Today, we’re comparing the highly discussed Nexus 6, which Motorola created for Google, with the new Moto X Pure Edition (Style, in other parts of the world), which is the high-tier version of the upcoming Moto X 2015. They’re both phablets and have a few things in common. Only a few. So, if you want to know more about their specifications, then read this article carefully. To spoil the surprise, we must declare the Pure Edition a winner, because it’s better specced.
Designs and displays
After releasing the Moto X 2014, Motorola ran out of ideas to create the Nexus 6, and just pumped steroids into the Moto X to make it much larger and more powerful. So, you should be familiar with the curved plastic back which makes it easy to hold, despite of its size. The sides are protected with a metallic frame and the front has loud BoomSound speakers.
The screen is huge and it was provided by Samsung. The AMOLED display is able to support QHD resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels, which gives 493 pixels-per-inch and very bright and vibrant colors, which pop out in front of your eyes.
The Moto X Pure Edition, which called so only in the US, comes with a similar design, but its appearance can be customized through the Moto Maker programs, as you can opt for a wood backing, or you can choose a different color for the metallic strip that extends down the back and contains the rear camera with the flash and the M logo, which is placed a little bit lower.
The screen is slightly smaller at 5.7inches, and it’s a TFT LCD with a QHD resolution as well, but with a higher pixel density of 520 ppi.
For the Nexus device, Motorola used the best 32bit Qualcomm processor, which is a quad core Snapdragon 805 clocked at 2.7GHz, which can’t compete against Pure Edition’s 64bit hexa core Snapdragon 808 processor. Though, the graphics are superior on the Nexus 6, as they are Adreno 420, while the other flagship uses the previous Adreno 418 graphics. However, the RAM capacity is identical, 3GB, but the internal memory of the Pure Edition supports expansion up to 128GB, from 16, 32 and 32GB. The Nexus 6 has variants of 32 and 64GB.
The Nexus line has never been praised for its photographic capabilities, but the Nexus 6 managed to make a good impression with its 13MP rear camera that received optical image stabilization, dual-LED flash and an aperture of f/2.0. The Pure Edition beats it in terms of resolution, because its main camera supports 21MP, but it has the same aperture. However, it can shoot 4K videos at 30fps and slow motion videos likewise the iPhones. Regarding the front cameras, the one from the Nexus 6 is 2MP and it’s easily beaten by the 5MP shooter from the Pure Edition, which is accompanied by LED flash.
The Nexus 6 is powered by a battery of 3220mAh that can be charged up to 60 percent within 15 minutes, thanks to the Turbo Charger feature. The Moto X Pure Edition comes with a 3000mAh battery that benefits from the same quick charging capability.
The 16GB variant of the Moto X Pure Edition will cost $399.99, but the phone will be released in September. The 32GB variant of the Nexus 6 costs $500 on Amazon and the one with more storage costs $50 more.