Nexus 6P: Google's Giant Phone Reinvents Itself In a Cloak of Metal

By Mario Aguilar on at

The original Nexus 6 was a mammoth, and not just in size. It was a lovely combination of well-designed hardware and stock Android software, which made a huge phone finally feel right. How do you top the original? With a gorgeous aluminium body.

Nexus 6P: Google's Giant Phone Reinvents Itself In a Cloak of Metal

The phone is 7.3 mm thick and has a 5.7-inch WQHD AMOLED display. For those of you who don’t speak specification, that’s 2560 x 1440 or the same resolution as top phones like the Samsung Galaxy S6.

Google joins the push towards USB Type-C connector, which while not yet universal is definitely the future standard.

Nexus 6P: Google's Giant Phone Reinvents Itself In a Cloak of Metal

The phone runs Android 6.0, and amongst the most important additions there is universal support for the phone’s fingerprint sensor. Google’s calling this “Nexus imprint.” Interestingly, Google’s opted to put the fingerprint sensor on the back of the phone, in exactly the same spot that the comfy finger dimple was on last year’s Motorola Nexus 6.

Additionally, the phone has a 1.3-megapixel Sony image sensor. It’s uncommon to call out the chip manufacturer for phone image sensors, but it shouldn’t be at all surprising that the sensor comes from Sony. It’s one of the world’s biggest image sensor manufacturers. It also bodes well for the camera’s image quality because Sony is amazing.

Google brags that the phone has larger photodiodes than the competition. That’s important because larger diodes capture light more light more efficiently, and as we all know, light is the key to photography.

The phone shoots at up to 240 frames per second in video mode—I’m assuming that’s 1920x1080 HD video. It also supports 4K capture, although, I’m assuming it’ll shoot that future resolution at a much slower frame rate.

The phones will be for sale at the Google Store, and are to supposed to be available for pre-order later today. We don't have exact UK pricing just yet, but the Nexus 6P willI cost £449, £499, and £579 for the 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB.

Nexus 6P Specs

  • OS: Android Marshmallow 6.0
  • CPU: 2 GHz octa-core Snapdragon 810 v.2.1
  • Display: 5.7-inch WQHD AMOLED
  • PPI: 515
  • Memory: 3GB
  • Storage: 32GB / 64GB / 128GB
  • Cameras: 5MP front / 12MP rear
  • Battery: 2700mAh
  • Weight: 4.80 oz
  • Footprint: 6.27” x 3.06”
  • Thickness: 7.3mm
  • NFC: Yes
  • Fingerprint Reader: Yes
  • Notable Extras: Fast Android Updates, USB-Type C
  • Price: £449, £499, and £579