Nexus 6 Australian Pricing Announced

Brace yourself: the Australian Nexus 6 pricing is unlike anything we've ever seen before. It's no longer the "device for everyone", not unless everyone has almost $1000 to spend on the thing.

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The Nexus 6 is a monstrous superphone from Google.

The Nexus 6 is basically a super-sized and super-specced Moto X, which Motorola released in September. It comes with a simply massive 5.96-inch 2K screen, a speedy Snapdragon 805 processor, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard storage (a 64GB version is also available). The device weighs in at about 184g with a 10mm thickness, making it one of the thickest phablets you can buy. That bulk could be due in part to Google continuing the awesome tradition of wireless charging in its devices. The Nexus 6 is powered by a 3220mAh battery, supported by Motorola’s Turbo Charger ability to get 6 hours of battery life after only 15 minutes of charging.

Besides its Kaiju-esque size, the Nexus 6 retains many elements of the Moto X’s design. Google keeps the same dual speaker set up, aluminium chassis and the ring flash on the back. The camera itself is a 13-megapixel sensor (2 megapixel on the front), also like the Moto X, but with optical image stabilisation for better low-light images and HDR+. Samsung’s new Galaxy Note 4 and Apple’s own phablet, the iPhone 6 Plus, also came with this nifty feature, so it seems like a big phone requirement at this point.

So what does all the Nexus-flavoured phablet cost?

Lots.

It comes in two storage variants: 32GB and 64GB. The 32GB model will run you $869, while the 64GB model will cost an eye-watering $929. Phew!

It's not uncommon for a phone to be close to $1000. The Apple iPhone 6 Plus and Samsung Galaxy Note 4 both flirt with the $1000 barrier depending on the storage variant you choose, with other flagships costing roughly $800 outright.

The reason we're shocked is because the Nexus range has always been the Android phone for the people: a brilliant alternative to the Samsung, LG and Sony flagships that actually presented some insanely good value.

The Nexus 5 for example was $350 when it went on the market. The phone it was based on — the LG G2 — retailed for almost twice that, so to see the new, 6-inch Nexus phablet retail at the same price as an iPhone is a little jarring.

There's no word on a shipping date for the device yet, but it's up on the Play Store now anyway.

Would you spend almost $1000 on the Nexus 6? Tell us in the comment.


Comments

    Will not buy this purely based on price, I'll keep my Nexus 5 and skip this. Was hoping for around the $500 mark.

      I completely agree. I don't see how, other than for marketing reasons, google would make it not for the people. I will just stick it out and hope they make something that we can all benefit from. From a marketing standpoint this is great. What better way to throw people off iPhone. I mean they're offering a better product in every way at half the price.

        Maybe Google decided they were sick of losing money and not gaining any market share?

          Quite possibly, but at that price we get into the same why is it plastic problems Samsung is facing. Only HTC M9 & Xiaomi are offering premium construction for a premium price.
          I really wish Google had released Lollipop when iOS7 came out because now all Apple apps & devices are x64 whereas Google still has that change ahead of it. If only the N6 was running x64 and the 810 SOC, I would cheer but sadly the 810 wasn't ready in time. Let's hope HTC has learned from it's camera mistakes & the M9 is a winner. If the SGS6 Exynos can really beat the 810 it will be kickass for sure.
          For now I shall make do with this superb 128gb iPhone 6 Plus which I absolutely adore

      I was truly looking forward to this device and the specs have not let me me down at all, I imagine it to be a monster. Was so looking forward to all that extra real estate, I spend plenty of time reading on my phone - way more than I do calling. Alas, Google have priced the Nexus 6 for a market that is not the same as it's usual Nexus Customer Base. At this price, I question the build quality of the nexus product vs a similarly priced Samsung or iPhone? Naturally the 'puely' android OS keeps my focus centred around the Nexus, but other devices seem a lot closer in my peripherals than ever before. Not the news I was hoping for either mate.

