Samsung Galaxy S7 edge vs Google Nexus 6P: first look

All of the data that we have right now points out that the Galaxy S7 edge can easily become the undisputed champion on the Android scene. Indeed, starting with the design of the phone and moving on to the specs, there's hardly any area where the S7 edge doesn't check just the right boxes. Still, we can't say that the S7 edge will have an easy job overpowering all there is - lots of formidable rivals out in the wild, folks, lots of them! Among these, chief stands the Google Nexus 6P, which is undoubtedly the best stock Android warrior right now. How do these stack up against one another? 


Intertwining metal, glass, and curved display up front, the Galaxy S7 edge is a gorgeous phone to loo look at. Truly, it is not a far cry from the rest of Samsung's handset that don "edge" in their names, but this is actually a good thing. We liked the S6 edge, we liked the S6 edge+, and it's no surprise that we liked the brand-new S7 edge as well. The design of the edgy new Samsung does not feel stale by any means, on the contrary - it feels perfected in all areas. 

The Nexus 6P might not be as flashy as the Galaxy S7, but it also has its stand-out design features. For one, its rear houses a glossy black module at the top, which is refreshing design trait. That said, the rear of the Nexus 6P is not as uniform and sleek as the glass one of the S7 edge. 

Size-wise, the Samsung handset has the upper hand. It's not only more compact and pocketable, but it also flaunts a superior screen-to-body size ratio - 76.09% vs 71.60%. As these percentages might mean nada to you, let us only say that Samsung had done a spectacular job at engineering the S7 edge. 

Lastly, the S7 edge does not feel as slippery as the Nexus 6P - glass might be a fingerprint magnet but at least it provides a bit more grip than the aluminum back of the Nexus 6P. It's also worth a mention that Samsung has made the S7 edge water-tight thanks to some clever engineering. Your phone won't get damaged even if you put it in up to 3 feet deep fresh water for as long as an hour.


Two AMOLED displays with one and the same resolution tightly clench in a battle for superiority here, folks. While the Nexus 6P offers more real estate with its 5.7-inch screen, the Galaxy S7 packs a sharper display. Additionally, the latter features dual edges on the sides, which are there mostly for cosmetic purposes, but they also offer some added functionality thanks to the re-introduced edge panels. These allow you to access nifty shortcuts to your favorite contacts, apps, or tools.

As far as the displays themselves are concerned, we are looking at two stunning and gorgeous screens. It's hard to pick our favorite at first sight, though we have to acknowledge that the Galaxy S7 edge truly captivates with the "edgy" design of its front. 

Moreso, the always-on feature of the new Samsung handset makes it stand out even when you're not actively using the phone. Don't think that we don't like the Nexus 6P, though - it's just as good, though not as eye-catching!

Interface and functionality

Despite that these two are running Android 6.0 Marshmallow, they offer two pretty different approaches to the way users experience Google's OS.The Nexus 6P, being a Nexus device, is the posterchild for the stock Android experience. We've got a stock UI with stock features, and while this is not bad per say, it's a tad less exciting than having a more feature-rich skin. True, some people swear by vanilla Android and we understand them perfectly, but in this specific scenario, the S7 edge is undoubtedly more interesting.

Samsung’s TouchWiz UI has seen its up and downs, with last year’s iteration leaning towards the up direction with its refined, simpler approach. That’s yet again the trend with this latest edition running in the Galaxy S7 edge. The experience as a whole is identical to its sibling in the Galaxy S7, but with one major difference – the edge UX. As we said in the display section, these allow you to access various predefined features, contacts, tools, and multitask without leaving the app you're using. 

Both the Nexus 6P and S7 edge have touch-based fingerprint scanners, and we're pretty hype to check out which one does its job faster with a smaller margin for error!

