Biggest Nexus phone yet arrives with bleeding-edge specs

Today sees weeks of rumors, leaks and speculation come to an end, with the official announcement of this year's Google Nexus smartphone, the Motorola-made Nexus 6. The Nexus 6 is set to be among the first devices to get the new version of Android, revealed today as version 5.0 Lollipop, and it's also the biggest Nexus yet, with a whopping 5.96-inch screen and Quad HD (2560x1440) resolution. On the inside it's running the latest Snapdragon 805 processor. Storage comes in 32 and 64GB configurations, and around the back there's a 13-megapixel camera with OIS.

Physically, the Nexus 6 looks a lot like the current Moto X, with a front-facing speaker and mic, a metal trim and soft-touch plastic back. The Nexus 6 will come in Midnight Blue and Cloud White, and pricing starts at $649 off contract. The Nexus 6 will be available to pre-order starting late October, with general availability to come in November. Google says it'll be available on contract through AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon and U.S. Cellular.

The Nexus 6 arrives along with the HTC-built Nexus 9 tablet, the other launch device for the new version of Android.

We're still in the process of learning all about the new Nexus handset, so keep it locked to Android Central for full coverage as events unfold.