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.