It’s here! Google has just unveiled the followup to the relatively high-end Nexus 6 from Motorola, the Nexus 6P from Huawei. The Nexus 6P follows in the Nexus 6′s footsteps by introducing the latest version of Android in a premium, flagship device.
The Nexus 6P is a plain, aluminum slate, perfect for letting Marshmallow really shine. It comes with a 5.7-inch 1440p AMOLED display, a Snapdragon 810, 32/64/128(!)GB of storage, front-facing speakers, 12.3-megapixel camera with Sony sensor and laser autofocus, 8-megapixel front-facing camera, USB Type C with quick charging, a fingerprint scanner and a 3450mAh battery.
Google is touting the camera as being a big step-up from previous Nexus devices, and sample images look like those claims might not be totally empty. It has larger 1.55-micron pixels which should make give you better results in low light situations. The Nexus 6P also has 4k video recording, something that has become an industry standard in 2015, and slow motion video.
The fingerprint scanner on the Nexus 6P is located on the rear of the device, and is being called Nexus Imprint. Nexus Imprint will work where most fingerprint scanners do, including as a security measure for Android Pay. One unique feature of Nexus Imprint is that the more you use it, the better it will get. Your Nexus 6P will be constantly updating fingerprint data to capture your print from more angles.
Google has borrowed a page from Motorola’s book with the Nexus 6P, including something it’s calling Android Sensor Hub. There is essentially a dedicated sensor processor, which allows for things like gesture recognition. The Nexus 6P even has something like Moto Display, allowing you to act on notifications from the lock screen, while still saving battery.
Of course the biggest benefit to owning a Nexus is having software controlled by Google and Google only. The Nexus 6P launches with Marshmallow which brings with it some nice design and usability changes over Lollipop like faster access to voice actions, faster scrolling, Google Now on Tap, dynamic shortcuts in your app drawer based on usage habits and simplified permissions.
The Huawei manufactured Nexus 6P will start at $499 in three different shades of gray. It will be available for preorder starting today on the Google Store, and will work on “major carriers” across the US. There’s no official release date, but Google is saying to expect the device “near the end of October.”