So, what’s it like?
Well reviews of the Nexus 6P are almost universally positive. After releasing the earlier Nexus 6 in 2014, the reception was mixed. Though great looking and fast it was also pretty bulky, putting off a large number of potential customers.
Google has clearly listened and the 6P is now lighter and slimmer with a more manageable 5.7 inch screen in line with its main competition.
New too is the manufacturer, with Chinese company Huawei replacing Motorola. They’ve produced what is widely described as a truly handsome smartphone complete with an all metal chassis. Small stylish changes like slight exposed metal edges and a softly curved back are also nice touches.
With good front facing speakers, the Nexus 6P has the sounds to go with the looks. No weedy, tinny sounding music here.
The 6P has new USB Type-C ports and it’s likely they’ll become the new standard in the future. More robust than the Micro-USB alternatives the connection is also reversible – this means you can plug the cable in either way around, no more fumbling for the correct way! There’s real benefits in charging too, with the new USB capable of a much faster charge rate.
The new features are all welcome, in particular the new fingerprint reader. Added to the back of the phone, it feels in the natural place when you pick it up - a slight touch has you at the home screen.