Nexus 6 offered directly from Motorola; phablet starts shipping early next year

Nexus 6 offered directly from Motorola; phablet starts shipping early next year
The Nexus 6 is hard to find. Even in the Google Play Store, the shelves where the stock Android phablet would normally be stored, are barren. But Motorola has an advantage over all others selling the phone. After all, they make the device! Yes, Motorola's online store has started to offer all color options (two) and all storage options (again, two) of the Nexus 6. 

The pricing of the Nexus 6 on Motorola's website matches the pricing on the Google Play Store. In other words, the 32GB model of the phone will cost you $649, while $699 buys you the 64GB version of the phone.

Google continues to recommend that prospective Nexus 6 buyers check in with the Google Play Store each Wednesday to see if inventory has been replenished. Meanwhile, Motorola says it will start shipping orders taken on its website beginning January 6th. And while that doesn't sound too far away, perhaps your best bet is not to get carried away until you are actually holding the device in your hand.

Motorola will ship the Nexus 6 itself starting January 6th

Motorola will ship the Nexus 6 itself starting January 6th


source: Motorola via SlashGear

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Nexus 6
  • Display 6.0" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 805, Quad-core, 2700 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 3220 mAh(24h talk time)

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62 Comments

1. Sir-Lancelot

Posts: 98; Member since: Nov 05, 2014

What about: copper, brass, Ceramic, 316 stainless steel, or titanium?

19. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

A copper phone? You do know that copper tarnishes right? And brass? That would be ugly as hell. Titanium, there goes any affordability. Why not something like carbon fiber? It's stronger than most of the metals currently used in devices. With metal you're going to have to deal with signal attenuation. Non metallic casings mean you can have an internal antenna without having to worry about attenuation, otherwise you need the antenna to be part of the case. Take anything with an antenna and put it in a metal box and I guarantee it will lower the signal. If you get the antenna to the surface, it won't be as bad, but then you may have to deal with ground plane issues. A stronger non metallic case is the way to go.

50. Bertelgeus

Posts: 126; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

Same price? Impressive. The same ripoff as on Google Play.

3. rallyguy

Posts: 620; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

Alan, I like this blurb. No comments about it being too big or comparison to the iphone. Good job.

4. p51d007

Posts: 700; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

WAY too expensive! Top notch specs, fast updates... Big whoop. Mid range specs, done right will perform with the apps today. As log as people keep shelling out 700 or more for these rip off devices, then I guess they will continue to build them. I've had a mid range device since July, not one glitch... And it still run JB4.3

9. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

What device are you using?

6. DROIDX0430

Posts: 469; Member since: Nov 24, 2010

motorola's isnt breaking any records with its line of phones. you would think they would have ramped up production to satisfy demand.

34. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Moto G is Motorola's best selling phone of all-time and it outpaces a good amount of competition in some markets. So, what about breaking records again?

38. luis.aag90

Posts: 272; Member since: Aug 12, 2014

Wrong! It may be Motorola's best selling Smartphone but I'm pretty sure RAZR V3 as well as Startac series sold in larger numbers (around 100 million each). Motorola is recovering but it hasn't enjoyed the same revenue from 10 years ago

52. uzimafioso

Posts: 469; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

I agree. The keyword here is smartphone sales. Motorola will most definitely expand under Lenovo so keeping a simpler more targeted approach will increase revenue and be more effective... Such as this, a device type in all sizes..

7. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Wow this has to be the worst launch ever. Google and Motorola continues to show their incompetence here.

17. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

It's getting sad that you need to do this every time. Every time, blah blah bad rollout. Blah, blah bad with updates. We get it alright. F-ing broken record. But if this were anyone else, like say, MS with their fitness band, then there MUST be another explanation, because they, like Apple, can do no wrong. What a joke. I'm starting to wonder if you're actually Mr Ed, because you've certainly got blinders on.

24. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Ok Mr Broken Record I'm going to ask you again, what does the Microsoft fitness band have to do with this? You're always bringing that up. I'm pretty sure you can pull other bs from your rear besides that.

35. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Like I said the last two times, they also had limited availability at rollout, yet in their case you never chastised them for a poor launch. And just like the last two times, you either won't respond or will change the subject. You always ask the question, I answer, and then you don't respond to my question. So are you gonna sack up and do it this time or avoid it like the little b!tch you usually are? I'm guessing the latter. So please explain to me why the MS fitness band rollout isn't botched, but apparently any launch that Motorola or Google does is.

36. g2a5b0e unregistered

No point in trying to reiterate. He will avoid & pivot like he always does. He's about as pitiful as they get.

40. Mxyzptlk unregistered

You should never call anyone pitiful not with the senseless comment you made.

