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Nexus 6P vs Galaxy Note 5: 5 Key Differences



Now that Google’s impressive new Nexus 6P is finally official and available today for pre-order, buyers are likely considering all of their options in this size category. Arguably the most popular 5.7-inch smartphone is the new Galaxy Note 5, and below we’ll be going over a list of a few important details and key differences between these phones for potential buyers.

Back in August the new Note 5 was announced and released, over a month earlier than anyone expected. It usually debuts around the same time as the new Nexus, but this year was quicker, and it’s available from all carriers as we speak. The Nexus 6P though, was just announced yesterday, and won’t be in the hands of buyers for another 3-5 weeks.

Read: Galaxy Note 5 Review

The Galaxy Note 5 is a fantastic smartphone built out of all glass and aluminum. It no longer feels like a cheap plastic Samsung phone, but now the same can be said about a Nexus. The Nexus 6P is Google’s first all aluminum smartphone, and it comes in three colors. It’s a premium Nexus smartphone unlike any before it. Prospective buyers will want to read on for all the details about both smartphones, then choose what’s right for them.


At this point most readers already know everything about the new Galaxy Note 5, as it has been available for over a month and has been selling extremely well. It has a bright and beautiful 5.7-inch Quad-HD display, glass and aluminum design, excellent camera, and a few other things. Our Note 5 review above goes into plenty of detail for those curious.

However, for the first time ever the Galaxy Note 5 doesn’t have a micro-SD slot or a removable battery, and this year Samsung actually made it smaller, coming in at just 3,000 mAh. This makes it even more similar to the Nexus 6P than ever before, as Google doesn’t have a micro-SD slot either. Both of these phones have some of the most up-to-date cutting edge hardware, amazing software, tons of additional features, fingerprint scanners, and some of the best cameras in the market.

The choice between the Galaxy Note 5 and the Nexus 6 from 2014 was probably easy for some, but now that Google’s delivered a compelling 5.7-inch aluminum phone with a fingerprint scanner, front facing features, a bigger battery and more storage all for a lower price point, buyers have a tough choice to make. And while these phones both have big screens and great cameras, there are a lot of differences buyers should be aware of. Lets get started.

Nexus 6P Release Date

Nexus 6P Release Date

Yesterday Google announced the new Nexus 6P, which was September 29th. The Galaxy Note 5 has been available since August, so many buyers may have already pulled the trigger, but are now questioning that decision. If so, don't, because the Note 5 is an excellent device. Possibly the best smartphone to date.

The biggest question we've had for months full of rumors leading up to the Nexus 6P launch was the release date, and now we finally know.

Yesterday Google announced the new Huawei Nexus 6P, and put it up for pre-order the very same day. Users can pre-order it as we speak from the Google Store, but it isn't available just yet.

Read: Nexus 6P Release Date Breakdown

The Nexus 6P can be pre-ordered right now, but the Google Store has shipping listed as "leaving the warehouse" in 4-5 weeks. Some who ordered it right away could get it before the end of October, but almost all buyers will be waiting until the first week or two of November.

That means buyers have to decide if they should wait over a month for the Nexus 6P, or snag the excellent Galaxy Note 5 right now from the carrier of their choice.



  1. Doug McClements

    09/30/2015 at 3:23 pm

    Thank You; this is the comparison information I was waiting for. I’m wondering if you have any additional info on the quality of the Nexus speakers… the speaker on my N5 isn’t great. I think I’m sold on the Nexus, but would really like to get one in my hands first… Can I come visit you when you get one? (=

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  3. Damien Pisetsky

    10/01/2015 at 8:20 pm

    The single most deciding factor was completly danced around.

    Is the snapdragon 810 v2.1 up to the task?
    Can it compete with the Ex7420?

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