Google’s Nexus has always been a great phone to look forward for certain category of people, although it seems to have taken a beating in recent past. This time around, Google has leant a keen ear and come up with two Nexus variants, much like the recent crop of iPhones. Just as predicted by the rumor mills, Google has launched the Nexus 6P and the Nexus 5X. Both the phones herald with a bunch of innovative features which will help Google to imbibe the Nexuses further in the Google Ecosystem.
Display and Processors
Nexus 6P is equipped with a 5.7-inch WQHD AMOLED display with thinned-out bezels and the screen to body ratio on the front stands at an impressive 74 percent. Google claims that the phone is roughly the size of iPhone 6s Plus. The phone comes with the Type-C USB which as per the claims can charge the twice as fast as an iPhone 6 Plus. The audio on the device is managed by a stereo forward-facing speakers. On a separate note the Nexus 6P, for the first time comes with a all aluminium body and diamond cut edges and the thickness is restricted at 7.3mm. Powering the device is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, that’s infamous for its heating issues.
Nexus 5X is fitted with a smaller 5.2-inch 1080p display protected by a Gorilla Glass 3 layering. The device runs on 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 and is shrouded in what seems to be a poly carbonate body.
On the imaging front, Google has opted for a 12.3-Megapixel 1.55 µm pixels Sony Imaging sensor on both Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P. The larger the size of the sensor, increased is its capability to capture the light, thus allowing for well lit photos. The larger sensor will be the savior when it comes to capturing low light images in indoor conditions, somewhat similar to the HTCs Ultrapixel. The focus is managed by a laser detect Flight IR setup and this time around Google have been comparing the low light photos of the Nexus 6P with the iPhone 6s Plus. The best part of the packaging is the fact that both the new Nexuses come with Slo-mo recording and just for the records Nexus 6P comes with a 240fps recording capability.
Google seems to have focused overtly on the imaging front as they also have come up with a burst shot feature, which is not new but the Nexus adds an extra layer of functionality by stitching the shots into GIF. Remember how Apple came with a M8 co-processor whilst launching the iPhone 5s, well Google seems to have done the same stuff with Android Hub which takes off the load from the primary processor and thus channelizing the power in a better way. Plus the Android Hub offers new features such as ambient display.
Fingerprints sensors have been on the block since sometime and Google in a bid to do something new started off by naming it Nexus Imprint. The fingerprint sensor sits at the back of the device and thanks to Android Marshmallow, the fingerprint sensor api will be available for integration to app makers. Now you can use your fingerprints to authorize purchases on the Play Store. Google claims that the fingerprint on Nexus devices takes less than 600 ms to identify, authorize and unlock the device with extremely minimal false reject scenarios.
Nexuses have been known to be power guzzlers, especially the Nexus 5 which craved for the wall charger every now and then. Google seems to have pushed in a set of battery management features through Android Marshmallow which will not only allow for better power management in the new Nexus devices but also in the older Nexus 5 and Nexus 6 devices. The device comes with a “Doze” mode which instructs the processor to cut the engine and run on limited resources when the phone is not being moved, again the call for action of the Doze mode is decided by the Android Hub sensor. And Hey Android 6 Marshmallow rolls out for Nexus devices next week!
Availability and Retail Channels
Both Nexus 5X and the Nexus 6P will be fully unlocked and can be used across “major carriers”, in US they will be available in the Google store and outside the devices will be available with retailers, outside US. The Nexus 5X 16GB variant is priced at $379 and the 32GB variant is priced at $429. The larger Nexus 6P will come in four variants, the 32GB one will cost $499, 64GB will cost $549 and the top of the line 128GB variant will retail at $649.
Nexus 5X and the 6P will be available for preorder starting today in US, UK, Ireland and Japan but will be shipped later this October.
The Nexus phones come with a 90-day free subscription to Google Play Music and a $50 Google Play credit, which can be redeemed on future purchases. The Nexus Protect is a new scheme by Google which covers your Nexus phone for two years of warranty coverage and accidental damages (restricted to selected regions) The best part of the protection plan is that Google will ship a new device within the next working day thus providing a standby while your phone is being repaired. Just like its predecessors the new Nexus devices do support Googles MVNO, Project FI.