Remember when we thought the Nexus 6, along with the updated Nexus 10, had been ditched? Ever since Google confirmed that the Nexus line would indeed continue we've been awaiting the day the Nexus 6 would officially appear, and today is that day. Read on for all of the latest news on the Nexus 6 price, release date and features.
Nexus 6: design
As expected, the Nexus 6 looks a lot like an enlarged Moto X (2014). The Nexus 6 has the same metallic trim and curved back panel with over-sized camera lens and ring flash. Up front it's all very similar too: stereo front-facing speakers and the slightly rounded glass we remember fondly from the Nexus 4. The Nexus 6 is also water-resistant.
We also get confirmation of the recently leaked 5.96-inch AMOLED screen filled with new Android 5.0 icons for Google Play Music, the Play Store, Dialer, Messenger and of course the same Google Now bar. Google usually diverges from the design of the ''base model'' for the Nexus, but in this case the Nexus 6 is very much just a larger Moto X (2014).
Nexus 6: release date
The Nexus 6 may have been announced today but it won't be made available for a little while. Pre-orders will be possible later in October with in-store availability in November. Coming with Android 5.0 Lollipop, the update is only a few weeks away from being delivered to Nexus and Motorola devices.
Nexus 6: price
The Nexus 6 starts at 649 USD - yes, you read that right. The days of cheap Nexuses are over folks. But it's not like we didn't sort of see this coming. Last year's Nexus 5 saw a minor increase in price because the two models offered had higher internal memory than the Nexus 4. Considering the Nexus 6 is offered in 32 GB/64 GB versions and has a much larger display that is also QHD, the price couldn't really stay too low.
Fans of the Nexus 5 should keep an eye on the Google Play Store because we're predicting in the weeks to come that the existing Nexus 5, which is apparently no longer being produced for Google, will go on sale to clear up some space over at the Play Store for all the new Nexus 6 boxes.
Nexus 6: specs
The Nexus 6 is running Android 5.0 Lollipop, and be amongst the first devices to receive Android updates for the next 18 months. Google's recipe of cramming the best possible specs into their reference devices continues, with the Nexus 6 packing a quad-core Snapdragon 805 SoC clocked at 2.7 GHz, like the LG G3 Cat.6. The Nexus 6 will also ship with a next-gen Adreno 420 GPU, 3 GB of RAM and pack a 13 MP camera with OIS.
We know the Nexus 6 will be running on Android Runtime (ART), which pre-compiles apps for faster launches and better responsiveness and will make full use of Project Volta's battery enhancements to hopefully make up for the always unimpressive Nexus battery. The Nexus 6 houses a 3,220 mAh battery, which is not particularly large for a device with that size screen and resolution. Let's just hope Project Volta is all it has been cracked up to be.
|System||Android 5.0 Lollipop|
|Display||5.96-inch AMOLED, 2,560 x 1,440 Pixel (493 ppi)|
|Processor||Quad-core Snapdragon 805, 2.7 GHz, Adreno 420 GPU|
|Internal Memory||32/64 GB|
|Battery||3,220 mAh, Qi wireless charging, Turbo Charger|
|Camera||13 MP (rear) with OIS, 2 MP (front)|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, LTE|
|Dimensions||82.98 x 159.26 x 10.06 mm|
|Weight||184 g, water-resistant|
Nexus 6 and Moto X (2014): separated at birth?
The leaks and descriptions of the Nexus 6 have been remarkably consistent in the lead up to the final reveal and have now been confirmed. What originated as one of the most mysterious devices in recent memory, with a long period where we thought the entire Nexus line had been scrapped, the Nexus 6 hasn't thrown us any design curve balls.
As you can see from both the picture at the top of the page, and image above, the handset has a lot in common with the aforementioned Moto X (2014), right down to the camera placement and aluminium bezels. It will be interesting to see how fans react to this design aesthetic, given how divisive the Moto X design already is, and what they think of the size, which dwarfs the already large LG G3.
Nexus 6: performance
Previous Geekbench performance tests has revealed some fantastic scores for the Nexus 6 in terms of processing power. Check out the results below and head to our Nexus scores high in performance test article for the full story. As soon as we get our hands on the Nexus 6 we'll run you through our own benchmarks and real-world tests with all the major competitors on the market.
Nexus 6 vs the competition
Based on exisiting information we've already prepared some cheat sheets to get you ahead of the game in terms of the competition between the Nexus 6 and its major competitors. As soon as we get the device in hand, we'll update these comparisons with everything you need to know. Stay tuned Android fans!
- Nexus 6 vs Nexus 5.
- Nexus 6 vs LG G3.
- Nexus 6 vs Galaxy S5.
- Nexus 6 vs Xperia Z3.
- Nexus 6 vs Moto X (2014).
- Nexus 6 vs iPhone 6.
- Nexus 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus.
- Nexus 6 vs Galaxy S6.
Let us know in the comments below what you think of the Nexus 6.