NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- We're just one day away from the official release of what could be the best Android smartphone ever made. On Wednesday, the floodgates will open for reviewers to tell everyone what they think of the Nexus 6, the latest in Google's (GOOG) flagship series of phones and tablets.
Launched in 2010, Google's Nexus series of phones always contain the best hardware available and the latest edition of the Android operating system. Starting with the Nexus One, these phones (and tablets) have been showcases for Android technological breakthroughs. They're coveted by Android fans who appreciate that the devices run well and use a "pure version" of the operating system with little or no "bloatware" apps that are often added by phone carriers. Pure, simple and fast.
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The new Nexus 6 is no exception. Although Google wants reviewers to wait until Wednesday to give their "in-depth" opinions of the phone, there are a lot of things we can tell you right now. First, the phone was designed by Google in cooperation with Motorola Mobility, a former division of Google that is now part of Lenovo (LNVGY) . Engineers took a lot of design and operational cues from Motorola's fabulous, second-generation Moto X as well as Verizon's (VZ) version of the X, called the Droid Turbo. That's a very good start.
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As you might have guessed from the name, the Nexus 6 has display around 6 inches (5.96 inches, to be exact), which gives it the unofficial classification of a "phablet." The screen is capable of displaying a dazzling 2560 by 1440 pixels. Inside is a very fast Qualcomm (QCOM) processor mated to 3 GB of RAM and either 32 GB or 64 GB of storage. The rear and front-facing cameras are 13 and 2 megapixels, respectively. The big battery uses Qualcomm's Quick Charge technology offering as much as 6 hours of battery life after 15 minutes of plug-in time. Phablets are big cell phones, and the Nexus 6 is no exception.