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Nexus 6 officially unveiled: Google’s first phablet

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Nexus 6 officially unveiled: Google’s first phablet


The Nexus 6 has finally broken cover. Google unveiled the Nexus 6, its sixth generation in the Nexus smartphone series, today, and it would be the official launch vehicle for the company’s new Android 5.0 Lollipop platform.

The official Nexus 6 announcement puts an end to leaks and rumors that initially claimed Google has killed the Nexus program entirely early this year, only to switch opinion later on and bring us official renders of the device just before its official unveiling. So did the rumors come true? Let’s take a look.

Design: a true 5.9” giant with Quad HD resolution


The Nexus 6 is the first phablet in the Nexus series, and it is large. Google knows that this size might not be right for everybody, but seems to embrace this diversity with a new ‘be together, not the same’ campaign.

The Nexus 6 features dual front speakers

The Nexus 6 design is almost identical to that of the 2014 Motorola Moto X, except for size, of course - the 5.9-inch Nexus dwarfs Motorola’s flagship. For all else, though, there is little difference between the two, and it’s clear that the Moto X served as the base for designing the Nexus 6. Last year, Google used LG to make the Nexus 5, and it based it on the LG G2, but the two looked vastly different, while this year that is not the case. Still, there are slight differences: the Nexus 6 has beveled rather than curved screen edges, for instance. The Nexus 6 is also a fairly heavy phone, with a weight of 6.5 ounces, and its curved back goes from a fairly thin 4mm at the edge to around 10mm at its thickest point.

One thing we're particularly happy to see in it is dual front-firing speakers 6 that Google claims deliver 'high-fidelity sound'. It's also listed as being water resistant, which means that it should be able to resist splashes, but is not supposed to get submerged in water.

The highlight of the Nexus 6, a device codenamed ‘Shamu’ after the big orca whale, is the equally large 5.9-inch display. The screen features a 1440 x 2560-pixel, Quad HD resolution that translates into very sharp-looking images.

Welcome to Android 5.0 Lollipop


Nexus 6 officially unveiled: Google’s first phablet
Each year, Google launches a new Nexus to debut the newest version of its Android operating system. With the Nexus 6, this is Android Lollipop, probably the biggest redesign to the platform since its inception.

Android Lollipop features a new ‘Material design’ language based on flat shapes and realistic shadows to subtly convey structure. It comes with a redesign of the icons, and a refresh of the looks of Android with neat, snappy animations.

What happens under the hood, however, might be even more important as Lollipop sets the foundation for a future of 64-bit Android phones. It introduces the new ART runtime that replaces Dalvik, and this 64-bit-compatible environment is ready to transform existing Java apps into 64-bit without any effort from the developer.

Powered by Snapdragon 805


The Nexus 6 is powered by the Snapdragon 805 system chip, the jewel in Qualcomm’s 32-bit crown. This is the last iteration of Qualcomm’s Krait CPU core architecture, with four cores running at up to 2.65GHz, along with 3GB of RAM, and Adreno 420 graphics.

The GPU in particular is an impressive step forward, as it is capable of delivering top-notch graphics performance, and handling the most intense games at fairly smooth framerates. We do expect Adreno 420 on a Quad HD display to actually be able to match the performance of the ealier Adreno 330 on a much less demanding 1080p screen. Having a 32-bit chip in the Nexus 6, however, also means that the phone won’t make full use of the 64-bit optimizations coming with Android L.

The Nexus 6 is also the first in the series to ship with 32GB of internal storage for the basic version.

13-megapixel camera with OIS


Nexus 6 officially unveiled: Google’s first phablet
After introducing optical image stabilization in the Nexus 5, Google keeps that feature while bumping the camera resolution to 13-megapixels on the Nexus 6. Google is nice enough to tell us all the details about the camera right away: it uses a Sony IMX 214 image sensor, the newest from Sony, and the lens has a wide, f/2.0 aperture. The camera is capable of recording 4K video at 30 frames per second, as well as 1080p.

