It’s not unusual for a manufacturer to announce two or even more device at a time, however, Google typically doesn’t do that. This year is different, though. The company decided to please all its customers – those who love regular size phones as well as phablet aficionados, and unveiled two devices during a special Nexus event in San Francisco. In addition to the Nexus 5X, Google also made official the Huawei Nexus 6P Android Marshmallow phone.
Google unveils Nexus 6 successor; meet the new Nexus 6P
Compared to the Nexus 5X, the Nexus 6P is not only bigger in size, but also more premium hardware-wise. Surprisingly, though, the phone with its 5.7-inch screen is slightly smaller than its predecessor, the Nexus 6, which had a 6-inch display. The screen offers the highest resolution currently used in smartphones – 1440 x 2560 pixels, also known as QHD, which combined with the size works out to a pixel density of 518ppi.
Under the hood, the phone has an octa-core 2GHz Snapdragon 810 processor with Adreno 430 taking care of graphics. The chip is assisted by 3GB of RAM and there will be several storage options to choose from – 32GB, 64GB and 128GB, none of which has micro-SD slot for memory expansion, so keep that in mind when choosing your variant.
This year Google put a lot of focus on camera experience. The Nexus 6P is equipped with a 12.3-megapixel rear camera with Sony-made sensor, an aperture of f/2.0, dual flash, laser autofocus, 1.55μm pixels, and 4K video capture. Front-facing camera boasts an impressive 8-megapixel sensor with HDR+ meaning that your selfies should be awesome. This is a generous upgrade compared to the Nexus 6’s 2-megapixel user-facing camera. Unfortunately, just like the Nexus 5X, the 6P also doesn’t have optical image stabilization which is a huge surprise, since last year’s model had this feature.
Battery & Connectivity
Power to the massive 5.7-incher will be delivered by a larger 3,450 mAh battery which in addition to a respectable capacity, also offers quick charge technology. According to Google, you can get up to 7 hours of use from only 10 minutes of charging. The Nexus 6P also sports Nexus Imprint fingerprint sensor, USB Type-C, and dual front-facing speakers. Of course, the phone runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
Unlike the plastic Nexus 5X, the 6P body is built of premium materials, namely aircraft-grade aluminum. The phone measures only 7.3mm in thickness, is 159.3mm tall, 77.8mm wide, and tips the scale at 178 grams. It will be available in three color options – Frost White, Aluminum, and Graphite.
Project Fi Ready
If you were planning to try Google Project Fi, you will be able to do so with the Nexus 6P, since the phone is compatible with the company’s revolutionary solution. Why revolutionary? Because the project relies not on one but multiple networks for connectivity in addition to Wi-Fi calling. The idea is to enable customers to always stay connected and that’s why Project Fi phones automatically pick the fastest network available. Currently, Project Fi phones can hook up to Sprint and T-Mobile networks.
Pricing and Warranty
If you want to be among the first users to get your hands on the phone, you can already pre-order it from Google Store. The base 32GB model costs $499, while 64GB variant can be had for $549. The most capacious 128GB version will set you back $649. Moreover, the Nexus 6P comes with a 90-day free Google Play Music trial and $50 worth of Play Store credit.
The Nexus 6P can be purchased with an enhanced warranty called Nexus Protect. The program includes two years of warranty instead of just one and provides coverage for both mechanical problems and accidental damage. Nexus Protect for the Nexus 6P costs $89.
In addition to the US, the Nexus 6P is also available for pre-order in the UK, Ireland and Japan. Potential users from other markets will have to wait a bit longer for the handset.