Nexus 6P

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Time to throw ev­ery­thing you thought you knew about Nexus phones out the win­dow. With the Nexus 6P, Google and Huawei have fi­nally made a flag­ship-level de­vice with top-notch build qual­ity; its all-alu­minium body is in the same league as Sam­sung’s lat­est Galaxy line of phones.

The screen is an AMOLED dis­play with a 2,560 x 1,440 pix­els res­o­lu­tion (518 ppi), and on pa­per, it is iden­ti­cal to the Sam­sung Galaxy Note5. In fact, the team be­hind the Nexus 6P con­firms us­ing the lat­est gen­er­a­tion pan­els from Sam­sung, so it might very well be the same as the Note5. As is typ­i­cal of AMOLED screens though, col­ors can ap­pear a tad bit over­sat­u­rated. You can en­able sRGB color mode for a more muted and also more ac­cu­rate screen.

One of the stand­out fea­tures on the Nexus 6P is its ex­cel­lent fin­ger­print sen­sor, dubbed Nexus Im­print, which is lo­cated as a nifty lit­tle de­pres­sion on the back of the phone. You may need some time get­ting used to it if you’re used to a home-but­ton sen­sor, but you’ll even­tu­ally find that the new place­ment is a cinch. The sen­sor’s per­for­mance was also just about flaw­less. It read and reg­is­tered our prints in a heart­beat, re­gard­less of the ori­en­ta­tion.

The 6P is also one of the first phones to uti­lize a USB Type-C port. The rev­ersible de­sign is a wel­come im­prove­ment over Mi­cro-USB for sure, and USB Type-C of­fers 15W of out­put that can get the phone from zero to a full charge in about an hour and 40 min­utes. How­ever, USB Type-C isn’t that com­mon yet, so cables are still some­thing of a rar­ity.

The 12.3MP rear cam­era cap­tures lots of de­tail with ac­cu­rate col­ors, comes with laser aut­o­fo­cus and a large 1.55μm pix­els sen­sor to cap­ture more light. It also proved fairly adept at cap­tur­ing close-up shots. One com­plaint we have is with HDR+ mode – pic­tures turned out bet­ter with­out it, as its abil­ity to prop­erly bal­ance light and shadow was wonky and in­con­sis­tent. Un­for­tu­nately, it has no OIS, a fea­ture found on most of the other smart­phones in this shootout (the only other ex­cep­tion is the Sony Xpe­ria Z5 Pre­mium Dual).

The Nexus 6P is pow­ered by a Qual­comm Snap­dragon 810 v2.1 64-bit, octa-core pro­ces­sor with 3GB RAM. This is an up­dated ver­sion of the con­tro­ver­sial SoC pre­vi­ously dogged by re­ports of over­heat­ing and bat­tery drain. Qual­comm has taken steps to rec­tify th­ese is­sues in the lat­est ver­sion of the chip. Com­pared to the older v2.0 SoC, the Adreno 430 GPU also sees a slight in­crease in GPU clock speeds from 600MHz to 630MHz.

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