Google Nexus 6P is now official: 5.7-inch quad HD display, aluminum body, Android Marshmallow in store


It is an exciting day for every smartphone enthusiast and fan of the Android operating system. At an official media event, and after a lengthy track of leaks and rumors, Google just announced its newest Nexus smartphones. These are the LG-made Nexus 5X and the Nexus 6P built by Huawei. This post is all about the latter and what it can do.

Design


So yeah, as the rumor mill predicted, Google has partnered up with Huawei for the Nexus 6P smartphone. And they seem to have done a good job at designing the handset. It is a metal-made phone, built of aircraft-grade aluminium. The phone is 7.3 millimeters thin, which is a good figure considering the 3450mAh battery packed inside. You'll be able to have a Nexus 6P in one of three colors, named white, aluminium, and graphite. Sorry, folks, but the rose gold color variant is only coming to Japan. The smartphone is 159.3mm tall, 77.8mm wide, and weighs 178 grams.

Several Nexus 6P features stand out when examining the smartphone from up close. At its bottom resides a Micro USB Type-C connector, which is reversible. In other words, the cable goes in either way. The receptacle isn't compatible with older Micro USB cables, however. A discrete RGB light glows when there's an important notification pending. And no less importantly, the phone is equipped with front-facing stereo speakers.

You might have also noticed that on the back of the device is placed a fingerprint scanner. This, of course, can be used to unlock the smartphone. In fact, the reader responds even when the phone is in stand-by. This means you will not need to wake your phone in order to unlock it. Just place your finger and you're good to go. 

Display: 5.7 inches of quad HD goodness


Power on the Nexus 6P and you'll be greeted by a 5.7-inch AMOLED display. Yes, the screen is admittedly of considerable size, yet the phone is about as large as the 5.5-inch iPhone 6s Plus, as Google points out. The screen has a resolution of 1440 by 2560 pixels, also known as quad HD, for a pixel density of 518ppi. A layer of Gorilla Glass 4 protects the screen from scratches and cracks.

Processor and memory: Snapdragon 810 and up to 128GB of storage


Oddly, Google didn't mention anything about the processor inside the Nexus 6P during the announcement event. But these details were posted online right after the announcement ended. As rumored, the smartphone is powered by the controversial, yet powerful nonetheless Snapdragon 810SoC topping at 2.0GHz. The chip in use is the 2.1 hardware revision, which is said to be better at not overheating. The Adreno 430 GPU is on board. Unsurprisingly, there's no option for storage expansion via microSD cards, although the variety of storage options should make up for that to some extent. You may have the Nexus 6P with 32, 64, or 128GB on board.

Software: enter Android 6.0 Marshmallow



Naturally, the Nexus 6P runs Android Marshmallow out of the box. The freshest version of Android comes with improved battery management, which should increase stand-by time dramatically. In particular, a new feature called Doze automatically puts your device into deep sleep when it is idle, as detected by its on-board sensors. And apps that are rarely used have their impact on battery limited. Although we have yet to witness the results of these improvements, Google claims that the battery life on the 2-year-old Nexus 5 has increased by 30% after the update.

Android 6.0 Marshmallow also adds granular control over app permissions. In other words, you have the power to choose what your apps have access to and what's off limits. Furthermore, voice input in Marshmallow has been improved, and your Nexus 6P can serve voice queries even when in stand-by. 

As far as UI goes, we find an app tray listing frequently used apps at the top. For the most part, however, Android 6.0 Marshmallow sticks to the Material Design principles we're all familiar with.

Camera and first photo samples


The 12.3MP main camera is one of the Nexus 6P's highlight features. It has an aperture of f/2.0, and IR lasers assist with focusing. What's of higher interest, however, is that the Sony imaging sensor inside the camera is packed with large, 1.55-micron pixels. By comparison, most smartphone cameras rely on 1.12 to 1.22-micron pixels. What does all this technical mumbo jumbo mean? Well, to put it briefly, larger pixels are better at collecting light than smaller ones, which is why we're expecting good low-light performance out of the new Nexus' camera. And when light happens to be extremely scarce, a dual-LED flash is ready to fire. As for the front-facing camera, we're looking at an 8MP shooter, which is a massive upgrade over the 2MP cam found on the Nexus 6. Its sensor packs 1.4-micron pixels and the aperture stands at f/2.4.

Alas, the Google Nexus 6P does not have optical image stabilization on its main camera. The decision to drop the feature seems odd considering that last year's Nexus 6 had optical image stabilization. Has OIS been dropped in order to achieve the phone's thin profile? We can only guess. 

In addition to photos, the Nexus 6P camera can shoot videos in 4K resolution at 30 frames per second. Slow-mos can be captured at 240fps, which is 8 times slower than real life. Neat! Below are the official photo samples provided by Google.


