Design and Build Quality
LG's Nexus 5 on the left; Huawei's Nexus 6P on the right
Moving around the edges, a hint of differentiation begins to emerge. You'll find two accent bands around the bottom on either side of the Micro USB Type-C connector, though the all-black power and volume rocker on the right edge are sitting in familiar territory. The left edge is home to a nano-SIM slot, while the 3.5mm audio jack is placed on the 6P's top (as opposed to the bottom of the 5X).
The rear of the device is delightfully understated. There's a circular Nexus Imprint fingerprint scanner right where your index finger would naturally strike when holding the device one-handed. Above that is a glossy protrusion, which holds the 12.3MP rear camera and broad-spectrum CRI-90 dual flash.
Particulars aside, the Nexus 6P is a rigid, handsome device. It's the first-ever Nexus phone to boast an all metal body. The frame is CNC machined from "aeronautical-grade aluminum," and embedded within is "the most accurate QHD display" to ever ship on a Nexus product. The screen is also covered with Gorilla Glass 4, which should be please those who tend to have a hard time hanging onto their device. To our eyes, those claims are apt. It's a gorgeous display, with sharp colors, instant touch response, and top-shelf clarity, brightness and saturation.
The Micro USB Type-C port is a new standard, but will become far more common in the months ahead. There's a cable included, which you'll want to make sure you hang onto. Unlike those micro USB 2.0 cables that seem to be everywhere, these new Type-C cables haven't yet reached the same level of ubiquity.