Google has just unveiled the new Nexus 6P handset, one of two 2015 edition Nexus devices it introduced during its recently concluded launch event. The device, made in collaboration with Huawei, is slightly larger and more feature-packed than the LG-made Nexus 5X.
One of the highlights of the Huawei Nexus 6P is the fact that it will be one of first two devices to sport the new Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The OS will carry over native support for fingerprint scanners, which Google decided to call "Nexus Imprint." On the Nexus 6P, the scanner is located at the back, unlike the Apple-preferred home button position.
The product of Google and Huawei's partnership also results to the first all-metal-body Nexus device launched by the search giant. It is fashioned out of "aeronautical-grade" aluminum and measures 7.3mm-thin and weighs 178 grams.
The phablet sports a 5.7-inch AMOLED screen with 2,560x1,440 resolution. Powering it from the inside is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 version 2.1 chipset paired with 3GB of RAM. It will be available in 32GB, 64GB and 128GB storage options but will not with a microSD card support.
On the photography front, it is armed with a 12.3-megapixel camera with a Sony-made sensor that boasts large 1.55µm pixels and wide F/2.0 aperture. Google is claiming that with pixels of this size, users will not even need Optical Image Stabilization (OIS). It is also backed by dual-LED flash for low-light photography.
The front-facing camera comes with 8MP sensor with 1.4µm pixels and F/2.4 aperture. The Nexus 6P also provides the options for users to quickly created GIF animations and 240 frames-per-second slow-motion videos.
The LG Nexus 5X' larger sibling will be available unlocked exclusively at the Google Store with a pricing scheme that starts at $500 for the 32GB variant. It goes up to $550 and $650 for the 64GB and 128GB models, respectively. As predicted, it will be offered by all the major US carriers along with Google's own carrier service, the Google Fi.
Apart from the two Nexus handsets, the company also introduced a host of new gadgets such as the two Chromecast devices and a new Android tablet called Pixel C. The new Chromecast dongle has an updated sleek design that makes it easier to plug into TVs with crowded ports. The Chromecast Audio, meanwhile, is a small device that users can plug into their existing speakers in order to stream their favorite music, radio and podcasts over Wi-Fi, similar to what the Chromecast dongle can do.
Nexus fans can watch Google's introductory video for the new Huawei Nexus 6P below.