Samsung Galaxy S6 vs. Google Nexus 6: Design & Specs Comparison

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How does the new Galaxy S6 by Samsung fare against Google’s current, Motorola-made Nexus 6 smartphone?

We have come to a time when we no longer view mobile phones as mere communication tools. They are now a capable of doing so much things that most people start and end their days with a cellphone in hand.

Among the major players in the highly competitive arena of smartphones is Samsung and Google. The latter, however, is not actually a device maker. It partners with different OEMs (original equipment manufacturer) to come up with its own, Google-branded handsets.

These two companies? have released their own killer devices recently; The Galaxy S6 from Samsung and the Nexus 6 from Google in partnership with Motorola. Both models can easily turn every gadget lover?s heads and make techies drool with their beastly features. But the real question is: Which one is better?

We?re here to help you answer that seemingly daunting query. After all, choosing a smartphone over another is like picking the right dress–it?s always subject to one?s taste and needs.


One of the major differences between the two is their size. The Galaxy S6 has a relatively mid-sized (in today?s standards) 5.1-inch display while the Nexus 6 has a fully phablet-sized 5.96-inch screen. If size is not an issue then let?s talk about resolution. The newly released Samsung model features a Super AMOLED display with 1440×2560 (Quad HD) resolution amounting to a stunning 577ppi pixel resolution. Meanwhile, Google?s flagship sports a lower, but still sharp and vivid, 493ppi.

When it comes to aesthetics, many would agree that the S6?s metal-and-glass design looks really premium. This is apparently the South Korean company?s answer to years of criticism in regard to their decision to build previous models using plastic. On the other hand, the Nexus 6 vastly resembles Motorola?s Moto X 2014 edition. It?s made with a plastic body but it sports two front-facing speakers to please audiophile users. The major catch with Samsung?s new model is that it no longer has its predecessor water-resistant feature.

Specs comparison

For a quick glance of the two flagships? specifications, we?ve come up with table below for your easy reference. It?s based on each device?s manufacturer description.


Specification / ModelGalaxy S6

Nexus 6

DisplaySuper AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 5.1 inchesAMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 5.96 inches
Resolution1440 x 2560 pixels (~577 ppi pixel density)1440 x 2560 pixels (~493 ppi pixel density)
OSAndroid OS, v5.0.2 (Lollipop)Android OS, v5.1 (Lollipop)
ChipsetExynos 7420Qualcomm Snapdragon 805
Memory32/64/128 GB, 3 GB RAM32/64 GB, 3 GB RAM
Camera, Main16 MP, 2988 x 5312 pixels, optical image stabilization, autofocus, LED flash13 MP, 4128 x 3096 pixels, autofocus, optical image stabilization, dual-LED (ring) flash
Camera, Front5 MP, 1080p@30fps, dual video call, Auto HDR2 MP
Dimensions143.4 x 70.5 x 6.8 mm (5.65 x 2.78 x 0.27 in)159.3 x 83 x 10.1 mm (6.27 x 3.27 x 0.40 in)
BatteryNon-removable Li-Ion 2550 mAh batteryNon-removable Li-Po 3220 mAh battery


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