The Google Nexus 6 is one of the most highly anticipated smartphone releases of 2014, so when pre-orders hit the United States last month it came as a surprise when other markets were left waiting.
But now it seems like the wait is finally coming to an end, after several EU companies listed the Nexus 6 pre-order date.
November 18th is the date in question, and one which was previously touted by several big name leakers online.
Dutch retailers were the first companies to list the proposed pre-order date, but it’s unlikely to be any different across the EU, especially seeing as they’ve made fans wait long enough already.
Also, featuring a pre-order date like this means that a launch date should be coming well ahead of Christmas, meaning the panic that could have ensued for Nexus fans might be curbed somewhat.
However, if the Nexus 6 sells as successfully as it did in the US it’s likely that there will still be a fairly large rush for handsets, meaning the possibility of delayed deliveries for unlucky consumers.
Google is normally pretty good at ensuring that product launches go well, but rumoured product shortages will do little to ease eager fans.
The main selling point for the Nexus 6 handset is that it’s set to be the first one to feature Android 5.0 Lollipop, the very latest operating system from Google.
Alongside this is a ridiculously powerful spec list as well, topped by its 6” QHD AMOLED display and 3GB RAM.
Up to 64GB storage makes the cut behind the hood, whilst a quad-core 2.7GHz processor couples a Snapdragon 805 chipset, making for a real top quality piece of kit.
Also, the Nexus 6 sports a great camera set-up as well, with a 13 megapixel effort on the back side and a 2 megapixel front facing lens as well, both with a host of camera features.
In terms of design we’re seeing a new Nexus style with this latest launch, mainly because Google has now asked Motorola to manufacture the device instead of LG.
It features a metallic style trim alongside a curved look, whilst a smooth plastic chassis covers the back side of the device, giving a noticeably different style to the more minimalist Nexus 5 handset.
Currently the Nexus 6 hasn’t got a confirmed price, but the leaks do mention price tags in a very believable bracket.
For the 32GB version of the Nexus you can expect to pay €649, which adds up to around £500. Alternatively, the 64GB version is listed at €699, or £550, both sim free of course.
Contract deals are likely to hover around the £35/month mark on release, with prices dropping heading into the New Year if you don’t mind waiting around for the new Google phone.
Even with a hefty price tag like this, we’re definitely excited about the new Nexus phone. Hopefully it can live up to the expectations.
Written by Luke Hatfield