Meet the Nexus 6P, Google and Huawei's shockingly svelte flagship
After final yr’s unwieldy try Google needed to assume a bit of extra rigorously about how its nerd-pleasant Nexus line ought to work and really feel. Fairly than simply foist one few telephone on us at this time, Google confirmed off two — the Nexus 5X and 6P — meant for various subsets of individuals. The previous? It supplies sufficient horsepower for the plenty in a physique that standard people will not have hassle carrying (and I am going to have a deeper dive prepared shortly). The 6P, however, is the extra refined cousin, and extra spectacular than it’d take a look at first look.
First off, it is simply as modern and lightweight as you’d anticipate a contemporary Huawei telephone to be — the designs is perhaps distinction however you’ll be able to undoubtedly really feel a number of the P8’s unibody metallic DNA right here. In truth, it is simply that devotion to metallic that drew Google to Huawei within the first place. As an Android group staffer casually talked about whereas displaying me the telephone, Huawei is one in every of just a few corporations that may make these unibody metallic chassis at scale, and that sturdier path is what Google was gunning for this yr.
Sturdier, on this case, doesn’t suggest “heavier”. Just like the implausible-in-plastic 5X, the Nexus 6p feels virtually impossibly mild, belying the facility of the revised Snapdragon 810 with 3GB of RAM thrumming away inside. Can we actual speak for a second? It feels nice. It might sound a bit tough placing a chipset with that a lot energy right into a slim metallic body, however nothing we might do with it right here on the venue might make the factor overheat. Yet one more nail within the coffin of these persistent rumors concerning the 810’s warmth administration issues. Anyway, that a lot energy ought to make sure the 6p runs good and snappy, which is strictly what I skilled whereas I used to be fiddling round with the telephone and testing out a few of Android 6.zero Marshmallow’s newer options. Throw in a properly saturated, 5.7-inch Quad HD show that confirmed off some candy deep blues and the 6P’s broad strokes are very encouraging ones.
One of many final massive query marks main as much as at present’s present was the large, black bar that swallowed up the 12.three-megapixel rear digital camera lens? Seems, it is truly hiding quite a bit. I am informed that subsequent to the digital camera and two-tone LED flash is the close to-invisible laser autofocus module and an entire host of coils and antennas to assist with connectivity. That is the issue with metallic our bodies, proper? An excessive amount of metallic might imply WiFi, mobile or NFC alerts get snuffed out, so Google and Huawei shoehorned a bunch of them behind that black plastic bar. Aesthetically it is nonetheless somewhat bizarre, however it’s a neat engineering answer that ought to get the job executed — we’ll convey the complete low-down as soon as we get a evaluation unit. Similar goes for the ballyhooed digital camera that Google and Huawei dropped into this factor; the photographs we obtained on this dim occasion area have been higher than I might anticipated, however they require much more scrutiny.
Regardless of spending a few half hour with the telephone, I am nonetheless slightly stunned it is a Huawei. Sure, the corporate makes good, properly-constructed units. I simply did not anticipate Google to offer it only a public pat on the again. Being tapped to construct a Nexus telephone is not any positive signal that an organization will discover big success, however it’s a very good gesture towards an organization that has made many nice telephones and not using a glut of admiration.
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