Android Police has successfully blown the doors off of the 2015 Nexus announcements, but now Google has made its flagship phone for this year official. The Nexus 6P is the larger of the two smartphones announced today, and the first Nexus device ever to come from Chinese manufacturer Huawei. The phone will be one of the first devices to launch with Android 6.0 "Marshmallow," as expected for new Nexus hardware.
The Nexus 6P is a flagship device, with a 5.7-inch AMOLED screen and 2560x1440 resolution, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor (version 2.1), 3GB of RAM, and it's available in 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB capacities. The rear camera uses a 12.3 megapixel sensor, which seems a bit low for a top-of-the-line phone. The reason is that it uses 1.55 μm pixels, a design similar to the "ultrapixel" cameras used on some older HTC designs. It allows more light into the sensor and makes for sharper, brighter pictures. There's a trade-off for that capability: unlike the Nexus 5 and Nexus 6, the Nexus 6P doesn't use optical image stabilization. The rear module does include a laser autofocus, though. The front-facing camera is 8 megapixels, and the phone does not use a MicroSD card slot.
The biggest addition compared to previous iterations of the Nexus design is the "Nexus Imprint" fingerprint sensor on the rear of the device, something that it shares with the Nexus 5X. Android 6.0 natively supports fingerprint sensors for unlocking the phone and other portions of the software. The body design is vaguely similar to other high-end Huawei phones, with a fully aluminum case (another Nexus first) and a large "bump" on the top of the rear that holds the camera and flash modules. The front features dual stereo speakers and Gorilla Glass 4, and the phone's software uses virtual navigation buttons. On the bottom you'll find a USB Type C port, a reversible design that's quickly becoming a new standard for electronics. The battery is 3450mAh and yes, it does use Qualcomm's Quick Charge technology. The phone cannot be charged wirelessly.
Physically, the phone is 159.4 x 77.8 x 7.3mm, and weighs 178 grams, about par for the course of a phone this size. Branding includes a large Nexus logo written vertically and a small Huawei logo written horizontally on the rear, and nothing else. Colors are white, black, and aluminum - the gold option seen in leaks seems to have disappeared.
Here's an official video:
The Nexus 6P will be available for pre-order on the Google Store later today in the US, UK, Ireland, and Japan. The price will be $499.99 for the standard 32GB model, with upgrades to 64GB for $549 and 128GB for $649. It won't be available from carriers in the US, but Google may partner with carriers in other countries for later rollout. All purchasers get $50 of credit and 90 days of free access to Google Play Music's premium subscription. At present there is no word on an exact launch date.
The Nexus 6P is live in the Google Store and available for pre-order now. According to the store, the phone will ship in three to four weeks.
This post will be updated as Google makes more information available.