Google Announces Nexus 6: Features, Price and Specifications

Google Nexus 6

Google‘s Nexus 6 is out, and it’s a Motorola. Also, it’s not Android Silver, it’s Google Nexus 6. This and more got announced last night, or morning depending on which timezone you are in.

Now it has been a mixed bag, the Google Nexus with rumours ranging from “Nexus is going to be discontinued” to “it will be Android Silver” but it looks like Google is still on course to go on with this program, mostly as it has come to be. I say mostly because as far as the specs sheet and pricing, there is pretty interesting new changes that came in as you will find out later in the story.

Now the Nexus device as usual, borrows heavily from an already released device, and this one takes after the Motorola Moto X 2014, mostly in design but the screen size is a huge bump into the phablet direction. This one is a 5.9 inch phablet. It also adds a metal frame on the edge, a noticeable variation from the recent Moto smartphones.

Let’s head straight into the specs sheet, shall we!

  • 5.9 inch (2560 x 1440 pixels)
  • 2.5GHz Quad Core Krait 450 Snapdragon 805
  • Adreno 420 GPU
  • 16/32 GB storage options
  • 3GB RAM
  • 13MP rear camera, 2MP front
  • Android 5.0 Lollipop
  • WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, GPS, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0
  • 3200 mAh battery

Nexus 6 may not exactly compete with existing smartphone flagships like HTC One M8, Galaxy S5 or LG G3 directly but looks like it has gone for an entirely different neck altogether. That of the Galaxy Note 4 and iPhone 6 Plus. You may conclude the reason behind it would be that Motorola already makes smartphones that are too close to the real thing in terms of vanilla Android and replicating the Moto X 2014 without making it look ridiculous made sense to position this as a phablet instead.

Google says that the device can do 24 hours of full charge with the 3200 mAh battery. Google also states that the device can give you upto 6 hours use from 15 minutes charging from empty, how this stacks up against the Galaxy Note 4 30 minutes charging to 50% will need an actual comparison.

Pricing for the Nexus 6 will be USD 649 for the 32GB model and USD 699 for the 64 GB model, drink that in, Nexus people. I wonder whether the same loyalty will stick with the purchase options this time round, having got used to Nexus being that affordable smartphone for the geeks when the pre-orders open up on October 29. Looks like it will be in two colours, white and black.