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Nexus 6P hands on: Google’s monster phone is a beauty

by Brandon Russell | September 29, 2015September 29, 2015 2:16 pm PST

Even if the Nexus 5X is more than enough phone, sometimes we just can’t help ourselves: we want more. Fully aware of our desire for the latest and greatest, Google introduced not one, but two new Nexus phones on Tuesday, the more powerful of which is the Nexus 6P, a monster aluminum phone with some terrific specs. Unfortunately, our desire for more means we’ll have to pay for it; the Nexus 6P starts at $499 for the 32GB model.

I loved the Nexus 6 because it was mostly a large Moto X. But it was too large, and meant that I had to adjust the way I used the device in order for it to be comfortable. Granted, I have smaller hands, but even the most die hard big-phone lovers complained about the Nexus 6’s size, which is why we’re happy to report the Nexus 6P isn’t quite so unwieldy.

The device is still a monster phone, but the aluminum design and smaller footprint makes for a very comfortable device. If you’re wondering, the Nexus 6P’s metal design feels a lot like holding an HTC One, which isn’t a bad thing at all. (The only difference is that camera hump on the back, which isn’t as big and ugly as we originally thought.) Compared to the plastic Nexus 5X, which doesn’t feel bad at all, you can definitely feel the difference in quality.

While the aluminum design is what you’ll immediately notice as the main differentiator between the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P, there are also some big differences on the inside. The Nexus 6P sports a Snapdragon 810 processor, 12.3-megapixel camera with f/2.0 aperture, 4K video, 8-megapixel front-facing camera, 3GB of RAM, 5.7-inch Quad HD screen and a 3450mAh battery.

Some other bits and pieces include a fingerprint sensor on back, USB-C, support for fast charging and NFC. You know, for Android Pay.

If you’re a spec fiend and need the latest, the Nexus 6P is the device for you. Check out the video above to see it in action.

Nexus 6P specs

  • OS: Android 6.0
  • Display: 5.7-inch Quad HD
  • CPU: Snapdragon 810 (v2.1)
  • Memory: 3GB
  • Storage: 32GB / 64GB / 128GB
  • Cameras: 12-megapixel (f/2.0, 4K at 30fps), 8-megapixel front
  • Battery: 3450mAh
  • Extras: Fingerprint sensor, fast charging, USB-C, NFC
  • Price: $499 (32GB), $549 (64GB), $649 (128GB)

Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell likes to rollerblade while listening to ACDC.