Oct 16 AT 4:13 PM Dustin Earley 34 Comments

How the Nexus 6 is priced against the competition

Motorola Nexus 6

With the Nexus 6, Google is taking a slightly different path than where it was headed with recent Nexus devices. The Nexus 4, 5 and 7 were all priced with a focus on value. They featured more than good enough specs at a very low price point. The Nexus 6, on the other hand, is truly a hardware leader with a price tag to match. So how does it compare to the competition?

Every major mobile platform now has at least one massive phablet sized flagship device with similar specs, and they all vary in price. Here’s how it breaks down:

  • Apple iPhone 6 Plus $749 – 16GB storage, 5.5-inch 1080p display
  • LG G3 $599 – 32GB, 5.5-inch 2560 x 1440 display
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 4 $749 – 32GB storage, 5.7-inche 2560 x 1440 display
  • Nokia Lumia 1520 $585 – 16GB, 6-inch 1080p display
  • Huawei Ascend Mate 7 around $650 – 16GB, 6-inch 1080p display
  • Motorola Nexus 6 $649 – 32GB, 6-inch 2560 x 1440 display

As you can see, the Nexus 6 compares favorably among the competition. The Ascend Mate 7 is the same price (or at least will be around the price when and where you can snag one, give or take $50) but doesn’t offer the same high-end specs as the Nexus 6. The Lumia 1520 is quite a bit less expensive too. Looking at raw specs alone, the LG G3 might actually be one of the best values in retail priced Android handsets right now.

To generalize though, you could say the Nexus 6 is roughly $100 less than its incredibly similar competition — or the phones it will most often be compared against. The iPhone 6 Plus and Galaxy Note 4 both feature high-end displays, optical image stabilization and top of the line chipsets, yet both are a full $100 more than the Nexus 6 off contract.

Google could have easily made something like a Huawei Ascend Mate2 with a bumped up resolution for under $350, but it didn’t. Thankfully the Nexus 5 is sticking around, though it would be nice to see that phone take a $50 price drop now that it’s a full year old.

What do you think? Is the price for the Nexus 6 fair, or would you have rather seen Google take it down a notch and chipped some money off the retail price? Let us know what you think in the comments.

Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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  • Eli Gaffke

    I would love to see a Nexus 5 2015 edition, with the new processor, screen and camera. But the Nexus 6 wouldn’t sell.

  • BlazeHN

    Nexus 6 is priced just right being honest, lets remember LG Nexus devices had ok/bad cameras and ok builds, while Nexus 6 takes a different aproach with very high quality camera with OIS and a more premium build with metalic borders and highest posible specs.Its still a kinda value option, just not that much anymore but that is not necesarily bad since we get a more robust device this time with no weak points on any department.

    IMO its a fabulous device and cant wait to get mine, i find so lulz that maaaaany people pay $650 for a dual core, 1 GB ram, 720p screen, 16GB storage phone and for the same price they could get this killer technology device with maxed out specs to the date and a wonderful smooth new OS system.

  • Nexus Silver

    Let’s be clear, this is not really a Nexus device. It is an Android Silver Device rebranded as Nexus because Silver didn’t fly with phone manufacturers.
    Google has simply killed the old Nexus and given Android Silver the Nexus name. That’s fine, but this phone doesn’t appeal to the same people who previously bought Nexus devices.
    It’s a premium phone marketing strategy that may ultimately work, but in the meantime the old low cost Nexus lovers will not be happy.
    There Is a growing market for reasonably priced, high specced phones, that will be filled by someone, right now it is OnePlus, but who knows, maybe other Chinese manufacturers will jump in when they see their low range phone profits dwindle. .

    • M3rc Nate

      Have to agree, and I think i’m one of them. I have the Nexus 4 and it is still fantastic, and with it being updated to 5.0, i dont see ANY reason in the world i would upgrade other than to get new tech (that itch we all enjoy scratching), but 6″ might be just too big for me and $650?! Dammmmnn.
      Dont get me wrong, compared to all of the other Android phones with similar specs its in the same price range, so if i was shopping high end i’d want the Nexus 6 because its a Nexus (aka vanilla android and gets updates first). But still…$650 for a phone? When you can buy a Nexus 4 used (excellent condition) for $115? And a N5 in excellent condition for $250? They are so gorgeous and still relatively high end and full featured that i just dont get it (besides that itch). Its in Apple “a new generation came out! Even though its a tiny bit different than my current iPhone….i want it!!!” type of mind set IMO. The feature/spec jumps (aka upgrades) are plateauing a bit IMO.

