Google Nexus 6 with 6-inch QHD Display, Snapdragon 805 and Android 5.0 Lollipop Launched

by Chetan Bhawani 64

The first thing that comes to mind when the Nexus 6 is looked at, is the new Moto X. Deal with it. Google announced the Nexus 6, a large phablet with a huge 6-inch display, and it looks surprisingly (or unsurprisingly if people believed in those leaked pictures) similar to the Moto X. Most importantly, this will run the Android 5.0, the Android Lollipop OS (this too is just announced) and this device takes a step ahead beating every flagship smartphone this year in terms of specs (except for the Galaxy Note 4), as it is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor.

Update: The Nexus 6 is now officially available in India, on the online retailer Flipkart. The pricing is set at Rs. 43999 for 32GB and Rs. 48999 for 64GB.

The first day offers include Free 3 month subscription of Flipkart First, preselected Flipkart eBooks worth Rs 2100 for Free and cashback offers on HDFC and ICICI Bank credit cards.

The large display isn’t with the best pixel density, because although it is a QHD display with the 2560×1440 pixels resolution, the six inch screen keeps it to 493 PPI pixel density, though this too is very good a resolution. The 2.7 GHz quad-core processor (Snapdragon 805) is supported by Adreno 420 GPU, and the Nexus 6 is coming with 32GB and 64GB storage variants, and just like the predecessors, there won’t be any MicroSD card slot for storage expansion. The device has 3GB RAM.

The f2.0 lens and 13 megapixel camera on the rear side has optical image stabilization, and Google has added advanced computational photography technology and HDR+ for better capturing using the Google Camera app that comes pre-installed.

It seems that Motorola’s usage of dual front speakers has been getting a great response, thus the Nexus 6 too comes with the Dual front-facing speakers and these too have the same placement and design as in the Moto G 2nd gen (there’s only one speaker below the display in 2nd gen Moto X), and produce stereo sound.

The new Lollipop OS was demonstrated back in June, when Google introduced the Material design for the interface, but the name was limited to Android L, and there were several rumors since then for the name (Lemon Pie, Licorice) and Lollipop, which becomes the official name for the new OS version. The Lollipop OS is said to have a special battery saving mode that extends the battery life by about 90 minutes.

The battery in the Nexus 6 has a capacity of 3220 mAh and the Motorola’s Turbo Charger (that was leaked even with Motorola Droid Turbo) is also going to be bundled, and using that, a user will be able to charge the phone for enough usage for 6 hours by just 15 minutes of charge.

Although looking just like the Moto X, the design of the Nexus 6 looks great in every angle, and why not, we loved even the Moto X very much. The Google Nexus 6 is going to be available on pre-order from October 29th, and will be available in stores beginning in November 2014. The stores and carriers we see listed as of now, include AT&T, Sprint, Best Buy, U.S. Cellular, T-Mobile and the official Google Play Store, where the predecessor Nexus 5 shows out-of-stock.

The pricing listed on the official website, is as follows:
32GB LTE: $649
64GB LTE: $699

Chetan Bhawani

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  • Shanky Yadav Jungly

    Android l ah how is the taste… But its made by motorola which having a bad camera view..

  • Shanky Yadav Jungly

    Design looks same as moto g and moto x

    • Ajanth Uthayakumaran

      its a blown up Moto X!!

  • Suraj Racharla

    Its an amazing phone paper but i really don’t like the design of the Nexus 6(I blame it on Motorola) and the specs are really great bt learning the price is about 650$ you may as well buy Samsung’s Flagship phone instead of the Nexus. IF they continue this type of price Nexus is going to die within a few years. I am expecting very low sales for the Nexus 6

  • Shanky Yadav Jungly

    Lolipop its my favourite sweet hope it will boost and left all behind

    • Suraj Racharla

      It is too good that i cant even imagine the next version of Android!!!

      • Ajanth Uthayakumaran

        It is going to be epic.

  • No news about the HTC Nexus 9?

    • Suraj Racharla

      apperantely people are saying the price is too high and it is not really worth it unless you want a stock android experience. The nvidia Tegra chip is also quite impressive and you don’t see it everyday

  • Shanky Yadav Jungly

    Woah finally we see android l

    • Suraj Racharla

      I know its great to see Android L through one of the best phones of the year

      • Ajanth Uthayakumaran

        ANDROID L is amazing

  • Jugal Mudoi

    Specs wise it’s a great phablet and the design is very impressive, but yes Galaxy Note 4 looks a step ahead and the battery of Nexus 6 looks a bit less considering its large display and res

    • Suraj Racharla

      Have to agree!! The note did take a step ahead with the design and the features it offers!!! Love the note 4!!!