39. Mxyzptlk unregistered

One product vs how many Nexus device launches Google has botched. Motorola kept being mysterious with the 360 launch in addition to the poor communications. I don't care about the Microsoft band. You're the one who keeps bringing it up. Checkmate

43. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

So if you don't care about it, it doesn't matter? Okay then. The point was not if YOU care about it or not. When the same thing happens to two different companies, and you chastise one and ignore the other, that's not irrelevant it's bias. It doesn't matter if it happens once or a hundred times. And all of these companies are mysterious with their launches. What date is the Apple watch launching? They announced it months ago, what concrete launch information do you have from them? Hypocrite.

46. Mxyzptlk unregistered

The fitness band isn't even relevant here. Quit using strawman logic. We have more information on the iwatch than we did on the 360 when it came out.

48. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Yes it is moron. You're saying Google and Motorola botch a launch when availability is low. The same thing happens with Microsoft's wearable, and you say that isn't the same thing. That's the definition of the same thing. The only difference is you favor Microsoft and don't favor Google and Motorola. It's not two different things, it's your bias against one and not the other, that's the difference. Really, you know more about the Apple watch huh? What's it's date of release? What size battery is in it? How long is it's battery life? Will it be available to purchase outside of the Apple store?

49. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

And your use of a "strawman argument" is flawed. A straw man argument is taking an alternate argument and using it to refute the original argument. If I were using a straw man argument, that would mean I'm trying to refute your argument that they're botching the launches. When in fact, I'm pointing out that Microsoft is in the same situation, yet you don't pile on them about it. I'm not saying Google/Motorola didn't screw up their launch, I AM saying that if they did in fact screw it up, then by your own logic, Microsoft screwed their launch as well. But your bias in this matter shows when you don't call out Microsoft as well. What I'm doing is using logic to show your bias.

51. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

It is a strawman, or at least very weak, because the band was never meant to be mass produced, or at least not initially. It was never sold outside of MS stores. Not to mention, it is an entirely different device. It would be one thing if MS released the 1030, on all carriers, in their store and online, and then botched it. Googles intent on this device is to be available through all channels, yet small inventory. MS was more of a 'whatif' really.

55. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

You do realize that any of the feedback from most people regarding the N6 prior to launch was that almost no one was going to get it due to it's size. So if that's what the forecast is, do you make tens of millions of devices in the hopes that people will change their minds, or do you release a limited quantity and see how they sell?

57. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

If you are Google, releasing on Carriers, which has thousands of stores across the country? Please the Note line has proven that 6in is not 'massive' for a lot of people, millions to be exact. By your logic, Google should have priced it at near loss just in case it didn't sell. So like 500 or less, instead its at 650, knowing full well it is meant to be a Note competitor. Not just in specs, but in SALES.

60. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Multiple sales channels just means more places to buy from, but they're still coming from one place, Motorola, just like the Band only comes from Microsoft. As far as the phablet crowd, it's still nowhere as large as the non phablet crowd. And if any Nexus users wanted a phablet, they would've already migrated to the Note series. The problem was most Nexus users are not phablet users. There was an uproar when the Nexus 5 came with a screen approaching 5". And now they bump it over an inch (4.95"-6"). This was the first time I've heard of Nexus users staying with their current device for a reason other than financial issues. But the problem also for the Nexus 6 is that now they are in direct competition with the Note series as well, and since the phablet market isn't selling near the numbers the non phablets are, that means less sales than previously. There are two ways to handle uncertain sales. Do as you said and sell them at a lower profit margins, or sell less devices to begin with. In never said or even implied they should sell them at a loss, and my logic didn't either. I said that with an uncertain amount of buyers, they may have chosen to be cautious and only sell them in limited quantities and see what the actual demand was.

37. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

And just so you don't have to plead ignorance of what I'm referring to, here's a link. http://www.phonearena.com/news/Microsoft-Band-no-longer-available-online_id63200 Although you could plead ignorance in general and it would be believable.

41. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Would you like a cookie for your troubles?

44. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

You asked why I was always bringing it up, and I refreshed your memory. If you'd gone to the link, you'd see you did everything but answer the question put to you, like you usually do. No cookie necessary, just admit when you're biased. I am from time to time. But I've never seen someone get so up in arms over something they have no stake in. I have problems with Apple, but I don't stalk every Apple article to vent my frustrations with them. If Motorola was a person, they'd need a restraining order against you, stalker.

45. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Oh excuse me for being right. This was a botched launch plain and simple. Not my fault Google and Motorola has poor inventory management.

47. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

And Microsoft didn't with their wearable? You just don't get it do you? You'll bitch out Google and Motorola but not Microsoft for the same thing. How in the f%#k is that not bias? Either they're all botched or none of them are, but you can't pick and choose because you like one and not the other. I swear you have the reasoning skills of a 3 year old.

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