Google Nexus 6P

Google Nexus 6P- Introduction

The new Nexus handsets have arrived, and along with the Nexus 5X we’ve also been treated to the Nexus 6P – the next-gen phablet from Google. While the Nexus 6 was built by Motorola, Google has switched manufacturers for the Nexus 6P with Chinese manufacturer Huawei being drafted in for its first Nexus device. NEXUS 6P is the first truly premium Android device from Google. Last yr’s Nexus 6 divided opinion with its bulky design and lacklustre features, but the firm is hoping that its successor, among the premium case and next-gen specs, will finally fill the void for those after a stock Android device.

Google Nexus 6P- Design

Google Nexus 6P- design

The Nexus 6P is Google’s first all-metal handset, and the ‘P’ stands for Premium. The Huawei-built phone gives an aluminium unibody case, which feels plenty high-end enough in the hand, but somewhat lacking compared with the iPhone 6S  and Galaxy S6 thanks to its matte plastic finish.

The Nexus 6P has a few of other design changes that put it miles ahead of last year’s effort. There’s a fingerprint sensor on the rear which, while we have been unable to try ourselves, appeared much speedier than that on the iPhone 6 during a demonstration.

It’s also the first Nexus phone to come with a USB Type-C connection. This will make your bag full of microUSB cables largely redundant, but Google claimed that this new standard will allow you to get seven hours of battery life from just 10 minutes on charging.

Google Nexus 6P- Display

Google Nexus 6P- display

It’s a major improvement over its Nexus 6 predecessor aesthetically, but the best changes come in the size department. Don’t get us wrong – the Nexus 6P, is a large phone, with its 5.7in display, but at 7.3mm thick and 178g it didn’t feel too hefty even in our tiny hands.

It’s not quite as impressive as Samsung’s AMOLED displays, but the 2,560 x 1,440, 525PPI screen on the Nexus 6P is one of the best around. It’s display protected by the Gorilla Glass 4, which should hopefully see it survive a number of beats, which in turn is coated in fingerprint and spot resistant, oleophobic – or oil-repellant – coating.

Google Nexus 6P- Operating system

Google Nexus 6P- OS

Huawei’s always stay great at hardware, which is why it’s no surprise that the Nexus 6P has stellar components. But, what makes the Nexus 6P special, and maybe this year’s best smartphone is its use of a totally fresh version of Google’s latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS.

This was also our first time with Android Marshmallow and, like the Nexus 6P, it’s highly promising. We had a lot deeper control over which enable installed apps could access, and there’s a handy new search bar in the apps drawer. This is excellent for tracking down single apps among the pile, as is the added A-Z indexing system.

Google Nexus 6P- Performance

Google Nexus 6P- performance

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor is always known for two things: being a speedy high-end chip, and occasionally but disastrously overheating. The Nexus 6P, which includes the Snapdragon 810 alongside a hefty 3GB of RAM, never got too toasty when we were using it. It also ran a logically intensive-looking 3D golf game well, never stuttering or dropping in frame rate.

There’s Now on Tap, for eg, a kind of mini Google Now for within apps, alongside improved Google Now functionality. Saying that, the Siri rival told us when we were in Yorkshire while at Google’s London Nexus launch, so how much it has been improved remains to be seen.

Google Nexus 6P- Camera

Google Nexus 6P- camera

There’s a 12.3-megapixel Sony sensor serving as the basis for the rear camera experience in both the 5X and the 6P. That unsightly black bump on the rear of the Nexus 6P houses a 12.3MP camera complete with a 1.55μm sensor that, ACC to Google, will see the smartphone outperform the iPhone 6S Plus when it comes to photo taking.

We had a fast play with the camera and were not overly impressed. The laser autofocus made it quick at taking photos, but the 12.3Megapixel sensor look to struggle in the harsh lights of Google’s press conference.

Google Nexus 6P- Verdict

Overall the Nexus 6P is a powerful, fully feature-packed smartphone with a premium design and fresh new operating system. Nexus smartphones have never been the most exciting devices, but the Nexus 6P’s combination of hardware upgrades, solid performance and a new and upgraded OS at least looks like a recipe for a supremely functional Android handset.

It’s available today to pre-order from the Google Store. It’s hard to argue with the package that Google and Huawei have put together in the Nexus 6P. In hands, it feels like a stylish, nippy phone, with a lot to offer, and the metallic finish is something that’s long overdue on the Nexus range.

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