Google Announces Nexus 6, Nexus 9, Nexus Player & Android 5.0 Lollipop

Last Wednesday, Google announces Nexus 6, Nexus 9, Nexus Player & Android 5.0 Lollipop.

Nexus 6

Nexus 6 will run on Android 5.0 Lollipop. It comes with a 5.96″ 2560×1440 QHD AMOLED display (493 ppi) powered by Snapdragon 805 quad-core 2.7GHz processor.

Pre-order starts in the US on 29th October 2014 and will be in stores in November 2014. The Nexus 6 will be available in 28 countries over the coming weeks.

The Nexus 6 (32GB) will retail for USD$649 (SGD$828) and the Nexus 6 (64GB) will retail for USD$699 (SGD$892).

Note that similar to Nexus 5, the Nexus 6 will come with two variants, one for America and one for international (for the rest of the world). In order to use the 4G service in Singapore, you need to get the international variant.

History

  • Nexus 1 was made by HTC back in January 2010.
  • Nexus S (Nexus 2) was made by Samsung back in December 2010
  • Galaxy Nexus (Nexus 3) was also made by Samsung back in November 2011
  • Nexus 4 was made by LG in October 2012
  • Nexus 5 was made by LG in November 2013
  • Nexus 6 is made by Motorola in October 2014

Nexus 6
Nexus 6

Specifications

  • OS: Android 5.0
  • Screen: 5.96″ 2560×1440 QHD AMOLED display (493 ppi), 16:9 aspect ratio, Gorilla Glass 3
  • CPU: Quad core Krait 450 CPU 2.7GHz (Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 SOC)
  • GPU: Adreno 420
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Memory: 32GB or 64GB
  • Rear Camera: 13MP with optical image stabilization, Dual LED ring flash, f/2.0 aperture, 4K video capture at 30fps
  • Front Camera: 2MP, HD Video Conferencing
  • Audio Output: Dual front-facing speakers
  • Wireless: 802.11ac 2×2 (MIMO), Bluetooth 4.1, NFC
  • Ports: Micro USB 2.0, Nano SIM, 3.5mm audio
  • Sensors: GPS, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Magnetometer, Ambient light sensor, Barometer
  • Size: 82.98mm x 159.26mm x 10.06mm
  • Weight: 184g
  • Color: Midnight Blue, Cloud White
  • Battery: 3220mAh with built-in wireless charging and support for turbo charging
  • Network:
    • North America:

      • GSM: 850/900/1800/1900MHz
      • CDMA Band Class: 0/1/10
      • WCDMA Bands: 1/2/4/5/8
      • LTE Bands: 2/3/4/5/7/12/13/17/25/26/29/41
      • CA DL Bands: B2-B13, B2-B17, B2-29, B4-B5, B4-B13, B4-B17, B4-B29
    • Rest of World:

      • GSM: 850/900/1800/1900MHz
      • CDMA: not supported
      • WCDMA Bands: 1/2/4/5/6/8/9/19
      • LTE Bands: 1/3/5/7/8/9/19/20/28/41
      • CA DL: B3-B5, B3-B8

Nexus 9

Nexus 9 is Google’s answer to Apple’s iPad Air. Built by HTC, it is running on Android 5.0 Lollipop and has a 8.9″ QXGA IPS LCD (2048×1536) powered by 64-bit NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor.

Pre-order in the US for 16GB and 32GB Wi-Fi models starts from 17th October 2014. Nexus 9 LTE 32GB will be available later this year. There is no Nexus 9 16GB LTE if you are wondering. The Nexus 9 will be available in 29 countries over the coming weeks.

Prices are as follows

  • Nexus 9 (16GB) (Wi-Fi): USD$399 (SGD$509)
  • Nexus 9 (32GB) (Wi-Fi): USD$479 (SGD$611)
  • Nexus 9 (32GB) (LTE): USD$599 (SGD$764)

History

  • Nexus 7 (1st Generation) was made by Asus in July 2012
  • Nexus 7 (2nd Generation) was made by Asus in July 2013
  • Nexus 9 is made by HTC in October 2014
  • Nexus 10 was made by Samsung in November 2012

