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The wait is finally over: Google’s incredible Nexus 6 is now official

Updated Oct 15th, 2014 3:06PM EDT
Google Nexus 6 Release Date
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This fall has been an embarrassment of riches for phablet fans, who not only get to choose from both the iPhone 6 Plus and the Galaxy Note 4, but can now pick up Google’s monstrous Nexus 6 phablet as well. Google on Wednesday took the wraps off the new Motorola-manufactured device, which as expected features killer specifications including a 5.96-inch QHD display with a resolution of 2,560 x 1440 pixels (498 pixels per inch), a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 2.7GHz processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, a 3,200mAh battery and Android 5.0.

This is not only the biggest Nexus smartphone ever released but it’s also the first smartphone released so far that will run Android 5.0 right out of the box. Android 5.0, which Google also officially released on Wednesday, has several terrific new features including Google’s new Material Design user interface that incorporates fluid physics-based animations, new actionable notifications that can be accessed directly from the lock screen, battery-saving features courtesy of Google’s Project Volta, and support for 64-bit architecture.

Google’s new Nexus 6 phablet will become available for preorder beginning October 29th, and its release will follow in November.

Brad Reed
Brad Reed Staff Writer

Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.