It’s here, guys! After leaks, rumors, renders and plenty of hype, the Nexus 6 has been announced in all its glory. Thankfully, most of the rumors turned out to be true, making this one hell of a smartphone!
Yes, the device does look much like an over-sized Moto X, which is definitely not something to complain about. I have to say it looks gorgeous, and I am really looking forward to seeing it in action.
In the meantime we can salivate all over the details we can get, though. Let’s see what the highly-anticipated Nexus 6 is all about!
Nexus 6 specs
- 5.96-inch 2560x1440p display (493 ppi)
- 2.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor
- Adreno 420 GPU
- 3 GB of RAM
- 32/64 GB of internal storage
- 13 MP rear-facing camera
- 2 MP front-facing camera
- 3220 mAh battery
- Wireless charging
We need to spend some quality time with the smartphone in order to really tell you how good it is. Based on the specs and Android 5.0 Lollipop improvements, though, this phone is all but guaranteed to run like a champion.
This will be the first smartphone to come with Android 5.0 Lollipop, Google’s new mobile OS version. This update is quite sizable, with more improvements than any recent updates to Android. The largest improvement is probably Material Design, Google’s new design language.
Material Design is meant to merge the line between screen sizes. It will create a similar experience across smartwatches, smartphones, computers and even TVs.
There’s also several improvements to performance, compatibility and connectivity. You can learn all about Android 5.0 in our Lollipop coverage.
Price and availability
Here is where many of you will be disappointed. The Nexus brand has always been known for its great specs, pure Android experience, timely updates and (more than anything) affordability. The Nexus 6 moves away from the latter of those advantages.
The Nexus 6 is a beast of a phone, and it is priced as such. It will cost a whopping $649! Those who want to sign up for it will be able to pre-order it in late October, and the device wills tart shipping in November.
The good news is it will actually be available in every major carrier in the USA (yes, even Verizon). This is something that doesn’t happen often with Nexus devices. We are not sure about carrier pricing yet, but AT&T slipped earlier, displaying a possible $50 on-contract price tag.
Not bad, right? Priced at $649, though, we feel like not as many users will be signing up for the Nexus 6. At least not as many as with previous Nexus smartphones, which were priced affordably.