Huawei Nexus 6P Hands On Review

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Huawei Nexus 6P Hands On Review

The Nexus 6P (by Huawei) was officially launched in Malaysia on 8th of December 2015 retailing at RM 2,698. There are 2 colour choices, Aluminium and Graphite, and is only available in the sole 64GB capacity model.

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The Nexus 6P is the flagship model of the Nexus range for 2015 manufactured by Huawei. Being a flagship device, it is fully equipped with the best specifications possible. Amongst the notable ones are the new and improved camera featuring a 12.3MP sensor, an f/2.0 aperture and 1.55µm pixel size (which assist photography in low light conditions), a 5.7-inch WQHD 2560×1440 px (518 ppi) AMOLED Cinematic Display with scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass 4, fingerprint sensor/scanner called Nexus Imprint, an all-metal body as well as USB Type-C.

Nexus 6P specifications:

  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 v2.1, 2.0 GHz octa-core 64-bit CPU, Adreno 430 GPU
  • RAM: 3GB LPDDR4
  • Display: 5.7-inch, WQHD 2560×1440 resolution AMOLED Cinematic Display with scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass 4, 16:9 aspect ratio, 518 ppi
  • Storage: 64GB, non-expandable
  • Main Camera: 12.3 MP, 1.55 µm pixel size, f/2.0 aperture, IR laser-assisted autofocus, dual-LED flash, 4K video capture, 720p (240 fps) slow motion
  • Front Camera: 8 MP, 1.4 µm pixel size, f/2.4 aperture, HD video (30 fps)
  • OS: Android 6.0 “Marshmallow”
  • Size: 159.3 x 77.8 x 7.3 mm
  • Weight: 179 g
  • Battery: 3,450 mAh Li-Po

In The Box

Starting with the exterior of the box, the Nexus 6P comes with a nicely designed box. Opening the lid reveals the device in all its glory, along with all the accessories you need, especially the all important USB Type-C cable. The main, longer cable has the same plug on both ends, as the charging adapter only takes USB Type-C. You’ll gonna have to use in order to take advantage of the fast charging capabilities, as it is rated 15W, 5V3A. This, unfortunately means that if you’re on the go, you will have to at least carry the other shorter cable bundled along which has a regular USB on one end, and USB Type-C on the other, to enable the Nexus 6P to be compatible with other regular USB chargers. There’s also the usual documents, as well as an ejector pin for ejecting the SIM tray. There is, sadly, no headphones that comes along with the device.

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All the contents that came along with the Nexus 6P, sans the box and manuals.

First Impressions & Hands On

Nexus devices had always been a showcase of the proper Android experience. For the 7th generation phone, Google has partnered with Huawei to create the Nexus 6P. This time, instead of just being a reference device, they decided to make it upmarket, something that could compete very well with current flagship smartphones. The Nexus 6P has a 5.7-inch AMOLED screen with Quad HD resolution of 2560×1440, giving it a pixel density of 518 pixels per inch! A pair of front firing stereo speakers flanking that high-resolution screen makes it a perfect gaming/movie/music device. The exterior of the Nexus 6P is an all-metal unibody design with a camera bump at the back. The camera bump is actually a glass panel covering, that houses the primary camera, the flash, and also the laser auto focus module. It also has a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, right under the secondary mic (that is below the camera bump mentioned earlier), a first for Nexus phones, and the best part of it, it has native support in Android Marshmallow.

On the right of the device are all the physical buttons, power button on top, and the volume rocker switch on the bottom. On the right, there’s the sole SIM tray that can only be popped out using the ejector tool. The sides are pretty flat, making the device much easier to grip, despite it being a larger smartphone. Depending on what device you are coming from, the handling does take some getting used to, though it fits surprisingly well within the hands.

There is absolutely no lag or stutter on the Nexus 6P, bringing along a smooth and fluid experience. This is to be expected, judging with the perfect match of the best processor and ample memory, as well as the vanilla Android experience. Out of the box, only 242MB  is used, out of the 53.67GB user available internal storage. That is the result of having minimal bloatware or apps installed, which is what the Nexus experience is all about.

The Nexus 6P’s camera had seen a huge upgrade, considering Nexus devices had never been seen as good photography tools, they provided decent photographs but weren’t always the best. This time round, things had changed, the Nexus 6P performs remarkably well in well-lit as well as low-lit conditions while providing good auto-HDR results. The close focusing performance is also decent, as evident in some of the sample photographs below where I had used it to take some close-ups of the Huawei Watch. Until I get the chance to properly test it with more usage, the results I get from the brief usage seemed very satisfactory.

PROS:

  • Large and sharp 5.7″ WQHD AMOLED display
  • 12.3MP 1.55µm pixel size Laser Autofocus camera
  • Generous 3GB RAM & 64GB Internal Memory
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 v2.1, 2.0 GHz octa-core 64-bit processor
  • Android “Marshmallow” pre-installed, as well as 2-years guaranteed updates
  • Metal uni-body build

CONS

  • High price for a smartphone, but still justifiable as it is a flagship device
  • Initial availability would be scarce due to the high demand globally

Initial Conclusion:

The Nexus 6P by Huawei is indeed an interesting device to be introduced on the Malaysian market, a Nexus device, after a long hiatus(since the Nexus 4, years ago).

We ain’t surprise at all that Huawei has slapped a hefty price tag of RM2,698 on the Nexus 6P. The reason behind this is Huawei has put in a lot of effort in making it the perfect Nexus phone that justify its Premium status.

For this RM2,698 package, you will be getting:

  • All-metal solid built quality Nexus phone made of CNC-machined “aeronautical-grade aluminium” material
  • Qualcomm’s flagship chipset Snapdragon 810 for best performance
  • Loud and crisp stereo speakers that’s on par with HTC BoomSound speakers
  • Guaranteed software updates for minimum of two years
  • Best camera experience on a Nexus device
  • Snappy Nexus Imprint fingerprint sensor

Given that the Nexus 6P is such a sincere product from Huawei, the company even slotted in a one to one exchange for the Nexus 6P for twelve months period to show their confidence towards the Nexus 6P.

We are more than glad to express that the Nexus 6P is truly a flagship Nexus smartphone that can represent Google to compete with other flagship smartphones in the market now. We also believed the partnership between Google and Huawei will continue and release more Nexus series devices in the long run.

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