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Nexus 6 vs. Nexus 5 – Specs Comparison, May the Better Phone Win

Hey guys, as you all know, Nexus 6 is on the horizon and we can expect to hear official news in the coming days. So far we have rumored specs, and from the looks of it, Nexus 6 is poised to make a big splash upon release and give some of the big guys a run for their money. Let’s take a look at how the new entry will stack against its predecessor and whether you should upgrade or not.

Display Size

First of all, the Nexus 6 is going to have a bigger display than both the iPhone and the Galaxy Note 4 – the rumored size is 5.9 inches, which is huge, to say the least. Some people might have a problem with such a large screen, especially if they’re moving up from Nexus 5, which has a 4.95 incher.

However, if rumors are to be believed, Nexus 6’s display resolution will blow its predecessor away. The new entry is expected to boast a 2560×1440 resolution compared to 5’s 1920×1080 (which is nothing to scoff at). While on paper this means a more crisp display, we’ll have to see whether it translates into noticeable real-world difference.

Processing Power

While the Nexus 5 sported a Snapdragon 800 Quad-core processor clocked at 2.3 Ghz, the Nexus 6 is expected to come with a 2.7 Ghz Quad-core and a newer Snapdragon 805 chip. While there isn’t much difference in terms of processing power (anything over 2 Ghz works perfectly fine), the newer Snapdragon chip might be more power efficient.

Memory and RAM

The Nexus 6 is expected to come with 32 GBs of internal memory, which is at par with market standards and the Nexus 5 also has a 32 GB variant. However, the RAM is where the Nexus 6 excels, boasting 1 GB more than its predecessor. With a total of 3 GB RAM, the Nexus 6 should be able to handle anything you throw at it. Given it’s large screen size and the possibility of multi-windows built into Android L, there can be a noticeable difference.

Design and build

The Nexus 6 will no doubt be a big phone. The screen size alone will increase dimensions, but if Motorola can adjust thinner bezels, we might not see a huge difference. On the plus side, people who complain about build quality will be happy to hear rumors that the Nexus 6 will have an aluminum frame. Front-facing speakers are also expected, which should appease a lot of Nexus fans.

Camera

The camera and photo quality of Nexus 5 left a lot to be desired, and was one of the biggest gripes people had. Google seems to have heard those people and the Nexus 6 is believed to have a 13 Megapixel camera which should perform much better. If you’ve been holding off on the Nexus 5 after hearing negative reviews about its camera, Nexus 6 might be the phone you were waiting for.

Software

Another major highlight of the Nexus 6 is that it is expected to be launched with Android’s latest version, Android L (5.0). Several performance improvements are expected (it supports 64-bit processors), especially when it comes to battery life and a multi-window feature might also be built into the OS by default (no need for Samsung touchwiz).

On a side note, if you’re a Nexus 5 owner, don’t be too concerned about software updates. It is expected that Google will roll out an Android L update for Nexus 5 phones as well.

Battery

With a bigger screen and a more powerful processor, Nexus 6 understandably needs more juice. While Nexus 5 had a 2300 mAh battery, Nexus 6 will probably have a 3200 mAh capacity. Coupled with a newer chipset and Android L, we might just see good improvements in battery life.

Let’s take a look at the specs in perspective now: Nexus 5 vs. Nexus 6

Specifications LG Nexus 5 Motorola Nexus 6
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 Qualcomm Snapdragon 805
Processor Speed 2.3 Ghz (Quad-core) 2.7 Ghz (Quad-core)
Random Access Memory (RAM) 2 GB 3 GB
Internal Memory 16/32 GB (No Card Slot) 32 GB (No Card Slot)
Display Technology True HD IPS Plus Quad HD
Display Resolution 1920×1080 2560×1440
Screen Size 4.95 Inches 5.9 Inches
Camera 8MP & 1.3 MP (Back & Front) 13MP & 2.1MP (Back & Front)
Battery 2300 mAh 3200 mAh

Nexus 6 vs Nexus 5

Verdict

All things considered (and if the rumors are true), Nexus 6 is a big leap for the line and a more than worthy successor to the Nexus 5. Given the fact that it won’t be as pricey as the new iPhone or Samsung’s Galaxy Note series, there is absolutely no reason you shouldn’t consider the Nexus 6 for your next upgrade.

However, we will wait for the official announcement and release before we can definitively say whether Nexus 6 is a no-brainer. We’re going to give you more updates and pictures of the Nexus 6 as soon as it’s released (which is expected to be later this month).

If you like the wallpaper shown in the images above, download it here.

2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Alex

    October 12, 2014 at 1:54 AM

    Hey, can someone direct me to a link to those wallpapers I really like them.

    • Hunain Naseer

      October 12, 2014 at 2:04 AM

      Hey Alex, we figured people might like it, so we’ve added a link for it in the post. Have fun!

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