The Nexus 6 price is a major source of complaints for potential buyers, especially with little chance of any Nexus 6 deals in the near future.
Google announced a new Nexus 6 on Wednesday with Android 5.0 on board. The Nexus 6 includes a huge 5.96-inch display with the same 2,560 x 1,440 resolution as the Galaxy Note 4 and LG G3, a new metal frame and a 13MP camera with Optical Image Stabilization.
The Nexus 6 release date doesn’t arrive for about a month, but potential buyers are already frustrated with the Nexus 6 price.
After years of selling the a new Nexus phone hundreds below the competition and positioning it as an affordable model for developers and users looking to try the latest Android features first, Google delivered a shocker with a big Nexus 6 price tag.
Nexus 6 Price: Reactions and Complaints
The Nexus 6 price is $300 more than the Nexus 5, and on par with the iPhone 6 and Galaxy S5. The $300 Nexus 6 price increase was a shock to many, and it left some buyers upset over Google’s big change. Here are a few of the Nexus 6 price complaints.
Chill…that Nexus 6 price is insane. Nope. Gonna stick with my Nexus 5, thanks. Sad really. Oh wait, Motorola is making it? Pass anyway.
— Carl (@Wildarmsjecht) October 16, 2014
Nice pricing strategy from Google. Nexus 4 & 5 sold at cheap prices to grab the market & now Nexus 6 at double price to gain profit
— Biriyani Boy (@sureshkumar87) October 16, 2014
Nexus 6 size and price are both a huge let down. This is coming from a die hard Nexus fan. Very sad.
— Enmanuel Rivera (@tamgo) October 16, 2014
The price of the new Nexus 6 has baffled me. What the fudge!
— Ishraq Fatin (@ishraq_fatin) October 16, 2014
While many users are simply upset that the price is high, others are more annoyed that the Nexus 6 price is out of line with what they see as the purpose of the Nexus line.
I am really just shocked about the Nexus 6 price. I feel like it completely negates everything I've ever been told what Nexus line is about.
— kiggle (@kiggle) October 16, 2014
Other potential buyers just want Google to deliver the right value for the higher Nexus 6 price. Specifically, one user hopes Google is finally able to deliver a great camera.
With the $650 price point, Google can't have a sub par camera on the Nexus 6
— Bryan Collom (@bryancollom) October 16, 2014
Why is the Nexus 6 Price So High?
Hiroshi Lockheimer, VP of engineering at Google explains to Re/Code that the new price comes from the demands of Android users. Lockheimer tells the publication, “People wanted something a little more premium,” which is a fair description of the new Nexus phone.
The Nexus 6 includes a large 2k AMOLED display. This new higher resolution display packs in more pixels than the 1080P displays found on many smartphones. While LG and Samsung pushed ahead in this area Google is throwing its weight behind the higher resolution with the Nexus 6.
Google also packs in 3GB of RAM a 64 bit Snapdragon 805 processor 32GB memory off the bat and includes this in a new metal frame. There is also an upgraded camera on the back of the device to round out the package.
Google’s Plan to Deal with a High Nexus 6 Price
There is a simple solution to the high Nexus 6 price, and it’s why we finally see a new Nexus on all major U.S. carriers. A Nexus 6 on contract is going to come in at roughly $199 based on the off contract price. This is a price that potential buyers will find easier to agree with.
All of these carriers also support a payment plan that chops the Nexus 6 price into monthly payments of about $27 with no carrier contract. You still need to agree to a payment plan that is its own type of contract, but it is an option to keep in mind.
There is another factor at play here. There are many affordable Android smartphones on the market from the new Moto G to the OnePlusOne and even the new Moto X 2014 which is $499 off contract.