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Nexus 6 specs comparison: Nexus 6 vs Moto X (2014) vs Galaxy Note 4 vs LG G3

It's a new Nexus, but is bigger really better? We compare Google's latest smartphone with the competition

Nexus 6

With Nexus 6 pre-orders kicking off on 29 October, how does the new stock smartphone compare to other flagships from Motorola, Samsung and LG?

The Nexus 6 was announced on the same day as Android Lollipop, and is designed to show off the operating system’s capabilities. Made in partnership with Motorola, it looks likes the Moto X (2014) right down to the front-facing speakers and metal flash ring around the 13 megapixel camera – but only if you wanted the flagship handset super-sized.

With a 5.9-inch display, the Nexus 6 is the largest smartphone Google has ever released, and it’s also bigger than the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 or the LG G3 phablets. We question how comfortable this will make it to use one-handed, but there is no denying this screen real estate, plus a Quad HD display, will make it perfect playing games and watching movies anywhere.

A Snapdragon 805 quad-core 2.7 GHz processor provides lightning fast multi-tasking, and the Adreno 420 GPU gives you brilliant graphics. Building on top of Android Lollipop’s battery-saving features, the Nexus 6 comes with a 3220mAh battery and a Turbo Charger, which can charge the phone for up to six hours worth of battery life in just 15 minutes.

One of the other benefits to having all of that space under the hood is that the Nexus 6 is also packing loads of memory, with 3GB RAM and the choose between 32 and 64GB storage. However, Google would still rather you saved additional files to the cloud than anywhere else, so doesn’t include support for a 128GB microSD like many of its rivals now do as standard.

However, the biggest barrier for many will be the price. Previously Google has often absorbed manufacturing costs to ensure stock Android is affordable for the masses. This appears to be no longer the case with the Nexus 6 retailing from $649 unlocked, around £400. This is still cheaper than Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4, but a lot more than the smaller Nexus 5 that launched last year for £299.

Nexus 6
Nexus 6 by Motorola
Price $649 (about £400)
Processor Quad-core Snapdragon 805
Memory 32/64 GB, 3 GB RAM
Dimensions 159.3 x 83 x 10.1 mm
Camera 13 MP/ 2MP
Display size 5.96 inches
Display resolution 1440 x 2560 pixels
Expansion slot No

 

Moto X (2014)
Moto X Front Dynamic
Price £408
Processor Quad-core Snapdragon 801
Memory 16/32 GB, 2 GB RAM
Dimensions 140.8 x 72.4 x 10 mm
Camera 13 MP/ 2MP
Display size 5.2 inches
Display resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
Expansion slot No

 

Galaxy Note 4
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Price £575
Processor Quad-core Snapdragon 805
Memory 32 GB, 3 GB RAM
Dimensions 153.5 x 78.6 x 8.5 mm
Camera 16 MP/ 3.7MP
Display size 5.7 inches
Display resolution 1440 x 2560 pixels
Expansion slot microSD, up to 128 GB

 

LG G3
LG G3
Price £390
Processor Quad-core Snapdragon 801
Memory 16 GB, 2 GB RAM/ 32 GB, 3 GB RAM
Dimensions 146.3 x 74.6 x 8.9 mm
Camera 13 MP/ 2.1MP
Display size 5.5 inches
Display resolution 1440 x 2560 pixels
Expansion slot microSD, up to 128 GB
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