Google’s new flagship is the Nexus 6P by Huawei, and according to the guys behind it the ‘P’ stands for premium. With the Nexus 6, we saw Google move its Nexus phones from the mid-Rs 20,000 budget range to the higher Rs 40,000 price bracket. Now with the Huawei Nexus 6P, Google is sticking to this pricing, a conscious strategy where the tech giant is going after the premium smartphone market in India, if Google’s Senior Marketing Director David Shapiro is to be believed.
But premium here is nowhere near an Apple or even a top-end Galaxy and the price gap is substantial. The opportunity is to offer a high-end smartphones at prices that are premium, but not top-end. So can the Nexus 6P break into this premium segment?
Specs: 5.7-inch WQHD screen (2560 x 1440p, ~518 ppi ) AMOLED display with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 | Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 Octa-core 64-bit processor, Adreno 430 GPU | 3GB LPDDR4 RAM | 32GB or 64GB storage space | 12.3mp rear camera with IR Laser-Assisted autofocus, 1.55 µm pixels size + 8mp front camera | 3,450 mAh battery | Android 6.0
Price: Rs 39,999 for 32GB, Rs 42,999 for 64GB
The most noticeable change is the fact that this is the first Nexus to sport an all-metal body. The Nexus 6P is made from “aeronautical-grade aluminum” and fingerprint scanner is on the back like on LG phones. The Nexus 6P does have a gorgeous screen, but one that is prone to smudges despite the fingerprint and smudge-resistant oleophobic coating. The black and silver review unit we got did get dirty on the back, although the colour has not been affected, inspiring faith in the build quality.
With the Nexus 6P, Google’s kept a slight bulge near the camera unit and it stands out from the rest of the body of the phone. Personally, it’s not an overall look that I care for too much.
Let’s also not forget that the Nexus 6P is a big phone and heavy, given it is 6.2-inches in length and weighs 178g. The all metal-body means it is slippery, especially if you have tiny hands like mine. Getting a protective cover for the back and the screen is a must for this one, especially as iFixit claims this is very difficult to repair.
Google has bumped up the resolution of the screen to 2K and it really shows. This device is all you need to watch videos, movies, etc and even with the wide bezel, there is enough screen space to satisfy those who consume all their content on mobile. Be it sunlight or in your room, the Nexus 6P screen really takes it to another level.
The other big improvement with the Nexus 6P is the camera. The 12.3 mp rear camera and the 8 mp front camera are made for today’s generation, for those obsessed with clicking each and everything. The camera is fast, it works brilliantly in low-light, and while it doesn’t come with a Pro mode like some other Android phones, I believe it does the job without fuss.
The amount of sheer detail the camera manages to capture in photos is what makes it so great. I’m particularly impressed with the way it captures colours like reds and pinks.
Battery is another front where maker Huawei has upped the ante. Nexus 6P will easily last you more than a day and fast-charging ensures that the device goes from 15 to 50 per cent in less than half an hour. Huawei has also packed in a special USB to Type-C cable with this phone and we’re sure customers will be grateful for this. However, we suggest you can carry the USB-Type C charger with you all times because should you run out of battery, you won’t find an easy replacement.
On the software front, the Android M experience is worth the upgrade.With Android M, you’ll get access to Google Now on Tap, which is a really unique feature. Now on tap works like this: if your friends message or mail you about a movie or a restaurant or a place, all you need to do is hard press the home screen button and Now on Tap will show contextual details around. It’s feature that undercuts the need to go back and forth between apps when searching for something.
The new permissions feature on Android M is also a must use as it shows exactly which app has access to what. Once you go in the settings, you’ll be surprised at the number of the apps that are accessing your contacts, location, camera; some of these don’t really need to do so.
What’s not good?
My biggest concern about this phone is the way the Nexus 6P heats up, even if you’re just browsing or playing a graphics-heavy game. For instance, while browsing through a website I found it had become quite hot in a couple of minutes.
I did face two performance issues with the phone as well. At one point, there was no sound for any of my alerts or calls, which was strange because I had not reduced the ringer volume or even put on the DND profile. I had to restart the phone to fix the issue.
The other instance was when the phone went into the reboot/factory reset mode without any warning. I was convinced that I had lost all my data, but after pushing a couple of times on the power button, it restarted and there was no data loss.
Other than these two issues, I didn’t face any glitches with the phone.
The fingerprint scanner on the back is definitely one of the fastest ones I have used in recent, comparable to the Apple Touch ID. The set-up is fast and easy and you get used to placing your finger on the back to unlock the phone. So far this feature has not failed me.
So should you shell out your hard-earned money for the Nexus 6P? If you call yourself an Android lover, I would say the new Nexus 6P is worth the upgrade.
It’s got a premium body, a stunning camera, one that is perfect for snapping memories of your get-togethers without any low-light worries and yes it comes with latest version of Android. As far as premium goes, the Nexus 6P offers the entire experience, and unlike other premium devices, does not cost a bomb.