Announced on September 29, 2015, the Nexus 6P is a pure Android device from Huawei. The first all-metal-body Nexus phone, it was announced alongside the Nexus 5X.
The Nexus 6P is sporting a 5.7-inch WHQD display and is available in 32GB, 64GB and 128GB versions with Frost, Aluminum, and Graphite variants. The aluminum body phone has dual front-facing speakers, and inside is a 64-bit processor and 3450mAh battery. The front camera of the Nexus 6P is 8MP while rear camera comes in at 12.3MP with 1.55µm pixels, and is the "best camera ever put in a Nexus". It also uses USB-C for charging and syncing. There's also a built-in fingerprint sensor on the back of the phone, a new way of authenticating dubbed "Nexus Imprint" — that works with Android Pay — and of course it's running Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
Nexus 6P Specs:
|Operating System||Android 6.0 Marshmallow|
QHD (1440x2560) AMOLED at 518 ppi
1.55 μm pixels
IR laser-assisted autofocus
4K video capture
240fps slow motion video capture
Broad-spectrum CRI-90 dual flash
1.4 µm pixels
|Processors||Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 Processor
Adreno 430 GPU
|Memory & Storage||RAM: 3GB
Internal storage: 32, 64 or 128GB
|Dimensions||159.3 x 77.8 x 7.3mm|
Ambient light sensor
Android Context Hub
|Ports||Micro USB Type-C
3.5 mm audio jack
Single Nano SIM slot
|Other||RGB LED notification light|
Nexus 6P Design
The Nexus 6P isn't quite as large as the previous years Nexus 6, but the 5.7-inch screen makes it nearly exact to the iPhone 6s Plus. It's also a bit easier to hold than the Nexus 6, which is a very good thing. The 6P is rounded out in glass and metal all around, with some decent-sized bezels riding around the front. The aluminum design of the 6P makes for a great looking phone with a totally solid build. There's really no plastic to be found here (save for a few antenna spots) so this really is a premium design.
On the front sit assorted sensors and two front-facing stereo speakers (which actually sound great too). Nothing stands out more than it should, yet everything serves its purpose.
Nexus 6P Camera
The Nexus 6P is rocking one of the best Android cameras we've seen to date — period. In what Google said was made as a point-and-shoot sensor, the 6P sports a 12.3MP camera with 1.55 μm pixels, f/2.0 aperture, IR laser-assisted autofocus, 4K video capture, 240fps slow motion video capture and Broad-spectrum CRI-90 dual flash. There's no OIS to be had, but frankly the 6P gets along just fine without it.
The camera in the Nexus 6P is essentially the same that is found in the Nexus 5X, only there is more power behind it given the higher specs of the 6P. We've had great success using this camera during the day or at night, good light or bad, in nearly every situation. Google's own camera app is the default here, and it does a great job, though you always have the option of plenty of third-party camera apps.
Nexus 6P Battery
While many were worried about the Nexus 6P battery — mainly due to the poor battery life of the Nexus 6 — it turns out that it's actually pretty great. A 3450mAh battery provides the juice for the Nexus 6P (charged via USB-C) and it really keeps things going all day long with normal use. We put our devices through the paces most days, so accept that the 6P should stand up to most average users for the course of a day. Even if you're a heavy user, a quick charge will keep you topped off for a few more hours so you should never really have too many big issues when it comes to battery.
Nexus Protect is also available for the Nexus 6P. Nexus Protect extends coverage of your phone beyond the 1-year manufacturers warranty, giving you an additional year of coverage for mechanical breakdown and 2 years of protection from accidental damage for $89. Should something go wrong, you can have a new device in-hand as early as the next business day. The service protects you from accidental damage and device malfunctions.
Nexus 6P Rumors
Rumors of the Nexus 6P (and its sibling 5X) seemed to fly around for months before the release. We heard all kind of reports about the big Nexus 6 successor, but it wasn't until a few weeks before the official release that anything began to solidify. We had seen plenty of leaked photos and renders of the next Nexus device with the weird camera hump, but in the end everything turned out to be not so bad after all, and we got one heck of a great Android phone.
Nexus 6P Availability
A gold version of the Nexus 6P is available from Best Buy in the U.S.
The Nexus 6P also comes with a 90-day trial of Google Play Music when purchased from the Google Store.
The Nexus 6P is available now via the Google Store starting at $499.