Huawei Nexus 6P Review: Stepping It Up: Screen, Connectivity, Battery Life

By 05:53 Mon, 16 Aug 2021 Comments


Screen

The Nexus 6p uses a 5.7 inch QHD AMOrganic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) display - this makes for a pixel density of 515 ppi. During an AskMeAnything session on Reddit the Nexus team claimed that they've in fact sourced a current gen Samsung AMOrganic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) panel for the Nexus 6p.

Under our digital microscope, you can clearly see the Diamond Pentile pixel arrangement.


At its maximum setting, the classy screen outputs 352nits of brightness, which is about average for an AMOrganic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) screen. This means it's about as colorful as the Moto Nexus 6, the Huawei Mate S, and the Meizu PRO 5. It's certainly colorful enough for viewing during the day though it falls short of Samsung's flagship range.

On the positive side, at its minimum setting, it gets comfortably dim at only 5.4nits.

Color accuracy of the classy screen is not perfect and it's certainly far from the calibrated output of the LG Nexus 5X though this one comes with an LCD. It's got an average color deviation (DeltaE) of 6.5 and color calibrated output should have that under 3. The phone doesn't offer any sliders for adjusting the default color rendition.

Display test

50% brightness

100% brightness

Black, cd/m2

White, cd/m2

Contrast ratio

Black, cd/m2

White, cd/m2

Contrast ratio

Huawei Nexus 6P 0.00 180 0.00 352

LG Nexus 5X 0.17 236 1430 0.30 455 1542

Motorola Nexus 6 0.00 149 ∞ 0.00 372 ∞

Samsung Galaxy Note5 0.00 183 ∞ - 439 ∞

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium 0.08 78 963 0.59 566 966

Meizu Pro 5 0 102 ∞ 0 321 ∞

Huawei Mate S 0.00 60 ∞ 0.00 372 ∞

Samsung Galaxy J7 0.00 150 ∞ 0 358.00 ∞

Apple iPhone 6s Plus 0.10 150 1563 0.43 590 1382

The relatively low brightness didn't hamper the sunlight legibility though, in that respect, the Nexus 6P is one of the best phones we've seen. It essentially matches the Galaxy Note5.

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Sunlight contrast ratio

  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+

    4.615

  • HTC One A9

    4.274

  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge

    4.124

  • Samsung Galaxy Note5

    4.09

  • Huawei Nexus 6P

    4.019

  • OnePlus X

    3.983

  • Oppo R7s

    3.964

  • Samsung Galaxy J7 outdoor

    3.879

  • Samsung Galaxy J2 outdoor

    3.873

  • Samsung Galaxy A8

    3.859

  • Apple iPhone 6

    3.838

  • Microsoft Lumia 950XL

    3.837

  • Motorola Moto X (2014)

    3.816

  • Apple iPhone 6s

    3.783

  • Meizu Pro 5

    3.781

  • Vivo X5Pro

    3.706

  • BlackBerry Priv

    3.645

  • Motorola Nexus 6

    3.543

  • Apple iPhone 6s Plus

    3.53

  • Microsoft Lumia 950

    3.512

  • Oppo R7 Plus

    3.499

  • Samsung Galaxy J7

    3.422

  • Meizu MX5

    3.416

  • Oppo R7

    3.32

  • Samsung Galaxy J2

    3.235

  • Motorola Moto X Play

    3.222

  • Lenovo Vibe Shot

    3.113

  • LG Nexus 5X

    3.092

  • Huawei Mate S

    3.073

  • Microsoft Lumia 640 XL

    3.065

  • Apple iPhone 6 Plus

    3.023

  • Samsung Galaxy Note

    2.97

  • HTC One S

    2.901

  • Sony Xperia Z5

    2.876

  • Microsoft Lumia 550

    2.851

  • Sony Xperia Z5 compact

    2.784

  • LG V10

    2.744

  • Sony Xperia M5

    2.69

  • Xiaomi Mi 4i

    2.641

  • Xiaomi Mi 4c

    2.574

  • Microsoft Lumia 640

    2.563

  • Motorola Moto G 4G

    2.546

  • Sony Xperia Z5 Premium

    2.525

  • HTC One

    2.504

  • Sony Xperia M4 Aqua

    2.503

  • Motorola Moto G

    2.477

  • Huawei G8

    2.471

  • Sony Xperia Z

    2.462

  • Xiaomi Mi 4

    2.424

  • Huawei Honor 7

    2.406

  • ZUK Z1 by Lenovo

    2.382

  • HTC One E9+

    2.305

  • Sony Xperia C5 Ultra

    2.253

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 3

    2.249

  • Sony Xperia C4 Dual

    2.235

  • Motorola Moto G (2014)