Nexus 9
Nexus 9

Specifications

  • OS: Android 5.0
  • Screen: 8.9″ IPS QXGA LCD (2048×1536), 4:3 aspect ratio, Gorilla Glass 3, Double tap to wake
  • CPU: 64-bit NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor
  • GPU: Kepler GPU
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Memory: 16GB or 32GB
  • Rear Camera: 8MP, f/2.4, Auto-focus, LED flash
  • Front Camera: 1.6MP, f/2.4
  • Audio: Dual front-facing speakers with HTC BoomSound, Dual microphones
  • Wireless: 802.11ac 2×2 (MIMO), Bluetooth 4.1, NFC
  • Ports: Micro USB 2.0, Nano SIM (TE), 3.5mm audio
  • Sensors: GPS, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Magnetometer, Ambient light sensor
  • Size: 153.68mm x 228.25mm x 7.95mm
  • Weight: 425g (Wi-Fi), 436g (LTE)
  • Color: Indigo Black, Lunar White, Sand
  • Battery: 6700mAh
  • Network: Quad-band GSM, CDMA, Penta-band HSPA, LTE

Nexus Player
Nexus player is also Google’s answer to Apple TV. Built by Asus, it is running on Android TV and powered by Intel Atom 1.8GHz Quad Core.

The Nexus Player will retail for USD$99 (SGD$127) and it comes with a remote. The Nexus Player also supports an additional controller for gaming and that cost USD$39.99 (SGD$51) which is sold separately.

Nexus Player
Nexus Player

Specifications

  • OS: Android TV
  • CPU: Intel Atom 1.8GHz Quad Core
  • CPU: Imagination PowerVR Series 6 Graphics 2D/3D Engine
  • Memory: 1GB RAM
  • Storage: 8GB
  • orts: 18W DC power, HDMI out (1920×1080@60Hz), Micro-USB 2.0
  • Wireless: 802.11ac 2×2 (MIMO), Bluetooth 4.1
  • Dimensions: 120mm x 120mm x 20mm
  • Weight: 235g
  • Remote:
    • 2 AAA batteries (included in box)
    • Bluetooth Smart
    • 40g (excluding batteries)
    • 37mm x 140mm x 16mm
  • Requirements

    • TV with HDMI input
    • HDMI cable
    • Internet connectivity (Wi-Fi only)
  • In-box

    • Nexus Player
    • Remote with voice search
    • Power adapter
    • 2 AAA batteries
    • Quick-start guide
    • Warranty, Safety and Regulatory booklet

Android 5.0 Lollipop
Android L is now officially known as Android 5.0 Lollipop and it will be in the new Nexus 6 and Nexus 9. For Nexus 4, Nexus 5 and other Google Play Edition devices, Android 5.0 Lollipop will be coming as an OTA update in the next few weeks.

Android 5.0 Lollipop
Android 5.0 Lollipop

Winner of Fitbit Flex Colours Giveaway

· · · Endorsement

Announcing the two winners of the Fitbit Flex Colours Giveaway which I held back on 7th October 2014. Since some of my friends have taken part, the winners have been being picked by Text100 (PR of Fitbit) to ensure fairness.

Fitbit Flex - Colours
Fitbit Flex – Colours

He is Andrew Yeo with this winning comment:

For the Huatster, the only FitBit to match his lifestyle is the RED FITIBIT because it shouts of Prosperity and is a clear reflection of his Strong and Unique personality.
Never Follow, that what The Huatster would always believe in … and stand out firmly.

and Charlotte with this winning comment:

I’d be a Tangerine! And that’s because just like fitbit’s description (and a little more)…I am:
T – The first to get the party started ;)
A – Attractive (haha!)
N – Nice to everyone :D
G – Good-natured
E – Easy-going
R – Ridiculously funny at times…to break the ice!
I – Intelligent, just like the fitbit
N – Noisy, but that’s because I like talking to people :p
E – Entertaining! *\(^_^)/*

Congratulations Andrew and Charlotte, both of you have won a Fitbit Flex Colour each! I will pass your email (the one used in the comments) to Text100, and they will arrange the delivery of the Fitbit Flex Colour to you.

Striiv Touch Review

Striiv Touch is an activity tracker and smartwatch merged into one. In Singapore, Striiv products are being distributed exclusively by Axtro Sports.

