Nexus 6P vs. Moto X Pure!


Today, we will look at the specs and price of Nexus 6P versus the Moto X Pure!

First, both Nexus 6P and Moto X Pure have 1440P 2560×1440 resolution screens. The Nexus 6P will use AMOLED technology similar to the Note 5 while the Moto X Pure has an IPS TFT LCD screen. In terms of viewing angles, the AMOLED screens are much better and have brighter screens. Also, AMOLED screens are much more energy efficient so the Nexus 6P should have a much better screen. In real life usage, it’s probably not a huge deal but Nexus 6P wins in display category.

The Nexus 6P will feature Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 v2.1 processor while the Moto X Pure features Snapdragon 808. Performance benchmarks for both 810 and 808 are nearly identical. We will call this a draw for now since neither processor is much better the other. 

For design, Nexus 6P will feature all metal unibody while the Moto X Pure features a metal frame and customizable back. The Nexus 6P will feature Google’s first attempt at metal body while Moto X Pure has a great form factor on its own right with many levels of colors and back material. I would probably call this a draw on design for now.

Nexus 6P features world’s first fingerprint sensor located on the back of the phone, which is pretty ridiculously awesome while Moto X Pure simply doesn’t have one. We will give this one to the Nexus 6P since its fingerprint sensor may be the best in the world. And of course, for people who don’t think fingerprint sensor is absolute necessary like myself, this feature may or may not be as useful. But it is really cool that the Nexus 6P features a fingerprint that can easily be activated by the tip of your index finger.

For battery life, Nexus 6P features a whopping 3450mAh battery while Moto X Pure has 3000mAh. Also, Nexus 6P features Android 6.0 Mashmallow OS, which comes with a new doze feature to save more battery life so it should be better than the Moto X Pure which still runs Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. The AMOLED screen on the Nexus 6P also should save more battery life than the IPS LCD on the Moto X Pure. Nexus 6P definitely wins big with battery life although the Moto X Pure has one of the fastest Quick Charge 2.0 charging times in the world.

For speakers, both phones feature front-facing dual stereo speakers. I would obviously have to call this a tie since both Nexus 6P and Moto X Pure have it.

For storage, Moto X Pure offers a micro-SD card slot and 16GB model at just $399 while the Nexus 6P has no expandable storage option starting at $499 for the 32GB model. Moto X Pure wins for storage option since you can easily expand a 16GB into 80GB with a 64GB micro-SD card and the price difference is almost hundred dollars.

For camera, Nexus 6P features a 12.3MP back camera with 1.55uM sensor size while the Moto X Pure features a 21MP back camera with 1.1uM sensor size. Although Moto X Pure has almost double the amount of pixels, the bigger sensor of the Nexus 6P may triumph and end up in better low-light photos. Bigger sensor usually mean much clearer/detailed photos in low light. Also the aperture is F2.0 for both phones so the sensor size will be ultimate deciding factor. But based on the specs, the Nexus 6P wins in camera category, at least for now.

For network, both phones will be compatible with all U.S. carriers including AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, and Verizon out of the box. All carrier compatibility is great for both so you can use it on any network.

Overall, the Nexus 6P may be a better device with a better screen, camera, and a unique fingerprint sensor but it does cost about $100 more for the base model over the Moto X Pure. For right now, I can conclude that the Nexus 6P is definitely worth $100 more and perhaps the best Android smartphone less than $500. The Moto X Pure still holds its place as the best smartphone under $400 category but in terms of specs and price, it will have a hard time keeping up with the new Nexus 6P from Google and Huawei.


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