    Whelp, this news has made me the future owner of Sony Z3

      +1 for the Compact. I've had the Z1 since January and I doubt I would have such a big phone again. I used to desire big phones. The Nexus 6 would be insane, never mind the price.

      Also agreeing on going for the Compact. I've had it for about a week now and it's basically perfect!

    Ouch. That's steep.
    Unfortunately that counts me out.
    If I was in the market for a new contracted phone then I would get this and not care.
    However, I am on contract with my S5. I was hoping to replace it by buying the N6 outright like it did with the N5. Not liking the S5 for a lot of reasons. But that is just too steep even if I sell the N5 first.
    May just have to switch back to the N5. Although would like to see if they have managed to improve the battery length on it which was my major problem.

      I installed Greenify on my launch Nexus 5 a couple of weeks ago. I'm now reliably getting a full day and night's use out of it, vs previously where I would start to panic around 6pm if I hadn't charged during the day. Well worth checking out.

        Ohh. Thank's for the tip!
        Will need to look into it.
        And yeah I felt that panic way to often with my Nexus 5.

    This is so expensive I might just consider insurance for my phone, it's more money than some laptops, I'll still get it.

      I'm with you. I'll not pay that much for a phone irrespective of who makes it. I rooted my S2 and put cyanogenmod on it and I think it'll easily good enough for another few years.

    Nexus 6 32GB in the US is $649.
    At today's FX US$649 = A$759
    Australia Tax strikes again.

      Not quite as bad as you think when you add in GST, the US price would be pre-state sales tax.

      Plus 10% GST = AU$833 versus AU$869 we're being charged, difference of $36. That hardly qualifies.

      Throwing 'Australia Tax' around mindlessly without doing the proper math doesn't help your cause.

        technically the GST actually is the Australia tax

        A polite "You forgot the tax, dumbass" would have sufficed. No need to get all aggressive about it.

        There is no GST charged on it. The seller is Google Singapore, and since it's under the $1k threshold there's no GST levied.

        Source: I've bought both the Nexus 4 and 5 from the Play Store and not had a skerrick of GST appear on my invoice.

          I bought my Nexus 5 from the Play Store and I definitely do have GST on my invoice.

          Regardless of what appears on your invoice, the website states that 'All Prices Include GST' in the bottom right hand corner of the page...

      Yep, no way I'd buy it in Aus.

      Buy it from the US via PriceUSA or similar, even with shipping it'll be cheaper than here.

      Same old, same old.

      Last edited 07/11/14 2:19 pm

        I'm pretty sure the USA version doesn't support our 4G networks

    Wow super steep considering I picked up my NEXUS 5 for $400... And while you do get a list of new features $600 for a better and bigger screen?.. No Thanks. Might have to head towards a Z3 Compact after I break my phone like I always do...

    TELL HIM HE'S DREAMING. Was keen as hell to pick this up as soon as it came out to replace my S3 but not at the price. What the hell.

      Who do you want me to tell?

        lol
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dik_wnOE4dk

    So glad I picked up a Nexus 5 rather than wait for this. The price is ridiculous. It's a bloody phone FFS.

      Me too. I actually bought my N5 after I saw the price of the US one. I knew it was going to be ridiculous.

      The price is ridiculous. It's a bloody phone FFS.

      No, it's a phablet. A small tablet with phone capabilities.

    Wow. Just wow. That's a mind boggling price hike from the previous iteration. The reports saying that "they may get more sales because of increased price etc" may have been a little premature. Think they've just priced themselves out of the market. They'll still sell, however not as well as they would like at that price I'd imagine.

    That's WAAAY too expensive haha...holy sh*t!
    I held one in store the other day and it feels very plasticy, cheaply made and it creeks slightly in the hand when flexed. Definitely not the sturdy & robust feel of a traditionally higher priced phone (Samsung / iPhone). Even the US price is way too high for a phone of this quality.
    Also the colour scheme this phone is available in - the ridiculous blue? Who is making there design decisions? Its a giant mess of a product in every way.

      must be legit when it's not in any stores yet. :D

    Was so keen for this, but now I can't actually afford it.