You can get the Striiv Touch for SGD$139 online from axtrosports.com or from the following physical locations:

  • Axtro Sports (#02-01 Peninsula Shopping Centre)
  • Perfect Watch & Electronics (#01-36 Sim Lim Square)
  • Tangs Orchard (Level 3 Techno Bay Tangs Plaza)
  • DigiVue (#02-04, #02-18 Funan IT Mall)
  • Courts Megastore (50 Tampines North Drive 2)
  • TwoBros (#01-23 myVillage @ Serangoon Gardens, #02-35/36 Novena Square, #02-19 112 Katong)
  • EpiCentre

Specifications

  • Tracks: Steps, miles, calories, minutes of activity
  • Sleep Monitoring: Yes (quality and duration)
  • Notification: Incoming calls, text messages and meeting reminders
  • Resistant: Water (Shower, Bath, Sweat)
  • Screen Size: 2.3cm x 1.4cm (OLED Ion Hardened Glass Touchscreen)
  • Weight: 16g
  • Band Size: Fits up to 21 cm wrist
  • Battery: Lithium Ion rechargeable battery, up to 5 day battery life
  • Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.0 LE
  • App: Android and iOS

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Strriv – Box Front

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 World Tour 2014 Singapore

· · · Mobile Phone

Thanks to Samsung for the invite to Samsung Galaxy Note 4 World Tour 2014 Singapore last Wednesday! Got a chance to play around with Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Note Edge, Galaxy Gear S and Galaxy Gear VR.

Personally, I feel that both the Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge have awesome build quality and the screen is superb. As usual, the only thing I don’t like about them is the amount of bloatware apps inside the phone.

The Galaxy Gear S is huge when worn on my wrist. The first time I looked at the curved screen on the Galaxy Gear S, it makes me feel giddy. After playing around with it for a few minutes, I got used to it. Not too sure if I am a fan of curved screen yet but it is a good breakthrough.

The Galaxy Gear VR is better designed than the Oculus Rift but personally after wearing it, I felt it is heavier than the Oculus Rift. Not a fan of the display inside the Gear VR, it seems very pixelated. Justin Lee agrees with me that the Oculus Rift display seems sharper.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 World Tour 2014 Singapore - Entrance
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 World Tour 2014 Singapore

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 World Tour 2014 Singapore

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Dell Inspiron 13 and 14 7000 Series

Dell Inspiron 13 7000 Series
The Inspiron 13 7000 Series is a 2-in-1 device. The device runs on Windows 8.1 and features a built-in passive stylus and a 360-degree rotating hinge allowing consumers to switch seamlessly between laptop and tablet in one fluid motion.

Inspiron 13 7000 Series 2-in-1 Notebooks
Inspiron 13 7000 Series 2-in-1 Notebooks

The Dell Inspiron 13 7000 Series starts from SGD$999 from dell.com.sg.

Key features of the Inspiron 13 7000 Series:

  • 4th Generation Intel Core processor, up to i5 Duo-Core processors
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M graphics with 4GB discrete memory
  • 13.3 inch LED Backlit Touch IPS Display with Truelife, HD (1366 X 768) or 13.3 inch LED Backlit Touch IPS Display with Truelife, FHD (1920 x 1080)
  • 500GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive or 500GB 5400 rpm SATA Hybrid Hard Drive with 8GB Cache
  • One USB 3.0 with PowerShare and one USB 2.0
  • Silver color

Dell Inspiron 14 7000 Series
The Dell Inspiron 14 7000 Series is a high-performance 14-inch laptop specially designed and developed for youths, a growing consumer segment. Featuring the latest Intel performance processor, NVIDIA GeForce GTX-class graphics, and a sleek design, the Inspiron 14 is the perfect solution that delivers excellent value for the rising demands of today’s generation of youths, whether it is for school, work, gaming or multimedia entertainment.

Inspiron 14 7000 Series Notebook
Inspiron 14 7000 Series Notebook

The Dell Inspiron 14 7000 Series is now available starting from SGD$1,599 from dell.com.sg.

Key features of the Inspiron 14 7000 Series:

  • 4th Generation Intel Core processor, up to i7 Quad-Core processors
  • Intel HD Graphics 4400
  • 14-inch HD anti-glare display (1366×768) or 14-inch FHD anti-glare IPS display (1920×1080)
  • Up to 1TB hybrid hard drive with 8GB cache
  • Two USB 3.0 (one with PowerShare) and one USB 2.0
  • Matte Black and Hibiscus Red color options
  • NVIDIA GeForce built-in advanced technology
  • Gigabit wired Ethernet and the latest 802.11ac wireless network card
  • Built-in subwoofer
  • Optional backlit keyboard

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