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Nexus 6 vs. Moto X (2014) Spec Shootout – Two of Motorola’s Latest Compared

by Todd Haselton | October 16, 2014October 16, 2014 12:30 am PDT

Google unveiled the Motorola-built Nexus 6 on Wednesday. It takes a lot of the design cues we saw introduced on the Moto X (2014), which we’ve already reviewed, though it also sports a more pure version of Android, a larger display and more.

The Nexus 6 offers a larger 6-inch display with a sharper resolution and some other distinguishing features that set it apart from the Moto X. There are some things that we can’t really highlight in a spec comparison, like the Moto X’s Moto Maker options, but we can also show the primary differences between two of Motorola’s latest smartphones. Check out how the two devices compare in our side-by-side spec comparison tables below.

Which one has your eye?

Moto X (2014) Gallery

Nexus 6 Gallery

Motorola - Moto X (2nd Generation) Motorola - Nexus 6
Display Size 5.2-inch, 1080 x 1920 pixel display (424 ppi) 5.96-inch, 1440 x 2560 pixel display (493 ppi)
Resolution X 1080 1440
Resolution Y 1920 2560
Display Type AMOLED AMOLED
Operating System Android 4.4.4 (at launch) Android 5.0 (at launch)
Processor 2.5 GHz Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 2.7 GHz Quad-core Snapdragon 805
RAM 2GB 3GB
Storage
  • 16GB
  • 32GB
  • 32GB
  • 64GB
External Storage No No
Main Camera (Back) 13MP 13MP
Secondary Camera (Front) 2MP 2MP
Networks
  • GSM/GSPRS/EDGE UMTS/HSPA+ up to 42Mbps
  • CDMA/EVDO Rev. A
  • 4G LTE
  • 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
  • Micro USB
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • Micro USB
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Proximity
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Barometer
  • Gyroscope
  • Proximity
GPS
  • GLONASS
  • GPS
  • A-GPS
  • Digital compass
Height 140.8 mm (5.54 inches) 159.3 mm (6.27 inches)
Width 72.4 mm (2.85 inches) 83 mm (3.27 inches)
Depth 9.9 mm (0.39 inches) 10.1 mm (0.40 inches)
Weight 144 g (5.08 oz) 184 g (6.49 oz)
Colors Black, White (Numerous customizable back panels and accents) Blue, White
Supported Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, Enhanced AAC+, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, MIDI, MP3, PCM/WAVE, FLAC, OGG/Vorbis N/A
Supported Video Formats H.263, H.264 AVC, MPEG-4 SP, VP8 N/A
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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