Google’s new flagship is the Nexus 6P by Huawei, and according to the guys behind it the ‘P’ stands for premium. With the Nexus 6, we saw Google move its Nexus phones from the mid-Rs 20,000 budget range to the higher Rs 40,000 price bracket. Now with the Huawei Nexus 6P, Google is sticking to this pricing, a conscious strategy where the tech giant is going after the premium smartphone market in India, if Google’s Senior Marketing Director David Shapiro is to be believed.
But premium here is nowhere near an Apple or even a top-end Galaxy and the price gap is substantial. The opportunity is to offer a high-end smartphones at prices that are premium, but not top-end. So can the Nexus 6P break into this premium segment?
Specs: 5.7-inch WQHD screen (2560 x 1440p, ~518 ppi ) AMOLED display with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 | Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 Octa-core 64-bit processor, Adreno 430 GPU | 3GB LPDDR4 RAM | 32GB or 64GB storage space | 12.3mp rear camera with IR Laser-Assisted autofocus, 1.55 µm pixels size + 8mp front camera | 3,450 mAh battery | Android 6.0
The most noticeable change is the fact that this is the first Nexus to sport an all-metal body. The Nexus 6P is made from “aeronautical-grade aluminum” and fingerprint scanner is on the back like on LG phones. The Nexus 6P does have a gorgeous screen, but one that is prone to smudges despite the fingerprint and smudge-resistant oleophobic coating. The black and silver review unit we got did get dirty on the back, although the colour has not been affected, inspiring faith in the build quality.
With the Nexus 6P, Google’s kept a slight bulge near the camera unit and it stands out from the rest of the body of the phone. Personally, it’s not an overall look that I care for too much.