      However if my Nexus 4 broke, and the Nexus 6 was $400, then i would strongly consider the upgrade, but right now, at $650? Lol no, i’ll buy a used (in excellent condition) Nexus 4 for $115 thank you very much. Basically, Google, you priced the phone out of what I will spend.

      • Rising33

        U will see one Craigslist for $500 in couple days lol

      • rocco

        Hit the nail on the head! I also have a Nexus 4 and didn’t think the 5 was dramatically better except for LTE. Still, the Nexus 4 on T-Mobile is plenty fast in the Northeast and does what every other phone does just as good (I know the camera isn’t premium, but I don’t care about the camera). I am thinking that the Nexus 4 still a really good premium or near premium to keep for at least 1 more year and I am hoping some mid-range lower priced phones will appear in the 4.7 to 5.2 screen size, not anything bigger than that for me that’s why I have a tablet! The Oppo phone or Moto X might do, or a refreshed LG3 at a lower price point than now… I could also settle for another Nexus 5 as I would like LTE capability.

    • BlazeHN

      Nexus 6 = Current Gen Android Silver Phablet (very high end specs to this date)
      Nexus 5 = Current Gen Nexus Phone (high end specs to this date)
      Nexus 4 = Last Gen Nexus Phone (very good specs to this date)

      I dont see any problem with the options we currently have to choose from.

  • Jon

    Is it a fair price? I’d be curious to know the cost to manufacture and distribute one of these. If it costs $550 to make it and they’re selling it for $650, okay, fine. But if it costs $200 to make it, then no, that’s not fair. Of course, we’ll probably never know exactly.
    Will I buy one? Both the Nexus 5 and the Nexus 6 come in two flavors: one for the Americas, and one for rest of the world. I have the Americas N5. I am considering moving to Europe. If I do, I’ll get the RoW N6. If I don’t make the move, I’ll stick with my N5 (but replace the battery…it’s getting pathetic!)

    • Mil

      As a consumer, I desire the lowest price possible but you can’t just factor in the manufacturing cost. There’s a lot of other overhead costs such as marketing/research/development etc that must also be covered too. That’s why the phones get cheaper as time goes on because once they’ve recovered those overhead costs, they can afford to sell them cheaper.

      • BlazeHN

        And that is also why other phones like OnePlus One can sell cheaper, they spend $0 on advertising and marketing (do you have any idea how many millions those global marketing campaigns costs to Samsung, HTC, Apple, etc? those goes to the phones cost for sure).

  • http://www.infotainmentempire.com pekosROB

    I think it’s actually priced fairly. $599-649 would have been an awesome price but when you compare it to the Note 4 it is a steal. Basically you’re giving up microSD for OS updates and a slightly larger screen. Of course some people like Samsung’s software and feature set, but in the end you’re getting the same resolution, similar battery size, and the same processor/GPU.

    It would be nice to see a refreshed N5 with a Snap 801 and larger battery for the same price.

    • BlazeHN

      Not only Micro SD but also stylus + gestures/features… and waterproff… and dustproff… and ultra power saving mode (definitive not a gimmick)… and removable battery… and Super Amoled screen… and UV sensor (ok, this one is a gimmick), etc.

      Even when the Nexus 6 its a damng good device, dont underestimate Sammys on this point, remember they invented the phablet and are the leader on this segment. For $650 on the N6 its a kinda tough choice to go when you know the Note 4 its just $100 higher.

      • Rising33

        Not to mention .2 inches smaller then the N6 which helps with the grip and u one or two handed usage.

      • JSmith


        While Samsung is the current leader in phablets, it was nowhere near the inventor. That award goes to the HTC Advantage with its 5″ display in 2007. Then there was the Verizon Hub in 2009 with its 7″ monster, and finally there was my retro-favorite, the Streak 5, in 2010.

        The Note wasn’t until 2011.

        All that being said, I don’t think you can go wrong with either device. The $100 price difference won’t matter to the end-user anyway if they want the Note 4 or Nexus 6 bad enough.

        • BlazeHN

          Well, there is plenty 5″ devices, but the term phablet started to be used when 5.5″ devices appeared. To this date I dont consider phones under 5.5″ phablets, just big phones (and standard size this days).

  • nirmilamed

    Although for its category nexus 6 has reasonable price, you should ask what’s the reasonable phone size for most people. It’s great google thinking about other users who prefer Phablets, but why not upgrade their nexus 5 which was really a success in terms of phone size and price.

