It’s almost Nexus day, but before Google takes the stage to unveil its new handsets, why not devour one last leak? A new report from Android Police claims Google’s new phones will go up for pre-order beginning Tuesday—and only be available through the search giant’s online store. Yup, this will be an online-only affair. No more carrier meddling, though the devices will play nice on the Big Four U.S. carriers.
Android Police does note that both handsets could eventually be available through other online outlets down the road, such as Best Buy and Amazon. But, at least initially, the Google Store will be your one-stop shop. And while you’re at it, why not browse around for a new smartwatch? That’s probably why Google wants to point customers toward its own store. Come for the Nexus 5X, leave with more gadgets than you know what to do with.
On that note, Android Police shares other details about availability; the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P will both go up for pre-order on Sept. 29 (tomorrow) in the U.S., U.K., Korea, Japan and Ireland. And here’s the really important part: the Nexus 5X will start at $379 for the 16GB version, while the Nexus 6P will start at $499 for the 32GB version.
Curious that one phone would start at a base of 16GB and the other 32GB, but it’s most likely a cost-cutting measure. Previous rumors suggested both phones would ditch 16GB options, but it appears that’s not the case. Either way, we’ll find out the definitive answer tomorrow.
Although it’s fun to have the latest and greatest specs, the Nexus 5X seems like the one to buy. Not only do you get a decently powerful phone, but it looks like LG is catering heavily to our nostalgia by making the Nexus 5X look a lot like the original Nexus 5, which is still a great device.
Google’s event is tomorrow, so we’ll know every final detail very soon.