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Nexus 6P vs Moto X Pure Edition: 5 Things to Know

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Nexus 6P vs Moto X Pure: Specs

Nexus 6P vs Moto X Pure: Specs

Of course a big question for any potential buyer is the specs, features, and other things. These are two impressive phones with a lot to offer. Motorola wins in a few areas, while the Nexus 6P shines bright in others. Here are the hard numbers to help buyers decide.

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

Moto X Pure Edition Specs
  • 5.7-inch 2560 x 1440 Quad-HD Display
  • 6-core Snapdragon 808 processor with 3GB of RAM
  • 16/32/64 GB of Storage with a Micro-SD slot for expandable storage
  • 21 Megapixel F2.0 Rear and 5 Megapixel Front Camera (front and rear LED flash)
  • 4k Video, HDR Video, Slo-Mo Video and more
  • Pure stock Android 5.1.1 Lollipop
  • Dual Stereo Sound front speakers
  • Aluminum Design
  • 3,000 mAh battery with the world’s fastest “TurboPower” charging
  • Unlocked with Universal 4G LTE (Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, etc.)
  • Water-repellent coating
  • Customization with Rubber, Wood, Leather, Metallic Accents & more)

As you can see these phones have a lot of similarities, but even more differences. The Moto X is closer to the Nexus 5X, except has a big 5.7-inch screen like the Nexus 6P.

Those who choose the Nexus 6P will get a bigger battery, what's been tested to be a better camera, the same fast charging, great front stereo speakers, and an all aluminum design.

On the other side, the Moto X has a micro-SD slot to expand storage, tons of customization, and more. While it doesn't have an aluminum design, buyers can get wood, leather, or multiple colors for the back, to mane it truly unique. There are tons of colors available, compared to the Black, White, and Silver aluminum on the Nexus 6P.

17 Comments

17 Comments

  1. Charles

    10/02/2015 at 4:17 pm

    Google has also upped their incentive with (for a limited time in the U.S.) a $50 Google Play credit on any Nexus pre-order.

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  3. Daniel

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  4. John Ginnane

    10/05/2015 at 4:44 am

    I waited for the 9/29 Goggle product announcement … and then went and ordered a Moto X with 32GB RAM. Reasons?

    First, the microSD slot. 128GB storage, able to be written to with “4K video”.

    Second, if there’s any issue with a 21 megapixel camera with Sony inners, I’m pretty sure it will be adjusted with software.

    Third, between 6 and 8 cores in the Snapdragon chip isn’t an issue in 2015-16 because there’s almost no software taking advantage of the extra cores. And if you need that much processing, go buy a computer.

    Fourth — there *IS* a difference in price. “$50 Google store credit” brings the 32 GB devices together, assuming you want to spend an extra $50 at Google buying 1 1/2 new Chromecasts. But what that really means is that Google overpriced their phone in relation to the market, and instantly realizes it.

    I’m leaving a family of Nexus 5es, Nexus 7es, and a Nexus 9, and the Motorola purchases are an original Xoom and a 1st-gen Moto X that my wife still prefers over the Nexus 5.

    Not yet ready to buy any of the excellent Chinese alternative phone products, because I need to see some smidgen of US-based support before I go there. But like with Chinese-built cars, I keep watching every year for improvements.

    • Trevor

      10/06/2015 at 10:16 am

      The price difference isn’t much at all considering the Nexus 6P comes with more internal storage. I’m planning on getting the 64gb version of the Nexus which is $550. The 64gb version of the Pure Edition costs $500 and you also don’t get the $50 credit.

      • mbkhalil

        10/13/2015 at 10:36 am

        * 16 GB Moto X = $399
        * 64 GB MicroSD = $30 on Amazon (SanDisk).
        * 80GB Moto Style = $429

        * Nexus 6P 64 GB = $550
        * You also get $50 in Monopoly money — ahem, excuse me, Play Store gift card.
        * You also get 16 GB less storage.

        Get what you want, both phones are outstanding; all I’m saying is, don’t fool yourself into thinking the prices are comparable. They’re not.

