TECH | Google has more of its own-branded mobile goodness on the way with the launch of two new smartphones – the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P – along with a tablet: the Pixel C.
Google Pixel C tablet
Reminiscent of Microsoft's Surface, Google’s Pixel C pairs a lush 2560x1800 screen with a Bluetooth keyboard (sold separately) to serve as a laptop replacement for travellers on the go…
… held together by high-power and self-aligning magnets, but which can easily be detached for casual web browsing or when watching movies and TV shows.
The combo also allows induction charging for the keyboard, with the battery topped up wirelessly when the tablet is locket and the keyboard is parallel with the screen.
In keeping with its difference from a traditional laptop, the Pixel C will run Android OS – the same operating system as your Android smartphone or Samsung Galaxy Tab – rather than Google's desktop-orientated Chrome OS.
Google Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P
Manufactured for Google by LG, the 5.2-inch Nexus 5X packs in many traveller-friendly features including a 12.3MP camera and a USB Type-C connector for charging: a standardised and simplified connection type shared among the latest laptops, and now, smartphones as well.
You’ll also find a fingerprint scanner on the back to easily unlock your phone: touted by Google as ‘complimenting the way you naturally hold your phone’ in a subtle nod to Apple, which incorporated fingerprint technology into the iPhone home button on the front of the device.
Fingerprint scanners also feature in the 5.7-inch Nexus 6P’s all-metal design…
… with the device one of the first to feature Android 6.0 Marshmallow: the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system widely adapted by other manufactures including Samsung, Motorola, LG, Sony and HTC, along with Huawei which makes the Nexus 6P.
Australian pricing and release dates are yet to be released by Google, although its latest smartphones are now listed in the Google Store.
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