Nexus Player and Nexus 9 Launch in November
Alongside the debut of Android Lollipop and the Nexus 6, Google have also announced their own set-top-box and tablet.
Google’s tablet, manufactured by HTC, will follow suit with its predecessors and is so titled the Nexus 9. The tablet will have an 8.9 inch Gorilla Glass 3 screen, 2048 x 1536 resolution giving it a 287ppi count. It features an 8-megapixel camera on the back with a front-facing 1.6-megapixel camera. All this is supported by a 2.3 GHz 64-bit Nvidia Tegra K1 processor, 2GB RAM and a 6700mAh battery. Both 16GB and 32GB storage options are available as there is no SD slot. Like the Nexus 6 it will come with Android Lollipop straight from the box.
The company’s set-top-box is due to be manufactured by Asus and be aptly named Nexus Player. Debuting Google’s Android TV operating system, the Nexus player will be the first for the OS. The Player will offer access to features such as your normal TV shows, movies, music and also include video games with a separate gamepad for playing them. The set-top-box is also Chromecast ready and includes a voice-command function allowing for easier navigation. As well as the core features, it also offers the use of apps such as Netflix and Hulu Plus. The Nexus player also has wireless connectivity with 802.11ac 2×2 (MIMO) and a 1.8GHz quad-core Intel Atom processor to power it all.
Both the Nexus 9 tablet and Nexus Player are available to pre-order on 17th October and hit the shops on 3rd November. The Nexus Player will cost $99 in the US, which is coincidentally the same price as the Apple TV. If it does come to the UK it will probably set you back between £79 and £99. The Nexus 9’s UK price hasn’t yet been confirmed but it’s estimated in the US to cost $399 for the 16GB model, 32GB will cost $479, and an LTE-enabled 32GB model will cost $599.