Specs-off!: Google Nexus 6P vs. iPhone 6S vs. Galaxy S6
Google has announced a pair of new Nexus Phones -- let's see how the new Nexus 6P compares to other superphones.
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At a press event in San Francisco, Google unveiled the latest updates to the Nexus device lineup. It's coming in the form of two new phones: the 5.2-inch Nexus 5X, developed by LG, and the 5.7-inch Nexus 6P, developed by Huawei.
Both devices pack the latest and greatest that these hardware manufacturers have to offer. They're equipped with a 12.3-megapixel camera that shoots 4K video, run Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and pack fingerprint readers so you can quickly unlock your devices, or pay for purchases with Android Pay.
But the flagship smartphone space is fierce, with competitors from Samsung and Apple offering most, if not all, of the same features. Let's see how the beefier of the new Nexus phones compares to two of the current smartphone juggernauts, the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the iPhone 6S.
Google Nexus 6P Specs comparisons
Google Nexus 6P
Apple iPhone 6S
Samsung Galaxy S6
Sony Xperia Z5 Premium
5.7-inch AMOLED with 2,560 x 1,440-pixel resolution
4.7-inch IPS with 1,334 x 750-pixel resolution
5.1-inch AMOLED with 2,560 x 1,440-pixel resolution
5.5-inch IPS with 3,840 x 2,160-pixel resolution
6.27 x 3.06 x 0.28 inches
5.44 x 2.64 x 0.28 inches
5.65 x 2.78 x 0.27 inches
6.07 x 2.99 x 0.31 inches
159.4 x 77.8 x 7.3mm
138.3 x67.1 x 7.1mm
143.4 x 70.5 x 6.8mm
6.27 ounces (178g)
5.04 ounces (143g)
4.8 ounces (138g)
6.34 ounces (180g)
Mobile operating system
Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Apple iOS 9
Android 5.1 Lollipop
Google Android 5.1 Lollipop
12.3-megapixel, ultra HD video (4K), 240fps slow motion video
12-megapixel, ultra HD video (4K), 240fps slow motion video
16-megapixel, ultra HD video (4K), 120fps slow motion video
23-megapixel, ultra HD video (4K), 120fps slow motion video
Optical image stabilization
No (only 6S Plus)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 810
64-bit A9 chip with M9
Octa-core Exynos 7420
Octa-core Snapdragon 810
32GB, 64GB, 128GB
16GB, 64GB and 128GB
32GB, 64GB and 128GB
Up to 200GB
Yes, PMA and Qi
Starting price (US)
$650, but varies
There is, of course, far more to consider than raw specs. USB-C unlocks a lot of potential, and the new Nexus phones both support Project Fi , Google's nascent mobile wireless service. But Apple's latest smartphones offer things like 3D touch, which has the potential to change how you use a phone .
I won't wade into the debate between app availability on the Apple App Store and Google Play, as fans of either platform have likely made their minds up there. And while these numbers give us a general idea of how the new Nexus will hold up, we'll need to get some actual testing done to truly know more.
We'll ultimately need to get our hands on these new devices to before making a final judgement, but hopefully these numbers will help you get a better idea of what's in store.