When it was first announced back in October Google confirmed the Nexus 6 was headed to all major US carriers, including Verizon Wireless. The first Nexus smartphone offered by Verizon in years. Since that day we’ve yet to hear a word regarding a Verizon Nexus 6 release date from Google or the carrier, but this week new details have emerged.
Google’s impressive Android 5.0 Lollipop powered Nexus 6 has been available in the United States since November after being unveiled as a device coming to all US carriers, but it is still unavailable on Verizon. A rumor in early January said it was coming in mid-February, and today a new leak has surfaced potentially revealing the Verizon Nexus 6 release date.
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As of today the Nexus 6 is available from Sprint, AT&T, T-Mobile and US Cellular, with one major and extremely important carrier holding out. Verizon will also offer the Nexus 6, at least according to Google back in October, but absolutely no release date details have arrived. Earlier this week we received our first break, with Verizon adding the Nexus 6 to its website, and says it’s coming soon.
Yesterday a new image surfaced (shown above) revealing the Verizon Nexus 6 complete with the carrier branding all over the device. Most Verizon phones have the carrier branding, but Nexus devices usually don’t get this treatment. It’s worth noting the AT&T Nexus 6 has an AT&T logo too, as well as some minor carrier bloatware that can be uninstalled.
Carrier branding and logos aside, many prospective Nexus 6 buyers have eagerly been waiting for the smartphone to finally be released on Verizon Wireless. The Nexus 6 is expensive, costing $649 or $699 for the 64GB version, so getting it on contract has been something many are waiting for, and it looks like the wait is almost over with a release coming at the end of February.
The new Nexus 6 was announced back on October 15th along with the Nexus 9 tablet, a Nexus Player, and the completely redesigned and improved Android 5.0 Lollipop software update. After pre-orders started, Sprint released it first after a delay by T-Mobile, then AT&T, and finally US Cellular released it in early December.
Since then we’ve yet to hear anything from Google or Verizon regarding a release date, and rumors have been rather light too. Until this week of course. The image above provided by AndroidPolice claims that the Verizon Nexus 6 will finally be released on February 26th. A Thursday, just like we expected and mentioned in an earlier report this week.
It’s worth noting the leaked image also states a mid-range Samsung Galaxy Core Prime, and the Moto DROID Turbo in a new blue color option are both coming in March as well, but the important part is the Verizon Nexus 6 date.
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As a reminder, the Nexus 6 from other carriers works just fine on Verizon, as long as you have a SIM that’s already enabled on Verizon. The Nexus 6 comes with a 5.96-inch Quad-HD display, 3GB of RAM, 32 or 64GB of internal storage, and starts at $649 or $699. Most likely we can expect a $299 on contract price from Verizon, not to mention Verizon Edge, but should know more in the coming days or weeks.
If you’ve still been debating whether or not a huge Nexus 6 is something you’re interested in, check our our Nexus 6 Review: One Month Later for our thoughts after using the big phablet for an entire month. For now we’ve still yet to hear anything from Google or Verizon, but the Nexus 6 should finally be available from the carrier later this month. Making the Nexus 6 release complete in the United States. Now we can all start waiting for Android 5.1 Lollipop updates.
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