Nexus 6P release date, price and design rumors
Update: Nexus 6P is Google's big, yet more manageable Android phone, and it launches in a few hours. We'll cover the phablet launch news live to confirm the official specs, size and price.
Motorola is out, and Huawei is in, according to new Nexus 6P 2015 leaks that suggest the smartphone is coming with Android Marshmallow onboard tomorrow.
The rumored Nexus 6P name was further backed up this month by a new box art leak concerning both Google phones, with one box flashing with the fresh P naming scheme on the front.
There's certainly a place for such a large device among people who were willing to get used to carrying a Nexus with two hands a year ago. It had a niche audience with meaty paws.
Here's what we know, based on the rumors of a specs bump, new design features and a better price, in the weeks ahead of Google's official announcement.
Cut to the chase
- What is Nexus 6P? A Google-branded Android phablet
- When is it out? At Google's September 29 launch date, likely ships October 13
- What will it cost? The same or less than the Nexus 6 2014
Nexus 6P 2015 release date
Android Marshmallow is scheduled to debut tomorrow, Tuesday, September 29, according Google and its highly suggestive press conference invite in San Francisco. Count us in.
That almost certainly means the new Nexus 6P will be unveiled alongside the new operating system update on this date as well as the Nexus 5X 2015 refresh. The rumors back up all of this.
Twice, before we've heard that new Nexus 5X launch date is going to be September 29. It only makes sense for the search engine giant to host one announcement for its phones and the new software. The Nexus 6X will be big time, but not big enough for its own event.
Of course, we may not actually see the Android phablet delivery date from the Google Play Store until October, with the latest rumor pointing to a same day pre-order date on September 29 and a ship date of October 13.
Add the fact that the Nexus 6 2014 wasn't announced until mid-October of last year, and you've got yourself a sane-sounding late September-early October release and delivery date.
We're being promised "hands-on time," according to Google's invite, so we'll soon be able to tell you whether or not the bigger Google phone is too big for your hand, or just the right size.
And as for that name, Nexus 6P seems to be confirmed. We've since seen some boxes with the phones inside leak out and the design all over it suggests it'll be called Nexus 6P.
Nexus 6P 2015 price
Huawei is a Chinese phone maker known for affordable handsets and because this one has a screen that is 0.26 inches smaller than last year's Nexus 6, it could be slightly cheaper, too.
The latest Nexus 6P rumors suggest a $ 499 (about £349, AU$ 599) price, which makes it a reasonable $ 120 more expensive than the smaller and, in contrast, weaker Nexus 5X.
Here's the strange thing about Nexus 6P price. The Motorola-made model from a year ago cost $ 650 (£500, AU$ 870) at full retail. That really changed the typically low-cost Nexus program.
It made the Nexus 6 just as expensive as rival flagship phones, whereas the Nexus 5 and Nexus 4 before it were affordable considering their higher-end specs at the time.
But you really have to take its size, specs and construction into consideration. At 6 inches, the display was bigger and the aluminum frame far superior to many of last year's phones, like the Galaxy S5.
At the same price for more inches than any other major flagship, it was still a good value, and Huawei's rumored Nexus 6P is a 5.7-inch entry could make a similar argument.
Nexus 6P 2015 design
A high-end design could keep the new Nexus 6P price the same as last year's smartphone in part because it's rumored to made of almost all metal.
That's good news for anyone who wants to shed the hard plastic back plate of the Nexus 6 2014 and rubberized plastic chassis of the Nexus 5X. This one is likely to go premium.
The Nexus 6P 2015 dimensions are said to be 159.4 x 77.8 x 7.3mm, which is slimmed down from a prior report of 159.4 x 78.3 x 6.6 to 8.5mm curved, according to OnLeaks. The new size is slightly smaller at than Motorola's phablet.
The same design rumors give it a fingerprint sensor on the back, speakers on the front and a USB Type-C connection, which only the OnePlus 2 is sporting at the moment.
Android Marshmallow is pushing fingerprint and USB Type-C compatibility for the first time, so it's a good assumption that Google will want its reference phones to include these features.
A new set of photos claiming to be of the Nexus 6P 2015 have also been leaked which show a device similar to the renders above, but with some noticeable additions.
The most noticeable thing about these images with the large protruding top section which houses the camera and flash.
This certainly leads to a rather interesting looking device, while other less charitable people are calling the potential Nexus 6P 2015 flat out ugly.
At the moment we don't know if these images are of an early prototype or if the bulge will be part of the final design (but perhaps hidden by a case), so we'll have to put our faith in Huawei's designers for now.
However new images of a protective case for the Nexus 6P 2015 show the bulge, so if the images are legitimate it means the protruding section is here to stay.
The leaked images also show a hole that gives the holder access to a rear fingerprint scanner, so it looks like the new Nexus 6P will support biometric security.
Another protective case for the Nexus 6P 2015 has also been leaked online, and it again shows a bulge where the camera will be, along with a hole for a rear fingerprint scanner.
Unless this is an orchestrated attempt to trick people, it looks increasingly likely that the final design of the Nexus 6P 2015 will include both of those elements.
Nexus 6P display, specs, camera and battery life
Nexus 6P display
Google is allegedly going with the name Nexus 6P, even though the phone's display may only be 5.7 inches. Rounding up or down is normal among phone naming conventions.
It's a bit smaller than the 5.96-inch Nexus 6 2014, but rumored to be the same resolution: 2560 x 1440 pixels. That would pack in more pixels per inch thanks to its smaller display size.
The technology behind this quad HD display will be WQHD AMOLED, according to sources talking to GizmoChina. That keeps it consistent with last year's model.
No word on the Nexus 6P's Ambient Light feature returning to partially turn on the screen when the phone is picked up. It was always inferior to Motorola's Active Display and LG's knock-to-wake methods, so it won't be missed all that much.
Nexus 6P 2015 specs
It's going to be a powerful new Nexus 6P if the loftier rumors are true about its processor. There's a Snapdragon 810 v2.1 processor at the heart of this phone, according to these Nexus 6P specs.
Whatever System-on-a-Chip the Nexus 6P 2015 ends up with, expect there to be 3GB of RAM backing it all up. The Nexus 5X is rumored to have a step-down memory configuration with 2GB of RAM.
The Nexus 6P is said to have 32GB and 64GB of internal storage, and axe the 16GB entry-level option. Without a 128GB size, space is going to be limited for some.
Yes, Google is making microSD usage easier with Android Marshmallow, but Nexus phones have routinely spurned the expandable storage format.
Nexus 6P 2015 camera
The new Nexus 6P camera is going to be big, too, at least when you consider all of the pixels it's able to capture.
Nexus 6P 2015 battery life
If there's one area in which the Nexus 6 2015 needs to improve over its predecessor, it's the ho-hum battery life. The previous phone's large 3,220mAh battery capacity only lasted the promised "all day" if used conservatively.
I spent a lot of nights with a dying Nexus 6 2014, looking for a charger, especially as I used the phone more and more later in its lifecycle.
A proper boost may come to the new Nexus 6 in the form of a larger battery, one that's 3,450mAh in capacity, according to Android Police's pile of rumors.
That certainly seems credible, considering the new LG Nexus 5X is supposed to contain a 3180mAh battery behind its 5-inch display.
My only concern is that if the new Nexus 6P depth measurements are supposed to be 8.5mm at its thickest point, and the old phone was 10.1mm at its thickest point, does that add up?
We're going to find out that answer and more at the September 29 press conference in San Francisco, as Android Marshmallow readies for launch, and so does the Nexus 6P 2015.