Vidéo : All you need to know about the Nexus 6P !
Announced simultaneously with the Nexus 5X, the 6P is Google's high end smartphone, or phablet.
Fitted with an aluminium chassis, atypical design and strong specs, the Nexus 6P has what it takes to be a Nexus 6 successor. Made in collaboration with Huawei, could the new Google phone be good enough to rival its challengers? The answer lies in our video review.
Nexus 5X was all plastic, but 6P is all metal. The hull is one single piece, which gives a feeling of sturdiness. The smartphone is high and large, but feels adequate in hand. The camera and wifi antenna on top may not be that fashionable, but at least they're making that phone stand out from the others.
The 5.7 inches screen is also something to be reckoned with. Contrast is awesome, due to Super Amoled technology and QHD resolution. AMOLed's whimsical colorimetry can be corrected by activating sRGB mode, which Google surprisingly hid in the developers options. The screen turns blue when looking at it from the sides.
6P is also a very good photophone, supported by a Sony CMOS sensor, 12.3 megapixels. Pictures are beautiful, the camera is fast and responsive and the HDR mode is mostly but strangely efficient at night. Video is quite okay, be it in FullHD or 4K.
Let's add superior performances, swift biometric sensor, two days runtime in moderate use, very correct audio section and, of course, Android 6.0 environment, stock version.
The Nexus 6P is a phablet, so it won't necessarily fit in every hand. It seems Huawei didn't really optimized the 5.7 inches screen integration: the smartphone is as big as the Nexus 6 with 6 inches screen, and only 5 millimeters less in large. The screen occupies 70% of the phone surface, whereas on a OnePlus 2 the ratio is 74%, and without virtual browsing keys. Could be better.
The first review model was delivered to us in a poor state. Eventhough it ended clearly in the wrong hands before being held to us, it proves how weak the paint may be on the black model. This was confirmed when we received the second one: paint is wearing off on the chamfered parts. Better pick the aluminium model, then.
The price tag is a bit heavy, too. 649 Euros for the 32 gigs version, and 799 Euros for the 128 gigs. That sure is a lot of money for a phone, especially for a Huawei phablet.
When weighing pros and cons, Nexus 6P stands out clearly as a brilliant phone. It may be pricey and bulky, but that's what it takes to own a Nexus. And if you're going for the aluminium model in order to avoid paint wear off, Nexus 6P only has good things to offer: screen, performances, camera, interface et cetera. It's a specific but pleasant product.