Hype around Google's flagship smartphone dubbed as Nexus 6 has gained momentum with its release date drawing near. The company hasn't revealed the exact date of unveiling the device but it is expected to happen soon, as Sundar Pichai, VP at Google, had said at the Mobile World Congress 2014 (MWC 2014) that the device would be announced in October.
Nexus 6 Price:
The search giant is yet to reveal the price of its next-generation smartphone but going by the price of its previous devices, Nexus 6 may cost much cheaper than flagship products from other major mobile handset makers like Samsung, Apple and HTC.
The Nexus 5 has a price tag of $349 for 16GB and $399 for 32GB. The price of Nexus 6 is also expected to be not very different from its predecessor. Reports suggest that the new device may cost a little more than the Nexus 5 though the exact price tag is not known yet.
No doubt Nexus 6 will have several feature upgrades over its predecessor. It may be powered by Quad-core MT6732 64-bit chip or the octa-core MT6752 SoC, according to G4Games, compared to Qualcomm MSM8974 Snapdragon 800 processor seen in its predecessor. Nexus 5 run on Android v4.4 KitKat OS (upgradable to v4.4.4 KitKat) while its successor is expected to house Android L which is yet to be released.
Nexus 6 may sport a 5.2-inch full HD screen with 1080x1920 pixels resolution and protected by Corning Gorilla Glass, while its successor has a 4.95-inch display with 1080 x 1920 pixels (445 ppi pixel density). Nexus 5 comes packed with 16/32 GB internal memory and 2GB RAM, while its predecessor may have 32 GB internal memory and 3GB RAM. Nexus 5 has an 8 MP camera and Li-Po 2300 mAh battery but its successor is expected to have either a 20MP or 13MP camera and a 3100 mAh Li-Polymer battery.
It is also reported that Nexus 6 will have new features, including a curved LCD display and a lightweight, polycarbonate body. It may also have Wi-Fi, 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC and micro-USB connectivity slot.
Rumours around Nexus 6:
Several reports claimed that Google had decided to kill its Nexus series to make way for a new product line called Android Silver but an executive from the search giant clarified that the company is planning to release its new device in winter.
In an interview with ReadWrite, Dave Burke, the head of Android engineering and the Nexus programme at Google, confirmed that the company is not scrapping the Nexus series.
"People just get excited by concepts and forget why we do things," Burke told ReadWrite. "We are still invested in Nexus."
"People have been commenting about Nexus because there is something else and they think that means the end of Nexus. That is the totally wrong conclusion to make," he added. However, he refused to comment on Android Silver.
Nexus 6 Competitors:
Nexus 6 will take on HTC One M8, Samsung Galaxy S5 and Xiaomi Mi4 in the smartphone market. The devices have already hit the stores and still going strong in terms of sales. Google's flagship smartphone will also have to take on Apple's iPhone 6 which is expected to be unveiled next month before releasing in October.
Nexus 6 may give products from Samsung, Apple, Xiaomi and HTC a run for its money when it is released as it is expected to come with latest features besides reasonable price tag.