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Google Nexus 6P hands-on: Huawei joins the Nexus club

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Google Nexus 6P hands-on: Huawei joins the Nexus club

Huawei is joining the special group of Nexus manufacturers with the Nexus 6P. Nexus smartphones are known for running pure Android and receiving updates before all other Android powered devices. With few exceptions, Nexus smartphones are sold directly by Google and unlocked.

LG arguably had two successful runs with the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 devices, but both Google and its South Korean partner struggled for a while to keep up with demand. Nevertheless, the Nexus 6 by Motorola saw similar sales bottlenecks, but that was offset by the fact that all the major carriers were offering the device through their retail channels as well.

The latest installment of the pure Android devices, the Nexus 6P by Huawei, brings a complete feature set that should appeal to consumers as well as the niche-geeks alike. Hoping that its initial distribution will go much smoother than that of its predecessors, let's take a look up-close at what Huawei has assembled for the Nexus 6P.


Google Nexus 6P hands-on: Huawei joins the Nexus club
Google Nexus 6P hands-on: Huawei joins the Nexus club
Google Nexus 6P hands-on: Huawei joins the Nexus club
Google Nexus 6P hands-on: Huawei joins the Nexus club
Google Nexus 6P hands-on: Huawei joins the Nexus club
Google Nexus 6P hands-on: Huawei joins the Nexus club
The most obvious visual feature of the Nexus 6P is the glossy black camera module on the top-back of the device, with a gentle slope to a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. There will be a few color choices available, aluminum (silver-ish), graphite (black-ish), frost (white-ish), and gold. During the initial launch period, the latter color will only be available in Japan.


After the Nexus 6, it looks like Quad-HD resolution is here to stay with the new Nexus flagship. At 5.7 inches diagonal, you can bet there is more than enough pixel density to deliver crisp images. Once again, the big Nexus will utilize AMOLED screen technology. Last year's Nexus 6 had some decent visual characteristics, but also suffered from a few issues as well. Here's to hoping that when the Google Nexus 6P hits the market in about a month, its screen will delight us with much better colors and brightness!

Processor and memory

Under the somewhat unassuming appearance is all the right stuff to keep things operating smoothly. A powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 CPU v2.1 is on board along with 3GB of RAM memory. The proven Adreno 430 GPU will, naturally, take care of any graphics-oriented tasks you may throw at it. There will be a few different non-expandable storage options available: 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB – a choice that sounds reasonable enough.

Interface and Functionality

The stock Android experience remains impressive thanks to all the optimization that has been built into the platform the past couple years: Project Butter, Android Run-Time, and the Material Design motif continue to provide what appears to be a splendid user experience. And, now that fingerprint recognition is part of the OS itself, it will be interesting to see where the Android team takes the feature beyond Android Pay.

Functionally, Android 6.0 Marshmallow arguably does not have the breadth of features that might be found on a heavily skinned Samsung, or LG, the light-polish of HTC Sense, or even the near-stock experiences of OxygenOS, but that plays to stock Android's strengths of smooth operation and integration with Google's services without other apps and "layers" getting in the way.


Cameras have not always been the strong point for Nexus devices, but they have not been in the gutter either. With such a pronounced bump on the back of the Nexus 6P, Huawei has put in place all the ingredients of a competent camera. The 13-megapixel unit is aided by a laser-assist auto-focus, and dual-LED flash. On the front is an 8-megapixel sensor for sharp selfies and crisp video calling.

Video recording up to 4K resolution is also part of the package. All-in-all, nothing new per se, but the camera has all the makings to be a fine picture taker.

Pricing, release date, and expectations

The Google Nexus 6P will start at $499 for the base 32GB model, and go to $549 and $649 for the 64GB and 128GB models, respectively. With pre-orders being open now, the Nexus 6P is expected to ship sometime next month.

That is all good, but we know what you are thinking: will Google and Huawei be able to handle the initial demand for the device? Every year we witness the rare occurrence of the Google Store going into some weird "safe" mode, and then within minutes, everything is sold out. Even with a second Nexus device in the stable, we see no reason why demand will be any easier this year. Are you excited about the new Nexus 6P? Will this be your next Android smartphone? Sound off in the comments!