  • sere83

    I’m sorry but people are delusional if they think this strategy will work. I love android and i love my one plus even more now, but its really sad to see google bringing this level of fail to the table at a nexus launch.

    When you consider that the large phablet market only account for about 5% of android phone sales you start to realise how misguided google is with this whole approach. Its almost like they have gone out of their way to sell very few of these.

    Lets get some stuff straight as well, motorola make weak cameras, always have, this will almost certainly be average at best. Secondly this phone is a chunky as f*ck, over 1cm thick, this is a joke in 2014 and sadly will look comical next to the iphone 6 + and sadly the iphone battery will still probably be equal or better. Poor design in my opinion.

    Then of course the price, way to alienate a huge cross section of the people who have bought nexus devices in the past. A ridiculously sized phone at a stupidly high price and complete slap in the face for a huge proportion of nexus buyers

    Every time google seem to miss the point. Why not just update the nexus 5 with better build, better cpu, better optics and better battery, like a a proper fu*king upgrade and really make a contender instead of some overpriced, chunky badly designed piece of niche shit? Pisses me right off.

    Then you have the nexus 9, nice piece of hardware right? Yeah it is. Only F*cking problem being you are pitting it directly against the best selling tablet in the world which costs only a bit more and has a premium all metal build, much better camera and is thinner.

    They must be smoking crack at google HQ if they think they can steal apples market share like this.

    • kash

      Google wants to protect Moto X sales.

    • Rising33

      Dam r u a fanboy?

  • billc

    So is this the actual price set by google?

  • KvnJames

    I don’t know about you guys, but I don’t have a cellphone contract and don’t ever want one again. I can easily afford this phone but I won’t buy a cellphone for $650 out of principal; not to mention the Nexus 6 isn’t that much better for me than the Nexus 5 and I’ll still get Lollipop. I think this is the end of the Nexus phone line for me, thanks for ruining a good thing Google.

    • sere83

      Yep completely agree. Oneplus is the one only solid option to consider offline at the moment, unless you buy from china in my opinion. And i still think its too big

  • Gekko

    Comments from another forum on Play Store pricing -

    Hopefully they’re ($649) the off-contract “carrier” price which traditionally is 100-150$ higher than the Google Play Store price.


    It’s been the same pricing every year now. The only difference this time is Google hasn’t said anything yet but carriers have. The Verizon Galaxy Nexus off contract price was $649 and Google Play was $399. T-Mobile Nexus 4 price was $499. Best buy had the Nexus 5 going for $799 when it launched. Sprint had the Nexus 5 at $150 ON CONTRACT. I’m expecting a nice surprise from Google when it hits the play store.

  • Matt T

    It seems like a *fair* price for what should be an amazing phone. I’m also 100% glad I bought a OnePlus One instead of waiting for this one.

  • xyz

    Huh. I thought I’d buy Nexus 6. But at this size, Nexus 6 64GB is almost priced the same as iPhone 6 (not plus). The screen size is actually a drawback, so I compare Nexus 6 to iPhone 6.

    I loved to get an Android phone and of course only nexus (updates), but in this situation I am considering getting an iphone.

    • sere83

      yep its a total fail. Just get a Oneplus though

      • xyz

        The only smartphones with android are from google (nexus). This year it’s crap.
        I’m getting an iPhone.

    • jamal adam

      If you are looking at it in terms of price yes it is similar to the iPhone 6 but that’s the only commonality. Lets be honest, the Nexus 6 compares to the iPhone 6 Plus and Note 4 not the iPhone 6. Why not go for the Nexus 5 or even the Moto X if you don’t find the larger screen size appealing.

      • xyz

        That’s because iPhone 6 is way better these days in terms of security (working encryption, the one on android is unfortunately just for show-off).

      • xyz

        Also, Nexus6 compares to Plus in terms of size. I won’t buy those exactly because of that. I will not change my style of dressing because of a smartphone. And motorola is out of question as I don’t know how long updates will be supported + old handsets not prepared with Android 5 in mind.

  • Omar

    What people fail to realize is that Google doesn’t care about how much hardware(phones) they sell. They’re in the business of software. This phone is made for developers and Android enthusiasts. Google certainly doesn’t care if you don’t like the size or the price because people will still buy it for the pure Android experience

  • frontrowfred

    Trying to figure out why all the belly aching about the price! I’m buying mine as soon as I can!!!