The Nexus 6 Meets The Galaxy Note 4 – Full Smartphone Comparison

The new Google flagship device, the Nexus 6, won’t be out until later this year, in October, but until then users can focus their attention on the recently launched Galaxy Note 4. The Note 4 has been officially presented at the IFA 2014 event. Here’s a comparison you should definitely check out if you’re struggling on deciding between these two devices.


Both devices come with stunning displays, operating on the Super AMOLED technology. Both models have 2K displays that use the same 2560 x 1440 resolution. At first, the tie breaker is represented by the greater pixel density of the Galaxy Note 4 which comes with 515 ppi, while its Nexus opponent has a weaker, but still very impressive 497 ppi pixel density. But that’s not all, as the Nexus comes back into the game with its display, which is superior in size. Although it is expected that both phones will sport a 2560 x 1440 resolution, the Nexus 6 will fit it on a larger display, of 5.9 inches, while the Galaxy Note will have to settle for only 5.2 inches, which is still a lot, just less than what the Nexus offers.

According to reports coming in from Phone Arena and Tech Radar, the Galaxy Note 4’s screen is much crispier than its competitor’s. Touching the subject of exterior design a little bit, we must mention that the Galaxy Note 4 feature really thin bezels that represent a design improvement from the last Galaxy Note installment. The phone features a metal finish, while we still don’t have any word on the Nexus 6’s chassis. If it is a clue at all on what we could expect from this year’s device, we should say that the last Google Nexus phone, the Nexus 5 made by LG, featured a plastic casing. Even though it didn’t really help with the style element in the design section, it managed to keep the device’s weight at a minimum.

Device Specifications

This section of the comparison is pretty straight-forward as the manufacturers managed to implement almost identical hardware  specifications into their respective devices. Both handsets come with the latest processing unit available, which is a juggernaut among processors, the big bad Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 Krait 450. The chip is clocked in both cases at 2.7 GHz. Backing up the complete beast of a processor, we have 3 full GB of RAM for both the Note 4 and the Nexus 6. The internal memory is also similar, with both devices offering 32 GB of storage capacity. The difference here, however, is the fact that the Nexus 6 is…well..a Nexus, which means that it won’t have any addition capacity options available, such as microSD support. The Galaxy Note 4 does not have this problem, and can upgrade its existing memory to 64 GB.

The Galaxy Note 4 has another processor option available for roll out, but as in the case of all other handsets released by Samsung under the Galaxy line, only select regions will benefit from the processor change. The unit that will fill in for the Snapdragon 805 for a part of the built units will be the Exynos 5433 octa core processing unit.

Moving on to operating systems, both run on Google’s Android, but under different build versions, however. The Galaxy Note 4 features the latest Android 4.4.4 KitKat build, while it is most probable that upon its release later this year, the Nexus 6 will feature the new Android 5.0, which, rumours have it, will go by the sweet branding of Android Lemon Meringue Pie (LMP).

The comparison goes on

The camera war is won by the Galaxy Note 4. Its superior combination of 16 MP rear camera and 3.7 MP front facing camera dominate the Nexus 6, which only offers 13 MP for the rear facing lens. Its front facing camera is also weaker, with just 2.1 MP. Both phones feature 4k recording capabilities, as well as OIS (Optic Image Stabilization)..

The battery  coming with the Galaxy Note 4 is a very impressive 3220 mAh unit, but for the moment we are unable to say whether it is more or less impressive than what the Nexus 6 offers, as we do not have any battery information for the Google phone at the moment.

Things you should know

There are some things that didn’t quite manage to fit in any of the categories of the comparison, but are still very much worth mentioning, so here they are :

You might be impressed to find out that the very large battery that comes with the Galaxy Note 4 can charge half its capacity in just half an hour. Also, the Note 4 will feature some cool sensors like the ones for UV, gestures, heart-rate, and SpO2. Additionally, the Note 4 will feature what is believed to be major factor in its predicted success, the improved S-Pen stylus device. The fingerprint scanner that was previously seen on Galaxy models will make a return with the Note 4. If all the storage capacity that comes along with the Note 4 isn’t enough for you, you can also benefit from an extra 50 GB of space offered by Dropbox for those purchasing the Galaxy Note 4. The Samsung unit also comes with support for Infrared, as if all the other connectivity options weren’t enough. NFC is also part of the deal. The Nexus 6 lacks any Infrared support.

How much?

According to Phone Arena, the price for the freshly introduced Galaxy Note 4 will be somewhere between $799 and $849, while Nexus 6 is quite cheaper, priced at around $499.99 in the US.

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