When Google Pixel and Pixel XL were announced, many Android fans were somehow confused. The company that was known to value affordability had now turned into another “Apple.”
Of course, this change was expected to hit the market at some point in time, however, Android enthusiasts still hoped for something close to the Google Nexus 6P – a device with high-end specs, premium design and yet very affordable. Instead, the search engine giant took a different direction and came in with two Google Pixel phones that can easily compete with the Apples and Samsungs of this 21st century. This can easily be reflected in the pricing of the handsets, with the base model priced at $649.
The Google Pixel and Pixel XL have reportedly been breaking records in terms of smartphone sales since Google went into the business. However, the company’s premium pricing and general flagship approach has meant that most people looking for a high-end device that is also pocket-friendly and offering a pure Android experience are left with only one option – the Google Nexus 6P.
Currently priced at about $400 for the base model, the Google Nexus 6P is without a doubt the real deal here. Although a year old, the handset still has what it takes to compete among the best. It is powered by last year’s flagship chipset – the Snapdragon 810 – and this is paired with 3GB RAM, the same you find in a number of flagship handsets released in 2016, among them Sony Xperia X Performance.
This processor will take care of all your smartphone needs smoothly – be it multitasking, switching between apps, fast internet browsing, playing games or even watching online shows – and you will love the Google Nexus 6P. The base model has 32GB of storage, but there are also options to get 64GB and 128GB options, which is a good addition especially since there is no room for microSD card storage.
If you love big, the Google Nexus 6P is big enough at 5.7 inches in display size. This screen is an AMOLED panel with a resolution of 1440p, same as the Google Pixel XL and way above the smaller Google Pixel, which has 1080p. The device runs on a pure version of Android 7.0 Nougat, meaning you miss on a few things that are available on the Google-customized Pixel phones.
The back of the handset has a 12MP sensor alongside a fingerprint scanner while the front has an 8MP snapper. Even though you won’t get the same quality offered on the Pixel alongside unlimited photo and video storage via Google Photos, the Nexus 6P will still give you some of the best shots a smartphone camera can produce, especially when HDR+ comes into play.
There is a decent battery unit of 3450mAh that supports USB-C fast charging technology.
Considering the current price of the Google Nexus 6P compared to the Pixel XL and other flagships, the former is a safer bet for getting a high-end phone at an affordable price.
What do you think about the Google Nexus 6P?