Google’s Nexus 6: Features and Specifications

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The coalition between Google and Motorola has allowed both companies to release the worthy successor of the Nexus 5, the Nexus 6. Equipped with a myriad of features, not to mention powerful hardware specifications that has turned this current flagship device in to a slobber knocker of a smartphone, here are the complete details concerning the features and specifications of the Nexus 6.

Processor

The Nexus 5 was equipped with a Snapdragon 800 chipset with a quad core Krait 400 processor clocked in at 2.3 GHz. The Nexus 6 is on a whole new echelon of processing power because the Snapdragon 805 chipset present inside the device houses a quad core Krait 450 CPU with a clock speed of 2.7 GHz, boosting new levels of processing power and energy efficiency. The Adreno 420 GPU found alongside the chipset will supplement that processing power once users get themselves immersed in intensive gaming applications.

Memory

The Nexus 6 comes with 3 GB of LPDDR3 RAM, and for storage purposes, the device comes in the 32 and 64 GB storage categories. Prior to the release of the device, there were speculations kneeling to the device possessing a microSD slot for expandable storage. While it is disappointing to see that such a high end device cannot provide storage expansion flexibility to users, unprecedented levels of multitasking can now be experienced on this device thanks to the additional RAM being assimilated to the handset.

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Connectivity

For fast web browsing and video streaming purposes, the Nexus 6 comes with an 802.11 ac wireless standard adapter along with Qualcomm’s in built LTE Cat 6 modem to connect to carrier networks. The Cat 6 modem provides higher wireless connectivity performance compared to the Cat 4 modem (300 Mbps of download speed compared to Cat 4’s 150 Mbps) and reduces battery consumption due to the chipset’s architecture.

Display and Design

0.96 inches larger in screen size compared to its predecessor, the Nexus 6 comes with a 2560 x 1440 resolution. The panel that has been incorporated as part of the display is the AMOLED panel, which provides a crispier resolution compared to the Nexus 5 IPS display along with reduced battery consumption. As far as the design of the Nexus 6 goes, the device utilizes the use of a polycarbonate. The Nexus 5 used a plastic frame compared to the aluminum trim present on the Nexus 6, which ends up making the Nexus 6 water resistant.

Camera and Battery

Upgrading from an 8 MP shooter found on the Nexus 5, Google and Motorola have equipped the latest Nexus device with a 13 MP camera, with features such as autofocus, optical image stabilization, dual recording, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, photo sphere, panorama, and of course HDR added to the image taking side of the camera. Nexus 6 users will be able to record 4K videos at a steady frame rate of 30 fps, while the secondary 2 MP camera placed on the front of the Nexus 6 can record 1080p videos at 30 fps.

As for the battery life, the Nexus 6 is equipped with a non-removable 3,220 mAh battery, compared to the modicum 2,300 mAh battery fitted on to the Nexus 5. The Nexus 6 also supports Qi wireless charging, and thanks to the Turbo Charger bundled with the packaging, the device will get fully charged in a short period of time.

Google Nexus 6 by Motorola

Software features

One of the biggest perks of owning a Nexus device is that it provides the user with the perfect Android experience that you could hope for. With little to no crapware installed (phone maker’s pre-loaded applications), the Nexus 6 is no different than its predecessors. Best of all, it comes running Google’s latest operating system update right out of the box, the Android Lollipop 5.0.

Price

Google has shifted from providing a cost effective device to users to a fairly expensive smartphone. The Nexus 5’s starting price was $349, while the details that you need to know about regarding the Nexus 6 have been summarized below.

Storage (GB) Price (USD and off-contract)
32 649
64 699

Apart from Motorola and Google, the Nexus 6 can be acquired through U.S. carriers such as AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and for the first time ever, T-Mobile. T-Mobile is even offering Nexus 6 flagship at zero down payment and with a two-year contract.

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