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Nexus 6P Special Edition: Japan gets an exclusive Gold color variant

In a rather surprising move, a "Special Edition" of the HUAWEI Nexus 6P has been found. The device will be made in a Gold color variant, for Japan.

Published onSeptember 29, 2015

Google has just finished officially taking the wraps off the new HUAWEI-made Nexus 6P, and it has already begun to appear in Google Stores around the world. Curious to see if the Japanese store had been updated given the imminent launch here, the investigation was met with a bit of a surprise. A golden one, at that.

Golden Nexus 6P

Lo and behold, a “Nexus 6P Special Edition” is located on the Google Store page, just below the “standard” product. The sole differentiating factor about this device appears to be the Gold color variation. Currently there is no option to purchase it, rather the page just allows you to join a waiting list. It is unknown as to what storage variants will be offered; Sony for example has often sold only the highest storage options for some of its online-exclusive Walkman color variants. As Google has not offered anything of this nature before, it remains to be seen what kind of liberties are placed on the purchase conditions.

It is also unclear as to which other markets will or may receive this color variation. Given that the official press event made no mention of the color whatsoever, it is likely that the USA will not receive it at the moment. A perusal of the UK Google Store failed to show it present there as well. Given that Gold colored products seem to sell particularly well in Asia (especially China), this may very well end up being a truly limited product, at least with respect to regional availability.

It is also possible that the color will become a standard variant at a later date, at which point it could be available in all markets worldwide. At the very least it is curious that Japan gets some special love from Google, especially given that the Nexus One and Nexus S were skipped here entirely, as was the Sand (Gold) color option for last year’s Nexus 9 tablet.

For reference, the HUAWEI Nexus 6P features the following specs:

Display5.7-inch AMOLED WQHD 518ppi
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon processor 810 v2.1
GPUAdreno 430
Storage32/64/128GB storage
NetworksGSM 850/1900
W-CDMA 2/4/5
CDMA 0/1/10
LTE Band 2/4/5/7/12/13/17/25/26/41
SoftwareAndroid 6.0 Marshmallow
Fingerprint scannerYes, rear-mounted
Camera12.3-megapixel rear cam, 8MP front cam
Battery3450mAh non-removable battery
Wireless chargingNo
Dimensions159.4 x 77.8 x 7.3mm and 178g
ColorsAluminum, Frost, Graphite

For more coverage on the device, be sure to check out our official announcement post here, and stay tuned to Android Authority for future developments and updates on this story and the new Nexus products.

What are your thoughts on the Gold Nexus 6P? Does the color look good on it, or are Google and HUAWEI just trying to cash in on the latest craze? Would you buy it if offered in your country? Please take the survey below, and then leave your thoughts in the comments section!

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