Live with the King

“The Huawei Nexus 6P, launched this year, was tagged as the king among Android smartphones, thanks to its iconic design and stunning features.”

Here’s the thing about mobile phones these days: they are better when they have big displays. Virtually everything we do with mobile phones is enhanced by a larger display: messaging, playing online games, watching Youtube videos, reading news, browsing the web, you name it. After all, when it’s stripped down to its bare bones, the modern smartphone is more than just a touchscreen display in front of an ultra-compact, connected super computer.

But then again, to have a big screen, you need to put up with a big phone. Let’s be honest; big phones are usually a pain in the neck. They are clumsy to hold onto and easy to drop. Moreover, they don’t fit comfortably in our pockets, look ridiculous on our arms when exercising, and are all but impossible to using with one hand. But what if you could have a big phone that you would be able to comfortably use with one hand? What if it can be easily slipped into your pocket while providing an immersive display that was great to watch videos on? And what if it still had a powerful battery to maximize the capabilities of that big display all day long, regardless of how much you used your phone?

Huawei is betting it has the answer to all of these questions with its new Nexus 6P. And it truly tries to solve the big phone problem using the brand’s elegantly designed, pure Android device.

Huawei revealed the Nexus 6P just recently, and I already got a first-hand look. It’s Huawei’s current flagship Android phablet that comes with a 5.7-inch display that won’t stretch your hand either your wallet quite as far as its predecessor, the Nexus 6.

The “P” in the 6P’s name stands for “Premium,” thanks to its full-metal unibody design that’s meant to rival the aluminum iPhone 6S Plus and glass-and-metal infused Samsung Note 5. It’s the bigger, better, and more sophisticated-looking version of the plastic-coated Nexus 5X.

It could also have easily stood for “Plus,” because the camera benefits from a 12.3-megapixel (MP) sensor that does a lot better job than many other cameras in low light. It could’ve stood for “Power,” as well because the device makes use of USB-C for fast charging; or “Performance,” due to its top-of-the-line specifications and inclusion of Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Or better yet, the “P” should be favorite among bargain hunters for its “Price.” With a starting price 26,999PHP for the 32GB model, it’s less expensive than the Nexus 6, which went for around 30,000PHP at launch. If you want a bit more space inside your 6P, then the 64GB version will set you back 29,099PHP.

I’ll have a full review of the device later on, but I really can’t wait to tell you about this excellent device right now. So here are my top 5 favorite features from Huawei’s latest smartphone.

For me, the best technology is the kind that makes my life simpler and easier. That’s a function of intelligent design, not just raw power, and the Nexus 6P makes it look effortless.

Huawei Nexus 6P will….

K — nock your socks off with its fast charging feature!

You and your new smartphone have been running flat out all day, and you’ll be home only just to change your clothes before you head out again. Don’t worry, just ten minutes of charging time in fast-charge mode via its USB Type C charging port gets you up to four more hours of battery life. Just so you know, the Nexus 6P can go for two full days with moderate usage.

I — ts low-light loving, powerful camera will blow your mind

Like an old Wild West gunslinger, you’ll be the quickest draw in town with Huawei’s fast-launching camera. Just double-tap on the Home button. That’s it. You’ll never miss that picture perfect moment again.

Its 12.3 MP rear shooter tries to allow for more light to enter than before. Thanks to a 1.5 microns sensor that may sound minuscule, but it’s a lot bigger than the sensors found in the vast majority of Android smartphones today. It’s camera is not just about low light performance because the overall quality is also higher than before.

N — eed for speed? It offers faster-than-ever performance

The Nexus 6P comes with an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor under the hood. It’s clocked at 2 GHz and is backed by the Adreno 430 GPU along with 3GB of RAM. It offers a pure Android software experience which keeps things moving along swimmingly.

It also proves that it isn’t just hardware that allows for excellent performance. Software optimizations are also needed to properly take advantage of the all the power that is available.

G — olly Wow! An iconic hardware design

Huawei has been on a winning streak recently when it comes to creating gorgeous smartphones, and the Nexus 6P is no exception. It boasts an excellent full-metal design that feels premium in your hands and looks even better. The curved metal shell is awesome, and the mix of sloping curves and sharp edges makes for an overall stunning device.

It’s crazy to think how far Huawei has progressed with its hardware design in less than a year. The Nexus 6P is easily one of the best-looking devices around.

And when it comes to using your finger for security…

Nexus 6P is the best phone choice — thanks to its Ergonomic fingerprint ID

While Nexus smartphones are known to feature just the essentials, there has been a shift in focus with this new Nexus device, just like with the fingerprint scanner on the back.

For me, the rear-mounted fingerprint scanners were the ideal implementation and is indeed the best way to do fingerprints. During my tests, I did not encounter any reader error. Setting up the fingerprint process is very simple. Most phones with fingerprint scanners will ask you to repeatedly tap and adjust on the scanner more times than I care to count while learning your fingerprint. With 6P’s reader, you only have to tap a couple of times (6 as far as I can remember), and it learns your finger perfectly.

Beyond just having a great sensor and software for recognizing your finger, Nexus 6P is the KING for its integration with Android’s new fingerprint APIs in Marshmallow. As developers integrate these standard hooks into their apps for higher security, the Nexus 6P will be ready to go to let you authenticate payments, log into secure websites and fill in passwords with just a touch of your finger. Cool eh?

Fun fact: The Nexus 6P’s fingerprint sensor is made by a Swedish company called “Fingerprint Cards.” Their sensors are way faster than for example Samsungs’, which I believe are made by Synaptics. Congrats to those who bought early.

There’s no doubt the Nexus 6P is the best handset Huawei has made to date, not just because of its hardware, but also because of the thoughtfulness that went into it. Little things, like a brighter screen with better contrast, user-friendly interface, and useful software tweaks, stood out because I interacted with them every day.

Wrap Up

So that’s the Nexus 6P in a nutshell though Huawei’s curvy new smartphone isn’t all good news. Huawei Nexus 6P — like all smartphones — does have its own shortcomings. There’s no way to expand the storage, which Huawei attempts to address by shipping the base model with 32GB of memory instead of the more standard 16GB. There’s also no way to replace the battery. Also, people with small hands may still find the 5.7-inch-screened handset too large to use comfortably.

If you’re even mildly curious about this smartphone, however, go to the nearest Huawei store and play with it. If you’re already leaning toward getting it, just do it, go ahead. You won’t be disappointed. For everyone else, waiting a couple of months to see what the iPhone 7 has to offer wouldn’t be the worst idea in the world. Whatever the case, the Nexus 6P is a mighty impressive phone — the #KingOfAndroid right now, and an incredible smartphone to consider if you’ve been thinking of jumping ship from the Apple, Microsoft, or BlackBerry platforms.

#MakeItPossible to live the life you want right at your fingertips with Huawei Nexus 6P!

Huawei Nexus 6P Specifications

Display 5.7-inch AMOLED display
 2560 x 1440 resolution, 518ppi Processor 2 GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor
 Adreno 430 GPU RAM 3 GB Storage 32/64/128 GB
 not expandable Networks GSM 850/1900
 W-CDMA 2/4/5
 CDMA 0/1/10
 LTE Band 2/4/5/7/12/13/17/25/26/41 Software Android 6.0 Marshmallow Fingerprint scanner Yes Camera 12.3MP rear-facing camera
 8MP front-facing camera Battery Non-removable 3450 mAh Dimensions 159.4 x 77.8 x 7.3mm, 178g

Kings are not born: they are made by HUAWEI

Originally published at on April 17, 2016.

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