Samsung Galaxy S6 versus Motorola Moto X (2014): first look
Samsung yesterday showed us what it's been secretly working on in the past few months. The answer is finished in glass and metal - the Galaxy S6 is undoubtedly one of the most exciting Samsung smartphones ever. Naturally, it has our full attention. Imagine our impatience as headed to Samsung's demo area, stumbling over the steps as we were eager to put the new Samsung flagship against Motorola's current champion, the Moto X (2014), because why not?
A stunning 5.1-inch, Quad HD Super AMOLED display is what you'd find on the Galaxy S6, while the Moto X (2014) is equipped with a slightly larger, 5.2-inch 1080p one, also using an AMOLED tech. As far as pixel density is concerned, we are dealing with a staggering 577ppi sharpness on the S6 and a noticeably lower density of 423ppi on the Moto X (2014). The difference is not stellar, but it's obvious - Motorola's flagship is totally not equipped with a bad display, but it can hold zero water to the Galaxy S6, which is inhabiting a league of its own. Sharpness is not everything, mind you - we are yet to put the Galaxy S6's display to the test, but at first look, we can say that Samsung has probably once again outdone itself and developed an AMOLED display with pretty respectable quality properties.
Processor and memory
We are assuming that the Galaxy S6 is coming with Samsung's latest Exynos chipset, though there's been no official word on this, so have one in mind. Alas, we know that the SoC is a 64-bit octa-core one, based on 14nm FinFET process, making it way more efficient than most of its rivals. Everything about the Moto X (2014), on the other hand, is known for some time - inside, you'll find Snapdragon 801 SoC churning gears at 2.5GHz. It's coupled with 2GB of RAM, but the Galaxy S6 is the clear winner in this segment, as it packs not 2, but 3GB of RAM, paving the way for batter multitasking.
Interface and functionality
The Samsung Galaxy S6 has a 16MP rear camera, which is similar to the ones of the S5 and the Note 4, but there is a respectable host of new features involved. One of the more intriguing ones is the optical image stabilization aboard, in addition to real-time HDR, infrared white balance, and tracking auto-focus for the video camera.
The Moto X comes with a 13MP shooter that boasts an aperture size of F/2.2, while the Galaxy S6 has an aperture size of F/1.9. We are yet to put the two cameras together, but are already suspecting that Samsung will be victorious in this segment, besting the Moto X 2014 in almost any photography-related contest we might devise.
Seemingly, the Galaxy S6 feels like a superior device when put together to the Moto X, but that was a no-brainer. What's interesting is whether Motorola will successfully position the Moto X (2014) on the market, making it a viable and way more affordable device than Samsung's flagship for 2015.