We’ve been writing about the Nexus 6 (2015) for a while, but it’s only now that I’ve really started to consider why you would want one to buy one. The article below tries to answer this, but it is based purely on recent Nexus 6 (2015) speculation – the device is yet to be announced. We don't know if it's a phablet. We don't know if Huawei is building it. We don't even know if it is in development. Bearing this in mind, here are six reasons why it might still become your new favorite Android.
There are some instances when bigger is better. Phablets might not be ideal when you’re chasing a bus in shorts, but for watching movies and videos, they are great. With the Nexus 6 (2015) likely to arrive with a big screen (rumored to be in the region of 5.7-inches), QHD display and front-facing speakers, it’s set to be another cinematic beast.
It's easier to type on bigger displays, too.
2. The fastest updates (stock Android)
Android Marshmallow has just been revealed, and you can bet that the Nexus 6 (2015) will arrive with it, just as the Nexus 6 came with Android Lollipop last year. Following this, it will be one of the first devices on the Android roster to receive any updates beyond Android 6.0.
Moreover, the Nexus devices launched under the Google name are equipped with the stock Android interface. This is typically the most sought-after Android user-interface because it is free from third-party extras that take up internal storage space and can affect device performance.
3. Premium design
With Huawei tipped to be at the helm of the new Nexus, I'm expecting a premium design. Huawei's most recent flagships have all had a sleek aluminum unibody, and I hope that's a trend that continues.
I’m no fan of the earlier Nexus designs. I especially don't like giant curved rear on the original Nexus 6. The new Nexus 6 could be thinner, lighter, more compact and with a flat rear: all of which we, the users, would benefit from when holding it in our hands and keeping it in our pockets.
4. A beautiful battery
If the new Nexus is smaller and thinner, will this be detrimental to its battery life? Not likely. The Huawei's Mate 7 phablet has a huge 4,100 mAh battery in a slimmer body than the Nexus 6 (81 mm compared to 83 mm). This means the battery capacity is just over 27 percent larger than the Nexus 6's (3,220 mAh) and it doesn't come at a significant cost.
Is Huawei likely to deliver something like that in the Nexus 6 (2015)? I don't see why not. The new Nexus could even arrive with quick-charging and wireless charging like its predecessor, which would make even better use of its big battery.
5. It’s future proof (ish)
Okay, so it’s not actually future proof, but it’s kind of future proof. Google recently announced that its devices will have a three-year life cycle from now on: two years of major updates and three years of smaller security updates. And this is kind of a big deal.
Though most manufacturers have an 'unofficial' 18- to 24-month life cycle for product updates, there are very few guarantees (some other manufacturers have stepped up, but not all of them).
The one major change on the horizon is how we pay for products, and fingerprint authentication could make this more convenient. It's not compulsory but if you do want it, current speculation suggests the Nexus 6 (2015) could have you covered in this department too.
6. It's being done the Hua-way
This year Huawei ascended to the third position in global smartphone shipments, overtaking Microsoft and nestling in behind Apple and Samsung. Many would argue Huawei is performing at the top of its game.
As HTC and Sony Mobile struggle with diminishing returns and hardware that has failed to capture the imagination of the masses, Huawei is stepping up.
I was as skeptical as the next person when I heard Huawei might be producing a Nexus smartphone. It seemed as though Huawei was yet to make a truly standout device. I liked its hardware but I didn’t love it, but I think that's about to change.
If I haven’t convinced you yet, let’s put it like this: would you like to own a slim aluminum phablet with a QHD display, stock Android Marshmallow user-interface and stunning battery life? I know I would.
That’s my take. What’s yours? Hit me up in the comments below.