Today, we are going to write down the Huawei Nexus 6P review for our users. This will help you get a good overview about the phone’s specifications.
We come around a new Nexus smartphone or tablet every year, but this year has got a twist, instead of a new number added to Nexus, Google decided to pick up and upgrade the previous two Android smartphones – Nexus 5 & Nexus 6. The LG-built Nexus 5 created history, and is still the most trendy Google Nexus flagship. On the other hand, the Nexus 6 failed the hopes of majority of crowd, mostly due to its extremely large size, and design too, which was pretty much the same as any other Moto Android smartphone.
To amend the disappointing facts that the Nexus 6 laid down, Google has worked out the issues and released the distinctive Huawei-built Google Nexus 6P. We will go through the phone’s aspects in detail, just read it out below.
Huawei Nexus 6P Review
Design & Body
Google has moved par from the plastic body that it used in most of its Nexus series smartphones, and has set its foot on something different. The N6 was heavy and difficult to handle as a smartphone, and it has not been late since Google has realised this. This time, the OEM has implemented a metallic (anodised Aluminium) backbone for the 6P, which is light as compared to what it was with the predecessor, and also gives the phone a superb premium finish. The edges are much more round, and makes the phone easy to fit in the palm.
On the back, is a new controversial feature of the Nexus 6P – a black glass strip running horizontally on the upper section. The glass area is lifted out a bit covering the camera and the dual-LED flash. If you would ask me, the camera could have been integrated into the phone body, which would have given it a much stronger look. Moving down, you could see the fingerprint sensor, which is placed rightly where it should be, well within the reach of your fingers. Below this, is the Nexus logo which is large, emphasising the Google Nexus branding, with Huawei logo just right below it.
Following the premium look of the phone, the manufacturer has moved the power and volume buttons to the right-side. On the left side remains the slot that holds the nano SIM card. The top area is consumed by just a 3.5-mm jack and the bottom, by the USB type-C connector. USB Type-C is an innovative concept to have the complete range of Android smartphones and tablets share a common bond.
The overall design of the N6P has been improved drastically over its predecessor, making it look more bold, attractive, and a little-less common among the other Android smartphone designs.
Coming over to the front of the device, the place where everything is carried out – the WQHD display, which is 1440×2540 pixels (518 ppi). The screen size of the Nexus 6P has been scaled down to 5.7-inches with ~71.4% screen-to-body ratio, so the device now perceives to be a little smaller than the N6. The size may have been cut short a bit, but it is still a little hard to swipe the finger to all the corners of the screen.
On the N6P, the display type has been kept the same – AMOLED, made up of the infamous Corning Gorilla Glass technology. The colours are now much more crisp with better saturation level, that doesn’t make the screen look dull at all.
Another major addition to the N6P display, is the Oleophobic coating. No, it is not a screen guard to prevent any breakage, rather is a simple oil coating over the display’s surface. This coating makes your phone’s screen highly resistant to fingerprints and smudge.
Oleophobic coating doesn’t make your N6P completely fingerprint proof, but avoids a high level of smudge throughout. Since Oleophobic coating is just a layer of oil, it will wear off after sometime. The duration of its application depends solely on the usage, and may range from 4 months to an year or so.
Before the release of the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X, it was rumoured that the device would have integrated a camera hardware never used in any Nexus before. And now, we can finally sum up that the hype is actually true. The rear camera is 12.3 MP with f/2.0 aperture, laser focus and dual-LED flash. It comprises of a 1.55µm pixel lens that are larger than the normal pixels and allow a significant amount of light to enter, making it extremely apt for low-light and all kind of indoor photography. The camera captures brilliant 4K videos with 30 frames-per-second. Though the N6P camera lacks image-stabilization, but it doesn’t feel of need much, until you are recording a video.
The front camera is 8 MP, with 1.4µm pixels and f/2.4 aperture to take detailed front shots, even in low light. We might have stressed a lot on increase in low-light, but the overall camera quality has been improved a lot and is worth mentioning. The one thing that the Nexus line has always felt short of, and still lacks, is a functional in-built camera app. We hope to see improvisations in this section soon, until then, you can always use third-party apps from the Google Play Store to fulfil your needs for a decent camera app.
Hardware & Performance
Be it swiping the screen, tapping, gaming, or other functions, Nexus 6P works flawlessly. The phone plays it strong with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chipset clocked at 2.0 GHz with a octa-core Cortex CPU (64-bit architecture). Adreno 430 graphics unit along with 3GB RAM helps the phone deliever some serious gaming experience. It is 4G LTE enabled with multiple band support and Bluetooth LE 4.2 integrated.
The Nexus line has always been the kind to provide only to-the-point hardware, but with the Nexus 6P and 5X, Google has finally added something that will make its users even more happier. We are talking about the Nexus Imprint concept. But unlike the iPhone, the fingerprint sensor is not a button, but a sensor placed on the back of the phone. Users can use this function to unlock phone, authorise payments, and also for entering access passwords. Being at an initial stage, the Nexus Imprint function is still a success. You can enable it by going to Settings > Security > Fingerprint.
For my own curiosity, I have managed to take the AnTuTu benchmark scores for the Nexus 6P, to compare it with the other high-end smartphones in the market.
Over to speakers, they are placed well on the front, both on the top and bottom of the screen, making the sound more audible and clear, as compared to when the speakers were placed on the bottom or back of the body. There are a total of three microphones – two on the front and one on the back, supporting noise cancellation, that helps you transfer crystal clear voice, even when the phone is placed over its screen.
Battery life is an aspect considered at top priority for every Android smartphone. The Nexus 6P contains a 3540 mAh battery, but that alone is not responsible for its extremely good battery life. Inclusion of the efficient Doze feature and memory management, both hold equal responsibility for deriving a huge amount of battery juice from the phone.
USB Type-C technology also has a positive impact on the phone’s battery. The N6P is fast charge enabled and can be charged rapidly using the in-box charger. The best part is, the cable could be inserted on both sides, zeroing the risk of accidentally breaking the charging port.
Over to me, I just love the new Nexus 6P. Moving over from the Nexus 5, I would say their are features and additions that are above comparison. The design and body gives a premium look to the phone when placed in hand. The software and hardware sum up to give out the most from the phone and makes it one of the most powerful phone in the market.
People on the other side are still sceptic about the black stripe bulging out of the back. But then, overall, the phone is a power-pack, delivering a good hardware experience and latest Android Marshmallow software.
The Nexus 6P comes in three different variants – Aluminium, Graphite, and Frost at a price tag starting at INR 39,999 for the 32 GB variant. In India, you can buy the Nexus 6P either directly from the Google Store or from the authorised reseller – Flipkart.