You should have heard that Google is scheduled to officially release its flagship Nexus 6 very soon. It was quietly uncovered as part of the blogpost of Google and was introduced together with the latest tablet Nexus 9, the Nexus Player and the Google TV set-top box. This is a big smartphone that at first glance can be mistaken as tablet acting like a phone. Basically, it’s a big Moto X with some new great features and enhanced specs.
What Is the Nexus 6 Really?
To cut to the chase, if you’re wondering what this new superphone really is, it is the 6th iteration of Google’s Nexus line which is what many smartphone users are looking forward to.
When the New Superphone Will Come Out
Even if your credit card is ready to buy this massive super phablet, you would still need to wait a little bit more because this won’t be officially released until November and the exact date is not even announced yet. At the Google’s land page for the Nexus 6, the device is only listed there as ‘coming soon’ so for now, you can just place a preorder for it.
Will Nexus 5 Be Phased Out?
According to Google, the Nexus 5 which was released last year will continue to be sold side by side with the Nexus 6. It was already confirmed by the manufacturer that the Nexus 5 will be upgradable for it to support the newest Android 5.0 Lollipop and the preview of this updated OS was already made available by the developer last October 17. Despite being a year-old device, the Nexus 5 will still prove itself as a great choice especially now that it will run on the latest Android version. There isn’t any information yet whether its price will change or not once the Nexus 6 goes live in the next few weeks but for those who are looking for a cheaper option, they might want to give this a go since this is 50% cheaper than its sibling.
Explaining the Price of the Device
Price is everything for smartphone users who intend to get a Nexus device from the Google Play Store directly and the Nexus 6 may come out with a surprising expensive price tag of $650 for the 32GB variant. Well, it’s very likely that the Nexus 6 will find its way to the carriers too who will find ways to help its buyers by maybe bringing down the price or by offering financing.
If you can still remember the Google Nexus 4 that was released two years ago, it only cam with a price tag of $350 and during that time, many people wondered why such a cool phone was very cheap. The Nexus 5 that followed didn’t disappoint the Nexus fans either with its wider display, better battery unit and prettier design. It was also very affordable.
The new Nexus 6 comes with a more expensive price tag because it comes along with a massive 2560×1440 screen display which is way better than Google’s first few Nexus line releases.
Display and Design
While many users loved the clean and simple design of Nexus 6’s predecessor, Google is more than happy to offer a Moto X-esque design. The phone’s pretty display measures 5.9 inches and its height is 159.3mm which makes it a bit taller than the iPhone 6 Plus at 158.1mm. It is wider than its predecessors at 82.98mm and its depth is 10.06mm and with this measurement alone, you should already expect that this superphone will dominate your palm. The Nexus 6 is part of the heavier phones category weighing 184g so if this phone is what you’re planning to use on a daily basis, make sure that you’re able to manage its weight.
The screen of the Nexus 6 is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 to prevent it from having scratches. Well, the phone being strong doesn’t mean that it’s already shatter-proof because it is not. It may be resilient to scratches but it will likely crack when you accidentally drop it. The back part of the phone has a gentle slope which is similar to that of the Moto X with soft-touch, plastic finish.
Processor and Internal Memory
If you were impressed with the performance of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, you will surely feel the same way for the Motorola Nexus 6. This is because the phone is powered by the same quad-core processor that is Snapdragon 805. It’s also clocked at a speed of 2.7HGz and is integrated with 3GB of RAM.
As for the built-in memory of this device, there are two variants available-32GB and 64GB but just like the rest of Nexus phones released in the past, there is no Micro SD card slot for the Nexus 6 which may be considered as a downside if the buyer intends to store a lot of data on his phone. It is indeed a shame but what’s great is that the built-in storage is at least a bit generous which should offer an ample space for some games, apps and books.
Camera and Battery
There are early concerns raised by smartphone users about the 13MP back camera offered by the Nexus 6 because its predecessors have mostly disappointing image quality and camera performance. What’s important here is that the rear camera won’t get you shaky photos when trying to hold this big device. Well, since this new superphone comes with a more expensive price age, it may be safe to say that there’s something better that users can expect form the Nexus 6.
The 13MP back shooter of this device comes with an f/2.0 update that promises great performance even in low-light situations. It also sports a dual LED flash that hugs the lens of the camera for a clearer finish on the rear. The camera system of Nexus 6 is also able to shoot 4K video with optical image stabilization and while this all sounds really good, the users will have to wait and see if this phone would be able to keep its promise.
To power up everything, the Nexus 6 has a 322mAh battery unit which is the same size with that of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. The Turbo Charge technology of Motorola will also be offered by the Nexus 6 which should allow its users to pump the battery back to life quickly before leaving the house. Apparently, charging the battery for 15 minutes will give its user up to 6 hours of more usage which is a very impressive offer that many other manufacturers of smartphones fail to imitate.
The HTC One M8’s front-facing dual speaker setup is envied by many smartphone manufacturers because the more media is consumed on the device, the more important it is for the device to have a decent sound. While we don’t know too much about the style and look of the Nexus 6, a glimpse of the Moto S device where it will be based on, shows an interesting detail and that it has cutout on the top and bottom. What other logical explanation would there be aside from dual speakers? It should be safe to say that the Google Nexus 6 would come with front-firing dual speakers just like the HTC One M8 which was well-loved by many smartphone users. This should come as good news for loves of good sound and the music junkies too.
Best of Google and Android in Nexus 6
If you would buy the Nexus 6, you will be one of the first few smartphone users who will get the most updated Android version. This means that you’ll get to experience the Lollipop version and enjoy the latest features and a lot of enhancements that it has to offer. Among those that you’ll look forward to are the following:
- Quick and easy switching between surfing the internet, listening to your favorite music, watching movies and editing documents.
- Access to Google Play which will then be your one stop shop for everything that you need as far as digital entertainment is concerned with over a million apps and games to choose from.
- Your favorite Google applications to work together across your mobile, laptop or personal computer.
- With the Android L version of the operating system, Gmail, Google Calendar and Google Keep and Google Chrome will be seamlessly integrated allowing a much better user experience for you.
The Nexus 6 exact release date isn’t announced yet but if you would like to be one of the first few people who to jump on this device, what you can do for the meantime is preorder it directly from Google or from your preferred top U.S. carrier. Well, it may come as a surprise for you knowing that the device carriers include all the major ones in the U.S. namely AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Version and US Cellular.
With the release of the new flagship phones from giants Apple and Samsung, do you think the Nexus 6 will rise above its competitors? Until the release of this super phone and it’s been put side by side with its rivals, the jury is still out. Whether the Nexus 6 will be the iPhone 6 killer or not still remains to be seen.
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