Performance and memory

Samsung made it clear during our meeting that two chipsets will be leveraged for the latest Galaxy S7 line, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 chip for the US market, and its own Exynos for just about everywhere else. Both of these have 4GB of RAM in tow. The models we managed to check out delivered the swiftness and finesse that we come to expect in a high-end smartphone in this day and age. Naturally, the easy stuff is handled with ease, but Sammy also claims that the graphics processing of the handset isn’t going to be compromised because there’s Vulkan API access for gaming – as well as recording gaming footage in real-time.

Meanwhile, the Nexus 6P relies on the older, yet still top-end Snapdragon 810 chip, which is paired with 3GB of RAM for good measure. The proven Adreno 430 GPU will, naturally, take care of any graphics-oriented tasks you may throw at it. And in reality There are be a few different non-expandable storage options available: 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB – a choice that sounds reasonable enough.


For the Galaxy S7 edge, Samsung has opted to go with a 12-megapixel rear camera, which is accompanied with notable features such as an f/1.7 aperture lens and a brand new. Combining those elements with a “Dual Pixel” sensor and 1.4 µm sized pixels, Samsung claims that its low lighting performance and focus are going to be class-leading in the space. Indeed, the camera of the S7 edge does not only fire up in an instant, but it certainly sucks in way more light than most of the contemporary flagships.

In the Nexus camp, cameras have never been the focus of the stock Android troopers, but this got changed with 2015's 6P and 5X. With such a pronounced bump on the back of the Nexus 6P, Huawei has put in place all the ingredients of a competent camera. The 13-megapixel unit is aided by a laser-assist auto-focus, and dual-LED flash. On the front is an 8-megapixel sensor for sharp selfies and crisp video calling. Video recording up to 4K resolution is also part of the package. All-in-all, nothing new per se, but the camera has all the makings to be a fine picture taker.


the Galaxy S7 edge is a no-compromise smartphone that’s an improvement over its predecessor. It’s not necessarily a giant leap forward, but rather, a tangible successor that addressed many of the missed opportunities. You know this will be one of the phones that’ll remain relevant throughout the year, and we can’t stress about the fact that it’s still one of the best looking – a testament indeed considering it now has a water-resistant construction. 

The Nexus 6P is another no-compromise phone that will certainly be in the radars of those looking for a well-built, large-display phone that is a direct competitor to the S7 edge. Samsung went all out this year and the results are two flawless (at first sight) phones that certainly raise the bar, a bar that everyone will have to measure up to, the Nexus 6P included.

Related phones

Galaxy S7 edge
  • Display 5.5 inches
    2560 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Single camera)
    5 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, 4GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3600 mAh
  • OS Android 8.0 Oreo
    Samsung TouchWiz UI
Nexus 6P
  • Display 5.7 inches
    2560 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 12.3 MP (Single camera)
    8 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, 3GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB,
  • Battery 3450 mAh
  • OS Android 8.1 Oreo



14. djkhalid

Posts: 156; Member since: Jul 01, 2013

Once you go stock you never go back. Long live the Nexus line :D

8. hado86

Posts: 177; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

I'll wait for the note 6

13. S.R.K.

Posts: 678; Member since: Feb 11, 2016

Didn't like the Note5, due to no SD and removable battery. Ile wait for N6.

5. EricE

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 22, 2016

I think you need to have the editor look over this article again. There's some stuff missing that looks like it was the victim of a bad copy/paste. Seems like some important information is missing that I'd like to read. Might want to check these areas: "The proven Adreno 430 GPU will, naturally, take care of any graphics-oriented tasks you may throw at it. And in reality There are be a few different non-expandable storage options available: 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB – a choice that sounds reasonable enough." "For the Galaxy S7 edge, Samsung has opted to go with a 12-megapixel rear camera, which is accompanied with notable features such as an f/1.7 aperture lens and a brand new. Combining those elements with a “Dual Pixel”..." Thanks.

