Remember when we thought the Nexus 6, along with the updated Nexus 10, had been ditched? The Nexus 10 may have died a slow and public death, but the Nexus 6 is here to stay, and now it's available all over the place (well, to look at longingly in the Play Store anyway). Coming complete with Android 5.0 Lollipop, the Nexus 6 is shaping up to leave the competition in its dust. Read on for all of the latest news on the Nexus 6 price, release date and features. Update: The Nexus 6 is now available with most US carriers, like, Sprint, AT&T and T-Mobile, as well as in the Google Play Store. See below for details on the Nexus 6 release date and price, as well as other Nexus 6 information such as design, specs, performance etc.
Nexus 6: release date
US Nexus 6 release date
The Nexus 6 has appeared in the Play Store, and not just to look at either. Pre-orders started shipping yesterday, but the standard Play Store purchase routine - check, out of stock, curse, refresh, repeat - has now officially begun. Sprint were first out the gate with their stock available November 14th, while T-Mobile had to delay their official launch by a week until November 19th. Unfortunately even if you manage to order one, the shipping date is looking like 3-4 weeks from when you hand that cash over.
AT&T also carries the Nexus 6, though you might not like it if you are an Android purist: the mobile provider has engraved the AT&T icon on the back of the device under the Nexus logo as well as included a brief boot animation when you turn on the phone. AT&T seems to be the only carrier that has felt the need to brand the Nexus 6, while the likes of Sprint and T-Mobile have kept it the way it is. The device can now be pre-ordered from the AT&T site and it’s expected to ship by the 21st of November 2014.
Global Nexus 6 release date
The Nexus 6 pre-orders were possible in late October in some markets with in-store availability in November. The Nexus 6 is currently available on Motorola's web store and has appeared on the Google Play Store across the various markets it will be available in. The Nexus 6 is available in the US and Canada, the UK, India, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Sweden, the Netherlands, Japan and Australia. The exact Nexus 6 release date is market dependent and shipping times vary wildly depending on stock levels and how fast you got your order in.
Nexus 6: price
The Nexus 6 starts at 649 USD - yes, you read that right - and jumps to 699 USD for more memory. 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.
Additional pricing information includes 649/699 EUR in Europe, 499/549 GBP in the UK, 44,000/49,000 INR in India, and 869/929 AUD in Australia. As we already knew, the Nexus 6 is available on contract for 199 USD for the 32 GB version with the major US carriers.
AT&T Nexus 6 price
AT&T is offering the Nexus 5 for 628 USD at the regular price off contract, as well as with their Next Installment package for 22.77 USD due monthly for 30 months. You can also buy it with a 2 year contract and pay a down payment of 249.99 USD. The AT&T site only shows the Midnight Blue version.
T-Mobile Nexus 6 price
T-Mobile is offering the Nexus 6 for zero upfront with a two year contract which will start at 27 USD per month. You can also buy it off contract for 649 USD (32 GB) or 699.84 USD (64 GB). It looks like the T-Mobile site is just offering the device in Midnight Blue.
Sprint Nexus 6 price
Sprint has already had the Nexus 6 available since last week: the carrier has it for zero upfront with a Sprint Easy Pay plan. This comes down to 29 USD per month over the course of 24 months. Sprint is offering the Midnight Blue 32 GB Nexus 6 with a two year contract and a down payment of 299 USD, while off contract it will cost you 696 USD. We're still waiting to hear about the availability of the 64 GB version. You can order the Sprint Nexus 6 from Best Buy.
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 a 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: 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.