Google Nexus 6P Hands On – For Premium and Pure Android Experience

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Google Nexus. The name ignites passion among android fans like nothing else does. The Nexus 6 however, was unexpectedly bigger and pricier and didn’t fit the legacy. The looming disinterest since, has set several intellectuals pondering about the relevance of Nexus phones today and what exactly is motivating Google to churn out new devices. Google answers with Nexus 6P and the new Nexus 5x.

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Key Specifications:

Model Nexus 6P
Display 5.7 Inch, QHD 2560 X 1444, 518PPI, AMOLED
Processor Snapdragon 810 Octa-core, Adreno 430 GPU
RAM 3GB
Internal Storage 32, 64 or 128GB, No MicroSD card slot
Software Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Primary Camera 12.3MP,1.55 μm pixels, f/2.0 aperture, IR Laser assisted autofocus, 4K video capture, Slow motion videos at 240fps, EIS
Secondary Camera 8MP, 1.4 µm pixels, f/2.4 aperture
Dimensions and weight 159.3 x 77.8 x 7.3mm and 178 grams
Battery 3450 mAh, Rapid charging supported (Google claims its twice as fast as iPhone 6 Plus)
Others Micro USB Type-C based on USB 3.1, Single SIM, LED notification light
Price 39,999 INR/ 42,999 INR/ 47,999 INR

For Premium Stock Experience

David Shapiro definitively stated that the new Nexus smartphones are there for everyone to know what stock Android feels like on a premium smartphone (That makes sense even though Motorola is filling in those shoes too). The Nexus 6P launched today packs enough muscle to justify this purpose.

 

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With a slim metal unibody design, it is impressively compact for a 5.7 Inch smartphone, considering that there are dual frontal stereo speakers flanking the AMOLED panel. The black bar/ camera bump at the rear, where Huawei houses antenna and other parts of camera assembly, looks peculiar but not half as bad as in images. It’s definitely not an eyesore, but maybe after we have spent more time with the device we will have something conclusive to say about it. Overall, the Nexus 6P works looks much better in person than in pictures.

The general sentiment at the event, to a large extent, was in favor of the Nexus 6P and perhaps the ‘Premium looks’ is where the credit is due. Though the Nexus 5X has powerful innards, the Nexus 6P is miles ahead in terms of looks and design.

Nexus 6P Photo Gallery 

The Quad HD Display and Nexus Imprint

The AMOLED panel on Nexus 6P flaunts 2K gorgeousness and is obviously isn’t lacking in pixel count. Like other AMOLED displays, colors are noticeably oversaturated and whites are less than awesome, but I am sure those of you who relish AMOLED panels will love the Nexus 6P display.

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I have always been too critical of AMOLED panels, since the days when they were blemished with the notorious blue tint. The technology has improved so much by now and there are several fabulous Amoled panels out there, but still, I was more taken in by the IPS QHD panel we experienced on Moto X Style last week.

The fingerprint sensor on the back was easily and comfortably within reach of our Index finger. It is fast and will learn with time to get even faster. You can directly lay your finger on it for the device to unlock. Developers can use the API to secure individual apps too.

A Camera designed to impress in low light

Nexus Cameras have never been outright impressive or even commendable when compared to high-end smartphones, but this year, the camera is the prime focus. This is good news as its the only differentiating factor in high end phones for most consumers. Google went at length explaining the large 1.5 micrometer pixel size, which enables it to capture more light, to aid low light photography. Google further emphasized that 80 percent of images are taken in low light and thus, this is something that will have a resounding impact on consumer experience.

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The low light performance of Nexus 6P camera indeed seemed promising in our initial hands-on time. The burst mode, which allows you to capture series of shots at 30fps as long as you press and hold the shutter button, is actually pretty cool. The Photos app combines clicked images to GIFs and collages automatically.

Marshmallow Goodness

This was the first time I got to play with Android Marshmallow and get first-hand experience of all its advertised feature. Google Now on Tap is something everyone could benefit from. Just long press the home key and Google will intuitively give more information about subjects of interest on your screen. It also lists icons for apps already present on the device, which you can navigate to for more information.

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The new Doze feature restricts background app activity based on how long your phone has been in standby. Google says this will improve battery backup by 30 percent. You can directly access Google now from the lock screen too.

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We were cynical about the vertical app drawer, but it felt very natural. There is a search bar and all frequently used apps are listed on top for easy navigation. You can even remove most Google apps permanently. Even though material design language remains unchanged, Android 6.0 Marshmallow feels fresh.

Expectations

Nexus 6P includes powerful hardware (Snapdragon 810 with 3GB LPDDR4 RAM), great software, a well implemented fingerprint sensor and some nifty power saving features (separate Motion-coprocessor to handle sensors and Doze) and thus feels like a very enticing option for stock Android aficionados. If you have been long term fan of Nexus line of devices, Nexus 6P shall be a perfect upgrade.

Deepak SinghDeepak Singh

Deepak has more than 8 years of experience in covering technology for several eminent publications in India. He currently leads an enthusiastic team of young writers at Smartprix and tries to uphold the highest quality standards.

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2 Comments
User
Haks
7 years ago

Nexus 6P or Xperia Z5 Premium, considering the overall performance and price which one you recommend?

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Deepak Singh
7 years ago

We have only done hands-on review of Nexus 6P yet, though I have been testing Xperia Z5 extensively over last few days. Taking everything into account, I would definitely recommend Nexus 6P

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aimy
7 years ago

Nexus phone price is way too high for Indian market. Don’t you think?

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Deepak Singh
7 years ago

Yeah,I think many wouldn’t want to pay 30K+ for a ‘plastic’ Nexus 5X, BUT after testing it yesterday, somehow the Nexus 6P doesn’t feel overpriced, even in India. Android fans won’t mind.