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Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge vs Nexus 6P comparison

There’s a new flagship in town: the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, the biggest and best Galaxy yet. But how does it stack up against the Google Nexus 6P, which waves the flag for stock Android? There’s only one way to find out. Let battle commence in our Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge vs Nexus 6P comparison!

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All together now: "Don't push me / cause i'm close to the / edge" / © ANDROIDPIT

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Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge vs Nexus 6P: design and build quality

Here’s what we said about the Nexus 6P: The Nexus 6P is designed like no other smartphone. Its finely-machined edges and minimal finish give it an understated character. The black glass panel on the back, sitting over the camera lens, looks strange at first. But once you forget what phones should look like and begin to appreciate what Huawei has done here, it all makes sense… the Nexus 6P looks like the future of smartphones.

Good, eh? But the Galaxy looks gorgeous too. It’s sleeker and more curved than before, the camera bulge has been almost completely removed and the combination of aluminum and Gorilla Glass 4 looks and feels fantastic. And of course, there’s that screen with its curved edges.

Do we have a winner? Let’s call this one a tie, because both phones are beautifully designed and built but in very different ways. We think they’re both great.

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Forget the plasticky Nexuses of the past. The 6P is gorgeous./ © AndroidPIT

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge vs Nexus 6P: display

The Nexus 6P screen is bright and crisp with QHD resolution (2,560 x 1,440 pixels and 518 ppi). The 5.7-inch AMOLED display is nicely saturated, highly detailed and provides great brightness and contrast. Like the Galaxy it’s covered with Gorilla Glass 4, and its color representation is among the best we’ve ever seen on an AMOLED.

The Galaxy S7 Edge’s display is slightly smaller at 5.5 inches but boasts the same resolution of 2,560 x 1,440. It’s ridiculously bright in low light but that makes it very readable in bright daylight, and you can always turn it down if you think it’s a bit much. It also has Always On to display notifications and the time without waking the screen.

The real difference here, of course, is the Galaxy’s curves: its screen curves at the left and right edges. It’s not just a design flourish: the Edge Screen feature enables you to swipe to access services or to access your favorite contacts. It’s hardly essential but it’s a nice touch.

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The curved display of the S7 Edge isn't a gimmick. It's comfortable and useful. / © ANDROIDPIT

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge vs Nexus 6P: processor and storage

The Galaxy S7 Edge comes with an Exynos 8890 processor. The CPU was developed by Samsung and comes with eight cores, four of them running at a maximum speed of 2.3 GHz and the other four at up to 1.6 GHz. According to Samsung, the CPU and GPU are 30 percent and 64 percent more potent, respectively, than the Galaxy S6. There’s 4 GB of RAM and either 32 or 64 GB of internal storage, expandable via microSD.

The Nexus 6P has an eight-core Snapdragon 810 with cores clocked at 1.5 GHz and 2 GHz respectively. RAM is 3 GB and there are three tiers of non-expandable storage at 32, 64 and 128 GB respectively.

The Samsung clearly has the edge here: its clock speeds are slightly higher and it has an extra gigabyte of RAM. We also found some evidence of processor throttling when benchmarking the Nexus, although in fairness we didn’t notice it in everyday use.

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The 6P is quick, but the Samsung is likely to be quicker. / © ANDROIDPIT

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge vs Nexus 6P: camera

The Nexus 6P has an 8 MP camera on the front and a 12.3 MP camera on the back. It doesn’t have optical image stabilization - an odd omission - but it does have laser auto-focus and an improved sensor for better low light shooting. It’s the best camera ever put in a Nexus device.

Is it better than the Galaxy? We don’t think so. The Galaxy’s f/1.7 aperture and dual-12 MP sensor means you get amazing photos in all kinds of conditions, the autofocus is blindingly fast and color representation is superb.

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The best camera in any Nexus? Yep! The best camera around? Nope! / © ANDROIDPIT

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge vs Nexus 6P: software

Both devices run Android 6, aka Marshmallow, but as ever Samsung adds its own TouchWiz software and the aforementioned Edge Screen software. TouchWiz is a much slimmer, more focused beast than the bloated mess of earlier incarnations but it still takes up more than 7 GB of internal memory, which is an issue if you plump for the 32 GB model. This one’s a matter of personal taste: if you prefer your Android untouched, you’ll prefer the Nexus with its stock Android build.

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As ever, Samsung skins Android with its TouchWiz UI. / © ANDROIDPIT

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge vs Nexus 6P: battery life

The Nexus 6P has a 3,450 mAh battery that’s more than capable of driving that big display for a full day, and while it isn’t removable it can get up to 7 hours of life from just 10 minutes of charging.

The Samsung battery is a little larger, delivering 3,600 mAh, and it has both wireless and fast charging support. The Galaxy also has Samsung’s power saving modes to throttle performance when you don’t need full speed. We’d expect it to last a bit longer than the Nexus in identical use.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge vs Nexus 6P: early verdict

The Nexus 6P is the best Nexus ever made, and on launch many people reckoned it was the best Android device ever made too. But that was before the Galaxy S7 Edge was launched, and the Samsung has faster processors, a better camera and a bigger battery to boot.

However, it’s also significantly more expensive, with a list price of US$799; the Nexus is currently available for US$599. Would you really pay two hundred bucks more for an extra 0.1 GHz of processing speed, 150 mAh of power and a curved display? That question will matter less when the Samsung starts to be discounted, but right now the Samsung may be the better device but the Nexus is better value for money.

What do you think? Would you pay more for the Samsung? Let us know in the comments below.


