Review: Updated: Nexus 6P

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The Nexus 6P is Google’s current flagship Android phablet, but with a 5.7-inch display and cheaper price it won’t stretch your hand or your wallet quite as far as its predecessor, the Nexus 6.

The ‘P’ in the Nexus 6P’s name stands for ‘Premium’, thanks to its all-metal unibody design that’s meant to rival the aluminum iPhone 6S Plus and glass-and-metal infused Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and Samsung Galaxy Note 5. It’s the bigger and more sophisticated-looking version of the plastic-coated Nexus 5X.

However, the P could’ve stood for … a lot of things: ‘Plus’, since it requires two hands to operate the phone properly, or ‘Palmable’, as it’s still way easier to clutch in one hand than the 6-inch Nexus 6.

It could also have easily stood for ‘Photos’, considering the Nexus 6P camera benefits from a 12.3-megapixel (MP) sensor that does a better job than many other cameras in low light; ‘Power’, as the device uses USB-C for fast charging; or ‘Performance’, given the top-of-the-line specs and inclusion of Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

Finally, the ‘P’ should be popular among bargain hunters for its ‘Price’. When it launched the 6P had a starting price of US$499 (£449, AU$899) for the 32GB model, making it less expensive than the Google Nexus 6, which went for US$650 (£500, AU$870).

If you fancy a bit more space the 64GB version will set you back US$549 (£499, around AU$999), while the 128GB comes in at US$649 (£579, around AU$1099).

Since launch though, prices have come down slightly, and you can now pick up a 32GB SIM-free Nexus 6P for around £430 in the UK if you’re willing to shop around.

All of that said, there seems to be an endless number of 5.3- and 5.7-inch phones vying for the same phablet audience: iPhone 6S Plus, LG G5, Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Moto X Style.