The never-disappointing Google Nexus 6P is always an interesting match-up when it goes head-to-head with any major flagship in the Android world.
Even though it will soon be replaced by the Nexus 2016 Marlin, the Nexus 6P will live on to be one of the best ever handsets that came to be in the Nexus lineup. In this review, the Huawei-made phone is going head-to-head with the 2016 Sony smartphone flagship – the Xperia X Performance. Despite the use of the same metal in designing them, you will for sure be impressed with the looks of the Nexus 6P.
Sony tried to shake up things a little bit, but still, any person familiar with Sony Xperia handsets will be quick to identify the Xperia X Performance from a distance as a Sony-made device. It sports a new rectangular design with large bezels on the top and bottom ends. In addition, Sony made an audacious move by completely doing away with the QHD displays it used the previous year on its flagship Xperia Z5 Premium and instead, came in with a Full HD panel. But there is more to these two phones – Nexus 6P and Xperia X Performance. Keep reading.
Google’s Nexus 6P is one of the most beautiful phablets you can find today. It packs a huge 5.7-inch QHD AMOLED screen that features a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels, meaning it gets a decent 518ppi of pixel density. Despite the issues that were noted on the Snapdragon 810, Nexus 6P still went for it. But given its October release, it meant the phablet came in with a revised v2.1 of the chipset, which had done away with overheating issues that led to Samsung dropping it with respect to its 2015 Galaxy flagships.
The octa-core processor is supported by a RAM of 3GB while the storage options are three – 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB. As usual, there is no microSD card slot. On the back of the phone, you get a 12.3MP snapper with f/2.0 aperture and dual-tone LED flash. The front part has an 8MP snapper with f/2.4 aperture. You get a decent 3450mAh battery unit that is rechargeable via USB Type-C cables. It is also possible to fast charge the phone.
In terms of price, the Nexus 6P is currently selling at a price of $399 for the base model, but this price will vary depending on where you are getting the phone from. The phone is available in Matte Gold, Frost, Graphite or Aluminum color variants.
On the other hand, the slimmed-down Sony Xperia X Performance comes in with an even smaller 5-inch LCD Full HD screen with 1920 x 1080 pixels, commanding a decent 441ppi of pixel density. Despite seemingly disappointing potential buyers by leaving behind the QHD display, the Japanese tech giant did not repeat the same with the specs under the hood. Instead, it went for the latest Snapdragon 820 SoC and packed a RAM of 3GB and 32GB of onboard storage. Unlike the Nexus 6P, you get a chance to expand this storage via a microSD card of up to 256GB.
With Sony known for what it is capable of in the photography world, the Xperia X Performance delivers on this end as well. You get a huge 23MP rear camera with f/2.0 aperture and a LED flash. Like the Nexus 6P, you don’t get OIS. However, the selfie snapper on the X Performance outshines its counterpart with its 13MP lens, which also has an even better aperture of f/2.0. On the downside, you get a slightly smaller battery of 2700mAh, but there is still room to fast charge it via Quick Charge 2.0 technology.
Sony gets it all when it comes to water and dust resistance. The Xperia X Performance has IP68 certification, meaning you don’t have to worry about getting rained on or even receiving calls when in the shower, something you shouldn’t attempt with the Nexus 6P. As for the pricing, Sony’s handset has a huge price tag of about $700. It is available in Rose Gold, Lime Gold, Graphite Black and White color variants.