It is an exciting day for every
smartphone enthusiast and fan of the Android operating system. At an official
media event, and after a lengthy track of leaks and rumors, Google just
announced its newest Nexus smartphones. These are the LG-made Nexus 5X and the
Nexus 6P built by Huawei. This post is all about the latter and what it can do.
So yeah, as the rumor mill
predicted, Google has partnered up with Huawei for the Nexus 6P smartphone. And
they seem to have done a good job at designing the handset. It is a metal-made
phone, built of aircraft-grade aluminium. The phone is 7.3 millimeters thin,
which is a good figure considering the 3450mAh battery packed inside. You'll be
able to have a Nexus 6P in one of three colors, named white, aluminium, and
graphite. Sorry, folks, but the rose gold color variant is only coming to
Japan. The smartphone is 159.3mm tall, 77.8mm wide, and weighs 178 grams.
Several Nexus 6P features stand out
when examining the smartphone from up close. At its bottom resides a Micro USB
Type-C connector, which is reversible. In other words, the cable goes in either
way. The receptacle isn't compatible with older Micro USB cables, however. A
discrete RGB light glows when there's an important notification pending. And no
less importantly, the phone is equipped with front-facing stereo speakers.
You might have also noticed that on
the back of the device is placed a fingerprint scanner. This, of course, can be
used to unlock the smartphone. In fact, the reader responds even when the phone
is in stand-by. This means you will not need to wake your phone in order to unlock
it. Just place your finger and you're good to go.
Display: 5.7 inches of quad HD goodness
Power on the Nexus 6P and you'll be
greeted by a 5.7-inch AMOLED display. The screen has a resolution of 1440 by
2560 pixels, also known as quad HD, for a pixel density of 518ppi. A layer of
Gorilla Glass 4 protects the screen from scratches and cracks.
Processor and memory: Snapdragon 810
and up to 128GB of storage
The smartphone is powered by the
controversial, yet powerful nonetheless Snapdragon 810SoC topping at 2.0GHz. The
Adreno 430 GPU is on board. Unsurprisingly, there's no option for storage
expansion via microSD cards, although the variety of storage options should
make up for that to some extent. You may have the Nexus 6P with 32, 64, or
128GB on board.
Software: enter Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Naturally, the Nexus 6P runs Android
Marshmallow out of the box. The freshest version of Android comes with improved
battery management, which should increase stand-by time dramatically. In
particular, a new feature called Doze automatically puts your device into deep
sleep when it is idle, as detected by its on-board sensors. And apps that are
rarely used have their impact on battery limited.
Android 6.0 Marshmallow also adds
granular control over app permissions. In other words, you have the power to
choose what your apps have access to and what's off limits. Furthermore, voice
input in Marshmallow has been improved, and your Nexus 6P can serve voice
queries even when in stand-by.
As far as UI goes, we find an app
tray listing frequently used apps at the top. For the most part, however,
Android 6.0 Marshmallow sticks to the Material Design principles we're all
Camera and first photo samples
The 12.3MP main camera is one of the
Nexus 6P's highlight features. It has an aperture of f/2.0, and IR lasers
assist with focusing. What's of higher interest, however, is that the Sony
imaging sensor inside the camera is packed with large, 1.55-micron pixels. By
comparison, most smartphone cameras rely on 1.12 to 1.22-micron pixels. As for
the front-facing camera, we're looking at an 8MP shooter, which is a massive
upgrade over the 2MP cam found on the Nexus 6. Its sensor packs 1.4-micron
pixels and the aperture stands at f/2.4.
In addition to photos, the Nexus 6P
camera can shoot videos in 4K resolution at 30 frames per second. Slow-mos can
be captured at 240fps, which is 8 times slower than real life. Neat! Below are
the official photo samples provided by Google.
Google will start selling the Nexus
6P, unlocked and ready to work with major carriers, at the Play Store next
month. You'll be looking at a $499 price tag for the base 32GB model. The 64-
and 128-gigabyte variants will cost $549 and $649 respectively. Pre-orders
begin today in the U.S., the U.K., Ireland, and Japan. To sweeten the deal, the
phone comes with a 90-day free Google Play Music trial. Those who order one in
the US will get $50 worth of Play Store credit.