Google Inc. started pre-order for its latest device, the Nexus 6, a couple of weeks after it was unveiled but has not revealed its release date despite much anticipation from Nexus fans. However, reports are doing the rounds that the shipping of the device would start soon and the launch could happen next week.
The Nexus 6 was unveiled along with the Nexus 9 tablet and Android 5.0 Lollipop on 15 October. The search giant has released the Nexus 9 tablet and Android 5.0 Lollipop but is still tight-lipped on the launch of the Nexus 6 though its pre-order was opened on 29 October.
However, a Reddit thread has claimed that the Nexus 6 could be released as early as 12 November.
"I decided to call up all of the T-Mobile stores in my area to see if they had any info. The first 3 declined having any information. The next one I called said it would be released on the 12th. I asked if they would have it in the store and he said that if not they would ship it," wrote a user on Reddit.
The Nexus 6 is expected to be released soon as Google has launched the Nexus 9, which was unveiled along with the new smartphone last month. However, the search giant hasn't officially announced the release date of the device, leading to hordes of speculative reports.
Meanwhile, Google is set to break its traditional way of promoting the Nexus devices on its Google Play store by making the Nexus 6 available at all five major US carriers - Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and US Cellular, according to CNet.
"We are selling the Nexus 6 in a way most people are used to buying it," Hiroshi Lockheimer, vice president of engineering for Android at Google, told the website.
Google is said to be working with the carriers to sell the Nexus 6 at $199 with a two-year contract. The unlocked version of 32GB Nexus 6 is priced at $649 and $699 for the 64GB variant.
It is reported both the 32 GB and 64 GB versions of the Nexus 6 (Midnight Blue and Cloud White) were sold out a few minutes after it was opened for pre-order on 29 October. Google Play Store has put up "We are out of inventory. Please check back soon" notice on its website.
The Nexus 6 sports a 5.96-inch QHD with 2560x1440 pixels (493 ppi pixels per inch), powered by 805 series Snapdragon CPU and runs on Android 5.0 Lollipop. It comes packed with 32/64GB storage capacity and 3GB RAM and a 13MP main camera with Dual-LED flash, f2.0 aperture, 4K video recording, and 2MP front camera with HD video conferencing feature.
The device also houses a 3220 mAh battery with talk time up to 24 hours, standby time close to 250 hours (with ambient display on) and 330 hours (with ambient display off).