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Nexus 6P vs Galaxy Note 5: 5 Key Differences



Nexus 6P vs Note 5: Specs

Nexus 6P vs Note 5: Specs

Of course a big question for any potential buyer is the specs, features each phone has to offer, and how they perform. These are two of the most powerful smartphones available today, but Samsung could have a small lead in a few areas, with Google's Nexus 6P stealing the show in others. Here is the full breakdown by the numbers.

Nexus 6P Specs

  • 5.7-inch 2560 x 1440 Quad-HD AMOLED Display
  • 8-core Snapdragon 810 processor with 3GB of RAM
  • 32/64/128GB storage (no micro-SD slot)
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 12.3 Megapixel Camera (1.55 um), Laser auto-focus, 240 FPS Slow-motion, more
  • 8 Megapixel front
  • Rear Fingerprint Scanner
  • Dual front-facing speakers
  • 3,450 mAh battery
  • Fast Charging
  • USB Type-C port
  • Aluminum Design

Galaxy Note 5 Specs
  • 5.7-inch 2560 x 1440 Quad-HD S-AMOLED Display
  • 8-core Samsung Exynos Processor with 4GB of RAM
  • 32/64GB storage options (no micro-SD slot)
  • Android 5.1.1 Lollipop (6.0 coming soon)
  • 16 Megapixel Rear Camera with OIS, Slow-mo, 4k video, more
  • 8 Megapixel Front
  • Front Fingerprint Scanner inside home button
  • Single bottom speaker
  • S-Pen Stylus
  • 3,000 mAh battery
  • Fast Charging, Wireless charging
  • Aluminum Design
  • Regular micro-USB port

As you can see these two phones offer very similar experiences across the board. They both have aluminum designs, 5.7-inch Quad-HD screens (although Samsung's will be better, they save the best for themselves), fingerprint scanners, powerful 8-core processors and more.

Samsung has what could be a better placed fingerprint scanner in the home button, although the rear placement by Google on the Nexus 6P is very easy to tap with an index finger while holding a device. Samsung also has 4GB of RAM for improved multi-tasking, can run two apps at once, wireless charging, and more.

That said, the Nexus 6P comes with many of the same features, a similar 8-core processor with fast charging, a smaller (but almost just as good) 12.3 megapixel camera, along with a huge battery.

Those concerned about battery life will probably want to seriously consider the Nexus 6P. As it has a massive 3,450 mAh battery inside, and supports Qualcomm Quick Charging. Meaning it will go from 0-50% in around 30-35 minutes, just like the Note 5. It fully recharges from 0-100% in 97 minutes, the Note 5 does it in 90, but is much smaller. The Nexus 6P could be the battery life king of 2015.

In terms of raw numbers these are two of the best phones around. The choice may come down to the camera, battery life, or the fact that the NExus 6P costs less or runs stock Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and not Samsung's bloated TouchWiz interface. Samsung's Note 5 may look better, but not by much, and that's a matter of opinion.



  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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    10/01/2015 at 8:00 am

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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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