, has an 8MP unit. Both devices have less-powerful front-facing shooters as well, at 2MP and 1.6MP respectively. 6. CPUs The Nexus 9 boasts a 64-bit NVIDIA Tegra K1 2.3GHz processor, which has hardware aficionados choking on their Mountain Dew in excitement. The Nexus 6 will have to make do with a more standard, but still very powerful, Qualcomm Snapdragon 805. 7. Nexus Player Also launched today was the Nexus Player, the search titan’s latest attempt on the living room. Packing a voice-activated remote and the ability to stream Netflix, Hulu and a host of other streaming services directly through your TV, it’s also a gaming console of sorts, thanks to Google Play. (Controller sold separately.) 8. Android 5.0 Lollipop The Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 will be the first devices to run the latest version of Android – 5.0, or Lollipop, which includes heaps of new features like a battery-saver mode, redesigned interface, improved touch controls and 64-bit support.