Amazon is running a fire sale this week on the Motorola-built Google Nexus 6 – as it is likely slated to be discontinued shortly. The 32GB model in Cloud White is available for $349.99 with free shipping. The 64GB model is $50 extra.
While the Nexus 6 is slated to be discontinued, Google commits to keeping Android Open Source Project releases for the devices for two years. And, with a Snapdragon 805 CPU, 6-inch display, and QuickCharge 2.0 – the phone is hardly obsolete, even if new sales will soon come to an end.
The Nexus 6 also has one other honor. It was the last device announced while Motorola Mobility was still an American company. Days after being announced, Motorola Mobility was formally sold to China-based-and-owned Lenovo.
The device is extremely similar to the new Moto X Pure Edition (aka the Moto X Style abroad). The Moto X Style has a slightly different/newer Snapdragon 808, and Motorola’s “Pure Android” enhancements (shake for camera, IR sensors for ambient display, etc). It also is slightly smaller at 5.7-inches, and easier to hold in most people’s hands.
However, at $100 less than the Moto X Pure, the Nexus 6 is now hard to disagree with. Verizon (under pressure from FCC complaints, and criticism from sites like ours) has recently agreed to register US-spec Nexus 6 models bought from Google and Motorola directly – so you won’t pay a penalty either for using it on their network anymore.
Probably the best benefit about the Nexus 6, aside from its quad-carrier support in the United States, is that it will be the first to get Android updates, free from any carrier testing or approval. Some Nexus 6 units sold by AT&T or Verizon may be delayed months in getting updates – not these batches.
Act fast – this sale could end at any time.