    • Agree, but there always the little things to consider like more google support if your into that and pure stock android. I’ve considered that and still choose the note 4 and I can see you did to which is a nice choice.

  • I am a huuge fan of the Nexus phones, and I have been for sometime now. What brought me to love them so much was the lower price point. With the change in build type/quality, we see a significant change in price, however I believe this to be a warranted change. Excited for the phone.

    • Suraj Racharla

      I used to like Nexus phones because they were affordable but now they turning into flag ship device prices. But in a better phone higher prices are bound to be there

    • Would you be willing to fork up 50-100 more for the note four? Because nexus is getting premium features that require higher prices to make profit. And soon the lower price point will be no more.

    • Ajanth Uthayakumaran

      im am also a fan

  • Nebu Cherian

    It’s a great phone considering the price it is coming for… Comparing with lg g3 and note 4

    • Suraj Racharla

      I think the design is not too good and i jist dont like motorolas design. But in terms of everything else the nexus 6 is better than the LG G3

    • Ajanth Uthayakumaran

      the price i think is too high

      • Suraj Racharla

        Not if you consider that other end end devices like this cost way more around 800dollars

    • Yeah it’s better than G3 flagship definitely but not the note 4 considering the prices and what you get from note 4 I lean forward note being more value. But the nexus is great at 650$

    • Ajanth Uthayakumaran

      yeah it is great!!

  • Joshua Akinsola

    This phone is going to be absolutely amazing. The scren is huge! and is packed with pure stock android no hindrances. Would love to have this in pocket and now the release in India via flipkart will create quite a stir. Very lucky to Customers in India. Im jealous. Im still a little weary of the Motorola influence, it would have been nice if there was nexus branding to look like a phone of its own, cant wait for further info.

  • Android

    This phone is not going to be abosuloutely awsome but it is abosolutely awsome. It has touched on all major aspects of a smartphone and it has every aspect nailed on. The sscreen is perfect for people with big phone taste and i am sure they will not be dissapointed. This phone will be a tight sqeeze in your poceket but in exchage for that you re getting a beast of a phone. Motorola is very lucky to be making Android phones nadit has gained them lots of attention and their sales are propbably skyroketing off the roof. Companies like Amazon and flipkart will carry this device but i am expecting slighty higher prices then you would find on the google playstore. The phones stock android 5.0 goes hand in hand with the big screen Nexus 6 and there could’t have been a better phone to rock Android 5.0

    • Ajanth Uthayakumaran

      Android 5.0 is like the cream for the cake for the Nexus 6

  • thebrain

    A competitor to the Galaxy Note 4, without fingerprint reader, without the heart rate sensor and no stylus. I’m not a fan of the design, but the specs are concrete. All this, with Android L , it is very attractive and it is ideal for those seeking a phablet with stock Android.

    Ps : @Phoneradar , What do you think of the idea to organize a giveaway for the Nexus 6? I think that many of your readers are very interested and want to be well suited to the game. πŸ™‚

    • Suraj Racharla

      I have to agree with the Nexus 6 is like the galaxy note 4 but without fingerprint scanner and hearttate. But the galaxy note 4 is just a bit more awsome. The Nexus 6 tagets the same audience as the note 4. Thats really tough competion

      • thebrain

        I agree, the Nexus 6 is for people who want stock Android and don’t care of the stylus.

        • Suraj Racharla

          NExus 6 is meant for the hardcore people

        • Suraj Racharla

          Also it is meant for like the people who just want a push out of the phone. The galaxy note 4 provides so much more but the Nexus 6 is just a a cheaper option with corners that are cut at several aspects

        • And just like the nexus 5 The nexus 6 might get phone of th year simply because its pure stock android that runs amazingly on this device. Also with the appealing price tag nexus only cuts off the extras like stylus and other features that make a galaxy note. Many will be willing to pay less if their just going to lose a stylus but the core phne is what they want and nexus delivers!

        • The last generations of s pen supposed to be for business but now its going common for a daily work too

    • Ajanth Uthayakumaran

      lol this cant be compared to the note 4!

