As expected, today Google announced its latest tablet - the HTC-made Nexus 9 tablet. The tablet runs on Android 5.0, which has just been confirmed to be called Lollipop and packs a 9” IPS LCD with the unusual for Android 4:3 aspect ratio and a resolution of 2048 x 1440 pixels.
It’s powered by the Nvidia Tegra K1 chip with a 2.3GHz CPU, the very potent Keepler DX1 GPU and 2GB of RAM. The available storage is either 16 or 32GB, but there’s no expansion slot.
The HTC nature of the Google Nexus 9 shines through with the BoomSound stereo speakers. For your photography needs the tablet features an 8MP rear camera and a 1.6MP front-facing snapper.
Power users will appreciate the optional keyboard that Google unveiled alongside the slate. It magnetically attaches to the back of the Nexus 9 and should provide a huge boost to productivity.
The Google Nexus 9 will be available on preorder starting from October 17, while actual sales begin on November 3.
Google just outed the new Nexus 6 on its official Android blog, and it’s just about everything the rumor mill said the Motorola-made device would be. The Nexus 6 might look like a super-sized version of this year’s Moto X — down to the speaker grilles and the lock button/volume rocker placement along the phone’s right edge — but it packs plenty of notable improvements over its smaller, non-Nexus cousin.
5.9-inch Quad HD screen? Check? The more powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 chipset, clocked at 2.7GHz? You betcha. Hefty 3,220 mAh battery? Of course. It’s as if Motorola addressed nearly every issue we had with the Moto X, and capped things off with a big ol’ Nexus logo on the back. In fact, the only component that doesn’t seem to have been upgraded is the 13-megapixel camera and dual-LED flash layout on the Nexus 6’s back.
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In addition to its tablet line-up, Lenovo has also announced the Yoga 3 Pro laptop with a 13.3″ 3200 x 1800 (QHD+) display with Gorilla Glass 3 on top. Under the hood, there’s the latest Intel Broadwell chip, the Core M-70, which doesn’t require any fans.
The Yoga 3 Pro has also lost some weight and is 17% thinner and 15% lighter than its predecessor at 1.19kg. Further specs include up to 8GB of RAM and 512GB of SSD storage, but there’s also a base model with 256GB. Connectivity is covered with Wi-Fi 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.0 as well as two uSB 3.0 ports, microHDMI out, a 4-in-1 card reader and DC-in, which doubles as a USB 2.0 port.
The 44Whr. Li-Polymer battery of the Yoga 3 Pro is rated to last up to 9 hours. The standing modes of the Yoga 2 Pro are also here with Laptop, Stand, Tent and Tablet modes. Lenovo used more than 800 pieces of steel and aluminum to construct it, which sounds ensuring that it’s quite durable.
LG’s round-faced G Watch R smartwatch was only announced back in August, but it’s coming out next week — if you live in South Korea. LG yesterday confirmed the new Android Wear device will be launching in its home country on October 14th, for a price of 352,000 won, which at current exchange rates, clocks in at a tax-inclusive price of around $328. There’s still no release date or price for the device in the US or Europe, but LG’s cheaper G Watch was originally priced at 277,000 won in Korean and $230 in the US, meaning the G Watch R is likely to cost around $290 before taxes are added for US sales.