At 5pm today (BST, natch) Google will take to the stage to announce their latest flagship Nexus devices. It’s their first new handset launch since the mildly disastrous Motorola Nexus 6, and, well, we basically know everything there is to know about the two devices that they’ll unveil – the Huawei Nexus 6P and LG Nexus 5X. Whilst the latter is a high-end redux of the popular Nexus 5, here at Chinese Smartphones we’ve only got eyes for debutant Huawei’s effort. It’s a phone that we’ve discussed before, but with just hours to go before the event, we can now fill in all those pesky blanks. So, what do we know about the Nexus 6P?

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The 6P is the higher-end of the two handsets due to be announced today, and if you think that means ludicrous specs, then you’d be quite right. Headlining the spec sheet is that mammoth 5.7″ Quad HD AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, with a daft pixel density of 515 PPI and a coating of Gorilla Glass 4. Powering that screen is a top of the line Snapdragon 810 processor, an Adreno 430 GPU and 3GB of RAM. Those are top of the line specifications in anyone’s books, but they’re no use if you can’t use them all day. That’s why Huawei have squeezed in a huge 3,450mAh battery, likely good enough to get you through two full days with the efficiency of the 810 processor and Android Marshmallow.

Elsewhere, there’s a rear mounted fingerprint scanner (as seen above), dual front facing speakers, support for worldwide 4G bands, a USB Type C port, fast charging and a choice of 32, 64 and 128GB of internal storage.

Perhaps of most interest is the camera unit its sporting. Once tipped to be a huge 25MP unit, it’s been revealed that the Nexus 6P will instead feature a 12.3MP unit, with an f/2.0 aperture. Instead, the camera makes do with a two tone flash and larger than normal pixels sized at 1.55μ. That means that more light is caught per pixel, and therefore low light pictures look much better than usual. At the moment, the jury’s out on whether the camera also has optical image stabilization, but we’ll update this as soon as we know. Finally, there’s an 8MP front facing camera.



Moving on to the hardware itself, the phone features an aluminium unibody design, measuring in at 159.4 x 77.8 x 7.3mm and weighing just 178g, which should mean it’s comfortable enough to use one handed if and when push comes to shove. Finally, it’ll feature a 100% pure version of Android 6.0 Marshmallow, which brings greatly improved battery life, fingerprint verification, Now On Tap, better security and more.

Pricing starts at $499 for 64GB of storage on the Nexus 6P, and will be available in Aluminium, Graphite, Frost and Gold colours. UPDATE: UK pricing is as follows: 32GB for £449, 64GB for £499 and 128GB for £579. In addition, each phone sale comes with 90 days free Google Play Music All Access.

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