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Google's newest smartphone and tablet: The full details

Google's newest smartphone and tablet: The full details
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For years, Google's Nexus line of smartphones and tablets has been its vision of what an Android gadget should be. With the release of the new Android 5.0 Lollipop, Google is unveiling some new Nexus gadgets to showcase it.

Nexus 6

Kicking things off is the Motorola-made Nexus 6, a phablet with a huge 5.96-inch screen. That might be a bit too large for some folks - if you want something similar in a smaller size, consider the 5.2-inch Moto X.

Naturally, the Nexus 6 features high-end parts - quad-core processor, 3 gigabytes of RAM, a 13 megapixel camera with optical image stabilization, 802.11ac Wi-Fi and a large battery. It also has "Turbo Charger" which lets you charge for 15 minutes and get six hours of use. Plus, it's a real stylish looker.

Overall, it stacks up well to Apple's iPhone 6 Plus. And, of course, it has the newest version of Android's operating system, which definitely gives iOS 8 a run for its money.

Here's the Nexus 6 in action:

There is one little thing missing, however: It doesn't have a microSD slot. I know this is a deal-breaker for many Android users, but it's typical for Nexus gadgets. Google wants you to buy a model with a lot of storage or use its cloud services to store information.

Price-wise, the Nexus 6 isn't as cheap as previous Nexus smartphones. Without a contract, the base model will set you back $650. With a two-year contract, it will probably be around $200. It's available for pre-order on October 29 and ships in November.

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