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Huawei and Lazada teamed up to launch Nexus 6P in Singapore

Unlike previous years when I had to buy the Nexus phones from the US and shipped via a third-party provider, Huawei has made arrangements this year to launch it in Singapore with Lazada as the partner platform of choice. I managed to snatch one up when the preorder opened on 2nd November and the phone arrived on 21st November.

Preorder price for Nexus 6P 64 GB started at SGD 899, with 128 GB going at SGD 999. Huawei doesn’t sell any 32 GB variant in Singapore, so you may have to opt to buy from the US if you really want to save some costs. While I went with a 64 GB version, 128 GB version is a really good deal as you get twice the storage for just 100 dollars more.

Buy Nexus 6P in Singapore from Lazada

Buy Nexus 6P in Singapore from Lazada

1. No Compromise on Hardware

The biggest noticeable difference of the flagship Nexus device this year is the full aluminum unibody design, at a smaller footprint than the beast of a phone last year in Motorola’s Nexus 6. I decided to rock a dbrand skin because I like how the vinyl skin helps with the grip and I don’t want to ever drop this gorgeous piece of device.

Nexus 6P with dbrand carbon fiber skin

When it comes to hardware specs, Nexus 6P can be best summed up as the no-nonsense and no-compromise Nexus device.

Dimensions 159.3 x 77.8 x 7.3 mm (6.27 x 3.06 x 0.29 in)
Weight 178 g (6.28 oz)
Screen 5.7 inches AMOLED Capacitive
Resolution 1440 x 2560 pixels (~518 ppi pixel density)
Operating System Android OS, v6.0 (Marshmallow)
Storage 32/64/128 GB
Chipset Qualcomm MSM8994 Snapdragon 810
CPU Quad-core 1.55 GHz Cortex-A53 & Quad-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A57
GPU Adreno 430
RAM 3 GB
Main Camera 12.3 MP, f/2.0, laser autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash
Bluetooth v4.2, A2DP, LE
Battery Non-removable Li-Po 3450 mAh battery

Basically, any high-end specification you would expect from a flagship device can be found in Nexus 6P and it is priced way lower than other devices featuring the same specs.

2. Stock Android and First In Line to Get New Features

Keeping up with the annual tradition, Nexus 6P is the first device to be launched with Android 6.0, also known as Marshmallow. Visually and functionally, Android Marshmallow is very similar to Lollipop – with the only difference of being a much more polished version with all the bugs crushed and battery life massively improved. And I believe that’s what more than any Android enthusiast can hope for.

Less than a month in, I’ve already received the security update for December 2015, which also features improvements in how Bluetooth audio is handled, LTE radio and a bunch of other updates – you should be able to read more from the changelog. You will also be the first in line to get Android updates globally. Even though they are pushed out in batches and you might have to wait, flashing a factory image is as easy as 1, 2, 3.

Highlight Feature – Now On Tap

Now On Top Testing

Now On Top Testing

Now On Top Contextual Searches

Now On Top Contextual Searches

3. Amazing Fingerprint Scanner

Nexus imprint and visor

Most smartphone makers have stepped up their game when it comes to fingerprint scanning technology and implementation, but Huawei is especially known for their super fast and accurate technology. Nexus 6P’s fingerprint scanner, also known as Nexus Imprint, is ridiculously fast and because it’s located at the back right where index fingers would naturally rest, the user experience is second to none. With Android Pay and biometric authentication becoming increasingly prevalent, Nexus 6P is definitely future-proof for the foreseeable future.

Crazy fast and easy process

Crazy fast and easy process

4. Gorgeous qHD Display and Dual Front-Facing Speakers

Nexus 6P reportedly features the same latest generation Samsung Galaxy Note 5’s display at 2560 x 1440 resolution, which translates to 518 pixels per inch (ppi). This ppi is higher than that of Nexus 6 due to Nexus 6P’s display measuring at 5.7 inches, compared to 5.96 on Nexus 6.

6P’s Gorgeous qHD Display

The front-facing speakers on Huawei’s Nexus 6P are also clear and crisp even at full blast, but one thing to note is that the bottom grill sounds noticeably softer than the top grill. Other users have also reported this finding, but it’s not a deal-breaker for me in any way.

5. All-Day Battery Life

Other than Samsung Galaxy Note 4, 5 and OnePlus One that I personally used before, Nexus 6P has one of the longest lasting batteries in any Android device. This is due to two main things – 1) Android 6.0 Marshmallow’s feature ‘Doze’, which makes the device much more power-efficient at standby and 2) Nexus 6P’s featuring a 3,450 mAh battery.

Because of Doze, I would now lose at most 2 – 3% overnight on standby as things refresh more slowly and less frequently when the device is in rest mode. The screen-on time is consistently between 3.5 hours to 4.5 hours depending on how heavy my usage is.

All-Day Battery

All-Day Battery

Screen on time

Screen on time

Some of the use cases below for your reference:

  • Brightness at 70% (no auto-brightness enabled)
  • Bluetooth on most of the day connected to Moto 360 and Jaybird X2 during commutes
  • Video consumption: YouTube or MX Player between 30 – 40 mins a day
  • Spotify offline playback during commutes with Jaybird X2 bluetooth earbuds
  • Location Setting at High Accuracy
  • Always connected to the internet – Wifi 40% of the time, LTE 60% of the time.

6. Camera Performance

Finally a Nexus device with a decent camera! In fact, a decent camera is rather an understatement because Nexus 6P’s camera is right up there with the top flagship smartphone cameras out there. DXO Mark ranks Nexus 6P at number 3 overall in camera performance, just behind Sony Xperia Z5 and Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge by a small margin of difference.

Sample shot with 6P in a good lighting condition

Sample shot with 6P in a good lighting condition

In day to day uses, I am fully confident that Nexus 6P will churn out really solid photos with great color accuracy, sharpness and focus. I can’t say the same about the previous Nexus devices I had used. You can check out the multiple comparison videos and camera samples from Nexus 6P below to find out more:

http://www.droid-life.com/2015/10/19/nexus-6p-camera-review-and-sample-bonanza/

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