Google announces Nexus 6

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Google has announced the Nexus 6 running Android 5.0 Lollipop.

The Nexus 6 is a 5.96-inch device with a QHD 2560×1440 pixel AMOLED display covered with Gorilla Glass 3. It runs Qualcomm’s brand new Snapdragon 805 processor at 2.7Ghz, and sports 3GB of RAM and either 32GB or 64GB of internal storage.

The 13MP camera on the back has an F2.0 lens that shoots 4K video at 30fps, while the front-facing camera comes in at 2MP. There’s a 3,220mAh battery inside, and the device supports ultra-fast charging.

There are dual front-facing speakers and a soft rubber finish similar to the new Moto X, available in Midnight Blue or Cloud White.

As for LTE bands, this is the first device we’ve seen that supports Band 12, which encompasses 700 Block A and B, but there are far more: 2/3/4/5/7/12/13/17/25/26/29/41. It also supports Carrier Aggregation on B2-B13, B2-B17, B2-29, B4-B5, B4-B13, B4-B17, B4-B29, which is great for Bell and Telus, which purchased the majority of unpaired Band 17 earlier this year.

Specs

OS
Android™ 5.0, ®

Screen
5.96” 2560 x 1440 QHD AMOLED display (493 ppi)
16:9 aspect ratio
Gorilla Glass 3

Rear Camera
13 MP with optical image stabilisation
Dual LED ring flash
f/2.0 aperture
4K video capture at 30fps
Front Camera
2 MP
HD Video Conferencing

Size
82.98 mm x 159.26 mm x 10.06 mm

Weight
184 g

Colour
Midnight Blue, Cloud White

Channels
North America:
GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
CDMA Band Class: 0/1/10
WCDMA Bands: 1/2/4/5/8
LTE Bands: 2/3/4/5/7/12/13/17/25/26/29/41
CA DL Bands: B2-B13, B2-B17, B2-29, B4-B5, B4-B13, B4-B17, B4-B29

Rest of World:
GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
CDMA: not supported
WCDMA Bands: 1/2/4/5/6/8/9/19
LTE Bands: 1/3/5/7/8/9/19/20/28/41
CA DL: B3-B5, B3-B8
Audio output
Dual front-facing speakers
CPU
Quad core Krait 450 CPU 2.7 GHz (Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 SOC)

GPU
Adreno 420

Wireless
802.11ac 2 x 2 (MIMO)
Bluetooth 4.1
NFC

Memory
32 GB & 64 GB

Ports
Micro USB 2.0
Nano SIM
3.5 mm audio

Sensors
GPS
Accelerometer
Gyroscope
Magnetometer
Ambient light sensor
Barometer

Battery**
3220 mAh
Standby time (Ambient Display on ) up to 250 hours
Standby time (Ambient Display off) up to 330 hours
Internet use time (Wi-Fi) up to 9.5 hours
Internet use time (LTE) up to 10 hours
Talk time up to 24 hours
Video playback up to 10 hours

**Testing was conducted by Google using pre-production Nexus 6 devices and software. Talk time tests used default settings with Wi-Fi off and LTE on. Standby time tests used default settings with LTE on and Wi-Fi on. Wi-Fi Internet tests had Aeroplane Mode on with Wi-Fi connected to a test access point, while loading three popular websites cached on a local server. The Nexus 6 loaded a page, waited 40 seconds, and then loaded a page from the next site. LTE Internet tests had Wi-Fi off and LTE on, and used the same testing method as the Wi-Fi Internet tests.

The Nexus 6 will be available in late October for pre-order and will be sold on Google Play and, in early November, in retail stores. It will start at $749 for the 32GB model and likely go to $799 for the 64GB variant. Carrier pricing will certainly be less on contract, but the Nexus 6 marks the end of “subsidized” Nexus phones sold directly from Google. There is no UK pricing at the time of publishing.[signoff predefined=”Enjoy this?” icon=”icon-users”][/signoff]

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