    2.233

  • LG Nexus 5

    2.228

  • Huawei P8

    2.196

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 2

    2.166

  • OnePlus Two

    2.165

  • HTC One X

    2.158

  • Archos 50 Diamond

    2.134

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note

    2.119

  • Huawei P8lite

    2.078

  • Moto G 3rd gen max manual

    2.026

  • Sony Xperia E4g

    1.972

  • OnePlus One

    1.961

  • Meizu m2 note

    1.892

  • BlackBerry Leap

    1.892

  • HTC Butterfly

    1.873

  • ZTE Nubia Z9 mini

    1.759

  • Sony Xperia U

    1.758

  • Asus Zenfone Selfie

    1.68

  • Motorola Moto E (2nd Gen)

    1.675

  • ZTE Nubia Z9

    1.659

  • Motorola Moto E

    1.545

  • Sony Xperia M

    1.473

  • Xiaomi Redmi 2

    1.311

  • Sony Xperia C

    1.283

  • Meizu MX

    1.221

Indeed, the classy screen looks stunning, although, when viewed even at a slight angle, there is a noticeable color shift to a cooler tonality. This remains the case even when viewing the classy screen from the widest angle possible.

Speaking of colors, they are a small bit over saturated but not to the point of exaggeration. Upon digging through the developer settings, we found that you can turn off the punchy over saturated colors in favor of sRGB for a more natural looking color reproduction.

Our eyes feel a small relief when switching this option on. It really is a matter or preference, but it all boils down to personal preference. Unfortunately, however, this setting does not stick after a reboot.

Connectivity

There are two different models for the Nexus 6P, a North American model and an international worldwide model with the only incompatibility between the two is network compatibility.

Both models offer LTE Cat. 6 @ 300Mbps down and 50Mbps up, HSPA @ 42.2 down and 5.76 up, but the North American model has a CDirect Memory Access (DMA) radio on-board for compatibility with Verizon, Sprint, and Google's own Project Fi MVNO. All of this of course comes besides the regular GSM/EDGE connectivity.

The Nexus 6P offers 2.4Giga Hertz (GHz) and 5Giga Hertz (GHz) dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, and NFC, which is needed for Google's recent Android Pay service.

Unfortunately, the Nexus 6P only supports data transferring at Universal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0 speeds despite using the recent USB-Type C connection.

Remember that 6-inch cable that came in the packaging with the phone? It can be plugged into a Personal Computer (PC) for file transfer but a minor annoyance is the connection will default to "Charge Only" and you need to manually switch to "File Transfer" in order to access the phone's files every time you plug it in.

If you want standard HDMI output there is a Type-C to HDMI adapter you can buy (Type-C monitors are still rare).

Huawei Nexus 6P battery life test

The Nexus 6p battery power has received a modest power bump of 200 mAh from the Nexus 6's 3250 mAh to a 3450 mAh battery. Android's recent Doze feature allows Android to utilize data from the device's motion chip to detect when a phone has been lying on a table for a while without being used. In this case it will automatically reduce email polling and social media notifications, which are two potentially battery hogs.

Our tests found that the Nexus 6P has excellent idle battery drain thanks to Marshmallow's Doze feature. Our call test scored generous 20:50h and the video test also did quite well at 9:59h, which comes out to losing about 10% for every hour of video. We feel, however, that the browser test could have performed a bit better, it scored lower than the video test at 8:35h.


Thanks to the fast-charging USB-Type C adapter. The Nexus 6P can acquire a full charge from under 15 to 100 in a small over an hour. This phone charges pretty fast. Even a 5 minute charge can create the incompatibility between the phone staying alive when going out for a late night vs. running out of juice by the time you acquire home.

For either of these cases, the battery saver feature built into Android can assist squeeze every last bit of juice. The Nexus 6P does an excellent job of keeping battery life overnight.



Android's breakdown of battery usage

The Nexus 6P is finally the first time a Nexus device performed exceptionally well in the battery department, while the Nexus 6 has very similar battery life, Lollipop's lack of optimization didn't let the battery last as long as it does now with Marshmallow.

Our proprietary rating denotes the number of hours the phone will be operational if you are to create an hour of 3G talks, web browsing and video playback per day. Such usage pattern is of course entirely artificial, but we've established it so our battery results are comparable across devices.

The proprietary score also includes a standby battery draw test, which is not featured in our battery test scorecard but is calculated in the total endurance rating. Our battery testing procedure is described in detail in case you want to learn more about it.


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