By the numbers: Nexus 6 compared against other flagship smart phones


Google has officially revealed the Nexus 6, a new 6″ phablet that will replace the current Nexus 5. In terms of software, it runs on the very latest Android 5.0 Lollipop.

The Nexus 6 ticks all the right boxes if you’re looking for a high-spec device. The front gets a 5.96″ Quad HD AMOLED display that’s accompanied with a pair of front stereo speakers. Underneath it gets a mighty 2.7GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 805 processor with 3GB RAM. There’s an option for 32GB or 64GB of storage which unfortunately is non-expandable.

For taking pictures, you’ll be delighted to know that it gets a 13MP f/2.0 shooter that comes with Optical Image Stabiliser while selfie shots are handled by a 2MP front unit. Keeping the Nexus 6 running for its rated 24 hours of usage is a 3,220mAh capacity battery.

If you’re wondering how does it stack up with today’s flagship models including the Galaxy Note 4, iPhone 6 Plus, Honor 6 and the Sony Xperia Z3, check out our comparison table after the break.


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In the comparison, the Nexus 6 stands out in the processor department, being the only contender other than the Galaxy Note 4 (N910S Snapdragon variant) to have the latest Snapdragon 805 SoC along with 3GB of RAM. With flagships pushing higher resolution screens, the Nexus 6 has also joined the Quad HD bandwagon on a 5.96″ AMOLED display which puts in on par with the monstrous Lenovo Vibe Z2 Pro. Pixel density wise, it is definitely lower than the Oppo Find 7 and Galaxy Note 4 but at 493 pixels per inch, it is still better than any Full HD phones that’s available right now.

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Meanwhile, its camera with Optical Image Stabiliser promises reduced blur due to shaking that’s also featured on the iPhone 6 Plus, Galaxy Note 4 and LG G3. The battery surprisingly is similar with the Galaxy Note 4 at 3,220mAh and it too has a fast charging feature that claims to give 6 hours of use from 15 minutes of charging.

They didn’t mention any battery percentage levels but the Nexus 6 battery claims to provide 24 hours of usage which could roughly be 25% charge in 15 minutes, which is comparable with Galaxy Note 4’s 50% charge in 30 minutes claim. So far, the OPPO Find 7’s VOOC Charger is still the fastest with a 75% charge in just 30 minutes.

Dimension wise, the Nexus 6 is quite a bulky device with a thickness of 10.1mm. In this day and age, it is quite hard to find a flagship device going beyond the 10mm level. As comparison, the Huawei Ascend Mate 7 that comes with a 6″ screen is only 7.9mm thick and it is a gram heavier than the Nexus 6 (Nexus 6: 184g, Ascend Mate 7: 185g) but yet it manages to pack a huge 4,100mAh capacity battery. Meanwhile the Note 4 weighs 176g and has a thickness of 8.5mm.