Nexus 6 release date, news and features

Nexus 6 smartphone specs make it a big Moto X

The Nexus 6 with Android 5 0 Lollipop is official

Google has officially announced the Nexus 6, an enormous smartphone that could easily be mistaken for a tablet that acts as a phone. It's basically a giant Moto X with some nifty new features and beefed-up specs.

As expected, it's running Android 5.0 (aka Android Lollipop) and this thing is huge. With a 5.9-inch display and at 10mm thick, the new Google Nexus 6 is a beast of a smartphone.

Why? First, the large QHD display is going to be great for watching videos, reading and looking at pictures. Second, the larger, slightly thicker phone means bigger 3220mAh battery. Let's dig into this thing, shall we?

Cut to the chase

  • What is it? Google's sixth iteration of its Nexus line
  • When is it out? November 13 in US, later in other countries
  • What will it cost? Starts at $649, £499 unlocked (around AU$700)

Nexus 6 release date and price

When is it coming? Soon, very soon! Pre-order's have already opened in the US, and already sold out - with an estimated Nexus 6 release date of November 13 for those lucky enough to bag themselves a device in the initial rush.

Meanwhile those in the UK keen on getting their hands on the Nexus 6 look like they'll have to wait until November 18 for pre-orders to open, and it's not clear when handsets will actually start to turn up.

In terms of price the 32GB Nexus 6 will set you back $649, £499 (around AU$700) SIM-free, while the 64GB model comes in at $699, £549 (around AU$800).

Yes, you read that price correctly. Why the sudden jump from what used to be an affordable line of smartphones from Google? Well, premium specs come with premium price tags.

Nexus 6

Let's go back two years when the $299, £239 (8GB) and $349, £279 (16GB) Nexus 4 came as a shock to everyone. How on earth could a phone be so cheap off contract? The Nexus 5 didn't disappoint, either, with a bigger display, better battery and arguably prettier design. Still affordable at $349, £299 (16GB) or $399, £339 (32GB).

Now we've got this whopping $649, £499 phone, but along with it comes a massive 2560 x 1440 display. The only other phone to boast that resolution is the 5.5-inch LG G3.

Moreover, there's a f/2.0 13MP camera on the back and a 3,220 mAh battery. Couple this with an Adreno 420, 2.7GHz quad-core processor and 3GB RAM in 32GB and 64GB packages and it's easy to see where the Nexus 6 price comes from.

The battery technology also sounds promising. As well as a greater capacity, the Googe Nexus 6 has a quick charge feature that allows you to get about six hours of life on a 15-minute charge.

Google Nexus 6

Android 5.0 Lollipop

The Nexus 6 is one of the first devices to run what's now known as Android Lollipop (formerly Android L).

There are a host of features we're looking forward to digging into when Android 5.0 Lollipop drops, as we've only been able to preview the developer version.

If you're wondering when other manufacturers, like HTC, Samsung and LG, will update their flagship devices with Android 5.0, you can probably start seeing it roll out anywhere between 1-3 months from now.

Hello, Moto

While the Nexus range of smartphones may generally carry the search giant's name, the reality is Google doesn't actually build the devices. Instead it leaves it to the professionals, with HTC, Samsung and LG all producing Nexus devices in the past.

Motorola has built the Google Nexus 6, and like we said before, it looks like a very large Moto X. If it weren't for the dramatic size, it could easily be confused for a Moto X, except the back of the device has the massive Nexus logo emblazoned on it.

So far, it looks like the Nexus 6 is going to come in black and white, just like the Nexus 5 and Nexus 4 before it.

If you're hoping for the same Motorola customization options as the Moto X, you'll be out of luck as there's no Moto Maker for the Google Nexus 6.

Google Nexus 6

Nexus 6 design

While we appreciated the simplicity and clean design of the Nexus 5, we're happy to see the Nexus 6 step things up with the Moto X-esque (say that out loud) design.

The display is pretty big at 5.9 inches, but the height of the phone is 159.3mm, which is just a touch taller than the 5.5-inch displayed iPhone 6 Plus (158.1mm). It's impressive what you can do without a big honking home button eating up so much phone real estate.

Google Nexus 6

It is wider though, at 82.98mm and we've already mentioned the chunky 10.06mm depth as well - there's no question about it, the Nexus 6 will dominate your palm. At 184g it's also on the heavier side, so you might want to strengthen your wrists before splashing the cash here.

The front is covered in Corning;s Gorilla Glass 3, making this as strong and scratch-resistant as pretty much any other Android device. Don't confuse that with being shatter-proof, however, as resilience to scratching doesn't mean it won't crack.

The back has the same gentle slope of the Moto X (2014) with a plastic, soft-touch finish. You'll find the 13MP camera on the back there with a ring flash just like the Moto X, power button on the right side along with the volume rocker.