Google Announces the Nexus 6
The flagship android phone is finally here. Google has announced their flagship Nexus device for this year, the Motorola made Nexus 6. Amid rumours, earlier this year, of the demise of the Nexus program, Motorola has been asked to take the helm and push the flagship vanilla Android experience into phablet territory.
Specifications & Design
As in previous years, the Nexus 6 takes its design cues – heavily – from Motorola’s flagship Moto X with its dual front facing speakers and metallic frame. It also has a nearly bezelless construction with Motorola’s circle flash around the camera module and its now signature dimple in the back with the Motorola logo. The only difference is the adjustment of the volume and power buttons to accommodate the size of the phone.
The Nexus 6 comes with a 5.96-inch 1440 x 2560 pixel Quad HD AMOLED display. It comes packing a punch in the processor department with the top of the line Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 Quad core processor clocked at 2.5 GHz paired with an Adreno 420 graphic processor. The processor is supported by 3 GB of RAM and 32GB or 64GB of internal storage without microSD expansion.
The Nexus 6 also comes with a more robust shooter compare to the Nexus 5 with an f 2.0 13-MegaPixel rear camera sensor with optical image stabilization and a 2-MegaPixel front facing camera. The rear camera come with a dual LED flash with Motorola’s circle flash design.
In addition, the phablet comes equipped with WiFI 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, GPS, GLONASS, Near field communication (NFC) and Bluetooth 4.0 support. It also supports an array of GSM, CDMA and LTE bands – essentially making the phone a “world phone”. Also coming with the Nexus 6 is an accelerometer, gyro sensor, proximity sensor, compass and barometer.
These specifications will be powered by a 3220 mAh battery with support for wireless charging. The Nexus 6 also supports Motorola’s Turbo Charge technology which will is claimed to allow the phablet to get 6 ho
rs of battery life from 5 minutes of charging. All of this is contained in a body measuring 82.98 mm x 159.26 mm x 10.06 mm weighing only 184 g.
The newly announced Nexus 6 will come equipped at launch with the latest and greatest iteration, Android 5.0 Lollipop. Android Lollipop will come with a slew of features and improvements including Project Volta which Google touts will help increase battery life by reducing the time your device is kept active as well as the new Material Design which will permeate the whole Android platform; bringing a much needed visual overhaul to Android. You’ll be able to get a rundown of the features of Lollipop in our article on Android L.
Pricing & Availability
The Nexus 6 will begin pre-orders on the 29th of October and will go on sale in early November, coinciding with the official release of Android Lollipop. The device will be available directly from Google on the Play Store in supported countries. In addition, if you’re in America, all major carriers such as Verizon, AT&T and T-mobile will be offering the device at subsidised rates on contract. Availability worldwide hasn’t been announced as of yet, but we’ll hopefully see an official release here in Asia, otherwise, we should be able to get the devices at our regular retailers towards the end of November.
The Nexus 6 is breaking the trend when it comes to pricing for a Nexus device coming in at USD$649 (MYR 2130) for the 32GB version and USD$ 699 (MYR 2290). It is, as of now, the most expensive Nexus device yet.