The phone also features a 2.1-megapixel front camera for selfies or the occasional video chat.

The big question: battery life


The Nexus 6 features a large, 3220mAh battery, and that capacity alone is promising. We’re yet to see how it performs under real-life usage as that has long been a weak side for Nexus smartphones, but we do expect to see a marked improvement in longevity. The new phablet also comes with a Turbo Charger, that you can use to get up to six hours of use with just a 15-minute charge.

Nexus 6 price, release date and carriers


The Nexus 6 will be go up for pre-order on October 29th, and will be available in stores in the beginning of November (we've heard rumors circling November 3rd as the date). It will also be offered unlocked and off-contract for a full retail price of $649, practically a flagship grade price with none of the 'Nexus' discount we've seen in earlier years.

The Nexus 6 will be available on AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, US Cellular, and Sprint. Google will also continue to sell the Nexus 5 along with the new Nexus.



source: Google

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posted on 15 Oct 2014, 11:27 7

1. Duketytz (Posts: 534; Member since: 28 Nov 2013)


Please Google, I have the money but it's not available in my country!!!

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 11:34 8

9. Busyboy (unregistered)


Forget it, 5.9inch is just too big. Please make a Mini version without reduced specs!

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 11:39 6

13. promise7 (Posts: 871; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


Maybe they'll keep the Nexus 5 around as a smaller option.

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 11:43 2

20. Bjray (Posts: 177; Member since: 29 May 2014)


They did. It now comes with Android 5.0 pre-installed, no specs change (doesn't really need one anyway).

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 13:43

59. nottolate (Posts: 23; Member since: 01 Jun 2014)


I know. I'd possibly cough up the $650 after feeling like I stole something with the low cost of my N4. But I will not spend $650 for a phone this huge.

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 14:21

62. Professor (Posts: 208; Member since: 02 Aug 2013)


The only thing that the Nexus 5 needs to make it perfect is a 64MB version!!!

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 12:10 2

39. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4813; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


There it goes, I said stereo front speakers & I was NOT disappointed. Google here is my payment in FULL, for BOTH the Nexus 6 & Nexus 9.

It will be a great holiday this year at my house!

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 12:24 2

50. sipha (Posts: 434; Member since: 12 May 2012)


& i remember when you said that ey!!
+1 for you..

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 11:39

14. proto (Posts: 59; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)


i agree i hoped for max 5.3 inch screen ... this is just too big without any compensation with features good for screen this big. :/ 5,96 inches... this is more 6 inch than 5.9.

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 11:43 1

21. greenelektron (Posts: 530; Member since: 10 Sep 2014)


They retained the nexus 5, but the pictures on the site is just white. Does that mean that the red one is gone? They did not Upgraded the specs. Nexus 5 will live for another year.

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 20:31

72. kcombs (Posts: 275; Member since: 15 Dec 2010)


It's hard to say, they show the nexus 5 as out of stock right now. Maybe it will get a refresh.

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 12:07

36. DRO_ID (Posts: 40; Member since: 20 Feb 2014)


That would kill the Moto X, they would never do that.

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 13:13 5

55. TheGenius (Posts: 339; Member since: 06 Mar 2014)


At this price, note 4 is the smarter choice.!

Nexus had 2 shining points : latest android and low price
Both quite doesn't stand upto note 4 as samsung also updates its flagship for 2 years and has better features as per se.

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 13:43 3

58. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4813; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Still cheaper than the Note 4, & will constantly be updated. That means a better user experience. That has to mean something.

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 14:51

64. chaosnightmare (Posts: 127; Member since: 20 May 2010)


Nexus 6 Is a great device, if I weren't getting the note 4 this would be my next phone, I like the almost bezel less dressing and front speakers.

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 11:27 1

2. LeBrownJames (Posts: 201; Member since: 17 Mar 2014)


Wow...!