      • Specs are about the same and in most cases my friend that’s all u need to make a comparison. Then of course each phone will throw in its own core features into the ring to duke it out and it’s the consumers job to compare them and pick their go to phone.

      • Suraj Racharla

        Of course it can. They both are.flagships and Advanded smartphones!!

    • What do you think bothe have similar powerful specs and are about the same size. But one has the touch wiz experience and nifty features and a super stylus, and one gives you a raw powerhouse experience with the promise of an untouched lollipop experience. Both will be really incredible, but what do you prefer?

      • thebrain

        I prefer the Note 4 for features and Spen, but I confess that if TouchWiz looked like lollipop, with touchwiz features in addition, it would be really great.

    • Yup may be phoneradar intrusted in a giveaway which have a gift of nexus 6.

  • Joshua Akinsola

    still anticipating this phone. The phone is marred slightly by design and the intrusive motorola branding makes it feel like its not its own phone. But the sheer power and pure aosp is a nice sell

  • Suraj Racharla

    This phone is still not reached the retail markets here and the demand is growing. I was totally wrong that people dont find it appealing and actually people have said they have liked the design. I thought about it a bit more and i also have to agree with it. I see how the design and ergonomics of the device go hand in hand and it is not comprimising anything. The phone is like a powerhouse but they still managed to keep it in a pretty solid and durable build. I dont know why people arent talikng about the quad hd alot but i also find it pretty cool that a nexus device has quad hd. I am still waiting to see this device in person .

  • Ajanth Uthayakumaran

    good phone but can be improved. The camera is a big disappointment and design is okay i guess.

    • Android

      The camera is a standard google camera Dont expect high end pics

      • Ajanth Uthayakumaran

        i know that.google it would nice to see google up their camera next. ehich camera do think is the best Suraj?

  • Ajanth Uthayakumaran

    anyone own this phone yet?

    • Android

      I know some people who want this phone but are saying will buy it at Christmas season when prices go down a bit. The best time to buy unlocked phones is in the Christmas season because of the low prices

      • Ajanth Uthayakumaran

        or you can buy it from Google!!

    • Lol I wish this phone will never reach a commoner like me but I’m sure it will be worth it android l is worth it!!

      • Ajanth Uthayakumaran

        I think you already made the fact clear that you cant buy a good phone. Everyone know and you don’t need to keep repeting yourself. Other people in the phone radar community also cant afford phones like this and your not the only one. you keep saying that you cant afford like over and over. Other people cant afford it too your not the only one!! It getting very annoying now!!!!!

  • Ajanth Uthayakumaran

    is it worth it?

    • Android

      Of course its worth it. First off you have a gigantic screen and Quad hd display. ON top of that you have Stock Android and garenteed updates. And then on top of that you have top of the class processor!!!

  • The days when samsung was handling nexus were good times now finally weve come to motorola and this phone is amazing. Pure lollipop at its sweetest. What more can anyone ask for from a flagship phone? No gimmiks just nexus!!!

  • Suraj Racharla

    If you happen to have 650 dollars lieng around to buy a smartphone then you should consider buying this phone. It will provide you high end performance and you be disapointed if you brought it

  • Shashank Chourey

    Heard Nexus 6 has a hidden LED notification light (fully funtioning).. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ why, just why would Moto do that, I smell something fishy.. was found by XDA developer JMUT.. you’re gonna have root your phone to get access to that, and the Lightflow app will do the rest for you.

    • Suraj Racharla

      Really thats pretty cool . The Neus 6 is and amzing device and with the notification light it is just makes it better. Its sad on you have to root it in order for you to use it. Why is motorola being so sneaky!!!

    • i didnt know that but xda is of course a great community for developers and if anyone would find that hidden light its them!! I wonder what the purpose is supposed o be for?!

      • Shashank Chourey

        Easter egg hunt may be.. haha jk.. dont know why they’ve hidden it.

  • Joshua Akinsola

    50 extra for a double up of data to me is worth it. buying the nexus 6 for 700 is a viable option, honestly alot of flagships are good but you cant get much better than this, only the note 4 trumps this and thats saying something!

  • it definitely would, if it was minimally changed in terms of design it would be nexus 6 with an s pen, then it would be so much better!

  • Karshpreet Singh

    give this away please i would like

  • Yup but i think this is not gonna happen as samsung wants people to use their own customisation than stock..