1. s.kumaran

Posts: 25; Member since: Feb 18, 2016

Nexus 6P VS S7 Edge No expandable storage (microSD card slot) No water and dust resistant No Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) for the camera Lacks wireless charging No Thermal spreader (Water-cooling technology to avoid the phones overheating) Poor battery life- The large 5.7 inch display is an AMOLED capacitive touchscreen but not a Super AMOLED which is found on the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+. Comparison wise the Super AMOLED consumes less power which can save the battery juice a lot and more importantly it have better viewing angles than a standard AMOLED, but sadly its ain’t any with Nexus 6P.

2. Acdc1a

Posts: 478; Member since: Jan 21, 2016

No $780 price tag...fixed it for you.

4. SamsungPhanboy

Posts: 765; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

Don't listen to S.Kumuran As someone who can openly admit the S7 edge seems like a far more advanced and capable device, the Nexus 6P is the best I've used to date. It has been the smoothest and most consistent Android experience I have ever come across. Also, I wouldn't call 6-8 hours of SOT bad, which is what I get on my 6P. So yes, the S7 edge is a hell of a phone that I do plan on buying, but let's not forget how great of a phone the Nexus 6P is.

7. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

I actually agree with you on this. S7 edge is a great device, but lets not take anything away from Nexus 6P, its one hell of a phone. Lets see what 6P's successor brings to the table.

3. cdm283813

Posts: 424; Member since: Jan 10, 2015

You forgot 810 vs 820, Gear VR, Samsung pay and smaller footprint. The only plus is that Nexus 6p will have Android N before any other Android phone. And the price will most likely hit $400 in the next month or 2. But I would still get the Edge plus.

6. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

I've had a 6p since about a month after launch. It hasn't overheated yet. SuperAmoled is a marketing term used by Samsung to distinguish a panel that has the display and digitizer in one piece rather than two separate ones. Doesn't have anything to do with a better display, it just allows for a thinner component. It's a little early to talk about battery life when you have no experience with the S7, Edge or not. And if it follows my experience with Samsung, battery will be great for the first few months and by about a year's time it'll be about half of what it initially was. The only difference here is the battery isn't removable.

10. Scott93274

Posts: 6044; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

If it weren't for Touchwiz, I would go with Samsung, but because of that it'll always be behind the Nexus line, for me at least.

11. siduaoisud

Posts: 9; Member since: Nov 26, 2015

Unlike you I actually own a Nexus 6p. - Why do I need expandable storage? 64-128 gb is more than enough. Where were you when Samsung removed this? The S7 hasn't even came out yet. The 6P, like the S6, has been out since 2015. - The phone does have water and dust resistance. Do the research. Look this up on reddit:​r_resistant/ -No OIS? Big deal. The phone costs under $600. Samsung with its corporate greed charges over $700. Ridiculous price for a phone. The 6P has an amazing camera and takes amazing photos. The 240 FPS videos also come out amazing. - Again, big deal. Wireless charging isn't as relevant as people make it out to be. Some people who just fine with plugging in their phone and leaving it charge for 20 minutes (which is all you need with the Nexus 6P to get an appropriate charge. Its charging is fast) - Awesome how you have a disregard for facts. I have gamed a lot on my Nexus and have had it for quite some time now and have not experience any overheating. That "pro" you posted with the Galaxy is just plain illogical. Surely you could think of something better? Poor battery life? Again, have you even touched the Nexus? On a full day of intense usage (with a lot of gaming involved) the phone hasn't ever died out on me. So as someone who has actually used the phone, the battery life is just fine. And 10 minutes of charging does get you a lot. Even without the charging the phone is reliable. It seems that you did not weigh the pros and cons correctly, as your points made do not have much merit. Especially since the S7 hasn't come out. This isn't saying that the S7 is inferior to the 6P. That would be an illogical statement, this is saying that your comparisons are lousy.

12. siduaoisud

Posts: 9; Member since: Nov 26, 2015

Also, the water resistance is just a gimmick. Samsung is using it as an advertising scheme to grab more consumers. Just like Apple, Google isn't using water resistance in its advertising realm. That does not mean the phone is not water resistant. It's called advertising. Samsung for all you know could be exaggerating like usual to gain more consumers since the smartphone market is taking a hit.

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