So the Nexus 6 is nearly here and I’m going to say a few bits on it but before that let me just give you a quick rundown on what the Google Nexus line actually is.
Google Nexus is a line of devices that run Android. Google manages the design, development, marketing, and support of these devices, but some development and all manufacturing are carried out by partnering original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). The product family consists mostly of mobile devices—six smartphones and four tablet computers have been released to date. The devices currently available in the line are the Nexus 5 smartphone (made with partner LG Electronics), Nexus 6 smartphone (made with Motorola Mobility), Nexus 9 tablet (made with HTC), and Nexus Player set-top box (made with Asus).
Devices in the Nexus line are considered Google’s flagship Android products. They do not have manufacturer or wireless carrier modifications to Android (found in Samsung, HTC, Sony and LG user interfaces) and feature an unlock-able boot loader to allow further development and end-user modification.
Nexus devices are the first Android devices to receive updates to the operating system which is a major draw for people looking for the latest Android has to offer.
The Nexus 6 will be the biggest yet, with a impressive 5.96” 2560×1440 QHD AMOLED display (493 ppi). It will also have 3GB of RAM and come in 32 and 64GB models.
It’s packing a 13 MP camera with optical image stabilisation, Dual LED ring flash f/2.0 aperture and 4K video capture at 30fps. Some other little bits that you’d be interested in are the 3220mAh battery, Qi wireless charging, water/dust proof, Dual front-facing speakers, Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor with 2.7GHz quad-core CPU and a 2MP front facing camera.
Finally, it’ll be loaded with Android 5.0 Lollipop OS which i’ll be going into more depth soon.
This phone is a beast, I don’t just mean in size but in specs! It’s a true flagship phone but the size might put some people off. Larger phones are the norm now so this doesn’t stick out as ridiculous and it’s as big as the iPhone 6 Plus if you want to compare.
It will also come with the active display thats found on the Moto X, basically a lock screen notification system with hand gestures that doesn’t use a lot of battery.
The Nexus 6 starts at $649 for a 32GB sim free blue or white model in the US and is due out in November, no prices or dates for the rest of the World yet but it’s expected around the same time also.
Nexus 5 is still available for a lower price and will run Android Lollipop next week if the Nexus 6 is too big for you to slip into your pocket.
I’ll be doing a full review of the Nexus 5 running Lollipop soon.