The new Nexus is here. It’s the biggest and also the most expensive one so far. That’s not the only thing Google/ Motorola has done differently this time. The Nexus 6 is meant for those who like an extra large display smartphone, in same league as some fresh releases like iPhone 6 Plus and Samsung Galaxy Note 4. Let’s take a look at what Google is offering this time.
Camera and Internal Storage
Nexus 6 comes with a 13 MP rear camera with Optical Image Stabilization and ability to record 4K videos. Apart from increasing the megapixel count, the new Nexus will come pre-installed with Motorola Google Camera App and HDR+ for efficient low light and day light photography. Any improvement over Nexus 5 is welcome.
With the increased price, it was only reasonable that Google skipped the 16 GB variant this time. You can opt for 32 GB or 64 GB internal storage variant for $569 and $649 respectively. It’s no surprise that Google hasn’t included an SD card.
Processor and Battery
Nexus 6 employs Snapdragon 805 SoC, the flagship 32 bit SoC from Qualcomm with 4 Krait 450 cores clocked at 2.7 GHz and assisted with more powerful Adreno 420 GPU and 3 GB RAM. This assures of uncompromised performance in spite of added pixel count. This is the same chipset as present in Galaxy Note 4 and is powerful enough to smoothly handle stock Android Lollipop on Nexus 6.
Battery capacity is 3220 mAh and the good thing is that it supports turbo charging. You can plug it in for 15 minutes and have 6 hours worth of charge. Google promises 24 hours of back up on full charge (330 hours of standby and 24 hours of talk time). Qi Wireless charging is also supported on Nexus 6
Display and Other Features
It’s an AMOLED display this time. Quad HD 1440 X 2560 pixel resolution imparts high 493 ppi to the large 5.9 Inch display. The crisp AMOLED display will offer excellent blacks as is the characteristic of AMOLED technology, but it remains to be seen if it can impart better whites than conventional AMOLED displays or Moto X.
The Nexus 6 will run on latest Android 5.0 Lollipop with the new Material Design. Besides Material design, Android 5.0 Lollipop will bring more responsive UI, more efficient ART Runtime, 64 bit support, battery saver mode, and much more to the table.
|Google Nexus 6
|6 inch, QHD, 493 PPI
|2.7 GHz Quad Core
|32 GB/ 64 GB
|Android 5.0 Lollipop
|13 MP/ 2 MP
What we Like
- Quad HD Display Resolution
- Snapdragon 805 Chipset
- Android 5.0 Lollipop
What we Don’t Like
- Higher Price
Nexus 6 looks like an enlarged Moto X with revamped specifications. A lower or similar price than Moto X would hamper its sales and thus a higher price must have been a necessity. The new Nexus will be pleasing for those who don’t mind a large device and for everyone else Google will continue selling Nexus 5.