Huawei Launches Nexus 6P in Pakistan:
Google partnered with Huawei to produce the Nexus 6P, which seemed an odd pairing at first, given that Huawei’s home market in China doesn’t support Google services. But Huawei has made the best Nexus ever, redefining what the program is capable of in the process. Find out why in our Nexus 6P review
Huawei Nexus 6P design and build quality
The Nexus 6P is the first all-metal Nexus, and its premium design is immediately striking. There is a glass window at the top of the back of the device, which protrudes slightly and houses the camera lens, laser auto-focus and flash, and also provides a window for the NFC and antenna. It serves a purpose, but aesthetically, it’s the strangest part of the Nexus 6P design.
The front of the Nexus 6P is very minimal. Like the first Nexus 6, the new Nexus 6P has rather large bezel areas at the top and bottom of the screen (known as its chin and forehead). The reason for this is that the Nexus 6P has stereo front-facing speakers. While not everyone will appreciate the large bezels, they are sure to appreciate the sound coming from these speakers. See the audio section below for more on the Nexus 6P’s sound.
The elegant Nexus 6P design is true to Huawei’s current form; the Huawei Mate S was similarly well made. At only 7.3 mm thick, the Nexus 6P is comparable to the iPhone 6 Plus (the Galaxy S6 Edge+ is thinner, at 6.9 mm), yet Huawei has managed to squeeze the largest battery ever put into a Nexus – 3,450 mAh – into its sleek body.
On the bottom edge of the Nexus 6P you’ll see a USB Type-C port. This is a new feature for the Nexus line and the new standard for smartphones in general. USB Type-C is capable of faster charging and data transfer, reverse charging (so you can charge another Type-C equipped phone from your Nexus 6P) and the cable itself is reversible, so it doesn’t matter which way round you plug it in. It’s important to note that the Nexus 6P does not use USB 3.1 though, rather USB 2.0.
Unlike the LG-built Nexus 5X, the Nexus 6P comes with both a Type-C cable with a USB Type-C plug on both ends and a standard USB to Type-C cable, so you can still plug your Nexus 6P into your computer or into a standard charging adapter.
The back of the Nexus 6P also features a fingerprint scanner. Fingerprint scanners are becoming increasingly common, but the one found on the Nexus 6P is both extremely responsive and very accurate. There are positive and negative aspects to its location, however.
When you are holding the Nexus 6P, the fingerprint sensor is in a convenient and intuitive place, right where your index finger naturally rests. Naturally, you’ll need to register the prints of both your left and right index finger if you intend to use your phone with both hands.
But when the Nexus 6P is laying face up on a table – as it often would be – you can’t access the fingerprint scanner without picking the phone up, which means using the scanner is no quicker than unlocking the phone from the home screen. This problem applies to all devices that position the fingerprint scanner on the back of the phone, including the Xperia Z5 – although having said that, devices with front-facing scanners can’t be conveniently unlocked if they are laying face down.
Huawei Nexus 6P display
The Nexus 6P screen is bright and crisp with QHD resolution (2,560 x 1,440 pixels and 518 ppi). The 5.7-inch AMOLED display is nicely saturated, highly detailed and provides great brightness and contrast.
The Nexus 6P display is covered with Gorilla Glass 4 and is flanked on the top and bottom by stereo speakers. These make the Nexus 6P a dream for consuming media, whether video or games.
Touch response is immediate and color representation is among the best I’ve seen on an AMOLED display. The viewing angles are very good – even at a 70-degree angle, you can still clearly see the on-screen content.
Huawei Nexus 6P software
The Nexus 6P is one of the reference devices for Android 6.0 Marshmallow. This guarantees the Nexus 6P several great software features, including Doze Mode and App Standby for better battery life, granular app permission control, native fingerprint reader support, Google Now on Tap, monthly security updates, and more control over the Android system than ever before. For more of what the latest version of Android delivers, take a look at our Android 6.0 Marshmallow review.
The experience of stock Android 6.0 on the Nexus 6P is really fast and fluid. Applications launch smoothly, multi-tasking is handled quickly, connecting to your computer is straightforward, browsing the internet is convenient and adding or removing apps is simpler than ever.
If you are the type of person who demands a smartphone that’s capable of providing an excellent platform for gaming and media consumption, on top of fast updates and speedy interface, then the Nexus 6P is definitely worth your consideration. Unlike some previous Nexus models, it’s hard to find a weak point in this year’s device.
The use of the Snapdragon 810 v2.1 is of some concern, however. This is the chipset behind all of the overheating and throttling stories you would have heard this year. While some phones using the 810, the OnePlus 2, for example, simply under-clocked the processor to avoid overheating, the Nexus 6P uses the full 2.0 GHz capabilities of the 810.
Unfortunately this does mean that the Nexus 6P performance slows down under stress, but it’s not really a perceptible difference. The phone gets a little warm too, like any metallic phone, but metal is also a great material for dispersing heat, so the phone’s performance is less likely to be affected by thermal throttling.
