Google Nexus 6P vs Samsung Galaxy Note5 vs Apple iPhone 6s Plus: specs comparison


After months of leaks and speculation, Google just made its two new Nexus devices official, the Nexus 6P made by Huawei and the Nexus 5X made by LG. Actually, it's the first time Google treats us to not one, but two new phones that run stock Android at the same time. The larger one, in particular, is pretty interesting since it's Huawei's first crack at being involved in making a smartphone for Google. 

Judging from its specs and despite that it's lacking some features that previous Nexus device have had, the Nexus 6P undoubtedly sits atop Google's smartphone portfolio at the moment. Although not the absolute creme de la creme, the Huawei-made it's packing some pretty good specs, namely Qualcomm's controversial Snapdragon 810 chipset, 3GB of RAM, a 5.7-inch Quad HD display, and a 12MP rear camera with large, 1.55 μm pixels. 

But how does the Nexus 6P stack against two of the best phones on the market right now, the Galaxy Note5 and the iPhone 6s Plus? As we were curious to see the three against one another in an improvised specs battle, we decided to come up with a three-way specs comparison. Check it out below.

Google Nexus 6P vs Samsung Galaxy Note 5 vs Apple iPhone 6s Plus

Display

Display size

5.7 inches
5.7 inches
5.5 inches

Resolution

1440 x 2560 pixels
1440 x 2560 pixels
1080 x 1920 pixels

Pixel density

518 ppi
518 ppi
401 ppi

Technology

AMOLED
Super AMOLED
IPS LCD

Screen-to-body

71.60 %
76.62 %
67.91 %

Peak brightness

 
 
500 cd/m2 (nit)

Hardware & Performance

System chip

Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 MSM8994
Samsung Exynos 7 Octa 7420
Apple A9 APL1022

Processor

Octa-core, 2000 MHz, ARM Cortex-A57 and ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bit
Octa-core, 2100 MHz, ARM Cortex-A57 and ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bit, 14 nm
Dual-core, 1840 MHz, Twister, 64-bit

GPU

Adreno 430
Mali-T760 MP8
PowerVR GT7600

RAM

3 GB LPDDR4
4 GB LPDDR4
2 GB LPDDR4

Internal storage

128 GB
64 GB
128 GB, not expandable

OS

Android (8.1 Oreo, 8.0 Oreo, 7.1 Nougat, 7.0 Nougat, 6.0 Marshmallow)
Android (7.0 Nougat, 6.0 Marshmallow, 5.1 Lollipop), Samsung TouchWiz UI
iOS (13.x, 12.x, 11.x, 10.x, 9.x)

Battery

Capacity

3450 mAh
3000 mAh
2750 mAh

Talk time

23.00 hours
the average is 19 h (1141 min)
 
 

Stand-by time

18.3 days (440 hours)
the average is 21 days (505 h)
 
16.0 days (384 hours)
the average is 21 days (505 h)

Talk time (3G)

 
22.00 hours
the average is 23 h (1387 min)
24.00 hours
the average is 23 h (1387 min)

Internet use

LTE: 10 hours; Wi-Fi: 10 hours
 
3G: 12 hours; LTE: 12 hours; Wi-Fi: 12 hours

Music playback

100.00 hours
64.00 hours
80.00 hours

Video playback

10.00 hours
15.00 hours
14.00 hours

Camera

Rear

Single camera
Single camera
Single camera

Main camera

12.3 megapixels
16 megapixels
12 megapixels

Features

Laser autofocus
Optical image stabilization, Phase detection autofocus, CMOS image sensor, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)
Sapphire crystal lens cover, Optical image stabilization, Phase detection autofocus, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)

Specifications

Aperture size: F2.0; Sensor size: 1/2.3"; Pixel size: 1.55 μm
Aperture size: F1.9; Focal length: 28 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.6"; Pixel size: 1.12 μm
Aperture size: F2.2; Focal length: 29 mm; Sensor size: 1/3"; Pixel size: 1.22 μm

