News by Micah Bartos on Wednesday October 28, 2015.
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Huawei does not typically release flagship smartphones in the United States, but when the Chinese brand collaborated on Google on the Nexus 6P it gave U.S. consumers a rare chance to get a Huawei made device. And it seems those customers are digging what Huawei and Google cooked up together as Nexus 6P shipments have apparently been delayed in the U.S. due to high demand.Google says there is a stock shortage and it is working to keep up with strong demand. The company did not say which colors or storage versions of the Nexus 6P are affected, which Google also did not say what it defines has strong demand, it really depends how much inventory the company had ready to go at launch we suppose.
The Nexus range of smartphone has never been lauded for its design, with Google usually opting for a simply approach which is plain but inoffensive. The Motorola Nexus 6 last year was a step in the right direction and Huawei has continued the improvement in aesthetics, even if the Nexus 6P doesn?t match to leading designs like the Galaxy S6, iPhone 6s, and HTC One M9. The real big news here is that Huawei, unlike Motorola, builds its high end smartphones out of metal, so this is the first Nexus smartphone to be made from aluminum, which is air-craft grade. The Chinese company has done a good job in performing an aesthetic juggling act, managing to keep the overall Nexus design following Motorola while putting a Huawei stamp on it. The quirks of the design come from the Nexus 6P's various new features, such as dual front facing stereo speakers, the USB Type-C port, and the round fingerprint scanner on the rear. Speaking of the rear, as always there is a big Nexus logo stretching across the back plate, always one of the nicest touches on Google's smartphones. Nexus smartphones started out as affordable flagship baiting handsets that had low prices but compromised by skimming several specs. The Nexus 6 changed that with its all-out flagship hardware and price point to match, and Huawei and Google have continued that new ethos here. Considering the Nexus flagship is really a reference for what Google would like to see other companies do with Android, it is good to see that the 6P packs market leading innards. In terms of the display, the Nexus 6P comes with a sizeable 5.7-inch AMOLED panel that comes with Quad HD (1440 x 2560) resolution. That means the device is fairly massive, although Google says the 6P is the size of the iPhone 6s Plus, although we are not sure how much of a boast that is considering how huge the iPhone 6s Plus is. As for the screen, it is what we expect from a spec busting flagship these days and has a pixel density with 518ppi. Google didn't talk about the exact processor that is inside the Nexus 6P, but the spec sheet posted after the event revealed a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810. That is of course the go to flagship processor at the moment but has been plagued by issues, such as overheating early in its life. While Qualcomm says these issues are solved the jury is very much still out on the chipset and Google probably did not want to make it a focal point of the specs for the Nexus 6P. Regardless, 3GB of RAM drives the performance on the handset, while there are 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB storage options, although there is no micro SD card slot to expand the capacity. Software is dealt with by Android 6.0 Marshmallow of course, with Huawei's Nexus the first smartphone to launch with the brand new Android build. The Nexus 6P is a large and powerful device, so Huawei and Google were wise to opt for a large battery, a 3450mAh juicer in fact. The exact figures for battery life have yet to be revealed, although Google says a rapid charging system is aboard the device. In the past the camera was the worst feature of the Nexus range, the compromise that Google made to keep the overall cost down. We will reserve judgement on primary lens in the Nexus 6P, but Google and Huawei decided to shy away from the more megapixels the better ethos. Instead there is a unique 12.3 megapixel rear shooter that comes with all the goodies we expect at the high end, like an aperture of f/2.0, and IR lasers. There is also a dual LED flash, and considering the wider aperture we are expecting some spectacular low light imagery from this smartphone. The omission of OIS is a little worrying however. Google is finally taking the front facing or selfie camera seriously. For all its blockbuster specifications, the Nexus 6 last year actually featured a rather pathetic 2 megapixel front lens. This time an 8 megapixel snapper has been included for those who like to clip themselves. As for videos, the primary lens can shoot movies in 4K at 30 frames per second, while you can slow it right down for 240fps slow-mo capture.