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Google Nexus 6 vs Moto X 2014: the smartphones that share the same parent

The latest Google Nexus smartphone, the Nexus 6, has a lot in common with the Moto X 2014, not least its parents: they’re both made by Motorola, which of course is now part of Google. So what are the key differences between the two handsets? Here's what you need to know before deciding whether to pre-order for November delivery.

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The Nexus 6 is Google's new smartphone flagship / © Google

Nexus 6 vs Moto X 2014: display and screen

The Nexus 6 has a 5.96-inch QHD display delivering 1,440 x 2,560 pixels at a pixel density of 493 ppi, while the Moto X 2014 has a 5.2-inch AMOLED delivering 1,920 x 1,080 pixels at a density of 423 ppi. If you’re a fan of holding your phone really close to your face, the Nexus has the edge here.

Google hasn't confirmed the full Nexus 6 specifications yet, but we're tracking all the rumors here.

Nexus 6 vs Moto X 2014: design and build quality

Hmm, this one’s a toughie: given the choice between a phone made and designed by Motorola or a phone made and designed by Motorola, which one would you choose? They look the same, they come from the same place and we’re sure they’re going to be engineered to the same standards. The Moto does have a few more options, though, as there are optional wood or leather covers.

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Unlike the Moto X, the Nexus 6 probably won't come in wood / © ANDROIDPIT

Nexus 6 vs Moto X 2014: processor and RAM

The processor inside the Nexus 6 is a quad-core Snapdragon 805 clocked at 2.7 GHz, with 3 GB of RAM and an Adreno 420 GPU. The Moto X 2014 has a quad-core Snapdragon 801 clocked at 2.5 GHz and 2 GB of RAM.

Nexus 6 vs Moto X 2014: operating system

The Moto X 2014 comes with Android 4.4 KitKat and the Nexus is expected to run Android 5.0 L. The Moto X 2014 will likely get the Android 5.0 update in the near future.

Nexus 6 vs Moto X 2014: camera

Both devices come with 13 MP rear cameras and 2 MP front cameras.

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The Moto X's 5.2-inch screen looks small compared to recent rivals / © ANDROIDPIT

Nexus 6 vs Moto X 2014: battery

Motorola gives its own phone a 2,300 mAh battery but the Nexus’s bigger screen demands more power - so it’s been given a 3,220 mAh battery so the screen doesn’t ruin its stamina. Both devices have Motorola's fast charging technology, which can deliver up to 6 hours of battery life in just 15 minutes.

Nexus 6 vs Moto X 2014: tech specs

  Nexus 6 Moto X 2014
OS Android 5.0 L Android 4.4.4 KitKat
Display 5.96 inches, QHD 1,440 x 2,560, 493 ppi 5.2 inches, Full HD AMOLED (1,920 x 1,080 pixels, 423 ppi)
CPU Quad-core Snapdragon 805 processor, 2.7 GHz Quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor (MSM8974-AC), 2.5 GHz
Internal Storage 32 / 64 GB 16 / 32 GB
Battery 3,220 mAh with turbo charging 2,300 mAh (8 hours of battery charge in 15 minutess with turbo charging)
Camera 13 MP 13 MP (f/2.25) with dual-LED Ring Flash, HDR, UHD (4K) video capture, 4X digital zoom
Connectivity LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 4.1, 802.11ac (MIMO) GSM, HSDPA, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band
Dimensions 82.98 x 159.26 x 10.06 mm 72.4 x 140.8 x 3.8-9.9 mm
Weight 184 grams 144 grams
Extras tbc Aluminum metal frame, optional wood or leather battery cover, custom voice prompt

Nexus 6 vs Moto X 2014: early verdict

In many ways the Nexus 6 is the Moto X with some minor updates: it has a bigger, more densely packed screen, a faster processor and an extra gigabyte of RAM. There’s a bigger battery too, although to an extent that’s nullified by the extra power required by that bigger display. If you like the Moto X but wish it were a little bigger, the Nexus 6 looks set to delight you - but if you’re quite happy with the slightly smaller display the inevitable discounting on the Moto X could make it quite the bargain.

What do you think? Is the Nexus 6 really the Moto X with some spec bumps? Is a wooden cover a deal-breaker?

Read our review of the Moto X 2014 here. 

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  • Leonardo Oct 15, 2014 Link to comment

    I am sitting on edge now...dying from anticipation of this new Nexus & Android 5.0....can't wait!!

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