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Nexus 6 release date, news, specs and features [Update - now official]

Kris Carlon

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.

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There it is folks: the Nexus 6 with Android 5.0 Lollipop. © Google

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).

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The Nexus 6 looks just like a big Moto X (2014). © Google

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.

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All the Nexus 6's! Get your hands on one soon. © Google

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
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The Nexus 6 is almost indistinguishable from the Moto X (2014) © Google

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.

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Single and multi-core processing stats by Geekbench. / © Phone Arena

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!

Let us know in the comments below what you think of the Nexus 6.

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  • Charles Matthews 3 months ago Link

    WRONG: " If the display is indeed 5.5 inches (and possibly QHD) – as many rumors claim – then it's also possible that the name, which is generally tied to the device's screen size, would simply be Nexus 5 (2014). "

    It will be the Nexus 6. Nexus phones have NEVER been named after screen size. You are confusing Nexus tablets and Nexus phones. 3 out of 5 times it's been generation name but NEVER screen size.

    gen1: HTC Nexus One, 3.5"
    gen2: Samung Nexus S, 4.0"
    gen3: Samsung Galaxy Nexus, 4.65"
    gen4: LG Nexus 4, 4.7" (3rd phone 4" or larger. NOT screen size but gen number)
    gen5: LG Nexus 5, 4.95" (NOT 5.0")
    gen6: probably LG Nexus 6 (5.0" - 5.5")

    The LG Nexus 4 was the 3rd Nexus 4" or larger, but was named after gen name. The LG Nexus 5 was not 5.0", but many other top tier Androids are. So, if Google wanted 5.0" they could have had it. For some reason they went with 4.95".

  • Andre Sinaga 3 months ago Link

    A Glorious specs, but HTC is not the best possibility to make a Nexus 6, though...never like HTC products as their product are always overpriced in my eyes, same as Samsung....bad customer service, etc....prefer still LG to make this things....

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      Kris Carlon 2 months ago Link

      What about Motorola?

      • Andre Sinaga 2 months ago Link

        Don't know about Motorola, as I never use their products, but I think they're good (a few of my friends are using their products, and they're all happy until now)...hopefully they can make this phone(phablet?) as well as LG did....but still LG is the best choice IMO, because of what they did recently...

        and the 5,9 inch decision is a bad choice IMO, most of people in this world don't have a big HANDS....blunder for google if they still keep those decision....5 - 5,5 inch is the best choice I think....5,9 inch is not call a phones, but a phablet...

        Good for a big hands, but BAD for a smaller hands, that's all I can say...

  • hlamyo oo 2 months ago Link

    My phone S3 no service

  • Flynn Mccoy 2 months ago Link

    Samsung and Google has been producing great looking and sophisticated in use gadgets since its inception. The Nexus 6 is a nice and multi purposeful gadget which is in great demand.

  • onix 2 months ago Link

    Crap it to hell... why do Android phones have to be so flipping big!!! And getting bigger??

  • H 9 2 months ago Link

    No! Not a phablet! I hope this isn't 6 inches. The Nexus 5's 5.43 inches are almost too big for me.

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      Kris Carlon 2 months ago Link

      Looks like we're all in luck @H 9, the latest pegs the Nexus 6 at 5.2 inches.

      • H 9 2 months ago Link

        Yup, I see that. I still won't upgrade, though. I've had a Nexus 5 for just a few months now- it's too soon to upgrade.

  • Omarjae Legend 2 months ago Link

    philip k. dick factor.....ahaaaaa

  • Rui Costa 2 months ago Link

    I live in Portugal and i cant find that page on the Portuguese FNAC website. So i think that is a fake page done with the rumours that are posted.

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      Kris Carlon 1 month ago Link

      I agree. I think that was simply an edited web page with made up specs, but everyone likes to know the rumors, even when they're highly unlikely.

  • Lee 1 month ago Link

    I think "Nexus X" sound's better than "Nexus 6" Nexus X-Men 😊 anything over 5.5 doesn't really fit in with my life style, pockets & work,
    think I could live with a 5.2 but that's pushing it to the limits for me, the spec's look great but we'll have to wait and see.

  • Andre Sinaga 1 month ago Link

    I hope this will be come true....what a killer specs if google decide to put a snapdragon 808 for 399 USD....maybe will increase a little bit, but not much...I really tempted this phone...since my mom will take my G2 for her needs. lol....bring it on gentleman !

