Google Nexus 6P vs. BlackBerry Priv: Comparison of 2 Heavily Discounted Smartphones

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Google Nexus 2016
Google Nexus 2016

The Google Nexus 6P smartphone got released in September last year. This device is still going strong among the stock and near-stock Android devices. While we wait for the arrival of the next-generation Nexus 2016 handset, a new offer from Project Fi slashes the price of the current-generation device by $150.

BlackBerry Priv, on the other hand, is the most ambitious project of the once-dominant Canadian OEM, which is known for security and privacy. Running Android 5.1.1 Lollipop out of the box, this handset is BlackBerry?s first Android device.

It comes bundled with a physical QWERTY keyboard that slides in and out. This retro-styled device is now available at a never-before-seen price. Hence, it?s time to check out the differences and similarities between the two heavily discounted smartphones released towards the end of 2015.


Even though the 32GB BlackBerry Priv debuted at $699, eBay is now selling the same handset at a dirt cheap price of?$299.99.

The 32GB Google Nexus 6P, on the other hand, can be had for?$349, while the original price used to be $499. However, to get the discount on the Nexus device, interested buyers have to activate Google?s Project Fi.

So what is?Project Fi? When travelling within the length and breadth of the U.S., data connection has been a constant problem. Apart from connections being expensive, the signal strength is quite low and at times, it is intermittent. With Project Fi, the roaming problems will be reduced significantly as Google has partnered with leading network providers (Sprint, T-Mobile and U.S. Cellular) in the U.S.

Project Fi will put the user at the best available network between Wi-Fi and 4G LTE networks. With this service, the Project Fi users will be able to get 10 to 20 times faster connectivity. Plus, this service is available in 135+ destinations.

Google Nexus 6P

Google Nexus 6P

Design & Display

Google Nexus 6P features a huge 5.7-inch display, while the BlackBerry Priv settles for a 5.4-inch screen. Nevertheless, both smartphones come with the same 1,440 x 2,560 pixels QHD resolution. The pixel densities of both handsets translate to 500+ ppi, thereby guaranteeing stunning viewing experience.

Speaking of design, BlackBerry?s retro-styled device makes use of Gorilla Glass 4 panel protection. The dual-curved-edge display is very much similar to the Galaxy S6 Edge+. The flipside of having a slider keyboard is that it does not allow the display to wraparound seamlessly as the Samsung device.

CNet, meanwhile,?noted that the curved-edge display is more cosmetic than adding value to the device owner. The physical QWERTY keyboard is a bit narrow and hence, those with huge hands may find it slightly uncomfortable when typing down. Overall, it looks good with the glass front and the metallic rim running through the sides of the phone.

The Nexus 6P, on the other hand, comes with an all-metal design. The device truly stands out from the rest when it comes to sheer aesthetics. The edges are chamfered and the screen is protected by Corning?s Gorilla Glass 4.

Trusted Reviews noted that the?antenna lines have been disguised in a tasteful way. The back of the device is slightly curved. This helps in providing good grip and hence, it?s comfortable to hold and type.

Specifications & Features

The Google Nexus 6P comes powered by Qualcomm?s Snapdragon 810 chipset, while the Priv makes use of the Snapdragon 808 SoC. However, both OEMs have housed a solid 3GB of RAM onboard.

While the Nexus 6P comes equipped with 32GB, 64GB and 128GB of built-in storage options, the Priv comes as a 32GB model. There is no microSD card slot in the Google device, while the Canadian tech giant offers expansion capacity of up to 2TB via microSD card.

Camera-wise, the Nexus handset sports a 12MP rear-facing sensor with dual-LED flash and an 8MP selfie-clicker at the front. The Priv, meanwhile, flaunts a much-better 18MP Schneider-Kreuznach shooter with dual-LED flash and OIS support in tow. However, BlackBerry didn?t bother to perfect the front-facing snapper as it features only a 2MP sensor for selfies.

Also noteworthy is the very generous Li-Ion 3,410 mAh battery unit housed in the BlackBerry Priv and a Li-Po 3,450 mAh cell in the Google Nexus 6P. But then, the cells are not removable.

Potential buyers should, however, note that the Nexus 6P comes with the new-standard USB Type-C port, but the Priv doesn?t.

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