Shamu has arrived. Google’s long-rumored Nexus 6 smartphone was officially unveiled on Wednesday alongside the Nexus 9 tablet and the Nexus Player. It'll arrive sporting the search giant’s latest operating system, Android 5.0 Lollipop.
Co-developed with soon-to-be ex-Google company Motorola, the Nexus 6 is Google’s answer to the iPhone 6 Plus and the Galaxy Note 4. It packs a massive 5.96-inch Quad HD display operating at a resolution of 2,560 x 1,440 (493 PPI) which is by far the largest Nexus device Google has ever offered.
Under the hood is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 quad-core chip clocked at 2.7GHz, Adreno 420 graphics and your choice of 32GB or 64GB of internal storage. The handset features a 13-megapixel rear-facing, f/2.0 camera with optical image stabilization, a 2-megapixel camera on the front, dual front-facing speakers and a large 3,220mAh battery that Google claims is good for more than 24 hours of use.
The phone also includes Motorola’s Turbo Charger which can offer up to six hours of use from only 15 minutes of charging under the right circumstances.
Google has yet to reveal how much RAM the Nexus 6 is packing.
The announcement comes less than a day ahead of Apple’s media event where they are expected to unveil updated iPads and iMacs.
The Nexus 6 will be available for pre-order starting October 29 with availability slated for sometime in November through AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, US Cellular and Verizon on contract. Additionally, the handset will be sold unlocked and contract-free priced at $649. It’ll be available in blue and white color schemes.