It was widely believed that the next Nexus-branded smartphone would be unveiled in October, and Google came through with the official announcement on Wednesday, October 15.
The newest Nexus smartphone is manufactured by Motorola, and it shares several design cues from the manufacturer’s recently launched new Moto X. The differences are what make the Nexus 6 stand out as a Nexus, though. First and foremost, the handset will feature the newest version of Android right out of the box, which has officially been revealed as Android Lollipop, without any kind of proprietary skins. As usual, this is the vanilla version of Android.
As far as features go, the Nexus 6 boasts a 6-inch Quad HD AMOLED display (2560×1440), a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 quad-core processor clocked at 2.7GHz, and a 13-megapixel camera on the back, with optical image stabilization. It will come in two variants: 32GB or 64GB, and offer a 2MP front-facing camera.
Google also notes in their official blog post announcing the smartphone that owners will be able to get six hours of usage out of the Nexus 6 with just 15 minutes of charging, thanks to Turbo Charge. The battery is measured in at 3220mAh. Another key feature is the dual front-facing speakers, a feature that HTC pioneered on smartphones, but thankfully other manufacturers are jumping on board with.
As far as a release date goes, Google say the Nexus 6 will go up for pre-order near the end of October, and that it will go on sale in November. There will indeed be an unlocked version that’s sold through the Google Play Store, but it will also be sold through carriers on a contract/monthly installment plans as well. That includes Verizon, Sprint, AT&T, T-Mobile, and U.S. Cellular. AT&T has already announced that they’ll be one of the first carriers to launch the new Nexus from Motorola and Google.
What do you think of the Nexus 6?