While the Nexus 6P’s design invited polarising views (either people liked it or didn’t), one has to admit that it looks premium thanks to its all metal unibody, chamfered edges and an industrial design language. The front portion of the Nexus 6P is quite nondescript, and the rear is where all the action, in terms of design, takes place. On the top portion of the rear side is a rounded rectangular window protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 4, which Google has dubbed as ‘Visor’. This Visor includes the rear camera and the dual-LED flash. It juts out from the device slightly, but since it spans across the breadth of the Nexus 6P, the phone doesn't wobble like the iPhone 6/6s does because of its camera. There is a strip of metal at the bottom as well, without which we think the Visor would’ve looked awkward. The most important new addition on the rear is the fingerprint scanner called the Nexus Imprint. Lastly, the Nexus logo imprinted in landscape orientation on the rear, below the fingerprint scanner, looks really classy in our opinion.
The Nexus 6P is only 7.3mm thin and not very wide either. With its flat edges, the Nexus 6P is fairly comfortable to hold. However, make no mistake, the phone is still a pretty large phone and using it with one hand is not easy. Even the thumb of our fairly large hand struggled to reach the top of the fairly large 5.7-inch display. Addressing the question that is on everyone’s minds, the Nexus 6P doesn’t flex and feels quite sturdy. It has been made using aeronautical-grade aluminium, after all. Having said that, our unit took a fall at one time during our review, which caused the phone to get dents on it. Moreover, the Gorilla Glass 4 protection on the Visor might not be good enough to withstand rough usage because we’ve already seen stray incidents of people reporting shattered glasses, and our advice would be to use the phone carefully.
The dual speakers are lined up above and below the display. Also above the display, are the earpiece, front-facing camera, and a notification LED. As is the case with most Nexus devices, there are no physical navigation buttons, but on-screen buttons.
The power button, on the right edge, is ribbed, which helps in distinguishing it from the volume rocker present right below it. Both these buttons have decent tactile feedback and travel. The new USB Type-C port is located at the bottom and the 3.5mm audio port is at the top. Huawei has inserted plastic slits on all four edges of the phone in order for the phone to catch cellular network signals.