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Google unveils new Nexus smartphones and Pixel C tablet

Published 29/09/2015

A member of the media takes a photo of with a model of the new Nexus 6P during the launch event at Google HQ in London.
A member of the media takes a photo of with a model of the new Nexus 6P during the launch event at Google HQ in London.
The new Google Chromecast is displayed during a Google media event on September 29, 2015 in San Francisco, California. Google unveiled its 2015 smartphone lineup, the Nexus 5x and Nexus 6P, the new Chromecast and new Android 6.0 Marshmallow software features. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
A member of the media takes a photo of a model of the new Nexus 6P during the launch event at Google HQ in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday September 29, 2015. Google?s larger Nexus phone has been built in collaboration with Chinese firm Huawei, and is the first Nexus to have a full metal body. See PA story TECHNOLOGY Google 6P. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
A member of Google demonstrates the new finger print ID function on a new Nexus 6P during the launch event at Google HQ in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday September 29, 2015. Google?s larger Nexus phone has been built in collaboration with Chinese firm Huawei, and is the first Nexus to have a full metal body. See PA story TECHNOLOGY Google 6P. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
A new Nexus 5X during the launch event at Google HQ in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday September 29, 2015. Google has confirmed a new version of its popular Nexus 5 - the 5X, which again will be made by LG. See PA story TECHNOLOGY Google 5X. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
A new Nexus 6P during the launch event at Google HQ in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday September 29, 2015. Google?s larger Nexus phone has been built in collaboration with Chinese firm Huawei, and is the first Nexus to have a full metal body. See PA story TECHNOLOGY Google 6P. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
A new Nexus 6P during the launch event at Google HQ in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday September 29, 2015. Google?s larger Nexus phone has been built in collaboration with Chinese firm Huawei, and is the first Nexus to have a full metal body. See PA story TECHNOLOGY Google 6P. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 29: An attendee looks at a display of new Google devices during a Google media event on September 29, 2015 in San Francisco, California. Google unveiled its 2015 smartphone lineup, the Nexus 5x and Nexus 6P, the new Chromecast and new Android 6.0 Marshmallow software features. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
A new Nexus 5X during the launch event at Google HQ in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday September 29, 2015. Google has confirmed a new version of its popular Nexus 5 - the 5X, which again will be made by LG. See PA story TECHNOLOGY Google 5X. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 29: An attendee stands by a display of new Google devices during a Google media event on September 29, 2015 in San Francisco, California. Google unveiled its 2015 smartphone lineup, the Nexus 5x and Nexus 6P, the new Chromecast and new Android 6.0 Marshmallow software features. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
A member of Google demonstrates the new finger print ID function on a new Nexus 5X during the launch event at Google HQ in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday September 29, 2015. Google has confirmed a new version of its popular Nexus 5 - the 5X, which again will be made by LG. See PA story TECHNOLOGY Google 5X. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
A member of Google takes a photograph on a new Nexus 5X during the launch event at Google HQ in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday September 29, 2015. Google has confirmed a new version of its popular Nexus 5 - the 5X, which again will be made by LG. See PA story TECHNOLOGY Google 5X. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
A Google Chromecast Audio on display during the launch event at Google HQ in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday September 29, 2015. As well as an update of the TV version, Google announced a new music version, called Chromecast Audio. This can be plugged into home speakers, with audio content from any mobile device then streamed to them via your home WiFi network. See PA story TECHNOLOGY Google Chromecast. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
A Google Chromecast Audio on display during the launch event at Google HQ in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday September 29, 2015. As well as an update of the TV version, Google announced a new music version, called Chromecast Audio. This can be plugged into home speakers, with audio content from any mobile device then streamed to them via your home WiFi network. See PA story TECHNOLOGY Google Chromecast. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
A Google Chromecast Audio on display during the launch event at Google HQ in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday September 29, 2015. As well as an update of the TV version, Google announced a new music version, called Chromecast Audio. This can be plugged into home speakers, with audio content from any mobile device then streamed to them via your home WiFi network. See PA story TECHNOLOGY Google Chromecast. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
Google chief executive Sundar Pichai announces new Nexus smartphones and a Pixel tablet that converts into a laptop-style computer at a press event in San Francisco, California on September 29, 2015. AFP PHOTO/GLENN CHAPMANGLENN CHAPMAN/AFP/Getty Images
Andrew Bowers of Google shows off a new Pixel C tablet that can be connected to a keyboard for laptop-style use, in San Francisco, California on September 29, 2015. AFP PHOTO/GLENN CHAPMANGLENN CHAPMAN/AFP/Getty Images
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 29: Google product manager Andrew Bowers announces the new Android-based Pixel C tablet during a Google media event on September 29, 2015 in San Francisco, California. Google unveiled its 2015 smartphone lineup, the Nexus 5x and Nexus 6P, the new Chromecast and new Android 6.0 Marshmallow software features. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)(Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 29: Google product manager Andrew Bowers announces the new Android-based Pixel C tablet during a Google media event on September 29, 2015 in San Francisco, California. Google unveiled its 2015 smartphone lineup, the Nexus 5x and Nexus 6P, the new Chromecast and new Android 6.0 Marshmallow software features. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)(Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 29: Google VP of engineering Dave Burke announces a new Nexus 6P phone during a Google media event on September 29, 2015 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 29: Google product manager Andrew Bowers announces the new Android-based Pixel C tablet during a Google media event on September 29, 2015 in San Francisco, California. Google unveiled its 2015 smartphone lineup, the Nexus 5x and Nexus 6P, the new Chromecast and new Android 6.0 Marshmallow software features. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)(Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 29: Google product manager Andrew Bowers announces the new Android-based Pixel C tablet during a Google media event on September 29, 2015 in San Francisco, California. Google unveiled its 2015 smartphone lineup, the Nexus 5x and Nexus 6P, the new Chromecast and new Android 6.0 Marshmallow software features. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)(Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 29: Google product manager Andrew Bowers announces the new Android-based Pixel C tablet during a Google media event on September 29, 2015 in San Francisco, California. Google unveiled its 2015 smartphone lineup, the Nexus 5x and Nexus 6P, the new Chromecast and new Android 6.0 Marshmallow software features. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)(Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 29: Google product manager Andrew Bowers announces the new Android-based Pixel C tablet during a Google media event on September 29, 2015 in San Francisco, California. Google unveiled its 2015 smartphone lineup, the Nexus 5x and Nexus 6P, the new Chromecast and new Android 6.0 Marshmallow software features. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)(Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 29: Google product manager Andrew Bowers announces the new Android-based Pixel C tablet during a Google media event on September 29, 2015 in San Francisco, California. Google unveiled its 2015 smartphone lineup, the Nexus 5x and Nexus 6P, the new Chromecast and new Android 6.0 Marshmallow software features. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)(Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 29: Google CEO Sundar Pichai speaks during a Google media event on September 29, 2015 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 29: Google VP of engineering Dave Burke announces a new Nexus 6P phone during a Google media event on September 29, 2015 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 29: Google VP of engineering Dave Burke announces a new Nexus 6P phone during a Google media event on September 29, 2015 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 29: Google CEO Sundar Pichai speaks during a Google media event on September 29, 2015 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 29: Google VP of engineering Dave Burke announces a new Nexus 5X phone during a Google media event on September 29, 2015 in San Francisco, California. Google unveiled its 2015 smartphone lineup, the Nexus 5x and Nexus 6P, and new Android 6.0 Marshmallow software features. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 29: Google VP of engineering Dave Burke holds up a new Nexus 6P phone during a Google media event on September 29, 2015 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 28: (L-R) President of US Media at Nielsen Lynda Clarizio, Wall Street Journal Bureau Chief Amol Sharma and Google Vice President of Global Brand Solutions & Innovations Lucas Watson speak onstage at the Nielsen panel during Advertising Week 2015 AWXII at the Times Center Stage on September 28, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images for AWXII)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 29: Google VP of engineering Dave Burke announces a new Nexus 6P phone during a Google media event on September 29, 2015 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Google has confirmed the upcoming launch of two new smartphones from its Nexus line, as well as a tablet called the Pixel C.

