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Samsung Galaxy Note 5 vs. Nexus 6P – The Battle Of Phablets

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Samsung has revolutionized the phablet market and dominated it with its Galaxy Note phones. The first model from this series had a 5.3-inch screen and the size was increased over time the developers created more advanced games and applications which looked better on a larger display. Therefore, Samsung has complied with the public demands and adapted its products to the new trend. Currently, the Note 5 has a 5.7-inch screen and a new design, which will surely impress you, the Nexus 6P is its rival in this battle and will try to convince you to give it a chance.

Designs and Displays

No more cheap-looking plastic! Samsung has ditched the polycarbonate plastic which was used to make the exterior of its flagships. Instead, the new design involves glass (back) and aluminum (the frame), and the phone is now much slimmer than its predecessor – 7.6mm compared to 8.5mm, decreasing its weight by 5grams, from 176grams. The device is a bit slippery because of the glass back, so hold it carefully, not to drop it. The screen is also protected with Gorilla Glass and it supports a QHD resolution of 1440x2560pixels at 518ppi, being very sharp and the colors are vibrant, extremely accurate outdoors. The Note 5 has a fingerprint scanner integrated into the oval home button and it’s surrounded by two capacitive buttons. With the S Pen stylus, you can take notes and draw whatever you like directly on the screen.

The Nexus 6P, which was built by Huawei, has a many things in common with the Ascend P8 flagship. First of all, it has a metal construction, it’s very slim, but slightly curved on the edges, while the black horizontal glossy band at the top is very curved on the sides. This band contains the camera on the left corner and below it was placed the fingerprint scanner (Nexus Imprint), the device is even slimmer, measuring 7.3mm and it weights 178grams, while the screen is an AMOLED with the same size, resolution and pixel density, the Nexus 6P has a more accurate optional sRGB color mode, while the Note 5 allows you to calibrate it in the default mode.

Hardware

Inside the Note 5 is found the most powerful Exynos processor ever made (using a 14nm process) and it uses four cores which are clocked at 1.5GHz and four cores are running at 2.1GHz, the 64bit Exynos 7420 is backed by 4GB of RAM and Mali-T760MP8 graphics and the internal memory is faster (UFS 2.0 NAND flash), but it can’t be expanded, limiting you to the two variants of 32GB and 64GB.

The Nexus 6P uses eMMC 5.0 flash and there are three variants of capacities: 32/64/128 GB, also unexpandable, the processor is the improved version of the Qualcomm MSM8994 Snapdragon 810 with four cores clocked at 1.55GHz and four cores clocked at 2GHz, but it’s backed by 3GB of RAM, so it’s outperformed by the Note 5.

Cameras and Batteries

The Note 5 has an extra feature which is very helpful for those users who take photos while suffering from hand tremor. This feature is called optical image stabilization and with it, the photos look less blurry. The Note 5 has a 16MP sensor on the back with autofocus and LED flash, it has an aperture of f/1.9 and can record 4K videos. The front camera has a resolution of 5MP, being weaker than Nexus 6P’s 8M shooter. However, this phone has a 12MP Sony sensor with an f/2.0 aperture, laser autofocus, dual-LED flash a 1.55µm pixel size.

The Note 5 houses a smaller battery of 3000mAh which supports Fast charging and Wireless charging, while the Nexus 6P packs a 3450mAh battery which is charged via the latest addition, the Type C port.