No, the company has neither ditched the Nexus lineup for Android Silver yet, nor it has named the next-gen device “X”. Putting an end to all the rumours and speculations, Google has finally pulled the wraps off the Nexus 6, Google’s 2014 flagship smartphone that runs the latest, stock Android OS. At a glance, the device looks promising — in fact it doesn’t come off as an affordable mid-ranger running stock OS, but a powerful premium high-end device. Let’s take a closer look at what the Motorola-built Nexus 6 is all about.
The existing stiff competition from Samsung and Apple may have compelled Google to bring best-in class specs. This time around, Google has roped in the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 chipset comprising quad-core Krait 450 CPU clocked up to 2.7 GHz per core. It also includes Adreno 420 GPU. With this, it is at par with Samsung’s Galaxy 5, but quite ahead of others like HTC One M8, Moto X that come with 801 chipset. All of this is backed by 3GB of RAM.
The Nexus 6 features a 13 megapixel sensor with integrated optical image stabilisation (OIS) and dual flash ‘ring’. For selfie lovers, it comes with a 2.1MP camera that is capable of 720p video.
Android 5.0 Lollipop
Needless to say, it runs the latest Android 5.0 OS named Lollipop. Some of the features include the new notifications, Material Design, Android Runtime (ART), better battery performance and more. Here’s all you need to know about Android 5.0 Lollipop.
Another aspect of the Nexus line that has received user criticism is battery life. The Nexus 6 has tried to fix the issue to a great extent with the 3220mAh battery (considerably larger than Nexus 5 and similar to Galaxy Note 4). It runs Android Lollipop that further promises to spruce up the battery performance.
Price and availability
The Nexus 6 will be available in 32GB and 64GB storage capacities. The pre-orders for the devices will start later this month. The Google Nexus is likely to be priced at $649 for a contract-free variant.