The Nexus 6 is too big to be stopped. The news is out, and the phone is as large as you hoped or feared but expected nonetheless. This year's Nexus phone is essentially a stretched out Moto X packed with better specs - 5.96" AMOLED 1440 x 2560 display (493PPI), Snapdragon 805 processor, Adreno 420 GPU, 3GB RAM, 3220mAh battery, 13MP camera, and a 2MP front shooter. On the external side of things, the power and volume buttons have slid halfway down the side of the device so that they're still accessible. On the software side, we're greeted with Android Lollipop.

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Before I hit you with more words, here's a launch video that shows the device in motion.

Shamu has indeed turned out to be a whale of a device. We've had a good idea that the Nexus 6 would sport a 5.9 inch screen for months now, have drawn up what it would look like, seen it in the wild, and taken a gander at the obligatory @evleaks teaser. With today's announcement, Google has confirmed all the things.

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Now we move on to the information that none of us knew already. The phone will become available for pre-order on October 29 and appear in retail stores sometime in November. The phone with come in increments of 32GB or 64GB, with the price starting at $649.99 off-contract ($699.99 for the larger model). It will be available on AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, and US Cellular. Yes, this time you can get a Nexus on any major carrier in the US. Whether one device will be able to run on all five networks remains to be seen.

Update: It looks like it will be supported in one device after all. Here is the list of supported bands.

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The phone will be available in Midnight Blue and Cloud White. It will ship to 28 different countries in Europe, the Asia-Pacific region, and North America before the end of Q1. Here's some extra information courtesy of Motorola.

  • More room to view: With a six-inch Quad HD display, Nexus 6 is great for watching, reading, playing and doing.
  • More doing, less charging: An around-the-clock 3220 mAh battery gets you through your day and more. Plus, the included Motorola Turbo Charger gives you a quick burst of power when your battery needs it the most. All it takes is 15 minutes to get up to an additional 6 hours of battery life.
  • More epic shots: The 13 megapixel camera with Optical Image Stabilization and HDR+ lets you take your best possible photos with the least possible effort.
  • More sound in stereo: With dual front-facing stereo speakers, you’ll get an immersive stereo sound that is great for experiencing music, movies and games as you should.
  • More with Lollipop: Nexus 6 comes with Android 5.0 Lollipop - a sweet new take on Android. Lollipop introduces Material Design so that content responds to your touch, or even your voice, in more intuitive ways, and transitions between tasks are more fluid. Plus, new call and message notifications allow you to act on (or dismiss) them without interrupting what you’re doing. And much much more.

You can register to get more specifics from Motorola, including details on availability, as it arrives.

It's worth pointing out that this phone is not replacing the Nexus 5. Google will continue to offer last year's handset as a smaller option.

Update: The phone will have support for Qi wireless charging. Here's the full spec sheet will all the details.

Source: Google, Motorola