The Google Store is already taking pre-orders for the Nexus 6P, and I'm sure a ton of you have already placed one. But there's an alternative you might want to check out, at least if you live in the US: Huawei's own online storefront. The manufacturer is also selling the phone directly to consumers, with a shipping date of late October. The prices are the same as the Google Store, but there are a few pros and cons for selecting Huawei as your phone vendor instead. Let's break them down:
- Google and Huawei may be drawing from different stock, so lower order numbers on Huawei's site might mean you get your phone sooner.
- No taxes in most states - Google charges sales tax in 45 states in the US, but Huawei's distribution center appears to be in California. Residents in other states aren't being charged sales tax, which could save you up to $60 or so. Update: Commenters say that the site is charging tax in Illinois, so there may be a few other states as well.
- Huawei has a payment plan available, which Google doesn't provide without signing up for Fi. It's not a typical carrier-style payment plan, though, it's more of a standard financing deal. You'll be given a credit check and interest rates can range from 10 to 30 percent - ouch.
- Huawei isn't selling the white version of the phone, and the 128GB model isn't available in any color at present.
- The new Nexus Protect insurance plan isn't available, so you'll have to make do with Huawei's standard hardware warranty.
- The only shipping option is free, which takes 5-7 business days.
- According to Huawei's return policy, the company may charge a restocking fee.
- It doesn't look like phones sold through Huawei get the free $50 Google Play credit or 90-day Play Music voucher, though those may be sent to your email when you activate the phone.
International readers, check your local Huawei website (if they offer one). Think carefully about where you want to buy your phone. If you're wondering, it doesn't look like LG is interested in selling the Nexus 5X directly, though both phones may be available from at least some brick-and-mortar retailers at some point.