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Nexus 6P vs. Motorola Droid Turbo 2 – Which Flagship Do You Prefer?

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The Nexus 6P is the phablet with superior specs created by Huawei, which replaced Motorola, and until now, this is the best looking device that Google has released so far. So, if Motorola was pushed aside this year, the company had more time to focus on its products. And they brought a new Droid Turbo with a shatterproof display and a new texture for its back.

Designs and Displays

The Nexus 6P is similar to the Huawei P8, meaning that it has a metal construction and a black horizontal band at the top, but it’s slightly protruding, it has curved sides and a glossy effect. In the left corner is located the rear camera, while at the bottom you’ll see a thin horizontal strip which looks that that from the iPhone 6S. This phablet weights 178grams, has a thickness of 7.8mm and a screen that measures 5.7-inch, which uses an AMOLED technology which provides a resolution of 1440x2560pixels at 518ppi. While most of the flagships have their fingerprint scanners below the screen, integrated into the home button, the Nexus 6P has it on its back and has a circular shape.

The Droid Turbo 2 features a 5.4-inch AMOLED shatterproof display made of five layers which protect it better than Corning Gorilla Glass: the first layer called “exterior lens” absorbs the impact of the finger and doesn’t distort the image; the second layer is thicker and the lens are made of polycarbonate, but the screen feels like it’s made of glass. The third layer is a dual-layer touch system made of plastic, which is a backup in case the first layers are damaged; the fourth layer is actually the AMOLED panel and the last layer is a rigid aluminum chassis. The resolution of the screen is also QHD, but it supports 540 ppi. The back is available in four variants of materials: ballistic nylon, stain-resistant, pebbled leather and a soft grip rubber, but the customers can customize the device on the Moto Maker website. The shape of the body is similar to that of the predecessor, having a thickness of 9.2mm and a weight of over 170 grams.

Hardware

Both devices are powered by the latest Qualcomm MSM8994 Snapdragon 810 octa core processor which is clocked at 2GHz and which is paired with an Adreno 430 GPU and 3GB of RAM. Only the Droid Turbo 2 provides a microSD card slot which allows you to expand the internal storage, which comes in variants of 32GB or 64GB. The Nexus 6P has a third variant of 128GB, but it doesn’t offer the option to expand its storage.

Cameras and Batteries

The Droid Turbo 2 has a more advanced rear camera of 21MP with a 1/2.4” that supports an f/2.0 aperture lens, phase detection autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash and auto-HDR, which can record 2160p videos @30fps with HDR, but its front camera has a resolution of 5MP, which is used by most of the new flagships. The Nexus 6P has a more advantageous front camera of 8MP, while the back camera is 12.3MP IMX377 from Sony with f/2.0 optics, 1.55µm pixel size, laser autofocus and dual-LED (dual tone) flash, but it can record 4K videos.

Both batteries are gigantic, but the Droid Turbo 2 provides even a larger cell of 3760 mAh, which outperforms the 3450 mAh battery of the Nexus 6P. However, the Motorola flagship doesn’t come with a Type-C 1.0 reversible connector for fast charging.