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 11:28 1

3. Sakeem (Posts: 416; Member since: 05 Sep 2012)


It looks great. Maybe i can deal with a 5.9 screen!! Wow!!! VZW too!!! Amazing. The tablet is nice too. Dual front boom sound speakers?!!! Sheesh!!

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 11:29

4. somad (Posts: 169; Member since: 17 Apr 2014)


Strong and like beast

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 11:29 1

5. eman99 (Posts: 360; Member since: 03 Aug 2010)


a must have

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 11:32 3

6. Derekjeter (Posts: 814; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


Is it coming to Verizon? I'm so excited!!

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 11:32 2

7. Lokulan (Posts: 6; Member since: 30 Jul 2014)


that price tag is really shamu tho. $650 nexus. Can't beliieve this

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 11:38

12. promise7 (Posts: 871; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


If the AT&T leaked pre-order is true, then the $49 on contract price is nice. That is if people don't mind signing a two year deal.

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 11:33 1

8. UglyFrank (Posts: 1606; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


If it was slightly smaller..

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 11:36

10. nohatenofanboy (banned) (Posts: 515; Member since: 15 Jul 2014)


3200 would be enoug

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 11:37 1

11. promise7 (Posts: 871; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


Specs are nice and everything, but kinda disappointed. Looks just like a phablet version of the Moto X, like they gave no original thought or effort into it at all. I'm hoping one day Google will create a phone from the ground up, instead of going to third parties and taking their seconds and just putting the Nexus brand on it, they certainly have the resources to construct a beautiful, original smartphone.

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 11:40

15. chrisaran (Posts: 14; Member since: 06 Sep 2014)


5.9 inch screen 184g pass

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 11:40

16. power_x (Posts: 264; Member since: 28 Aug 2013)


the tablet behind it is the Nexus 9 (HTC logo on the back)

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 11:41

17. ProblemSolver15 (Posts: 281; Member since: 14 Jun 2010)


Who do I have to pray to to ensure this thing comes to Verizon?

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 11:49 4

26. promise7 (Posts: 871; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


Per DroidLife,

"It will be sold on-contract through AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular and Verizon. Seriously, that says Verizon."

http://www.droid-life.com/2014/10/15/this-is-the-nexus-6-and-yes-its-coming-to-verizon/

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 11:58 1

32. ProblemSolver15 (Posts: 281; Member since: 14 Jun 2010)


Yo, I had the Galaxy Nexus, S3, Note 2, and I have the Note 3 right now. I have been dying for another Nexus device on Verizon. If this rings true I will flip my sh*t. Thank you for this bit of information. We're all in this thing together. Lol.

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 11:42

18. George2 (Posts: 4; Member since: 15 Oct 2014)


Ive read other places it is on verizon, which is the only way I will be getting it, $650 Is pretty steep when i just bought a 1+1

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 11:42

19. Crazypinoy9 (Posts: 7; Member since: 08 Sep 2014)


did anyone notice the "Google Player"

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 11:44

22. jan25 (Posts: 470; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)


The verge states the battery capacity as 3220 mAh. Not a big deal but worth mentioning.

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 11:45 1

23. mike2959 (Posts: 519; Member since: 08 Oct 2011)


Yawn... Galaxy s5 lte-a 6 month's ago with all the same specs..

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 11:46 2

24. imkyle (Posts: 1071; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


Engadget said the price is $649. I love Google but I love my Nexus 5 too much to drop that much on a Nexus phone.

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 11:47 1

25. kingEngine (Posts: 36; Member since: 05 Mar 2014)


$649? Damn that's the end of bang for buck Nexus. Stock photos look pretty good though.

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 13:30 1

56. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


Its flagship pricing, not Phablet pricing, so its still got "bang for the buck", just not nearly as much as previous nexus devices had. I was hoping for $400 just to justify putting up with something so big. Dunno now, if/when the GSM version of the Droid Turbo gets dropped, I might go for that instead.

