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Moto X Style (Pure Edition) vs. Galaxy S6 – Motorola Is Challenging Samsung

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Samsung is finally appreciated at its true value, because until this year, the fans and reviewers criticized the designs of the previous smartphones, because they looked cheap, and if you remember the previous Galaxy S5 with the dotted back, you’ll agree that it wasn’t the best looking device. In 2015, Samsung overhauled the design and build quality of the Galaxy S6 and everyone loved it! Motorola, on the other hand, released two variants of Moto X devices and we’ll talk about the high-tier Style (Pure Edition).

Designs and Displays

The Galaxy S6 can compete against any luxurious smartphone, because Samsung’s employees went back to the drawing board and reimagined the aspect of this model. Therefore, the polycarbonate back with perforated dots was replaced with glass (Corning Gorilla) and the frame is now made of metal. The device has curved corners, which make the Galaxy S6 very comfortable to hold, and it’s also very slim at 6.8mm, while it weights 138grams. It’s not too tall and the screen measures 5.1-inch, using the Super AMOLED technology (the resolution is QHD at 577ppi) which delivers saturated colors which are affecting the battery life.

The Moto X Style is much taller and sports a 5.7-inch IPS LCD screen with an identical resolution, but it’s not as sharp as the Galaxy S6 because the pixel density is lower at 520ppi. Also, the screen shows grayish blacks, while the S6 shows dark blacks. The backing is made of rubbery silicone and features diagonal lines and a vertical stripe which extends from the camera to the logo. The frame is also made of metal and its color can be customized on the Moto Maker website. Here, you’ll find other variants of materials for the back, such as leather or wood. The device is water resistant (IP52 certified) and has a thickness of 11.1mm.

Hardware

Inside the Moto X Style, Motorola has integrated a hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor which runs at a speed of 1.8GHz and which is backed by Adreno 418 graphics and 3GB of RAM. The Galaxy S6 is powered by a 14nm 64bit octa-core Exynos 7420 processor which runs at 2.1GHz. This configuration required a Mali-T760MP8 GPU and 3GB of RAM (the faster DDR4 RAM). The Moto X Style is responsive, fast, but it’s outperformed by the Galaxy S6, which offers a flawless experience thanks to the new Exynos processor. Samsung ditched the Qualcomm processor because it heats up pretty badly, affecting not only the performance of the device, but the battery life as well.

Both devices come with three variants of internal memories: the Moto X Style houses options of 16GB, 32GB and 64GB, which can be expanded up to 128GB, while the Galaxy S6 has fixed storage available in variants of 32GB, 64GB and 128GB.

Cameras and Batteries

The Moto X Pure Edition has a 21MP camera on its back with an f/2.0 aperture, phase detection auto focus and a dual-LED flash. The software is minimalistic, which can be noticed when tapping on the viewfinder to take a shot. The Galaxy S6 uses a better 16 MP rear camera, with an aperture of f/1.9 aperture, LED flash and optical image stabilization, but Samsung added more options and manual controls, and the images look more realistic in low-light conditions. As for the front cameras, both have a resolution of 5MP.

The battery of the Moto X Pure Edition is larger, having a capacity of 3,000 mAh, and it’s relatively more resistant in comparison to the 2,550 mAh battery of the Galaxy S6.