Huawei Nexus 6P - Tech Review

Huawei Nexus 6P – Tech Review

Google has recently added two new smartphones to its Nexus family – Huawei Nexus 6P and LG Nexus 5X – amidst rumours of plans to manufacture its own smartphones. We got our hands on the flagship Huawei Nexus 6P launched in India at Rs.39,999 (32 GB variant) and here is what we think of it:

What is good?

To start off, the phone’s design is impressive, to say the least. It has a fresh look and feel to it. The rear panel of the phone gives it an elegant look with the aluminium finish, fingerprint sensor and the nexus logo (which is embossed) on the panel. The phone is relatively thinner than most flagships in the market. The thicker top part of the phone with a black differentiated part that houses the camera and the flash also elevates the phone’s look.

The display is superb. The 5.7-inch quad-HD display has a 518 pixels per inch (ppi) density and provides a good viewing experience. The pixel density is higher than most other devices and so images seem to be sharper.

Google is actually right to claim that this Nexus has the best camera yet. The rear camera is very fast and accurate, taking it closer to rivals like iPhone 6S and Galaxy S6 when it comes to shutter speed. Due to the larger 1.55 micron pixels that let in more light, the camera does well in low-light conditions although my personal opinion is that other flagships still are better in this regard. The camera comes with only three other modes including auto – photosphere, panorama and lens blur.

The Nexus 6P’s 2GHz octa-core Snapdragon 810 processor, combined with 3 GB DDR4 RAM, is an industry-grade performer. There are only a handful of situations when the phone lags. Multi-tasking, changing between games and other functions are lightning fast on the device. The stock pure Android also helps in this experience.

Coming to the highlight of the phone, the latest Android operating system (OS) Marshmallow or Android 6.0. The OS has been modified to make the experience much faster and better. Quick actions and menus make the phone more intuitive. Google Now on Tap, an artificial intelligence programme or machine learning programme uses the raw power of the search engine to show more info about the user’s search input. The feature works with movies, places, people and music bands.

The operating system also offers a ‘doze’ mode which is instrumental in saving battery drain. The phone essentially shuts down all app background activity when it is left untouched for a long time. Another noticeable feature is the app drawer on the top of the apps menu. The most used apps are reflected on top in the drawer followed by apps in the alphabetical order. The OS also comes with a search bar to allow users to look for specific apps.

The phone comes with a 3,450 mAH battery which, in spite of the phone having a quad-HD display, manages nearly 24 hours. This is again aided by the doze mode. The phone also supports quick charging, which is also a plus.

Interestingly, the Nexus 6P also comes with a fingerprint scanner which is very fast and responsive. The OS also allows storage of up to five fingerprints. Other features on the device include GPS-A with GLONASS, NFC, Wi-Fi, 4G-LTE support and Bluetooth along with a host of sensors.

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