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Google's Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 Finally Announced

While you had your eyes glued to the Apple website for the company's media event tomorrow (Oct. 16), rival Google has quietly announced its highly anticipated next-generation Nexus devices. The Nexus 6 smartphone and Nexus 9 tablet will be available for pre-order Oct. 17 and in stores starting Nov. 3. Price information is not yet available.

Both devices will ship running the latest iteration of Android, which is now officially named Android 5.0 Lollipop. We first saw the new operating system at Google I/O earlier this year, and the platform was codenamed Android L at that point. Nexus 5 owners will also be able to upgrade to Android 5.0.

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The Motorola-made Nexus 6 packs a 6-inch Quad HD display, dual front-facing speakers and a powerful 2.7-GHz quad-core Snapgradon 805 processor with an Adreno 420 graphics chip. These specs had earlier been leaked on benchmarking site Geekbench under the codename Motorola Shamu, and the results blew the iPhone 6, Samsung Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 3 out of the water. 

The Nexus 6 also carries a 13-megapixel rear camera with an f/2.0 lens, which should take great pictures, and a large 3,220-mAh battery onboard. That's bigger than the 2,800-mAh power pack on the Galaxy S5. On the front is a 2-MP camera for selfies.

On the tablet side, the Nexus 9 is a 9-inch tablet that packs a huge 6,700-mAh battery. Google has not specified the screen resolution on this slate yet, except to say it's an IPS LCD panel. The Nexus 9 runs on a 64-bit Nvidia Tegra K1 processor with a Kepler DX1 graphics chip, and is available in two memory options (16GB or 32GB) and three colors (black, white and gold). 

You'll also get HTC's front-facing BoomSound speakers, similar to those on the HTC One M8, on the Nexus 9. Google also shows the Nexus 9 accompanied by a magnetically attached keyboard that doubles as a stand for the slate. This accessory is sold separately, but pricing isn't available yet.

Those of you dying to get your hands on these devices will have to wait for Google to release the pricing information. While Sprint has already confirmed it will be selling the new Nexus devices, no cost has officially been announced. Our only hint comes from an AT&T leak earlier today that makes it seem the Nexus 6 could cost as little as $50 (not clear if on or off contract). The Nexus 5 (2013) was priced at $350 unlocked, and we expect a similar price point for the Nexus 6, which would make the beast smartphone an incredible value.

Staff writer Cherlynn Low has a Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014). Follow her @cherlynnlow. Follow Tom's Guide at @tomsguide and on Facebook.