Look what we got here – it’s the Nexus 6 itself still fresh from Google’s announcement. Even though we knew for weeks (unofficially obviously) that the Nexus 6 is a real deal, it’s a relief to see Google unveil its monstrous phablet. Earlier in the year it was speculated that the company could shut down the Nexus program, but fortunately this black scenario didn’t come true and the sixth generation Nexus powered by Android 5.0 Lollipop is finally official.
Google Nexus 6 Phablet by Motorola
If you are familiar with Nexus products then you probably know that they are based on flagship devices released by a manufacturer who is in charge of making the Nexus device. The Nexus 6 was made by Motorola and it looks just like the Moto X 2014 on steroids – it has the same metal trim around the outside, a circular flash ring, and a dimpled Motorola logo on the back, but with its 5.9-inch QHD (2560×1440) display, it’s much much bigger. In fact, the Nexus 6 is the first phablet in the Nexus series.
The device is powered by a quad-core 2.5GHz Snapdragon 805 processor with Adreno 420 graphics which together with 3GB of RAM should account for top-notch performance in terms of both graphics and multitasking. Basic version of the Nexus 6 comes with 32GB of internal memory, but there is also a 64GB model for users who need more storage.
The device packs a 13-megapixel rear camera with dual LED flash and optical image stabilization as well as a 2-megapixel front-facing camera. Other features include dual front-facing stereo speakers and a 3,200 mAh battery compatible with Motorola’s Turbo Charger and supporting Qi wireless charging.
The Nexus 6 is the first smartphone to run Android 5.0 Lollipop aka Android L. The new iteration of the platform brings several important changes to the table, the most obvious of which comes in the form of visual enhancements and redesigned user interface called Material Design which is based on flat shapes and realistic shadows.
With the new version of Android, Google focused on more fluid animations and bolder color palette, revamped multitasking menu and introduced new ways to interact with your voice. Lollipop also includes new notification controls to limit alerts and has a new battery saver mode. Finally, it brings over 5,000 new APIs for developers to tap into and improves communication between different Android devices.
Unlike previous generation Nexus devices whose distribution was somewhat limited, the Nexus 6 will be available from all US major carriers, that is AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile and U.S. Cellular as well as from the Google Play Store. The news comes from Google itself so it’s neither speculation nor rumor. AT&T and T-Mobile already issued their own announcements confirming that the phablet will join the networks.
The Nexus 6 will be priced at $649 without contract, or $0 down on EIP with 24 monthly payments of $27.08 per month if you opt for T-Mobile. On-contract pricing is yet to be revealed but we dare to guess that the phone might cost about the same as other flagship devices. The phablet will be available for pre-order in late October and will start shipping in November.