On the 29th of September, Google hosted its annual press event, where it introduces the latest version of Android – Android 6.0 (Marshmallow). At the event, it also lifted the lid on one of two new Nexus devices that will run the latest version of Android out of the box. One of which is the Huawei-made Nexus 6P.
Nexus 6P now official
If you’re looking for a phablet that offers a premium look and feel, then the Nexus 6P is for you. The device is clad in aircraft-grade aluminium, and is just 7.3 mm-thin (159.3 x 77.8 x 7.3 mm). True, this is thicker than a lot of high-end phablets in the market today, but this isn’t a bad figure, considering the chassis houses a 3,450 mAh battery.
Colour options include white, aluminium, and graphite. There is also a rose gold version, but this colour option will only be available in Japan. It weighs in at 178 g.
Other features include a Micro USB Type-C connector found on the bottom of the device. This means that you no longer have to worry about plugging in the connector the wrong way. It also comes with an RGB light the lights up when an important notification is received. Also found on board are front-facing stereo speakers.
The fingerprint scanner can be found on the back of the device. The difference is between this scanner and other fingerprint scanners on board existing devices is that you no longer have to unlock the screen and then unlock the device. Unlocking the device is done with one simple tap on the scanner.
5.7-inch Quad HD screen
The Nexus 6P rocks a 5.5-inch AMOLED screen with a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels (Quad HD). This works out to a pixel density of 518 ppi. It is protected by Gorilla Glass 4, which prevents scratches and cracks. You may think that 5.7 inches is too much screen, but the phablet is just as big as Apple iPhone 6S Plus, but offers a bigger screen.
CPU and storage options
The Nexus 6P sports the controversial Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 64-bit octa-core processor with cores clocked up to 2 GHz. It is the 2.1 hardware version, which is said to feature better heat management. It also comes with an Adreno 430 GPU to handle graphics.
The Nexus 6P will be available in 32 GB, 64 GB, and 128 GB storage options. Sadly, it doesn’t comes with a microSD card slot.
The Nexus 6P features a 12.3-megapixel front-facing camera with f/2.0 aperture and IR lasers assist with focusing. The Sony sensor within the camera comes with large 1.55-micron pixels. This dwarfs the 1.12 – 1.22-micron pixels on board most smartphone cameras. This means higher-quality photos in even the poorest light conditions. If ever users need to snap a photo in complete darkness, the phablet’s dual LED flash will come to the rescue. Sadly, this camera does not comes with OIS, which is strange since last year’s Nexus 6 phablet made by Motorola came with the feature.
The Nexus 6P’s front-facing camera is a massive 8-megapixel snapper with 1.4-micron pixels and an f/2.4 aperture. This makes the camera more than ideal for snapping selfies and video chat.
The Nexus 6P’s camera can also record videos in 4K resolution at 30 fps. Slow motion videos can be recorded at 240 fps, which is 8 times slower than real life.
Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) offers efficiency and battery life, especially when it comes to stand-by power consumption. Add these features to a respectable 3,450 mAh battery (sadly non-removable) and you get 7 hours of use from a mere 10 minutes of charging. Sadly, the Nexus 6P does not support wireless charging.
Price and release date
The Nexus 6P is now available for pre-order via Google Play. The 32 GB version will cost £449, the 64 GB version £499, and the 128 GB will set you back £579. The device will ship later this month, but Google is yet to announce when exactly in October.
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