Google has officially unveiled its latest flagship smartphone, the Nexus 6 alongside its newly named Android Lollipop operating system.
In a move substantially dissimilar to Apple’s recent media event for the iPhone 6, Google let the world know about its latest piece of kit via an online post.
Sporting a 6” QHD display, the Nexus has grown by around an inch in terms of display, as well as upping resolution since its previous offering from 1080p to 1440p.
Crafted by Motorola this time round, as opposed to the Nexus 5 which was made by LG, the Nexus 6 sticks to a similar style as its predecessor.
Boasting a trusty plastic chassis with what we can only assume for now is a metallic trim (although it could be plastic); the Nexus 6 definitely looks the part.
Behind its stunning exterior we find a smartphone full to the brim with exciting specs, most notably the Snapdragon 805 chipset which sits in tandem with a 2.65GHz quad-core processor.
If you didn’t think the Nexus was fast enough yet (only god knows how you couldn’t!), 3GB of RAM should be enough to convince you.
Available in either 32GB or 64GB variants, the Nexus 6 doesn’t support MicroSD cards, so once you’ve made your choice you’re stuck with it.
If smartphone cameras are your thing then you should be happy to see a 13 megapixel rear-based lens on the latest Google handset, whilst a 2 megapixel effort finds its way to the front side of the phone.
Finally, a 3,220mAh battery with a brand new Turbo Charge feature keeps the Nexus running. This feature promises 6 hours of battery life off just a 15 minute charge, something that will be much sought after if it does what it says it can.
Google’s Android Lollipop OS will debut on the handset, which offers a number of improvements over KitKat.
Until now the software was known only under its codename; Android L. But now it’s been officially named we can expect plenty of handsets to be updated soon enough.
The Nexus 6 will feature the system right off the bat, whilst Nexus 4, 5, 7 and 10 owners will also be able to download the update on its release.
Many flagship Android users can also expect an update soon, but unlike Apple it isn’t rolled out one one day, with manufacturers having to set a date themselves for releases on its handsets.
Pre-orders for the Nexus 6 will start on October 29th, with handsets retailing at approximately £450 for the 32GB variant and £520 for the 64GB option.
The handset will officially launch next month, with an exact date yet to be confirmed, meaning it should have more than enough time to build some interest ahead of the busy Christmas rush.
Written by Luke Hatfield