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 11:49

27. bendgate (unregistered)


Battery looks good but price is too much for a nexus.

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 11:51

28. promise7 (Posts: 871; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


For those uncomfortable with the size, wouldn't you just buy a Moto X instead? It's basically the same thing, but smaller, and physically looks identical.

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 11:56 1

29. KonaStang4.6 (Posts: 174; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)


Whelp, I love my 6+ but.....

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 11:56

30. ericnichols1999 (Posts: 53; Member since: 21 Apr 2014)


Verizon Wireless! Aw yiss

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 11:58 1

31. ericnichols1999 (Posts: 53; Member since: 21 Apr 2014)


My wallet is ready! Ok no its not

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 12:01

33. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 2755; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


I wonder if the Nexus 6 features wireless charging and a notification led.

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 12:01 2

34. Spedez (Posts: 441; Member since: 29 Aug 2014)


Looks good and very promising. I hope that metallic looking edge is actual metal. Now its just about the price...

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 12:05 1

35. cncrim (Posts: 805; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)


Too big pass.

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 12:09 1

37. Micah007 (Posts: 254; Member since: 09 Oct 2014)


Wish it came with a 64bit processor. That's my only hesitation in getting this device now.

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 12:09

38. Derekjeter (Posts: 814; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


When is it available? I want it now

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 12:11

40. KeyserSoze (Posts: 138; Member since: 06 Oct 2014)


It's way too big and too impractical to be used as an everyday POCKETABLE device... boo!!! A screen size of 5.2" to 5.5" (with thin LGG3-like bezel) would have been more reasonable and usable. The lack of microSD slot is infuriating, there's just no good excuse for not having one.

With plenty of better flagship and budget choices out there this year, I've lost interest in the inferior Nexus platform because they've strayed too far from what their customers need. It wouldn't hurt my feelings one bit if they went ahead and discontinue the Nexus line of devices next year.

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 12:11 1

41. Phonedingo (Posts: 388; Member since: 16 Aug 2014)


This thing is gorgeous.

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 12:12

42. ishan.heru (Posts: 69; Member since: 31 Aug 2014)


I hope the 13MP is better camera on this Nexus 6 !!

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 12:13 2

43. Tritinum (Posts: 471; Member since: 06 May 2014)


This looks beautiful!

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 12:13

44. wilsong17 (unregistered)


Wow I was debating to get the nexus or note 4... just to say is 5.9 too big for my pocket. . Note 4 it is

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 12:14 2

45. Phonedingo (Posts: 388; Member since: 16 Aug 2014)


Gotta love all the people complaining about price, especially when 1) you always here about how stock android is the best there is. 2) It's still cheaper than its main competitors like the +6 and the note 4.

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 12:19

47. Micah007 (Posts: 254; Member since: 09 Oct 2014)


Just like the people complaining about the size, even though they haven't held the device in their hands yet LOL.

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 12:22 1

49. saffant (Posts: 272; Member since: 04 Jul 2011)


Except the note 4 is a better device.

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 18:03

68. elitewolverine (Posts: 5119; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


Because at that price the note 4 is better, just that simple. Hardware and all.

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 12:18

46. Alantef (Posts: 288; Member since: 14 Sep 2011)


Could have really didn't without the big Motorola logo on the back....

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 12:22 2

48. Vinayakn73 (Posts: 191; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


just woooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooow. I quite like the design. back is just sexy and the front is screaming with duo speakers and my heart is beating with 8o5

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 12:26

51. Antimio (Posts: 313; Member since: 11 Nov 2013)


Nexus 4 Android 5 Lollipop!!! Can I have an Amen!

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 12:39 1

52. darkvadervip (Posts: 365; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)


My question is why buy the note 4 and who's canceling their note 4 preorders because I know I am.

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