        • Laury

          10/15/2015 at 10:50 am

          When all is said and done there is over $100 price difference or more.

          I priced out both. The Nexus would need to be upgraded to at least 64GB, while I didn’t see a need to upgrade memory on the Moto X seeing I already have a large Sd card.

          Then I added in the extended warranty for both (Nexus is $89.99, Moto X is $79.99). The Nexus plan allows 2 incidents over 2 years with an $89 deductible per incident, compared to Moto X plan which allows 3 incidents over 2 years with a $49 deductible.

          I also added a wood back for the Moto X = $25.

          Total price for the Nexus was $639,
          Total price for the Moto X $504

    • Eric Bowling

      01/18/2016 at 6:12 pm

      I really doubt you bought any phone on the market with 32 gigs of ram.

  5. Michelle C. Torres-Grant

    10/16/2015 at 9:38 am

    Something to think about if you need a lot of storage for photos, video & music: things seems to work faster of the internal storage vs. an external microSD card, and not all apps are movable to an external microSD card. Also, if you are using Google Photos (I do) deleting all versions of an image can be tedious if you’re storing your photos on an external microSD card. The deleting won’t sync *everywhere* like Google Photos is designed to do, and you’ll have to delete from your phone’s gallery as well as from the Google Photos app. I was seriously considering the Moto X Pure, but now I’m leaning toward the Nexus 6P. Ideally, I would like a large internal drive *and* a microSD slot. I won’t consider Samsung any longer or any other phone with bloatware. Plus Samsung color in photos is weird (I had a Galaxy).

    • Robert Willians

      11/12/2015 at 4:49 am

      Do yourself a favor and look into Android M’s adoptable storage. It may change your mind regarding the Moto X Pure. It fixes your SD card problem, and all you’ll have to do is wait for the M release on the X Pure.

      • Cody Swartz

        12/25/2015 at 1:55 am

        I’m on a phone that has 1.4GB of internal storage (for apps) 500-600MB goes to basic system apps etc (huge PITA; I considered trying to steal 100MB from the cache partition but that sounded dangerous). Link2SD has been my savior every since, I finally took the time to make a second partition on my micro sd card – it uses symlinking so that the file looks like it’s on the phone’s internal storage, when in reality it’s on the sd card :) I assume that “adoptable storage” either works the same or just works more native and directly w/o the symlinking.

    • Cody Swartz

      12/25/2015 at 1:57 am

      If you need to do a lot of SD card operations w/o a USB3.0 device just grab a card reader so you can perform faster ;) although it could get tedious over time if you do it a lot – I just do it once in a blue moon though – for mass amounts of files or large files.

  6. Dennis

    11/01/2015 at 7:34 pm

    The Nexus 6p has a 300 MB/sec Wi-Fi which is double what I get with any earlier phone. However as someone who carries unprotected phone in a trouser pocket, I am horrified by the screen crack after scratch and the super easy bend wreck, my 6P is going back. The USB C connection must have been designed by Apple, it does nothing but charge and connect to a PC; no HDMI and it doesn’t read my flash drives or SSD drives.

  7. Dale B

    12/05/2015 at 2:33 pm

    First of all, I would go for a Square Trade warranty for $99 for 2 years no deductibles and includes drops & spills.
    This way I would also avoid Motorola’s repair and repair exchange programs. Every interaction with Motorola is an opportunity for a mistake to be made as I found out when ordering a 16GB Moto G and receiving an 8GB phone.
    Their customer service is well-meaning but prone to make errors.You only have go to their community forum to see my experience was only one drop in the bucket. Ironically, their forum moderators are very helpful and do assist.with individual issues.

    Maybe ‘Lenevo’ is the real issue. I ordered a new laptop from Lenovo only to have it arrive from their factory in China DOA.This was 2 months before I ordered my phone.

    Given all that I do think Moto phones are among the best value.

  8. Cody Swartz

    12/25/2015 at 2:00 am

    I imagine the bigger battery will be nullified by the bigger processor which will drink down more power with more cores and higher gfx processing.

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