Battery life


As we mentioned above, Android Marshmallow promises great efficiency and battery life, especially when it comes to stand-by power consumption. Better yet, the Google Nexus 6P has a 3450mAh battery of respectable size, albeit a non-removable one. Google also mentioned that the battery can be recharged rapidly, and sure enough, the bundled charger pushes a whopping 3 amps at 5 volts. We're promised up to 7 hours of use from only 10 minutes of charging. On a related note, the package includes a USB Type-C to a USB Type-A cable, in case you need to connect your Nexus 6P to a PC. The only disappointment when it comes to charging is that wireless charging isn't present on the model; wireless charging and metal bodies just don't go hand in hand.

Price and release date


Google will start selling the Nexus 6P, unlocked and ready to work with major carriers, at the Play Store next month. You'll be looking at a $499 price tag for the base 32GB model. The 64- and 128-gigabyte variants will cost $549 and $649 respectively. Pre-orders begin today in the U.S., the U.K., Ireland, and Japan. To sweeten the deal, the phone comes with a 90-day free Google Play Music trial. Those who order one in the US will get $50 worth of Play Store credit. 


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Nexus 6P
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12.3 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, Octa-core, 2000 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 3450 mAh(23h talk time)

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68 Comments

1. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

First And I Think The Device Will Suck, Sd810 An QHD Just Doesn't Seem Like A Good Mix.

3. SamsungPhanboy

Posts: 765; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

The device won't suck. It looks awesome honestly.

24. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Just Because It Looks Awesome Doesn't Mean It Want Suck.

26. SamsungPhanboy

Posts: 765; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

Just Because I Capitalize Every Word Doesn't Make What I'm Saying Any More Significant. But by looks I mean.... ~3500 mah battery -nexus imprint -new camera -design -aluminum

31. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

That's Not Why I Cap My Words I Just Like The Way It Looks. Sure The Specs Look Good But We All Know That Can Be Deceiving.

46. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

One Plus 2 tried with 3300 mAh and a FHD display with 810. Failed. I am not sure how suddenly nexus can pass, but we shall see once the reviews come out.

52. TyrionLannister unregistered

The one plus 2 had lollipop, this had marshmallow.

6. Rydsmith unregistered

Whenever I suffer through reading one of your posts I am reminded why we shouldn't defund Planned Parenthood. While I'm not a SD810 fan, I'm curious how this phone handles it.

11. SamsungPhanboy

Posts: 765; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

Holy s**t, that was pretty mean man LMAo

69. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

lol My Reply To This Got Removed.

62. Dinged

Posts: 37; Member since: Jan 12, 2012

Here's my wishlist which no one has been able to deliver 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 w/minimal bloatware -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 -front facing speakers -fingerprint scanner -nfc -water resistant -quick charge capable

2. imnotascammer

Posts: 160; Member since: Aug 22, 2012

This Huawei looks just doesnt appeal much to me..

4. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2349; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

SDcard???

33. Gsmalltheway

Posts: 275; Member since: Aug 15, 2009

just get the size you need, comes up to 128gb

38. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2349; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

This is what I did , with my iPhone 6+ 128GB

5. noler

Posts: 326; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

This is BAD. They can make the Nexus logo bigger?

10. androidwindows

Posts: 216; Member since: Oct 04, 2014

It's not bad. But strangely I like the back more than the front.

61. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

same here. I love the back. Its unique

7. TyrionLannister unregistered

That's how you make a proper phablet. Take note apple and Samsung.

32. UglyFrank

Posts: 2193; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Are you serious? The Note 5 is better than this in every way.

40. SamsungPhanboy

Posts: 765; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

Note 5 doesn't have a 3450 mAh battery Note 5 doesn't run stock android.

48. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

Stick android didn;t cure Ebola, did it? If stock Android was so great, why are people not killing each other to buy a Nexus? Nexus is not a new brand, there have been ton of Nexus phones so far. How come not a single Nexus phone so far failed in batterylife? Of stock Android is so light and efficient, how on earth nexus phone literally suck for batterylife? There is not a single exception to the rule. It's a fact for each and every Nexus.

55. FrenchGuy

Posts: 134; Member since: Dec 12, 2014

Because people simply don't know and they don't want to know more about nexus. They like buying samsung or iphone just because everybody does this. This society of sheeps is not gonna change.

41. Kakarotto

Posts: 255; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

lol proper phablet with ugly back design, no quick charging(usb type-c doesn't support it) and hot snapdragon, no ty

45. tgom222

Posts: 34; Member since: Jul 08, 2012

Stop spreading ignorance about type c...

49. TyrionLannister unregistered

It has quick charging. And it's much cheaper with similar or better package.

63. james2841

Posts: 167; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

usb type-c can support up to 100 watts and ~16 amps (power profile 10). usb type-c will support quick charge. quick charge only takes between 2-3 amps.

64. james2841

Posts: 167; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

usb type c even has 2 more ground and power pins than micro usb.

65. james2841

Posts: 167; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

"and sure enough, the bundled charger pushes a whopping 3 amps at 5 volts. We're promised up to 7 hours of use from only 10 minutes of charging." quote from article

47. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

I am not sure what it means. What does it do better than Apple and Samsung?

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