The Nexus 6P can easily be considered as the darling of the Google Nexus lineup, but the question is can it stand against the latest competition, specifically the Moto Z Force?
In terms of design, the two come with an all-metal build, which means they both offer flagship looks but don’t expect anything close to the Galaxy S7 Edge. This is in addition to the fact that the two handsets come with a great combination of features and specs. The Moto Z Force is still fresh in the market and in fact, it has been described by many experts as a better implementation of the modular design that what LG did with the G5. But is this enough to outshine the Google Nexus 6P, a phone that is very popular among the Nexus fraternity? Let’s take a look…
Moto Z Force
Lenovo is the current owner of the Motorola brand and with the Moto Z Force, the Chinese company marks its first units in this lineup. There might be one huge limitation to the current Moto Z Force – it is exclusive to Verizon. However, the company promised that an all-market variant will come later in the year. The good side of the phone is its Moto Mods – accessories that can be attached to the phone via a magnetic rear with metallic contacts, thus adding more functionality. This is something similar to the LG G5, but it looks much complete than the latter.
The display screen of the all-metal Moto Z Force is 5.5 inches in size. It uses an AMOLED display panel with a QHD resolution of 2560 by 1440 pixels, translating to a decent pixel density of 535ppi. Being a 2016 flagship, Lenovo went for the best processor in the market – the Snapdragon 820 SoC – which is a quad-core processor clocked at a maximum speed of 2.15GHz. The processor is supported by a RAM of 4GB and there are two storage options of 32GB and 64GB. Unlike the Nexus 6P, the Moto Z Force has room for expanding the storage via a microSD card.
It gets even better with the camera of the phone. The back has an excellent 21MP snapper with an aperture of f/1.8, PDAF, OIS as well as a dual-tone LED flash. The front has a capable 5MP snapper with a slightly smaller aperture of f/2.2 and it gets the better of the Nexus 6P thanks to its addition of an LED flash. The battery unit stands at 3500mAh and the phone can be fast-charged via the Moto Turbo Charger. You can also get wireless charging with one of the two Moto Mods.
Before jumping onto the Moto Z Force bandwagon, there are a few things you need to know. Other than the Moto Mods, you will be missing the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack. The phone comes with a USB Type-C port and as such, Motorola supplies buyers of the Z Force with an adapter that can take care of the problem. The Moto Z Force is also exclusive to Verizon, at least for now, so make sure you are a Verizon user or want to join this carrier before thinking of buying this phone. Speaking of buying, the phone will reportedly cost about $550.
Google Nexus 6P
With HTC still reportedly working on the Google Nexus 2016, the Huawei Nexus 6P is the current Nexus flagship handset. As noted earlier, the phone features an all-metal design that includes four color variants of Matte Gold, Aluminum, Frost and Graphite.
In terms of display, the Nexus 6P comes with a huge 5.7-inch AMOLED panel with QHD resolution of 2560 by 1440 pixels. This manages a pixel density of 518ppi. Under the hood, Huawei went with a revised Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 SoC since the initial release was found to have heating issues, something that even led to Samsung dropping the use of the chipset completely in favor of its own Exynos 7420. This is with respect to the Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge+ and the Galaxy Note 5.
The 8-core processor can max a speed of 2.0GHz and when this is combined with the 3GB of RAM the handset packs, the end result is an excellent performance speed. Since the Nexus 6P has no room for micro SD card storage, there are three storage options of 32GB as the base model and a further 64GB and 128GB. The Chinese OEM went for a 12.3MP snapper on the back of the 6P and included an aperture of f/2.0, laser autofocus and dual-tone LED flash. But there is no room for OIS.
The front part has a decent 8MP sensor that uses a smaller aperture of f/2.4, but still delivers great photos as well as video calling services. The huge 5.7-inch display panel is kept alive by a capable 3450mAh battery unit, which is charged via a USB Type-C port. The phone also includes a rapid charge feature for fast charging the handset.
The good side of having a Nexus 6P is that you get to use pure Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. This means you will be the first to receive software updates, including the upcoming Android Nougat, which should be here this fall. If you want to get a new Nexus 6P, visit the Google Store for an unlocked version, which starts at $499.
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