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Nexus 6 vs. Nexus 5 Spec Shootout – A Worthy Update?

by Todd Haselton | October 15, 2014October 15, 2014 10:20 am PDT

Google just unveiled the Nexus 6, its latest smartphone to offer a pure Android experience. We’re curious, though, how does this year’s device stack up to the Nexus 5? Thankfully Google provided us with plenty of juicy details on the new hardware, so we can compare the two devices on paper.

To us it looks like a pretty darn big upgrade from all angles, the screen is larger and sharper than last year, and you get that added bit of horsepower under the hood. That screen might be a little big for some, though, so maybe the Nexus 5 will still remain pretty desirable among Android purists. We’re not here to judge the Nexus 6 just yet, we’ll wait for hands-on time for that, but you can see the changes over last year’s Nexus 5 by checking out the spec tables below.

Nexus 5 Gallery

Nexus 6 Gallery

LG - Nexus 5 Motorola - Nexus 6
Display Size 4.95-inch, 1080 x 1920 pixel display (445 ppi) 5.96-inch, 1440 x 2560 pixel display (493 ppi)
Resolution X 1080 1440
Resolution Y 1920 2560
Display Type IPS AMOLED
Operating System Android 4.4 (at launch) Android 5.0 (at launch)
Processor 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 2.7 GHz Quad-core Snapdragon 805
RAM 2GB 3GB
Storage
  • 16GB
  • 32GB
  • 32GB
  • 64GB
External Storage No No
Main Camera (Back) 8MP 13MP
Secondary Camera (Front) 1.3MP 2MP
Networks
  • CDMA: Band Class: 0/1/10
  • GSM: 850/900/1800/1900
  • LTE: Bands: 1/2/4/5/17/19/25/26/41
  • WCDMA: Bands: 1/2/4/5/6/8/19
  • 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 4.0 Bluetooth 4.0
Battery 2300mAh 3220mAh
NFC Yes Yes
Connectivity
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • MicroUSB
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • Micro USB
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Gyroscope
  • Pressure
  • Proximity
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Barometer
  • Gyroscope
  • Proximity
GPS
  • Digital compass
  • A-GPS
  • Digital compass
Height 137.84 mm (5.43 inches) 159.3 mm (6.27 inches)
Width 69.17 mm (2.72 inches) 83 mm (3.27 inches)
Depth 8.59 mm (0.34 inches) 10.1 mm (0.40 inches)
Weight 130 g (4.59 oz) 184 g (6.49 oz)
Colors Black, White Blue, White
Supported Audio Formats N/A N/A
Supported Video Formats N/A N/A
In The Box
  • Wall Adapter
  • Micro USB Cable
  • Quick Start Guide
  • 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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