We have all heard the rumors and seen the leaked renders, now though this device has been officially announced. Google today formally unveiled the Nexus 6 smartphone, its biggest smartphone to date, along with a couple of new Nexus branded devices. The biggest difference here is that this new Nexus smartphone is built by Motorola and not LG, and it happens to be the first device to run Android 5.0 Lollipop, yes that is the official moniker for Android L.
For now Google hasn’t revealed much about the Nexus 6 specifications but there are certain things that it has highlighted. For example, this device has a 6-inch Quad HD display that’s good enough to rival that of the LG G3 and Samsung Galaxy Note 4.
It has a 13 megapixel rear camera with Optical Image Stabilization and HDR+ for photos and videos. There’s a 3,220mAh battery and thanks to the Motorola Turbo Charger included in the pack the device only needs to be plugged in for 15 minutes to get 6 additional hours of battery life. Nexus 6 also has dual front-facing stereo speakers.
Google hasn’t provided details about carrier availability as yet. We know the Nexus 6 will be available from carriers as it did pop up on AT&T’s website earlier today. Motorola mentions on its official blog that the Nexus 6 will be available for pre-order in late October for $649, I’m guessing that’s the off-contract version, in blue or white with 32GB and 64GB memory options.
Update: Official specs on the Nexus 6 page list a 2.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor with Adreno 420 GPU. A 2 megapixel front facing camera is also mentioned. Carriers that will offer this smartphone include Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and U.S. Cellular.