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Nexus 6 vs. Moto X Style (Pure Edition) – Which One Beats The Other?

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Motorola’s design style hasn’t changed much in the past years and even the Nexus 6 is very similar to the Moto X 2014, but it seems that in 2015, the manufacturer has decided to bring two phablet versions for the Moto X 2015, and the Pure Edition is the larger one. But still, it’s not as big as the Nexus 6.

Designs and Displays

Motorola doesn’t use premium materials for the backs of its devices, preferring to build them from plastic. The Nexus 6 has a matte plastic body, with a slight curvature and a dimple below the rear camera, while the front side had dual speakers and a screen which was sized at 5.96-inch and was using Samsung’s AMOLED technology, being capable of supporting a QHD resolution of 1440×2560 pixels with 493ppi. The device benefited from a weak water resistance and had metal sides, resulting in a thickness of 10.1mm.

The Moto X Pure Edition has a similar body shape, but the back has now diagonal lines. The rest of the button layouts or ports are located in the same places as on the Nexus 6 and the device has also front-facing speakers and the familiar dimple on the back, but this time, you’ll notice a vertical metal band placed exactly in the top center, housing the rear camera and the logo. The Pure Edition is 1mm thicker than the Nexus 6 and its screen measures 5.7-inch, being a TFT-LCD with the same resolution, but which gives a higher pixel density of 520ppi. It’s worth mentioning that on the official Moto Maker website, the customers can select the desired color for the back plate, the metal band, the metal frame or the front panel, and there are also other premium materials such as leather or wood.

Hardware

The Nexus 6 is 1 year old and it came with a 32bit quad core Snapdragon 805 processor clocked at 2.7GHz, which was backed by Adreno 420 graphics and 3GB of RAM, obtaining a score of 1072 in the single score test and a score of 3425 in the multi-core Geekbench test.

The Moto X Pure Edition features a hexa core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor running at 1.8GHz and it’s backed by the previous Adreno 418 graphics and 3GB of RAM, obtaining scores of 1257 and 3572 in the same tests. This means that the Motorola flagship managed to make a better impression thanks to this configuration, but that doesn’t mean that the Nexus 6 doesn’t handle multi-tasking or the gaming isn’t as enjoyable as on the Pure Edition.

The Nexus 6 has two variants of internal storage, but they are limited to 32Gb and 64GB, while the Pure Edition has another variant of 16GB and for each of these options there’s a microSD card slot for expansion up to 128GB.

Cameras and Batteries

The Moto X Pure Edition offers a 21MP rear camera which supports phase detection autofocus, auto HDR and a dual tone LED flash, being also capable to capture 4K videos. The Nexus 6 has a modest 13MP primary camera with OIS and dual-LED flash, which takes photos with more natural colors, while the Pure Edition tends to make the colors oversaturated.

On the front side of the Pure Edition you’ll find a 5MP camera, while the Nexus 6 has a weaker 2MP shooter.

As for the batteries, the Nexus 6 is packed with a bigger non-removable battery of 3,220mAh, which lasts a full day, just like Pure Edition’s 3,000mAh unit. Both devices support fast-charging features, while the Nexus 6 comes in addition with wireless charging.