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Nexus 6 vs. Galaxy Note 4 Spec Shootout – High End Hardware Everywhere

by Todd Haselton | October 15, 2014October 15, 2014 11:30 pm PST

Google’s Nexus 6 is official and we finally have all of the details on the latest pure Android handset out of Mountain View. It isn’t the only beefy smartphone on the market, though, and with the Galaxy Note 4 launching in the U.S. later this week there’s a lot of comparisons that need to be made. Obviously this is more than a TouchWiz vs. pure Android showdown, though, and we want to show you how the two phones compare spec-by-spec.

That’s why we’ve created the comparison tables below, which show you the RAM, processors, display size and resolution, storage options, cameras and more, and what each device offers on paper. We can’t say for certain which device is better, that will take plenty of testing over the next several weeks once the Nexus 6 and Galaxy Note 4 are in our hands, but this should give you a deeper look at the sizes and specs of both phones.

Galaxy Note 4 Gallery

Nexus 6 Gallery

Samsung - Galaxy Note 4 Motorola - Nexus 6
Display Size 5.7-inch, 1440 x 2560 pixel display (515 ppi) 5.96-inch, 1440 x 2560 pixel display (493 ppi)
Resolution X 1440 1440
Resolution Y 2560 2560
Display Type Quad HD Super AMOLED AMOLED
Operating System Android 4.4 (at launch) Android 5.0 (at launch)
Processor 2.7 GHz Quad-Core Processor or 1.9 GHz Octa-Core (1.9GHz Quad + 1.3GHz Quad-Core) Processor (varies by country/carrier) 2.7 GHz Quad-core Snapdragon 805
RAM 3GB 3GB
Storage
  • 32GB
  • 32GB
  • 64GB
External Storage Yes No
External Storage Specs
  • Micro SD up to 64GB
Main Camera (Back) 16MP 13MP
Secondary Camera (Front) 3.7MP 2MP
Networks
  • GSM/ GPRS/ EDGE : 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
  • HSPA+ 42Mbps: 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
  • 4G (LTE Cat 4 150/50Mbps) or 4G (LTE Cat 6 300/50Mbps)
  • CA DL: B2-B13, B2-B17, B2-29, B4-B5, B4-B13, B4-B17, B4-B29
  • CDMA: 800, 1900, secondary 800
  • GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850,900,1800,1900
  • WCDMA: 1, 2, 4, 5, 8
  • LTE: 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 12, 13, 17, 25, 26, 29, 41
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.1 Bluetooth 4.0
Battery 3220 mAh 3220mAh
NFC Yes Yes
Connectivity
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • Micro USB
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • Micro USB
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Barometer
  • Geo-magnetic
  • Gesture
  • Gyroscope
  • Hall
  • Heart rate
  • UV
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Barometer
  • Gyroscope
  • Proximity
GPS
  • GLONASS
  • GPS
  • A-GPS
  • Digital compass
Height 153.5 mm (6.04 inches) 159.3 mm (6.27 inches)
Width 78.6 mm (3.09 inches) 83 mm (3.27 inches)
Depth 8.5 mm (0.33 inches) 10.1 mm (0.40 inches)
Weight 176 g (6.21 oz) 184 g (6.49 oz)
Colors Black, Gold, Pink, White Blue, White
Supported Audio Formats MP3, AAC/AAC+/eAAC+, WMA, AMR-NB/WB, Vorbis, FLAC N/A
Supported Video Formats H.264, MPEG-4, H.263, VC-1, WMV7, WMV8, Sorenson Spark, MP43, VP8 N/A
Other Features
  • IR Blaster
In The Box N/A
  • Wall Adapter
  • Micro USB Cable
  • Quick Start Guide

Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...

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