Even if it received a price reduction of 150 dollars, the Nexus 6 is still a very expensive device, costing almost double than the ZenFone 2, which was released at the beginning of this year, with 4GB of RAM. Let’s see if it’s worth buying Google’s flagship or you should get the cheaper alternative.
Google co-opted Motorola to create the Nexus 6, so you’ll recognize some specific design elements from the Moto X 2014 flagship: the same shape with a dimple on the read side, a metallic frame and two horizontal bars on the front panel. The device has a plastic back, it measures 159.3x83x10.1 mm and weights 184grams. The Nexus 6 benefits from a weak water resistance, meaning that a few splashes won’t damage its internal components. The display is from Samsung (Super AMOLED) and measures around 6inches, being capable to support a resolution of 1440×2560 pixels at 493ppi. Internally, it has a 32bit Snapdragon 805 chipset from Qualcomm, which is powered by a quad-core 2.7GHz Krait 450, coupled with Adreno 420 graphics. It has 3GB of RAM and 32 or 64GB of internal storage, without the option to expand the capacity. The camera on the back is 13MP with optical image stabilization and dual-LED flash, while the front camera is only 2MP. It’s powered by a non-removable battery of 3220mAh which should last one day under mixed usage. Currently, the Nexus 6 runs on the latest Android v5.1 (Lollipop).
Asus Zenfone 2
The device has a cheap looking brushed metal design borrowed from the LG G3, including the placement of the physical buttons on the back side, below the camera. It has physical sizes of 152.5×77.2×10.9mm, a weight of 170grams and features a 5.5inches IPS screen with a lower resolution of 1080×1920 pixels at 403ppi. Likewise the Nexus 6, it supports GPS, NFC, WiFi and Bluetooth, but it features the previous 4.0 version, while its opponent has 4.1. Also, there is a microUSB port for charging and data transfer. When it comes to the hardware configuration, the Zenfone offers two variants of processors, both of them being Intel Atom with four cores, built on 64bit architecture.
The first variant uses a Z3580 model clocked a 2.3GHz, paired with 4GB of RAM, while the second variant offers a Z3560 processor clocked at 1.8GHz, coupled with 2GB of RAM. Their storage options are: 16/32/64 GB, with the possibility to expand the first two ones up to 64GB. The phone has a back camera with the same resolution, but it lacks OIS, while the front camera is 5MP. The battery is slightly smaller, at 3000mAh.
Motorola Nexus 6 32GB – 500 dollars, 64GB – 550 dollars.
Asus Zenfone 2 4GB of RAM – 300 dollars, 2GB of RAM – 200 dollars.