Verizon Nexus 6 release date tipped in leaked screenshot, Sapphire Blue DROID Turbo too



It’s been 4 months since the Nexus 6 was announced, and despite Verizon Wireless initially being named as one of the big 4 carrier to sell the device in stores, they’ve been really quiet on providing us with an actual release date for the 6-inch behemoth. To be fair, they did throw up a tiny “coming soon banner” recently, but you had to actually search for it.

We’re sure that’s partly Verizon’s fault and the fact that Android 5.0 was such a buggy mess (causing the phone to remain in Verizon purgatory), but a new leak suggests we wont have to wait much longer before the phone is officially available to purchase on Big Red.

Nexus 6 Verizon release date leak

Obtained by the folks at Android Police, a leaked internal Verizon Wireless screenshot is showing a February 26th release date for the Nexus 6, nearly 3 weeks away. Also showing up on the list is an extremely low-end Samsung Galaxy Core Prime, and a new Sapphire Blue color variant of the Motorola DROID Turbo. We’re not sure if this will be the exact color as the exclusive Best Buy option, or a brighter blue, but we’re definitely curious.

Of course the question on why anyone would want to pick up the Nexus 6 on Verizon remains. This is likely only for those with an available upgrade or looking to put it Verizon’s Edge payment plans. Like other Verizon LTE devices, the phone will come unlocked which should help resale value (or should you switch to a carrier like AT&T sometime in the near future), so there’s that.

We’d recommend getting some kind of an extended warranty on the Nexus 6 should you pick it up. We heard a few devices shipped with expanding batteries, resulting in the back cover raising over time.

Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. Yawner.. to late. 4 (5 by the time released) month lag means new phones coming out. No reason for the N6.

  2. Droid turbo is good for the average consumer. Not very friendly to the Dev community since it’s not possible to unlock bootloader achieve root etc

    1. Man, I held that Turbo the day it came out. I thought it looked, felt like poo. The screen looked terrible and it is a beefy beast. I knew instantly, no way I would do the Turbo.

  3. Forget that, I want to know what the “AWESOME role play competition!” is from that screenshot. Maybe Verizon sales staff get to pretend to be customers complaining about their bills …

    1. That’s exactly what it is, actually. Employees and managers roleplay to practice both sales and issue resolution technique and share best practices with the company.

  4. The Sapphire Blue Turbo will be sold in Verizon retail stores, and it’ll be sold at a special lower price on EDGE.

    1. Typical VZW…. open with 1 color and then months later, without anyone knowing another color will come, they hit you with color #2. At this stage, everyone who wanted blue bought black already. Seem like such an odd way to do biz.

      1. Don’t they have black and red at launch?

        1. Ya, and they were different materials. The red only came in a 32gb version though, so I guess there’s still that to gripe about.

    2. I’m placing my bets that this is a Kevlar Turbo and not the Ballistic Nylon Turbo.

  5. I still don’t believe that the Nexus 6 batteries are expanding, Chris. It’s looking more and more like Motorola used a weak adhesive on some units.

    1. I’d be more willing to believe weak adhesive. My Droid Turbo suffered from a similar problem.

      1. But to your point, insurance is definitely a must!

    2. I agree. Before I bought my Nexus 6 (which luckily has no issues) I had weak adhesive on my 2014 bamboo Moto X.

  6. buggy mess, expanding battery, behemoth? i’m so glad my N6 has none of these problems.

    in fact, the phone is getting boring in the way it does everything right.

    only hurdle was getting the simcard to work and that had an easy workaround.

    the only app that refused to work was phandroid.

    this was my first NEXUS device and i was so impressed with it, i upgraded my 2 tablets to NEXUS9.

    getting them to work on VZW is a whole ‘nother story but there’s a workaround there too.

  7. For the non-power user who just wants a beautiful big screen and nice speakers (and can get it at a discount), this will be a nice phone. But for a power user like me who is going to buy off contract, the price and class lagging battery life, camera and storage capacity are 100 percent deal breakers.

    PS-how in the he## do you put out a big screen phone without multiwindow capabilities?

  8. I wonder if that release date is also a hint as to when 5.1 will be released.

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