Google officially announced its 5.9-inch Nexus 6 phablet and the 32 GB unlocked smartphone is priced at $649. If that price is too steep, AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile will all sell the smartphone at a lower price with a contract.
Nexus fans will soon get their hands on the Nexus 6, Google's first phablet. News about the smartphone has been leaking over the last several months and its unveiling backed up many of the details we've covered leading up to Google making the 5.9-inch Motorola-built phablet official.
When Google took the wraps off the Nexus 6, the company revealed that the phablet would be available for preorder on Oct. 29 via the Google Play Store. The unlocked 32-GB model will retail for $649 and the 64-GB variant will cost $699, which makes it the most expensive Nexus smartphone to date.
We recently reported that Verizon would offer the Nexus 6 and Google has now confirmed that the phablet will be indeed be making its way to Verizon, as well as AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and U.S. Cellular via a grayed-out listing on the Nexus 6's homepage.
T-Mobile has created a signup page, along with Sprint, for interested buyers to preregister for the phablet. AT&T has listed the Nexus 6 as coming soon. Once we hear any news from Verizon and U.S. Cellular, we'll pass that along as well.
The Nexus 6 features a 5.92-inch Quad HD AMOLED display with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 and pixel density of 493 pixels per inch (ppi). It will be the first smartphone to ship with Android 5.0 Lollipop and is powered by a 2.7 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor, Adreno 420 GPU (graphics processing unit), and it has 3 GB of RAM. The phablet will be available in both a 32 GB and 64 GB model and, like all Nexus devices, won't come with a microSD expansion slot.
The Nexus 6's camera capabilities consist of a 13-megapixel rear camera with OIS (optical image stabilization), dual-LED flash, ability to record 4K video, and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera for video chat and selfies. In terms of wireless connectivity, the phablet includes a 4G LTE radio, dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP and LE support, GPS, NFC, and wireless charging capabilities out of the box.
Its nonremovable 3,220 mAh battery can get up to 6 hours of use from only 15 minutes of charging and Google claims users will get over 24 hours of use from a full charge.
While we don't have an exact launch date or pricing for carriers, it's great news to see that all major U.S. carriers will in fact offer the Nexus 6 to their customers.