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      Kris Carlon 1 month ago Link

      I don't know if it's just wishful thinking on my part about the 808, but the shipping volumes of Nexus devices are orders of magnitude smaller than those for Samsung et al, so it seems at least vaguely possible that there might be enough 808's already to fulfill the numbers required for the Nexus X. I just can't shake the "not 64-bit" issue with the 805...

  • flooney 1 month ago Link

    I still like my nexus and will stay with it very long.

  • 1 month ago Link

    Yes, I agree with the sense of the topic you discussed...although I like all Nexus Series...

  • CJ Brown 1 month ago Link

    Although I don't like to speculate; I think a 32gig / 64gig model NEXUS 6 would be the way to go (16gig is fine, but the price of memory has dropped significantly that it shouldn't effect overall cost); along with a 12gig (back) 3gig (front) cameras (not the best, but a step up from 8gig / 2gig - aka good enough for more consumers) ....

    As for screen size? 5.1 - 5.2 seems to be the average size (in my opinion) for Android Smart Phones (ie the new Moto X is 5.1) as I don't see a reason for going into the 5.5 range (unless there will be 2 versions with one being a phablet). If Motorola is handling the build? I would expect that voice activation (called the "Moto Voice" app on Google Play) will be a significant feature for the NEXUS 6 (wouldn't Google want to embrace this feature? I would hope so!) ...

    I don't think the NEXUS line will ever disappear (there's been so many years marketing Nexus as a brand that it would cost more $ to start over with a different name). I do think Google has learned to make sure that supply meets demand (I don't think "Moto Maker" will be a feature, I feel in order to keep costs down? there needs to be a decision on what colours to offer and what build materials - ie metal vs polymer) ....

  • Janet Rego 1 month ago Link

    Google Nexus phones has always been a best buy for everyone as compared to other phones and also the recently launched iPhone 6 & 6 Plus. Google Nexus is one phone which u can fall in love it,the moment see it. It is the most beautiful designed phone .It is a budget phone with top end features.

  • Andre Sinaga 4 weeks ago Link

    Ah really? 6 inch? WTF....what a stupid decision if this is true...6 inch is just too big for a lot of people....hopefully those rumors are wrong....and back into 5.2 inch which is an ideal size for most of people.

  • mangesh 4 weeks ago Link

    5.92 inch is too much. not pocket friendly (size) at all. But we trust you google

  • Rui Costa 4 weeks ago Link

    6 inch, oh well i´m out :(

  • ljhaye 4 weeks ago Link

    6" and no 64bit chip ? I find these design choices confusing for a reference device. Apple is on it's second generation 64bit chip, so when is google going to start pushing this hardware requirement to the other OEM's? I honestly worry about Samsung's eroding markets as a canary in the coal mine and believe that android phones need to be cutting edge in terms of both software and hardware to be competitive.

  • Paisan NYC 4 weeks ago Link

    If this truly will have a 5.92" screen, I will be in love with this device. I always wanted a high end phablet, but too much bloatware and carrier crap on the Note 3 (and soon Note 4). a Nexus phablet would be so perfect.

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    Henrique Rocha 4 weeks ago Link

    I really don't understand the hype behind the 64bit thing. I suppose 99.9% of users have no clue what the 64bits will do to their phones and won't notice any difference.

  • Dylan Crawford 4 weeks ago Link

    The Nexus 6 is simply going to be an amped up Motorola X.. This is sad. Usually, with LG, they brought great design, and didn't copy their own pieces of work. Motorola seems to be using this as a whole new market, and moto X fans will want it.
    I'm not too happy that it's practically going to be the same casing, I would love some definition.

  • Sophia Hall 4 weeks ago Link

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  • Eduardo Cruz 3 weeks ago Link

    (Typical geek speak)... Imho that phone looks exactly like an iphone 6!

    (Acting like a regular androit user with insecurity issues.)

  • CJ Brown 1 week ago Link

    Nexus 6 - clean looking and not even close to the "guessed" ideas of what its design would be (its not a Moto X knock off, but it is an impressive device from Motorola)

    Nexus 9 - larger then a Nexus 7, more portable then a Nexus 10 (with one of the better Tablet Cameras) an impressive product from HTC

    Android 5.0 is officially Lollipop with one of the cleverest campaigns from Google (certainly makes you want to download Adoidify app again)