Deemed a return to the Nexus program’s roots (in a very good way), and praised for an extremely well-balanced set of specs in our recent review, Huawei’s rookie stock Android effort started going out to early (and lucky) American adopters last week.
Unfortunately, Google can’t keep up with strong Nexus 6P demand nationwide just yet, and so, a few particularly popular configurations originally slated for October 27 – 28 shipments are now only due in early to mid-November.
We’re not in a position to confirm which memory sizes and colors will be delayed, but multiple online reports say 128GB aluminum models are at least part of the problem. Coincidentally (not!), the official Huawei e-outlet lists both the aluminum and graphite 6-inchers with 128 gigs of internal storage in tow as “sold out” exactly one week after taking pre-orders for them. And mind you, the manufacturer barely promises 32 and 64GB variants shall ship in late November. Otherwise put, the top-of-the-liner is in such limited supply that it can’t even be had next month.
Let’s hope therefore the search giant’s new ETAs won’t slip any further, and if you’re willing to wait, know that you’ll be entitled to a $25 refund once the phone is actually delivered. Not quite the greatest compensation, but it’s better than nothing, and combined with the free $50 Google Play credit, it considerably lowers a price tag viewed by some as unusually extravagant for the Nexus family.