Google has officially announced the Nexus 6, an enormous smartphone that could easily be mistaken for a tablet that acts as a phone. It’s basically a giant Moto X with some nifty new features and beefed-up specs.
As expected, it’s running Android 5.0 (aka Android Lollipop) and this thing is huge. With a 5.9-inch display and at 10mm thick, the new Google Nexus 6 is a beast of a smartphone.
Why? First, the large QHD display is going to be great for watching videos, reading and looking at pictures. Second, the larger, slightly thicker phone means bigger 3220mAh battery. Let’s dig into this thing, shall we?
- What is it? Google’s sixth iteration of its Nexus line
- When is it out? Pre-orders start October 23 with it arriving in November
- What will it cost? Starts at $649 unlocked (likely around £500, AU$700)
When is it coming? Soon! You’ll be able to pre-order the Nexus 6 from the Google Play Store from October 23 for $649 in the US (that means you’re probably looking around £500, AU$700).
Yes, you read that price correctly. Why the sudden jump from what used to be an affordable line of smartphones from Google? Well, premium specs come with premium price tags.
Let’s go back two years when the $350 Nexus 4 came as a shock to everyone. How on earth could a phone be so cheap off contract? The Nexus 5 didn’t disappoint, either, with a bigger display, better battery and arguably prettier design. Still affordable.
Now we’ve got this whopping $649 phone, but along with it comes a massive 2560 x 1440 display. The only other phone to boast that resolution is the 5.5-inch LG G3.
Moreover, there’s a f/2.0 13MP camera on the back and a 3,220 mAh battery. Couple this with an Adreno 420, 2.7GHz quad-core processor and 3GB RAM in 32GB and 64GB packages and it’s easy to see where the Nexus 6 price comes from.
The battery technology also sounds promising. As well as a greater capacity, the Googe Nexus 6 has a quick charge feature that allows you to get about six hours of life on a 15-minute charge. See more at techradar