Google announces the Nexus 6P and 5X, shipping in October

Google says the 6P has the best camera to ever grace a Nexus smartphone, specifically touting low-light performance.

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Google officially showed off the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X smartphones at its event in San Francisco on Tuesday.

As was rumored, the Nexus 6P, built by Huawei, features a 5.7-inch AMOLED screen and an all-metal build that includes “the best camera we’ve ever put in a Nexus phone,” according to Vice President of Engineering Dave Burke.

The Nexus 6P screen comes with a 2560-by-1440 resolution. Other details include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor (version 2.1), 3GB of RAM, and is available with 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB storage options.

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Burke spent a lot of time on stage demonstrating the camera prowess, showing off several comparisons to the iPhone 6s and other cameras, touting superior low-light performance.

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The other new phone is the Nexus 5X, built by LG and including a 5.2-inch screen. It has a 1080p screen, a 12MP rear camera, and includes 2GB of RAM. It can be had in 16GB or 32GB of storage.

Both devices will run Android Marshmallow, the latest version of Android. They also include a fingerprint scanner on the back, which can be used to unlock the device and is key for authenticating purchases with Android Pay. And they can be charged with a USB Type-C port.

The Nexus 5X starts at $379, and the 6P begins at $499. The devices can be bought from the Google Store in the U.S., U.K., Ireland, and Japan. They will ship in October and include $50 in Google Play credit, plus a one-year subscription to Google Play Music. You can preorder them starting today. They are also available on Google’s Project Fi wireless service.

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Google also announced its Nexus Protect plan, which provides two years of coverage for mechanical breakdown and other issues for two years.

This story, "Google announces the Nexus 6P and 5X, shipping in October" was originally published by Greenbot.

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