Huawei Nexus 6P

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Nexus goes metal, and it’s great.

It’s time to throw ev­ery­thing you thought you knew about Nexus phones out the win­dow. For the first time, we’re ac­tu­ally in­ter­ested in a Nexus as a wor­thy piece of hard­ware. And that’s dis­count­ing the warm, gooey bit at its core that is An­droid 6.0 Marsh­mal­low.

With the Nexus 6P, Google and Huawei have fi­nally made a Nexus phone that can truly be called pre­mium. Build qual­ity feels ab­so­lutely top­notch, and we’d put its al­la­lu­minium body in the same league as Sam­sung’s lat­est Galaxy line of phones. Ru­mors about spon­ta­neous crack­ing of the cam­era win­dow and an un­flat­ter­ing bend test notwith­stand­ing, th­ese so far re­main un­sub­stan­ti­ated, and we really wouldn’t worry too much about them.

The screen is an AMOLED dis­play with a res­o­lu­tion of 2,560 x 1,440 pix­els, which trans­lates to a pixel den­sity of 518ppi. This puts it slightly be­hind phones with smaller dis­plays like the Galaxy S6 (577ppi), but on par with the Galaxy Note 5. In fact, the team be­hind the Nexus 6P con­firmed that it uses the lat­est gen­er­a­tion dis­play pan­els from Sam­sung, so it might very well be the same as that used on the Note 5.

As is typ­i­cal of AMOLED screens, colors can ap­pear a tad bit over­sat­u­rated, which should en­dear it to those who pre­fer vi­brant, punchy colors. How­ever, if you en­able the sRGB color mode, the colors im­me­di­ately be­come more muted but also more ac­cu­rate, which is just the way we like it.

The front-fac­ing stereo speak­ers are also a wel­come fea­ture, but while they were cer­tainly loud enough, they were oth­er­wise un­re­mark­able.

One of the stand­out fea­tures on the Nexus 6P is its ex­cel­lent finger­print sen­sor, dubbed Nexus Im­print. The lack of a home but­ton means that the sen­sor has been re­lo­cated to 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. In our time with the phone, it read and reg­is­tered our prints in a heart­beat, re­gard­less of the ori­en­ta­tion. In fact, we found that we didn’t even have to per­fectly cover the sen­sor to get our print rec­og­nized.

An­other key im­ple­men­ta­tion is a USB Type-C port for charg­ing and data trans­fer (only USB 2.0

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