Samsung Galaxy Note 7 vs. Google Nexus 6P – What are the Differences?

Galaxy Note 7 vs Nexus 6P

Today we bring you a head-to-head comparison between the new Samsung Galaxy Note 7 and the outgoing Google Nexus 6P, which was released about a year ago.

Why outgoing? Well, in a few weeks’ time, the Google Nexus 2016 phones dubbed Marlin and Sailfish will be here, but before these two come to life, we still have some time to compare this 2015 Nexus 6P and the latest Samsung phablet, the Galaxy Note 7, be it in terms of design, display, specs, features, cameras, battery life and more.

The huge phablet will, this time, be available for purchase in the UK, unlike last year’s Galaxy Note 5 which skipped the market. Instead, the company only sold the Galaxy S6 Edge+, something that should mean the UK and European buyers will be seeing a very familiar, but greatly enhanced design language when the Galaxy Note 7 arrives.

At 5.7 inches, the Note 7 is truly huge and in fact, it is one of the biggest flagships you can find in the market right now. But how does it take on the similarly huge Nexus 6P, which also comes with a 5.7-inch screen size?

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 vs. Google Nexus 6P – head to head

Weight 169g 178g
Dimensions 153.5 x 73.9 x 7.9 mm 159.3 x 77.8 x 7.3 mm
Display size 5.7 inches 5.7 inches
Display resolution 2560 x 1440 pixels QHD Super AMOLED 2560 x 1440 pixels QHD AMOLED
Sensors Fingerprint, iris scanner Fingerprint scanner
Water resistance IP68 No
Chipset Snapdragon 820/ Exynos 8890 Snapdragon 810
Storage 64GB 32GB/64GB/128GB
MicroSD card Yes, Up to 256GB No
Battery 3500mAh, Non-removable 3450mAh, Non-removable
USB connectivity USB Type-C USB Type-C
Primary camera 12MP, f/1.7, OIS 12.3MP, f/2.0, No OIS
Secondary camera 5MP, f/1.7 8MP, f/2.4
Price $850 $399


So, which is the best between Samsung Galaxy Note 7 and Google Nexus 6P?

Google does a pretty decent job with its Nexus handsets and the Nexus 6P is no exception. Engineered by China’s Huawei, there are almost no flaws with the phone. But when compared to the Galaxy Note 7, you’ll for sure notice some real differences, especially when it comes to features.

For starters, you will be promised of a clean and smooth Android Marshmallow with no tinkering from Huawei. This is the exact opposite of the Note 7 as Samsung has played around with the stock OS thanks to the TouchWiz UI that comes running on top of the Marshmallow OS.

Galaxy Note 7

Samsung Galaxy Note 7, being the newer version, has the advantage of packing the latest features and hardware, but this doesn’t mean the Nexus 6P is poor at what it does. Galaxy Note 7 buyers will come across nifty creative tools associated with the S-Pen, among them, creating GIFs, sketching doodles as well as editing documents, among other things.

The new phone also comes with enhanced security in the form of an iris scanner. Unlike fingers that touch almost everywhere and leave behind fingerprints, eyes do not leave behind traces. This makes it impossible for any third party to obtain a copy of your iris in order to unlock the Galaxy Note 7 in your absence, something that has proven to be possible with respect to fingerprint scanning technology. It is no wonder Samsung claims this iris scanner is 100 times more secure than the traditional fingerprint sensor, which is what you get on the Nexus 6P. Still, the Note 7 also comes with a fingerprint scanner buried in the home button.

There is a new Secure Folder on the Note 7 where one can store files that can only be accessed via an iris scan. This means that one can set two levels of access on the phone, one where someone can access the phone via a fingerprint scanner but when it comes to the Secure Folder, an iris scan is mandatory.

Coming down to the camera and performance specs, there is no doubt that the Galaxy Note 7 outperforms the Nexus 6P in both aspects. The former boasts the successor to the latter’s chipset, meaning you get much more improved performance and efficiency. With more RAM on board as well and an even better camera, the Note 7 is something any smartphone user would wish to have. But one thing the Nexus 6P wins against the Note 7 is software. In addition to running on stock Android, you will also be sure of receiving timely updates, much ahead of the Note 7.

Galaxy Note 7 vs Nexus 6P

So, which one will you go for? Galaxy Note 7 or Nexus 6P? Let us know your views in the comments.

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