Last year, LG’s Google Nexus 5 was pretty much as top-of-the-range as you could get for the time, including a 1080p display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor and 2GB of RAM. A slouch it was not.
This year, Motorola is Google’s smartphone manufacturer of choice, and the resultant Nexus 6 doesn’t disappoint. Not one bit. Ok, maybe one tiny bit. Full story below.
As a slew of recent benchmarks suggested, the Google Nexus 6 does indeed have a 6in QHD (2560 x 1440) display – not 5.2in as originally thought. That’s pretty freakin’ big by anyone’s standards, though analysts point out that consumers in emerging markets are buying phablets instead of a phone-and-laptop combo.
In terms of brute power, the Google Nexus 6 matches any high-end phone you care to mention, with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor paired with a multitasking-friendly 3GB of RAM.
Other Google Nexus 6 specs include a 13MP rear camera with optical image stabilisation (good call), 2MP front camera, 4G LTE compatibility, 3,220mAh battery, and a choice of 32GB or 64GB internal storage. There’s no microSD obviously; that’s the one glaring downside here.
It’s worth noting too that the Google Nexus 6 has a contoured aluminium frame, while the front plays host to stereo speakers. Those rumours of “Turbo Charging” were on the money too, so you can expect an impressive six hours' use after only 15 minutes on charge.
Availability is a little vague, with pre-orders opening in “late October”, and the Google Nexus 6 release date following in November sometime. Google Nexus 6 price is even more mysterious, but don’t be surprised if it’s north of £300. EDIT: yep, $649 probably means way north of £300.