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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: 891; 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: 187; 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: 223; 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: 4888; 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: 438; 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: 537; 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: 4888; 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: 181; 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)


posted on 15 Oct 2014, 11:28 1

3. Sakeem (Posts: 607; 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: 392; Member since: 03 Aug 2010)

a must have

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 11:32 3

6. Derekjeter (Posts: 1067; 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: 891; 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: 1921; 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: 891; 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: 356; 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: 891; 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."


posted on 15 Oct 2014, 11:58 1

32. ProblemSolver15 (Posts: 356; 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.

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