If you were looking forward to getting your hands on Google's new Nexus 6 when pre-orders went live on October 29th, you may be too late, at least for a while. The popular flagship smartphone sold out in five minutes, according to reports.
Both the 32 GB and 64 GB versions of the phone were sold out almost immediately on the Google Play store, prompting the company to post a short statement on the site: "We are out of inventory. Please check back soon."
Those who were quick enough on the draw should be seeing their new phones shortly after the November 21st ship date, according to Google, but those who weren't able to pre-order will need to wait for the carriers or retail stores.
The 32 GB version of the Nexus 6 currently goes for $649 while the 64 GB version will set you back $699. These prices are significantly higher than any previous Nexus phone, which some believed would stifle pre-orders. Since that wasn't the case, you can expect similar rushes when the smartphone releases for retail stores and carriers.
The Nexus 6's higher price tag is a reflection of its technological advances since last year's version. The 6 is powered by a 2.7 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 805 processor with 3 GB of RAM. It packs a beefier battery with the 3220 mAh, which is aided by Qualcomm's Quick Charge 2.0 technology that promises six hours of operation with only 15 minutes of charging. The Nexus 6 will also be the first device to feature Android's new 5.0 Lollipop operating system.
Right now, there are only a few confirmed outlets that will sell the Nexus 6 in the U.S.: Best Buy, T-Mobile, AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, U.S. Cellular, and the sold-out Google Play Store. While none of these are currently accepting pre-orders, T-Mobile states on its site that the phone will be available to ship on November 12th. Users on Reddit are reporting that they've received information pegging the ship date to be as early as November 3. While these dates have not been confirmed by Google,T-Mobile is notoriously quick to release its Android phones to customers.
The advantage to waiting for your favorite carrier to release the phone is lower up-front cost (some are rumored to go as low as $50 on contract). Some carriers even offer package deals on accessories like chargers and cases to sweeten the deal.
But if you'd rather just wait for the Google Play Store to refresh its stock, the company is expected to open pre-orders up in stages to help regulate the demand. No date is given for those pre-order to open back up.