Video recording

3840x2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD), 1280x720 (HD) (240 fps)
3840x2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps), 2560x1440 (QHD), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (60 fps), 1280x720 (HD), 640x480 (VGA)
3840x2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (120 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (240 fps)

Features

Video calling
Optical image stabilization, Continuous autofocus, Object tracking, Digital image stabilization, Video calling
Optical image stabilization, Time-lapse video, Continuous autofocus, Video calling, Video sharing

Front

8 megapixels
5 megapixels
5 megapixels

Design

Dimensions

6.27 x 3.06 x 0.29 inches (159.3 x 77.8 x 7.3 mm)
6.03 x 3.00 x 0.30 inches (153.2 x 76.1 x 7.6 mm)
6.23 x 3.07 x 0.29 inches (158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3 mm)

Weight

6.28 oz (178 g)
the average is 6.1 oz (173 g)
6.03 oz (171 g)
the average is 6.1 oz (173 g)
6.77 oz (192 g)
the average is 6.1 oz (173 g)

Materials

Back: Aluminum
Back: Glass; Frame: Metal
Back: Aluminum

Biometrics

Fingerprint (touch)
Fingerprint (touch)
Fingerprint (touch)

Features

Notification light
Stylus, Touch sensitive control keys
Notification light

Shopping information

MSRP price

$ 649
 
$ 949


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13 Comments

1. Derekjeter

Posts: 1546; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

I can't wait to get it. I'm gonna pre order mine as soon as I'm home. Time for my nexus 6 to retire.

4. SamsungPhanboy

Posts: 765; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

Hurry! They are probably gonna sell out. The frost is already sold out in 16 gb

14. Dinged

Posts: 37; Member since: Jan 12, 2012

Here's my wishlist which no one has been able to deliver yet: -5" or up to 5.7" amoled display -f2 or lower aperture, sony 1/2.6" sensor or larger, ois(for video stabilization), laser focus, camera2 api compatible w/raw, 1.2 nano meter pixel size or larger for low light, min 12MP rear camera -4k recording (at least 30 fps), 1080(at least 120 fps), 720(at least 240 fps) -pure google experience w/minimal bloatware -min 32gb w/sd storage option (for all that slow motion/4k video that is going to take too much space and too much bandwidth to store to cloud) -any processor that can drive the 4k/slow motion recording/playback with no lag -front facing speakers -fingerprint scanner -nfc -water resistant -quick charge capable

2. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

2 are proper flagships, another is a Nexus. Using Nexus is a like useless bragging right for nerds who would use inferior products just to make themselves look cool.

3. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

I think your brain doesn't get enough oxygen. Go check that.

5. SamsungPhanboy

Posts: 765; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

Hahaha keep telling yourself that.

8. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

So phone is 100% superior to another, so what you said is true of ANY phone. In fact, you could replace nexus in your mad-lib and it would be correct for any phone...right. Using iPhone is a like useless bragging right for nerds who would use inferior products just to make themselves look cool. Using Samsung J series is a like useless bragging right for nerds who would use inferior products just to make themselves look cool.

7. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

PA, when doing a spec comparison, why do you pick the Note 5? The Note 5 is not in the same class as these. It is a unique device do to its S-Pen features. It is a "true" phablet. Not an oversized phone pretending to be one. Would not the S6 Edge+ be a better option as comparison?

9. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

That 6P does look cool from the back. They should have did what Sony did. Use a color scheme on the front with the wallpaper and icons to fit the look. Like Sony did here -http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-wGFaApVwHPg/Vec30m979oI/AAAAAAAAHzI/TD10Mmivkek/s640/Sony-Xperia-Z5-Compact.jpg.png It makes the silver one look so really cool.

10. mewmew unregistered

They don`t compare Fingerprintsensor, I can tell.. NR 1. Nexus (FPC 1025) NR. 2. Apple ( Autentec) Last. Samsung ( Synaptic/Egistec)

11. runzlord

Posts: 245; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

This is the first time ever I'm excited about a nexus phone.

12. runzlord

Posts: 245; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

This is the first time ever I'm excited about a nexus phone.

13. runzlord

Posts: 245; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

This is the first time ever I'm excited about a nexus phone.

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