I don’t remember a time when we weren’t aware of a Huawei Nexus smartphone in the pipeline, but the time for waiting and speculation is finally over – the Huawei Nexus 6P is now official. Unsurprisingly, it’s exactly the device the extensive leaks have suggested it is – 5.7-inch AMOLED Quad HD display, Snapdragon 810 v2.1, 3GB RAM and available in 32, 64 and 128GB storage variants. One of the Nexus 6P’s biggest selling points is its camera, which Google says is special despite its 12.3MP sensor which looks instinctively underpowered – Google says because the camera uses 1.55 μm pixels, it’s able to take better low light pictures and better pictures in general (think like HTC’s UltraPixel except with an actual decent camera sensor). Perhaps because of this, the Nexus 6P won’t have optical image stabilization as its predecessor, the Nexus 6, had.
Naturally, the other elephant in the room is the new fingerprint sensor which Google calls “Nexus Imprint”, and will allow you to unlock your phone, among other functions. Overall, the design of the Nexus 6P is exactly as we expected it, though there is a slight design change that some skeptics might be happy about – the black bar at the top of the device appears to protrude much less than when we first saw it, tapering with the edge of the device. If anything, it protrudes out even less than the Galaxy S6’s camera module.
The draw of an all-aluminium body in white, black or gold is undeniable, however, the Nexus 6P has had to do away with a feature some people love to use – wireless charging. It will support Quick Charge, naturally, and the 3,450mAh battery should hopefully give you enough juice to get you through the day anyway. The Nexus 6P is starting to become available for pre-order in some markets already, namely the US, UK, Ireland, and Japan, starting at $499 USD for the 32GB version, $549 USD for the 64GB version and finally $649 USD for the 128GB version. Presumably availability will continue to roll-out over the next few weeks.