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Nexus 5 vs Motorola Nexus 6 – Google Juggernauts Compared


The new Nexus 6 is on its way, and promises a lot of great things. However, many already committed to a Nexus device last year, and it would be pointless to upgrade if it wasn’t worth it. So let’s take a look and see what the two handsets have under the hood, and if it is worth upgrading.


The Nexus 5 came with a plastic body that weighed 130 grams and was only 8.59 mm thick. On the other hand, the Nexus 6 comes with a polycarbonate body that has an aluminum frame as well, as a premium touch, with 10.6 mm in thickness, making the device thicker than the Nexus 5.  Also, the device weighs 130 grams, making it lighter than the Nexus 5.


The Nexus 5 came with a 4.95 inch screen that used a 1920 x 1080 resolution, under the IPS LCD technology, with a 445 ppi pixel density. The specs are looking good in terms of display for the Nexus 5 even today, but what about the Nexus 6? Well, Motorola’s upcoming stock Android device will have 5.9 inches of display, and operate under the QHD AMOLED technology. The resolution in place here is 2560 x 1440, while the pixel density is 493 ppi.


The camera department also suffered improvement, as the Nexus 6 brings on the 13 MP shooter on the rear combined with a dual LED flash setup. The Nexus 5 was a little weaker, with only 8 MP under the rear camera. There was also a single LED flash available.


Time to check out specs. As per GSM Arena, the Nexus 5 comes with a quad core processing unit branded Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, with a clock speed of 2.26 GHz. The device also has 2 GB of RAM and the Adreno 330 GPU. The Nexus 6 on the other hand has a 2.7 GHz quad core chip branded Qualcomm Snapdragon 805. The Motorola device comes with 3 GB of RAM, and the upgraded Adreno 420 GPU. Neither handset offers microSD support, as it is specific to Nexus smartphones. So you have to settle for the 16/32 GB ( Nexus 5) or 32/64 GB (Nexus 6) storage variants.


The Nexus 6 will be no doubt a good looking device packed with top notch specs. It is based off of the Moto X, so you can check that handset out for a visual reference. The Nexus 6 will have an improved screen and camera among others, when compared to the Moto X, and overall promises to be a contender to the crown.