On Wednesday, Google launched the large-screened Nexus 6 smartphone in partnership with Motorola, and the Nexus 9 tablet built by HTC. However, the company failed to reveal UK pricing for either of these devices.
The Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 will go on pre-order from this Friday,17 Ocboter, and will be available for sale at the beginning of November, but for most people the crucial factor in deciding whether or not they will purchase one will be pricing.
For years Google's Nexus range of smartphones and tablets has offered a combination of top-of-the-range hardware with budget pricing.
Will this continue with the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9? Let's investigate:
Nexus 6 UK Pricing
The Nexus 6 is the biggest smartphone in the range to date, with a huge 6in Quad HD display and powerful hardware including the Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 chip, up to 64GB storage, and a 13 megapixel camera.
The Nexus 5, which was launched a year ago, cost £300 SIM-free when purchased direct from Google. It would be amazing if Google managed to keep the price the same this time around.
While Google hasn't given us official prices in the UK yet, we can estimate how much the price will be based on US pricing details which reveal that a factory unlocked Nexus 6 will set you back $649 (32GB) or $699 (64GB).
Direct comparisons give you £406 and £437 respectively, but direct comparisons like this are typically inaccurate as sales tax and other factors are not taken into account.
Looking back to last year, the Nexus 5 cost $350 for the 32GB model which translates to £220, meaning a 30% premium.
Factor that in to the Nexus 6 US pricing and in the UK we are looking at a SIM-free price of over £530, meaning the Nexus 6 won't be challenging the likes of the iPhone 6 Plus and Galaxy Note 4 as much on price as previous models.
A £530 price tag for a 32GB Nexus 6 will seem very high for a lot of people, but it looks like Google is setting out its stall as a true competitor to the best on the market with its latest smartphone.
Nexus 9 UK Price
Google has never launched an 8.9in tablet before, previously offering 7in and 10in models in the Nexus range.
As with the Nexus 6, pricing for the Nexus 9 has not been revealed for the UK, but it has for the US.
There, the Nexus 9 will cost as follows:
- $399 - 16GB model
- $479 - 32GB model
- $599 - 32GB model (4G)
Direct comparisons put the various Nexus 9 models at £250, £300, and £375 but as we have seen with the Nexus 6, this is not necessarily the best way of guessing the real price in the UK.
Adding the 30% premium we saw with the Nexus 5 pricing, people looking to buy the Nexus 9 in the UK - when it goes on pre-order on Friday, 17 October - will be looking at paying £330 (16GB), £400 (32GB), and £500 (32GB 4G).