Samsung Galaxy Note 7 vs. Google Nexus 6P – Which One for You?

Samsung Galaxy Note7

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 has been launched, but it will only be available for purchase after a few weeks. The phone can be preordered for now and it comes in three color variants of blue coral, black onyx and silver titanium.

While there is nothing really new as far as design is concerned, you will come across amazing features such as fast, wireless charging, free cloud storage, an iris scanner, a refreshed S Pen stylus as well as water resistance. These features are what will differentiate the new Galaxy Note 7 from the rest of the pack – a pack that has the Google Nexus 6P as one of its leaders. Despite being almost a year older, the Nexus 6P sports a similarly impressive display screen with the same real estate and display quality as well as fast charging, but you get slightly trimmed-down processing, graphics as well as camera specs on this Google-based handset.

Here. We’ll put the specs and features of the Galaxy Note 7 head-to-head with the Google Nexus 6P and see which one comes out on top.

Samsung Galaxy Note 7

Yet to be officially released, the Galaxy Note 7 packs an impressive 5.7-inch Super AMOLED QHD Always On display screen with a resolution of 2560 by 1440 pixels. This unit is protected by the newer and much stronger Gorilla Glass 5 and it also packs more new features such as a USB Type-C port, an iris scanner, IP68 rating as well as a 3500mAh battery unit. You can also fast charge the handset, be it via a USB charger or wirelessly.

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 also comes with a new S Pen stylus that will also work under water, just like the phone itself. The Korean company has also packed things like Samsung Cloud for backing up data, Samsung Pay for making online transactions, Samsung Pass as well as the Knox security platform. For those who can go ahead and pre-order the Galaxy Note 7 from the U.S., Samsung will include a free 256GB microSD card or a Samsung Gear Fit 2.

Other than these, Samsung Galaxy Note 7 will be powered by a Snapdragon 820 (Exynos 8890) SoC, a RAM of 4GB and an internal storage of 64GB. The back of the phone has a 12MP dualpixel snapper with OIS, dual-LED flash and f/1.7 aperture. This aperture is retained on the front-facing camera, which has a 5MP lens. In terms of software, the Galaxy Note 7 has Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow out of the box.

Galaxy Note 7

Apparently, the phablet will be coming to all four major carriers in the U.S., but as usual, the prices will vary, with the cheapest offerings coming from T-Mobile and Sprint (both at $849.99) while Verizon and AT&T will price the phone at $864.99 and $879.99 respectively.

Google Nexus 6P

Coming down to the slightly older Google Nexus 6P, you will still be impressed with what is on offer. The phone has a 5.7-inch AMOLED display panel from Samsung with the same QHD resolution of 2560 by 1440 pixels, but there is no Always On feature. Furthermore, the Nexus 6P relies on the older Gorilla Glass 4 for screen protection, but it still sports a premium-looking all-metal design, which is an equal match to the glass and metal used on the Galaxy Note 7.

The battery unit is slightly smaller at 3450mAh, but this shouldn’t make any significant differences in term of battery life. While this battery can be fast charged like the Galaxy Note 7, there is no room for wireless charging.

In other areas, the Nexus 6P comes with a Snapdragon 810 SoC under the hood, which is the Snapdragon 820’s predecessor. Obviously, this older unit is less powerful, but with 3GB of RAM aboard the Nexus 6P, it is not easy to notice any differences in performance. There is no support for microSD cards on the 6P, but you get 32GB, 64GB and 128GB storage options, two more than the 64GB variant of the Galaxy Note 7.

Google Nexus 6P

Even though the camera specs might look similar due the megapixel count (12.3MP on the Nexus 6P’s back), the f/2.0 aperture and lack of OIS means that the Google handset lags behind when it comes to camera quality. The front part has an 8MP lens, but with an even smaller aperture of f/2.4. Like the Galaxy Note 7, you get a fingerprint scanner on the Nexus 6P, but there is no room for iris scanning.

The pricing aspect is what will basically interest you. Unlike the new Galaxy Note 7, the Nexus 6P has gone through some price reduction phases over the past few months, especially now that the Google Nexus 2016 release is imminent. At the time of this writing, you can get a new 32GB Google Nexus 6P for just $399, which is less than half the current retail price of the Galaxy Note 7.

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2 thoughts on “Samsung Galaxy Note 7 vs. Google Nexus 6P – Which One for You?”

  1. I bought a Samsung Note 10.1 2014, over 2 years ago and it is still running Android 4, never an official update past Android V4. Because of this I will never buy another Samsung Android device again, no matter what the specs. Sent from my Nexus 6P… running Android 7 (pre-release version).

  2. There is one more very important factor to consider. The Nexus 6P is pure Android. The interface has not been modified. With the Note 7, you get TouchWiz, Samsung’s own user interface. This will affect the way the phone “feels” as you use it. This could be a pro or con for either option. I just depends on the user. Having said that, the changes Samsung makes to Android to give their phones a distinct feel typically require longer wait times for updates to the operating system.

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