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Sony Xperia Z5 Premium vs. Huawei Nexus 6P – The Premium Phablets Comparison

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Ever since Google released its new duo of Nexus handsets, everybody is continuously talking about them. The Nexus 5X and 6X took over the internet months ago, when the first rumors about their specs started spreading. Nothing was sure at that time, but all speculations gradually took shape and we’ve become pretty sure that LG and Huawei did a pretty good job with these devices. Anyway, we’ll be focusing only on the phablet and we’ll compare it to Sony’s Xperia Z5 Premium device. The same says everything: it’s the premium version of the new Z5 line.

Designs and Displays

If you’re one of those picky customers who care about the appearance of a phone, then you won’t complain about either of these models. They’re both looking great and are made of high-quality materials, but they share different designs. For example, Huawei opted for a all-metal unibody body which is available in three variants of colors: Aluminum, Graphite or Frost, but on the back, at the top, is a wide black band which contains the camera on the left side. Somewhere lower is the fingerprint scanner, which is a novelty for the Nexus devices. Google added it because of the new support for fingerprint readers, so the users will be able to make purchases with their phones. The Nexus 6P weights 178grams, it measures 159.3×77.8×7.3mm and has a massive screen with a diagonal of 5.7-inch, which supports a resolution of 1440×2560 pixels at 518ppi.

The Z5 Premium has a squared-off metal and glass construction with a display protected with a scratch-resistant glass. Sony still makes its flagships dust and water resistant, and the Z5 Premium has also a fingerprint scanner which can be used only to lock and unlock the device. The three variants of colors are Chrome, Black and Gold and the dimensions are 154.4×75.8×7.8mm, while the screen measures 5.5-inch, but it has an incredible resolution of 2160×3840 pixels with one of the highest pixel densities of 806ppi.

Hardware

Earlier rumors were suggesting that Huawei will use a HiSilicon Kirn processor, but it seems that it opted for the controversial 64bit Qualcomm MSM8994 Snapdragon 810 octa core processor, only that it’s the 2.1 version, which promises to run at a lower temperature.

Sony used the first version of this processor for its Z5 Premium phone, but the company worked on some extra cooling techniques to avoid the overheating issues. Anyway, both phones support 3GB of RAM and have internal memories of 32GB, but the Nexus 6P allows you to increase its capacity up to 200GB, while the Z5 Premium has expandable storage up to 200GB.

Cameras and Batteries

Sony is still on the podium, when it comes to photo quality, having well-built software which produces awesome pictures. And the number of mega pixels favors the Z5 Premium, as the camera on the back is able to support a resolution of up to 23MP and it has features such as phase detection autofocus and LED flash, while the front camera takes excellent selfies with its resolution of 5.1MP.

The Nexus 6P obtained a score of 84 in the DxOMark test, being very close to Z5 Premium’s score of 87. However, the rear camera has a lower resolution of 12.3MP, but it’s backed by the important features such as laser autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash and 1.55µm pixel size. The front camera is even more advanced, supporting 8MP.

When it comes to batteries, both phones included the quick charging feature and the cells have a similar capacity, but if what Sony said is true, the 3430mAh non-removable battery powering its Z5 Premium will last two days. The Nexus 6P added 20mAh of juice, but when the phone will be tested, we’ll know how much it can last.

Prices

While the Xperia Z5 Premium will be available in the US at a price of $995, the Nexus 6P will cost $500.