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Nexus 6 vs. Galaxy S5 Spec Shootout

by Todd Haselton | October 15, 2014October 15, 2014 6:45 pm PDT

The long wait for Android fans is finally over and the Nexus 6 is here. We finally know what’s inside Google’s brand new pure Android handset, and it certainly appears to be quite a beast. Samsung’s Galaxy S5, meanwhile, has already proved its worth as one of the more successful Android smartphones on the market.

With the specs finally in our hands, we can compare the new Nexus 6 and the Galaxy S5 side-by-side on paper. The Nexus 6 obviously has a bigger screen, but how does its overall size match up against the Galaxy S5? What about the processor, RAM, camera module, storage and more? That’s what we’re here to answer in an easy-to-view side-by-side spec comparison. Hopefully this sheds some light on how the two phones stack up.

And remember, we’re not here to call out a winner just yet, this is just to show you what kind of hardware both phones pack.

Galaxy S5 Gallery

Nexus 6 Gallery

Motorola - Nexus 6 Samsung - Galaxy S5
Display Size 5.96-inch, 1440 x 2560 pixel display (493 ppi) 5.1-inch, 1080 x 1920 pixel display (432 ppi)
Resolution X 1440 1080
Resolution Y 2560 1920
Display Type AMOLED FHD Super AMOLED
Operating System Android 5.0 (at launch) Android 4.4.2 (at launch)
Processor 2.7 GHz Quad-core Snapdragon 805 2.5GHz Quad core processor
RAM 3GB 2GB
Storage
  • 32GB
  • 64GB
  • 16GB
  • 32GB
External Storage No Yes
Main Camera (Back) 13MP 16MP
Secondary Camera (Front) 2MP 2MP
Networks
  • 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
  • LTE Cat 4 (150/50Mbps)
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.0 Bluetooth 4.0
Battery 3220mAh 2800mAh
NFC Yes Yes
Connectivity
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • Micro USB
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • Micro USB
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Barometer
  • Gyroscope
  • Proximity
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Barometer
  • Fingerprint
  • Gesture
  • Gyroscope
  • Hall
  • Heart rate
  • Proximity
GPS
  • A-GPS
  • Digital compass
  • Digital compass
  • GPS
Height 159.3 mm (6.27 inches) 142 mm (5.59 inches)
Width 83 mm (3.27 inches) 72.5 mm (2.85 inches)
Depth 10.1 mm (0.40 inches) 8.1 mm (0.32 inches)
Weight 184 g (6.49 oz) 145 g (5.11 oz)
Colors Blue, White Black, Blue, Gold, White
Supported Audio Formats N/A MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA
Supported Video Formats N/A MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM, MPEG4, H.263, H.264, WMV, RV, DivX, Xvid
In The Box
  • Wall Adapter
  • Micro USB Cable
  • Quick Start Guide
N/A

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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