As if Android M’s dev preview debut and approaching commercial launch weren’t enough to signal imminent Nexus upgrade(s), Google, Amazon and Best Buy have just trimmed N6’s unlocked prices to help the OG regain some pizazz.
It’s now or never for the Motorola-made Lollipop-powered phablet, with the rumored next-gen compact and affordable LG/jumbo-sized and premium Huawei duo likely to push it dangerously close to extinction.
At the moment, since no other Nexus family member can provide the breathtaking battery juice and sharp AMOLED content this nine-month-old can, the $500 phone still qualifies for an Android purist’s wet dream.
Yes, it starts at $499.99 now over at the Google Store, as well as [easyazon-link asin=”B00R1984DI” locale=”us”]Amazon[/easyazon-link] and Best Buy, after a widespread, simultaneous $150 cut. Hoarders who are unlikely to make do with only 32 GB internal storage space and no microSD expansion capabilities should be happy to hear [easyazon-link asin=”B00R1984FG” locale=”us”]the 64 GB variant is also sold at a nifty $150 discount[/easyazon-link].
So yeah, $549 buys you a contract-free, SIM-free cloud white or [easyazon-link asin=”B00R1984I8″ locale=”us”]midnight blue 6 incher[/easyazon-link] with Quad HD glass, stock 5.1 software, Snapdragon 805 processing power, 3 GB RAM, 64 gig digital repository, 13 MP OIS rear camera and 3,220 mAh cell.
Hard to beat that deal, Huawei, unless you’ll add fingerprint recognition in the equation and boost the S805 chip to an 810 and the 13 MP shooter to 16 or 20 megapixels for $50 or so extra.