    Yep, makes me even happier to stay with my $399.00 Nexus 5. Such a shame.

    Last edited 07/11/14 2:13 pm

    Google and Motorola really mucked up this time. The features dont match up to the price being asked. I'll wait for Project Ara next year thank you. If they wanted their phone to fail and pick up the least amount of new customers, or make the Moto X look like a really good alternative, then they've hit the nail on the head. That 64GB price is shocking, and was the one I was going to get to ditch my Nexus 5. Not any more. Not by a long shot.

    well they are trying to compete with iPhone's price which I think is far way way better than nexus 6

    Samsung and all the crap are just trying to sell cheap plastics just for the sake to compete with iPhoneeeee..... maannnn !! people are paying that much money for iPhone does'nt mean that they have to bring the price to the same price just to profit, I guess they widely claimed in their marketing campaign that they will always be affordable to see a smartphone in every person's hand. WHAT A CRAP google is ....

    Was hanging out for this after I dropped my Nexus 5 and found out the replacement screen was $220. Think I will just end up buying another Nexus 5. If I'm going to pay iPhone prices I at least want that iPhone finish (talking about the chassis not the OS) o-well.

      did you buy it through the google play store? plenty of people saying they had a free replacement from Google when they had broken their screen...

        Yep. I rang them up and they said the replacement screens (for free) was not available in Aus :-(. then they gave me the number of LG's repair centre.

    I've been hanging out for pricing for ages as my S3 is dying a slow and laggy death. This knocks me out of the Nexus 6 - might get a Z3 or Note 4.....

      I just did a hard reset of my S3. Works as new. This will keep me going for at least another year. This would be my suggestions.

        Thanks for the tip - will do it tonight - side note (see what I did there?) got a note4 on the weekend :) Some phablet!

        This drives me crazy with the S3, I have to do that at least once a year. Last Samsung I buy.

    Just what I was waiting for --- switching to Lumia 930. Bye bye android, this is the day you lost me.

    I've been hanging onto a broken and barely usable S3 for the last few months keenly awaiting the arrival of the Nexus 6 as a little xmas present to myself.
    Sorry Google, not at that price :(
    Looks like Santa will need to think of something else this year...

      I'm in a similar situation - still using a Galaxy Nexus, running the latest CyanogenMod... but it's so slow now... I've been holding out for a new phone for too long... was really hoping this would be it...

    I had a Nexus 4 and currently have a Nexus 5. The 6 is too big and expensive. I bought a 64GB OnePlus One today on the eBay group deal from DWI for $428 delivered.

    That price
    No additional storage
    No removable battery
    No stylus
    No thank you

      The additional storage aint a problem. Got the 32Gb and haven't come close to using it up and if i do, got google drive. The stylus i am confused about, haven't seen too many people use them in a long time.

    Won't be many of these ordered from the US instead.. no siree!

      I don't think they wouldn't work on our networks but there's other countries that do.

    This phone does not justify the price, What on earth is Motorola is doing? no wonder Google sold them for $3Billion as they are clueless as a manufacturer

      Why blame Motorola. They just built the phone and it was Google who choose what it should be like and what the price should be. Check out the moto x, cheap price great phone.
      Trying to blame Motorola for this phone is akin to blaming Samsung for the iPhone.

        Don't you mean
        >Trying to blame Motorola for this phone is akin to blaming Foxconn for the iPhone.

      It's a top spec phone. No one bats an eyelid when the latest Samsung S5 or Note whatever is around the $900....

      Yes it's expensive for a Nexus because we are used to cheap nexus phones, but it's normally priced for other similar phones.

    I dont see why people are upset about the price. For the size the cost is normal, even competitive considering the hardware. If you want a cheaper phone, the nexus 5 is still available and a good phone. It will also have the latest software, which makes an android a good phone regardless.

      for that price, you can get an iphone 6 or a note 4 which is justify in value

        the nexus 6 value is up there, much better than iPhone 6/plus, its actually not expensive based on the specs, just that people are used to the underpriced nexus line, and shocked by the difference..

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