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Moto X Pure Edition vs. Nexus 6 Spec shootout — Android phablet showdown

Motorola announced the Moto X Pure Edition on Tuesday, its latest and greatest flagship that will be known as the Moto X Style outside of the United States. My first reaction upon seeing it was that, despite some of its added features, it reminds me a heck of a lot of the Nexus 6.

It offers front-facing speakers, as the Nexus 6 does, it also has a Quad HD display, as the Nexus 6 does. But it also has a few features the Nexus 6 doesn’t have, like a 21-megapixel camera that Motorola says should best all other smartphones on the market right now. That’s a pretty big claim. Also, unlike the Nexus 6, it can be customized to your content online, with either 16GB, 32GB or 64GB of expandable storage. And, similar to the Nexus 6, Motorola says it will push out software updates as quickly as possible.

Sounds like a pretty compelling device, doesn’t it? We loved it in our brief hands-on. Here’s a closer look at how it stacks up against the Nexus 6 now.

Moto X Pure Edition Gallery

Nexus 6:

Motorola - Moto X Pure Edition 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 TFT LCD AMOLED
Operating System Android 5.1.1 (at launch) Android 5.0 (at launch)
Processor 1.8GHz hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 2.7 GHz Quad-core Snapdragon 805
RAM 3GB 3GB
Storage
  • 16GB
  • 32GB
  • 64GB
  • 32GB
  • 64GB
External Storage Yes No
External Storage Specs
  • microSD up to 128GB
Main Camera (Back) 21MP 13MP
Secondary Camera (Front) 5MP 2MP
Networks
  • 4G LTE (B1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 17, 20, 25, 28, 40, 41)
  • UMTS GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850, 900, 1800, 1900
  • UMTS/HSPA+: 800, 850, 900, 1700, 1900, 2100
  • 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 LE Bluetooth 4.0
Battery 3000mAh 3220mAh
NFC Yes Yes
Connectivity
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • microUSB
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • Micro USB
GPS
  • GPS
  • A-GPS
  • Digital compass
Height 153.9 mm (6.06 inches) 159.3 mm (6.27 inches)
Width 76.2 mm (3.00 inches) 83 mm (3.27 inches)
Depth 11.06 mm (0.44 inches) 10.1 mm (0.40 inches)
Weight 179 g (6.31 oz) 184 g (6.49 oz)
Colors Black, White base colors, 18 options of back shells 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

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Todd Haselton

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