Iconic smartphones: the Google Nexus 6P, the end of an era

Iconic smartphones: the Google Nexus 6P, the end of an era

The current smartphone landscape is not that exciting, but it used to be different. In this section we take you back to the most iconic devices ever. In this article we discuss the Google Nexus 6P, the last Nexus device ever.

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From Google Nexus to Google Pixel

In 2015, Google in partnership with Huawei announced the Nexus 6P at. The device was – without our knowledge at the time – the last Nexus smartphone ever. Google’s Nexus phones came with a ‘bare’ version of Android, without a so-called skin from a manufacturer.

Nexus users experienced the pure Google experience. At that time, however, the manufacturer only developed the software, not the hardware. That is why Nexus devices were built by third-party manufacturers, such as Samsung, LG, Motorola and ultimately Huawei.

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The Google Nexus 6P was a beast of a device. The smartphone had a 5.7 inch screen with large bezels, making the phone quite large. With its aluminum design – wireless charging was not common at the time – the device was robust and felt nice and cold when you picked it up. The 6P had a distinctive camera bar on the back, which is somewhat similar to the camera bar on the Google Pixel 6.

Under the hood was a somewhat controversial Snapdragon 810 chip from Qualcomm. This processor caused many smartphones to overheat, but luckily the Nexus 6P had little trouble with that. With 3GB of RAM, the device ran like a charm at the time. Funny, when you consider that many current smartphones have 12GB of RAM.

After the release of the Nexus 6P, Google decided to take matters into their own hands; the manufacturer from now on built its own smartphones in the form of the Google Pixel. We are now already at generation six, and in the fall of this year Google will release the Pixel 7.

Read also: Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro: everything we know so far

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The first ‘premium’ Google phone

Many people saw the Nexus 6P as the first truly premium Google phone . Previous Nexus devices, such as the LG Nexus 5 , were completely made of plastic. For example, the Nexus 6 also suffered from screen problems and the Nexus 4 had a very short battery life. The Nexus 6P had none of this. The device looked nice, was nice and fast, had a beautiful screen and a good battery life. In our review we called the device ‘the best Android smartphone of the year’ at the time.

Fancy a trip through time? Then read our written Google Nexus 6P review here from 2015. We also made a video about the device at the time. You can check these below:

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