Google Unveils 2015 Nexus Flagships – A Nexus 6P Roundup

Nexus 6 was last year’s Google flagship and a successor for its most popular Nexus smartphone, LG Nexus 5. Manufactured by Motorola, the Nexus 6 boasted very high specifications and killer looks, with Android 5.0 (Lollipop), the then Android iteration from Google, way back in 2014. Although it succeeded in drawing user attention, it was highly criticised for being overpriced; it was somewhere around USD 649 for 32GB variant and USD 669 for 64GB variant, which was too odd for a Nexus device as these were intended to offer flagship specifications at a mid-range price. For 2015, Google has come up with two variants of its Nexus devices to cater mid-range and flagship range markets respectively. And Huawei has come up with the successor of Motorola’s flagship Nexus 6, calling it Huawei Nexus 6P to cater the higher end markets.

Nexus 6 vs Nexus 6P – A Comparison

Nexus 6 was already a massive package of specifications with awesome build quality. It posses a large 5.96 inch AMOLED display with 1440×2560 pixel resolution. Back cover is made of plastic but has metallic frame that makes the phone look firm. Also the back  is slightly curved like all other Motorola designs which makes phone easy to handle. On the rear is a 13 MP Autofocus camera with dual LED flash and OIS. The camera supports 4K video capturing and is boasted to have several sensors to capture brilliant snaps even in low light conditions. On the front is a 2 MP camera. On the specifications part, the phone runs on Quad-core 2.7 GHz processor with Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 chipset and Adreno 420 GPU with 3GB RAM. With a 3220 mAh battery, the phone is said to come with a standby of up to 1 day and charges quick with a turbocharger. On the software end, Nexus 6 comes with stock vanilla Android 5.0 (Lollipop) with a guaranteed upgrade to Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) announced this year.

Nexus 6 – In Precise:

  • 5.96 inch AMOLED display
  • Gorilla Glass 3
  • 13 MP Autofocus camera with dual LED flash and OIS; supports 4K recording
  • 2 MP front camera
  • Quad-core 2.7 GHz processor with Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 chipset
  • Adreno 420 GPU
  • 3GB RAM
  • 3220 mAh battery with option for turbo charging
  • Android 5.0 (Lollipop) Out of Box with upgrade to Android 6.0 (Marshmallow)
  • Available in 32/64GB variants

On the contrary, the Nexus 6P is a slightly smaller device with a 5.7 inch AMOLED display with 1440×2560 pixel resolution. On the back, the device has a slight bump on the top for rear camera and below it is a fingerprint sensor. The rear camera is a 12 MP laser autofocus with dual LED flash and 4K recording. The front is a 8 MP shooter which can record videos in up to 720p resolution. Internal specifications include an Octa-core (Quad-core 1.55 GHz Cortex-A53 & Quad-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A57) processor with Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chipset and Adreno 430 GPU with 3GB of RAM. The device showcases a 3450 mAh battery with USB Type-C charging port. The device runs Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) with enhanced functionalities and UI alongside a new fingerprint security support called the Nexus Imprint.

Nexus 6P – In Contrast:

  • 5.7 inch AMOLED display with 1440×2560 pixel resolution
  • Gorilla Glass 4
  • 12 MP laser autofocus camera with dual LED flash; 4K video recording
  • 8 MP front facing camera
  • Octa-core processor with Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chipset
  • Adreno 430 GPU
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 3450 mAh battery with USB Type-C port
  • Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) out of box
  • Fingerprint support with Nexus Imprint
  • Will be available in 32GB/64GB/128GB variants

Although both the devices show similarities in most of the specifications, the new Nexus 6P features Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) with a slight bump in the camera and processor specifications and an added fingerprint sensor. While the Nexus 6 is currently being sold in the market at a reduced price of around USD 340, the Nexus 6P is priced at USD 499. The Nexus 6P along with the lower-end Nexus 5X will arrive in India in the last week of October and is expected to be priced from INR 34,999 for 32GB variant and 44,999 for 64GB variant.

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