The holiday season is just around the corner and that means new smartphones and tablets are going to compete with each other for space under the Christmas tree. If the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus is at the top of your list on the iOS side, the newly announced Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 should also be kept in mind if you’re thinking about an Android one. Yesterday, Google unwrapped its much talked about Nexus 6 smartphone and we take a look at what it has to offer consumers this time.
The Nexus 6
Google’s latest smartphone the Nexus 6 comes to you courtesy Motorola and its more than just a Motorola smartphone, its more appropriate to call this one a phablet. Motorola has carried the design of the 2014 model Moto x on to the Nexus 6 but there are enough tweaks to give it that old familiar Nexus look.
The Nexus 6 is a pretty beefy product with a 5.9 inch QHD display, a quad-core 2.5GHz Snapdragon 805 CPU, 3GB RAM, 13 MP camera, 3200mAh battery, and two storage options 32GB or 64GB. The big display and powerful CPU is most likely to nullify the effects of that hefty battery, but there should be enough power to squeeze out of it despite the fact. There’s good news though in the form of a support for turbo charging, that can charge up to 6 hours of life in just 15 minutes.
Google’s latest operating system, Android 5 Lollipop runs on the Nexus 6, which promises to deliver the best Android experience yet with its highly praised Material Design. There are loads of other improvements as well that should make the Nexus 6 stand out including improved security and lockscreen notifications, business oriented features, battery optimization, quick settings and so on.
Key Tech Specs of the Nexus 6
- Display: 5.96 inches 1440×2560 display (493 ppi); Gorilla Glass 3; 16:9 aspect ratio
- Battery: 3220 mAh
- Camera: 13MP rear-facing with optical image stabilization; 2MP front-facing, HD Video Conferencing
- Processor: CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 – Quad Core 2.7 GHz; GPU: Adreno 420
- Memory: 32 GB, 64 GB
- Dimensions: 82.98mm x 159.26mm x 10.06mm
- Weight: 184 gms
- OS: Android 5.0 Lollipop
- Wireless: 802.11ac 2×2 (MIMO); Bluetooth 4.1; NFC
- Ports: Micro USB 2.0; Nano SIM; 3.5mm audio
- Sensors: GPS; Accelerometer; Gyroscope’ Magnetometer; Ambient light sensor; Barometer
Nexus 6 Pricing and Availability
The Nexus 6 will become available on the Play Store from the beginning of the November. It will come out in two color variants, midnight blue and white in 16GB and 32GB configs. Pre-orders for the device will open on October 29. In the U.S all major carriers will be offering the device. The Nexus 6 models are the most expensive in the family thus far. The 32GB model will cost $649, while the 64GB model will cost $699. You can find more details on the Nexus 6 here.