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Nexus 6P unveiled with fingerprint reader, Android 6.0 Marshmallow

by Todd Haselton | September 29, 2015September 29, 2015 9:09 am PDT

Google just unveiled the Nexus 6P during its press conference in San Francisco. The Nexus 6P is built by Huawei and features a 5.7-inch WQHD AMOLED display, a fingerprint sensor on the back, USB-C, a 12.3-megapixel Sony camera sensor, and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. It’s also running Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box.

Google highlighted the camera experience of the Nexus 6P, which it says is optimized for indoor photography thanks to larger pixel size, with larger pixels than the iPhone 6s Plus and Nexus 6. Google said the sensor was originally built for digital camcorders. It also features laser detect auto-focus, a feature we’ve seen on devices like the LG G4, and improved HDR+ computational photography. Slow motion video is also supported at up to 240fps. You can even launch the camera by double tapping the power button.

A new Android Sensor Hub on the phone that can, among other things, detect when the phone is picked up to activate the ambient display for notifications, the time and other options, all in a low-power mode. It’s similar to what we’ve seen from Motorola.

Google said the fingerprint sensor can recognize a fingerprint in under 600ms and the software behind it, Nexus Imprint, learns as you use it. The fingerprint reader, as we’ve seen on other devices, can be used to unlock the phone or with Android Pay for payments at merchants or through the Google Play Store.

The Nexus 6P will be available for pre-order beginning today for $499 and will ship in October.


Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...

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