Huawei Nexus 6P performance
Looking at the Nexus 6P specs, we can see we’ve got a near top-tier device, which, combined with stock Android, should provide a very fast and responsive Android experience. This is absolutely played out in reality, although benchmark results do show some thermal throttling under stress.
As mentioned above, the Nexus 6P uses the full 1.5 GHz and 2 GHz range of the Snapdragon 810 (which has four low energy cores and four high performance cores). While benchmarking back-to-back, the Nexus 6P scores dropped, which evidence of thermal throttling as the chipset heats up. I performed each benchmark three times, and in each test, the results decreased in each successive run. For example, in AnTuTu, the Nexus 6P dropped from a score of 56,004 to 53,216 to 49,317.
Huawei Nexus 6P audio
The audio quality on the Nexus 6P was a real surprise. It might be stretching it to say that it’s HTC BoomSound quality, but if you’re looking for excellent front-facing stereo speakers, the Nexus 6P does not disappoint. The sound is clean, loud and without distortion, and for the first time in years I’ve found an otherwise perfect smartphone with speakers I can’t find flaw with. Well done, Huawei.
As for in-call quality, the earpiece speaker is also very good but external noises creep in at times, and the call becomes a little muffled. Normally this kind of background noise is canceled out by the multiple external microphones, but it seems like this might still need a little tweaking on the Nexus 6P. This can be easily avoided by lowering the volume in the call to around 60 percent, but it would be preferable if noise canceling were handled better.
Huawei Nexus 6P camera
The Nexus 6P camera is a 12.3 MP primary camera with no optical image stabilization. To compensate for this puzzling omission, the Nexus 6P gains laser auto-focus.
The Nexus 6P sensor also has larger pixels than its predecessor. This means the images captured in low light environments are richer in detail. We’ve seen this idea before, in HTC’s UltraPixel technology which, it has to be admitted, was a bit of a failure. HTC has largely stopped using the technology on most of its phones but Huawei seems to have got the recipe right, because the Nexus 6P camera is great.
The dual LED flash offers balanced and natural tones in flash photography and the results are pretty good. This is easily the best camera on a Nexus phone ever. The Google Camera, which can be installed on any phone via the Play Store, is pretty simplistic, but the Nexus 6P is capable of shooting 4K video and slow motion at both 120 fps and 240 fps. There’s also an upgraded HDR mode called HDR+ which automatically detects when it is needed.
Huawei Nexus 6P battery
In the past, the Nexus range has not enjoyed particularly brilliant battery life. Things always improve with new Android versions but it’s hard to think of a Nexus that impressed us with its battery life straight out of the box. Until now. The Huawei Nexus 6P has a whopping 3,450 mAh battery – the largest ever in a Nexus.
This means that the Nexus 6P has more than enough juice to power a large QHD screen, and, combined with Doze Mode and the stock battery saver and app standby features, the Nexus 6P gets you through a full day of easier than any other Nexus. You certainly won’t be having to cripple your Nexus just to make it through to dinner time.
The battery is, of course, non-removable, but the addition of rapid charging makes getting enough juice on the fly a simple task. In just 10 minutes the Nexus 6P can be charged enough to get you up to seven hours of usage. This figure refers to a near-depleted battery though; if your Nexus 6P still has a substantial charge, the charging speed will be marginally slower.
The full specifications of the Huawei Nexus 6P are:
|NETWORK||Technology||GSM / CDMA / HSPA / LTE|
|Status||Available. Released 2015, September|
|BODY||Dimensions||159.3 x 77.8 x 7.3 mm (6.27 x 3.06 x 0.29 in)|
|Weight||178 g (6.28 oz)|
|DISPLAY||Type||AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|Size||5.7 inches (~71.4% screen-to-body ratio)|
|Resolution||1440 x 2560 pixels (~518 ppi pixel density)|
|Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass 4, oleophobic coating|
|PLATFORM||OS||Android OS, v6.0 (Marshmallow)|
|Chipset||Qualcomm MSM8994 Snapdragon 810|
|CPU||Quad-core 1.55 GHz Cortex-A53 & Quad-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A57|
|Internal||32/64/128 GB, 3 GB RAM|
|CAMERA||Primary||12.3 MP, laser autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash|
|Features||1.55µm pixel size, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama|
|Secondary||8 MP, 1080p@30fps|
|SOUND||Alert types||Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones|
|Loudspeaker||Yes, with front stereo speakers|
|COMMS||WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot|
|Bluetooth||v4.2, A2DP, LE|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS|
|USB||v2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector|
|FEATURES||Sensors||Fingerprint, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer|
|Messaging||SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM|
|– Fast charging
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mics
– MP4/H.264 player
– MP3/WAV/eAAC+ player
– Photo/video editor
– Document editor
|BATTERY||Non-removable Li-Po 3450 mAh battery|
|Stand-by||Up to 440 h (3G)|
|Talk time||Up to 23 h (3G)|
|Music play||Up to 100 h|
|MISC||Colors||Aluminium, Graphite, Frost|