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Google refreshes Nexus range

Launches 6-inch smartphone, 9-inch tablet

The Nexus 6 runs Android 5.0 (Lollipop).
The Nexus 6 runs Android 5.0 (Lollipop).

Google Inc has launched the latest in its range of Nexus smartphones, the Nexus 6, along with a Nexus 9 tablet.

Built by Google’s Motorola devices unit, the Nexus 6 is powered by a 2.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 with quad-core CPU and runs Android 5.0 (Lollipop). It comes with a 5.9-inch Quad-HD display aimed at “everything from e-books and docs to movies and games”.

Also built in are dual front-facing speakers and a 13 MP camera with optical image stabilisation and automatic HDR+ (high dynamic range), a standard that has being adopted more and more by handset makers. It allows multiple shots, at different exposures, to be taken in a single capture, giving amateur snappers the chance to pick their favourite.

The Nexus 9 was assembled by HTC Corp and also runs Lollipop. It comes with an 8.9in (2048 x 1536) IPS LCD screen and delivers a 4:3 aspect ratio instead of 16:9. It is driven by a 2.3GHz nVidia Tegra K1 64-bit quad-core chip, 2GB of RAM, Kepler DX1 GPU and either 16GB or 32GB of storage.