Google Said To Release Nexus 6 This Month, And It Will Be A Huge Phablet
For last three months, Apple has been topping the news with its flagship phone for year 2014. Now it’s Google’s turn. Google will be releasing its next Nexus phone later this month, The Wall Street Journal revealed.
The Journal learned the news from three undisclosed sources familiar with the matter, which also confirmed that Google is focusing on the phablet category, and has made a 5.9-inch phone that will most likely be sold as Nexus 6 or Nexus X. Motorola is the manufacturer of Nexus 6 and it has got codename “Shamu” which is in fact a killer whale. Other specs of the phone are same as disclosed earlier a couple of times.
Hence it (sadly) confirms that Nexus 6 will be a 5.9-inch huge phablet!
Why is Google moving towards phablet category? It is because of the growing demand for big-sized screens. In 2011, phablets — phones with display size greater than 5-inch — comprised of only 1% of the total phones in the market. The number has risen as much as 24% for this year. Phablets, just like a good car and house, have now become status symbol in some parts of Asia.
These are the reasons that made Apple produce a 5.5” iPhone 6 Plus, and Google is doing the same.
Google believes that a lot of people in emerging markets use big-sized phones as a substitute product to desktops and laptops, and phablets serve as pocket computers.
Top strategic goal of Nexus 6 is to reach new customers in emerging markets who don’t own a computer yet or those who are not online yet, according to Sundar Pichai, who runs Google’s Android business. Another goal of the device is to give their software developer a gadget on which they can test their latest software and services.
Android L will also be released along with Nexus 6.
Google will have to keep the price low if they wish to target emerging markets. However, BGR reports that the phone will not follow the trend set by earlier Nexus devices. Although it will be a lot cheaper than iPhone 6, which costs around $800 off-contract, it will not be “ultra-cheap.”
MoDaCo’s Paul O’Brien reports that Nexus 6 will come in under $720.
Google has not made any official announcement yet. It is still not clear what this phone will be called. Some are suggesting that it might be named Nexus X because of its similarities with Moto X.
Moto X costs $500, so if Nexus 6 is similar to it, it should cost less than that if Google actually wants people to buy its phone.