The Nexus 5X has been made by LG, and comes with a 5.2in screen, updating the Nexus 5 - one of the firm's most popular devices.

Google also announced the Nexus 6P, a larger smartphone made by Chinese firm Huawei, with a 5.7in ultra high definition screen.

The 5X will start at £339 while the 6P will start at £449, with pre-orders beginning on Tuesday, Google confirmed.

The technology giant also confirmed a new version of its Chromecast streaming device, as well as a new version that plugs into home stereo systems called Chromecast Audio. This will enable users to stream music from a mobile device through their home speakers.

The Pixel C is the first time Google has built a tablet itself, and comes with a full-size keyboard.

Apple recently launched the iPad Pro, a tablet that also comes with its own keyboard. Though only a sneak peek was offered, Google confirmed the tablet will be available later this year.

Google's Dave Burke called the 5X an update to the "much loved" and "iconic" Nexus 5 released in 2013.

The larger 6P is the first Google smartphone to have a full metal body, and a 12.3 megapixel rear-facing camera. It also has Nexus Imprint, a fingerprint scanner, built into the back of the phone.

Both phones will run Google's latest version of the Android operating system, Marshmallow, which has improved battery life on devices by up to 30%, Google claims.

The host of announcements is the latest in a busy month for the technology industry, after new smartphones from Apple, Huawei and Sony, as well as smartwatches from LG and Apple's latest version of the iPad, the iPad Pro.

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