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posted on 29 Sep 2015, 17:11 8

1. SamsungPhanboy (banned) (Posts: 765; Member since: 31 Mar 2015)

Preordered. Kinda tempted to get another one.

posted on 29 Sep 2015, 17:16 9

2. Bm888 (Posts: 516; Member since: 06 Jul 2015)

tbh. .Huawei is really doing an awesome job and up to the task to bring out premium devices...it's triumphant started with mate 7(awesome device)., p8 and now 6p...well done Huawei. ( feeling pity for HTC )

posted on 01 Oct 2015, 00:42

27. Niva. (Posts: 433; Member since: 05 Jan 2015)

Well, for the first time, a Chinese company has done the right thing and went with pure Google software. This is by far the only Huawei (or any other Chinese maker) device I would entertain spending money on. I was really looking forward to the 5X but of the two this device seems more appealing despite it being a phablet.

posted on 29 Sep 2015, 18:59 1

8. Dinged (Posts: 37; Member since: 12 Jan 2012)

Here's my wishlist which no one has been able to hit yet:
-5" or up to 5.7" amoled display
-f2 or lower aperture, sony 1/2.6" sensor or larger, ois, laser focus, camera2 api compatible w/raw
-4k recording (at least 30 fps), 1080(at least 120 fps), 720(at least 240 fps)
-pure google experience
-min 32gb w/sd storage option (for all that slow motion/4k video that is going to take too much space and too much bandwidth to store to cloud)
-any processor that can drive the 4k/slow motion recording/playback and recording with no lag
-fingerprint scanner
-water resistant
-quick charge capable

posted on 29 Sep 2015, 21:03 15

13. Doakie (Posts: 2229; Member since: 06 May 2009)

I like your list, but I want mine with unicorns inside.

posted on 30 Sep 2015, 04:09

26. apamau (Posts: 13; Member since: 29 Jun 2014)

looks more line a future nokia phone in 2016.. Nokia, did you hear it?

posted on 29 Sep 2015, 23:00 1

15. MSi_GS70 (unregistered)

Google remember , if u dont have walking store like apple u wont sell more units ..!
Less ppl buy online still more percenntage buy in walk in shops

posted on 30 Sep 2015, 00:57

20. willywanta (Posts: 425; Member since: 04 Jun 2014)


posted on 29 Sep 2015, 23:04

16. MSi_GS70 (unregistered)

Yeah buy 10 and carry all of them..

posted on 29 Sep 2015, 17:18

3. Shangri-La (Posts: 75; Member since: 04 Oct 2011)

Didn't expect this when first saw the leaks, but the 6P is a very nice-looking phone. Definitely growing on me.

posted on 29 Sep 2015, 23:08

17. MSi_GS70 (unregistered)

And when parena showed first phoros everybody ..blee uglyy ,horrible, not nice..
Now all sudden everybody wants it..

posted on 30 Sep 2015, 03:10

24. YourKnowledge (Posts: 60; Member since: 17 Aug 2015)

That's exactly what happened. lol, Cheers!!!

posted on 29 Sep 2015, 17:18 1

4. promise7 (Posts: 891; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)

This phone looks a lot like the Huawei P8 except the camera area is protruding, whereas the P8 is flush. Really nice phone, except I can't get over that camera area. I dislike it as much as I dislike the iPhone antenna lines. Too bad they didn't go off of the Huawei Mate S rear design. Other than that, that's a really nice phone. With these phones, and the Moto X... it's going to be a bad year for OnePlus.


posted on 29 Sep 2015, 17:39 5

6. cdm283813 (Posts: 424; Member since: 10 Jan 2015)

Not bad but the 6P has more character and looks original. That P8 looks like a knock off.

posted on 29 Sep 2015, 17:37 4

5. cdm283813 (Posts: 424; Member since: 10 Jan 2015)

Nice to see a new and official OEM hit the US market. Good first effort and I will probably buy one myself before the year is over.

posted on 29 Sep 2015, 21:05

14. Doakie (Posts: 2229; Member since: 06 May 2009)

Is Huawei anymore official now vs when they launched the Ascend Mate 2 4G?

posted on 01 Oct 2015, 14:37

28. MSi_GS70 (unregistered)


posted on 29 Sep 2015, 18:49

7. Sakeem (Posts: 613; Member since: 05 Sep 2012)

Dinner plate??? Anyway, the phone is growing on me in the looks department. The pcitures didn't do it justice. I'm tempted. I will wait for real world usage and reviews before purchasing.

posted on 29 Sep 2015, 19:16

9. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3124; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)

Looks and sounds like a great Nexus phone but I definitely don't feel like I should have waited. I am happy with my Nexus 6 I got for $399.

posted on 29 Sep 2015, 23:09

18. kabel (Posts: 111; Member since: 06 Nov 2011)

Huge top and bottom bezel, they could fill in the space with capacitive buttons ... Ewww, yuck!

posted on 30 Sep 2015, 02:02 1

21. ZeeNasir (Posts: 129; Member since: 25 Nov 2012)

Elegant design.

posted on 30 Sep 2015, 02:02

22. ZeeNasir (Posts: 129; Member since: 25 Nov 2012)

Elegant design.

posted on 30 Sep 2015, 02:20

23. johanbiff (Posts: 414; Member since: 31 Mar 2015)

looks WAAAY better then the renders..this with SD820 and 4GB ram would easy be my next phone!

posted on 30 Sep 2015, 03:21 1

25. Af1rPA (Posts: 711; Member since: 12 Jun 2014)

Those edges are sexxy as hell!

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