News by Luke Jones on Wednesday October 15, 2014.
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Google has finally launched the new Nexus 6 smartphone made by Motorola. After weeks of speculation, leaks, and rumor, the handset has arrived and instantly it is clear that this is the best Nexus smartphone ever made.This is better looking than any other Nexus device too, and in fact it is better aesthetically than anything else Motorola makes too. The device oozes premium quality and is the most charismatic Nexus handset, not dull all-blacks here as the rear plate is emblazoned boldly with the Nexus logo and comes in either blue or white. Like the new Moto X, the Nexus 6 gets dual front facing speaker grills, while the metallic edges and matte finish really exude quality. Interestingly, this is the first main Nexus flagship to carry the manufacturers name boldly. The LG made Nexus 4 and 5 were subtle in telling you who manufactured the device; in other words they were very much Google's babies. The Nexus 6 is different though, as the big M logo suggests, this is as much Motorola?s device as it is Google's and the name Motorola Nexus 6 confirms that. It seems as though Motorola looked at the already fantastic Moto X and decided to expand on it in every way, including screen size. Yes, the Nexus 6 lands with a whopping 5.9-inch panel that is sure to look properly massive in hand, but this is a Quad HD display so it will also be stunning. Batteries and QHD do not necessarily go well together as LG G3 users will attest, but Motorola is challenging that with a monstrous 3,220 mAh. Of course, we will only know the qualities of that juicer when we get the Nexus 6 in hand for a full review. The handset has also been given the latest and greatest in smartphone processing power thanks to a whopping 2.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 coupled with 3GB of RAM. These are all specs found on Samsung's Galaxy Note 4 and of course the Nexus 6 at this size is charting itself right into the territory of the phablet king, and of course the iPhone 6 Plus. While it may not match those devices in terms of sales, at first glance the Nexus 6 seems to be every bit as good. In terms of cameras there is a 13 megapixel snapper with a dual LED lens, which at least for now seems like a compromise the device is making. The handset will ship in either 32GB or 64GB variants and unfortunately an earlier report suggesting there would be expandable storage seems to have been wrong, as Google is not mentioning it. Of course, running the whole thing will be Android 5.0, which we now know is called Lollipop; you can read our full write up on that shortly. However, while the Nexus name has become known for being a total stock Android experience, there is one piece of Motorola software on board. Ambient Display, a feature that first landed on the Moto 360 is available here, awakening the screen when it thinks the user wants to check a notification. All four major US carriers will be getting the Nexus 6 and pre-orders will start on October 29th for a mid-November roll out. Those networks will launch their price details soon, but we do know the Nexus 6 will cost $649 off contract. So, not quite the bargain the Nexus used to be, but still more affordable than other devices with this sort of quality.
Luke Jones is the Managing Editor at MobileBurn.com and is the person you need to speak to about the content on the site. Luke studied creative writing at degree level before carving out a reputation as a freelance tech writer. He settled here at MobileBurn, where he reviews devices and contributes to the news, as well as overseeing the site's content and direction.