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  • I have an S6. Had an LG G3. Was wishing I had the 6P. Now I am almost thinking I would have been better off to stick with the LG or go for the G4 due to removeable battery and expandable memory. The water and dust resistance would be nice but a case protects a phone quite well. If water and dust resistance is important to you maybe save money and try the S5. The bad thing about any phone but the Nexus is that the Software update such as Marshmallow is slow to show up. And the Android Security Patch update.

  • FourQ 6 months ago Link to comment

    For me, it doesn't come down to the battery or processor, but the waterproofing and camera.
    Batteries must be removable. SD card slot is essential. This means the S7 would win out over the Nexus.
    Conversely, Knox has been a pain in my ar*e since its conception. It gets in the way of rooting, but the geniuses out there will no doubt find a way.
    Is the camera and waterproofing worth $200? If it was just $100, I'd be tempted. Right now, I think the smartest choice is to wait.

  • The speed delta between the two phones doesn't justify the price delta. I had the 6 Edge and you lose the screen, you can't swipe correctly, and the corners go away. I've had the Nexus 6 for a few months now, and I think it's a terrific phone. I like the USB C adapter; it's the same adapter on my MacBook, the batter works fine, and the screen looks great. I highly recommend.

  • Just got the Nexus 6P, which will replace my old Nexus 5 (when I manage to get the nano sim card). Not being a tech geek, as an advanced user I can say that the design, performance and camera (specially the front one!) are outstanding. Stereo sound is amazing (however not very easy to shut up with one's hand, when you are at a meeeting and forgot to disconnect the sound, left Clash of Clans screen on, you open the phone to check and suddenly Supercell's tune starts - happened to "a friend"). Bigger screen is definitely one of the features that helped me decide to go for it as well. The battery is amazing so far - but yet, when coming from the poor battery experience of the Nexus 5, anything looks great. I had forgotten what it was to use a phone for the whole day without having to recharge it!

    However three disappointments here: 1) C-type cable, 2) no wireless charging, and 3) No expandable memory via micro-SD.

    While the third one I got used to with the Nexus 5 (and 64Gb is way enough for me, I never got to use the full 32G of the old phone), I don't understand why they dropped the wireless charging, which is such a cool feature.

    Other minor issue would be only one SIM card slot (and Nano - which makes me have to change the card from my old Nexus).

    But overall - very satisfied with my new Nexus 6P!


  • bhochha 6 months ago Link to comment

    Nexus phones have come a long way, but still not best bang for your buck. They are too simplistic for what other phones have to offer.

  • Kumaran 6 months ago Link to comment

    Oh look, a grossly exaggerated and highly misleading article about a Samsung S7 Edge. What a terrible article. "Do not buy a 32GB S7 Edge" - The androidpit campaign against S7 Edge. What a nonsense. Androidpit is a reseller site? (American reseller site- Nexus and Apple). They sound just like Samsung haters. What a biased article.

    Gary Marshall (Androidpit)- "Would you really pay two hundred bucks more for an extra 0.1 GHz of processing speed, 150 mAh of power and a curved display? "

    Gary Marshall (Androidpit) look that, S7 Edge- Best processor ("Thermal spreader" Water cooling technology to avoid the phones overheating), Best display, Best camera (Dual Pixels camera - A first in the smartphone world), Best battery life, microSD or dual SIM model, Fast wireless charging, Water-resistant (IP68 rating). Powerful Game Launcher and new Vulkan API, Samsung Pay (NFC + MST), Samsung Gear VR (Free-$99) and more features. The S7 Edge has the best in every single corner. And Nexus 6P still falls short against the S7 Edge on everything. S7 and Edge are the best smartphones in the world right now. The Galaxy S7 edge is better than the Nexus 6P in lots of ways.

    Mr.Gary Marshall, Are you a dumbass? I'm sorry, but this is ridiculous. Don't try to think we are all dumb here. Do you not understand? Difference Between Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge processor (Exynos 8890 and Snapdragon 820) and Nexus 6P processor (Old Snapdragon 810). Check out performance

    The Galaxy S7 Edge processor (Exynos 8890 and Snapdragon 820) is way better than the Nexus 6P processor (Snapdragon 810). Nexus 6P processor is an old technology. Nexus 6P problem is the heating issues which the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chipset is responsible for.

    Galaxy S7 edge processor (Exynos 8890 and Snapdragon 820) Vs Nexus 6P old processor (Snapdragon 810) performance showdown shows Galaxy S7 edge has the upper-hand. Check out Geekbench 3 and AnTuTu.

    Galaxy S7 edge
    Geekbench 3 - the single-core score is 1450 (Snapdragon 820). And Multi-core is 5450 (Snapdragon 820)
    Geekbench 3 - the single-core score is 2300 (Exynos 8890). And Multi-core is 6450 (Exynos 8890)

    Check out AnTuTu. The Galaxy S7 edge score 135000 and Nexus 6P -80000 (AnTuTu). Where is the performance comparison? The Galaxy S7 Edge is way better than the Nexus 6P (performance). The new Galaxy S7 Edge processor (Exynos 8890 and Snapdragon 820)- "Thermal spreader"cooling technology to avoid the phones overheating.

    The REAL battery test. The Galaxy S7 (3,600 mAh battery) is much better than the Nexus 6P. So, do you not understand? (performance) Difference Between Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and Nexus 6P. You a fool (I've seen yet!).

    Samsung’s Touchwiz based on the Android 6 version of Android offers more customization options than stock Android. Touchwiz is superior, I like Touchwiz because it's well designed and functional! The stock Android has lacked functionality.

    Check out Nexus 6P Main disadvantages. Where is the article? They try to hide the truth.

    No expandable storage (microSD card slot)
    No water and dust resistant
    No Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) for the camera
    No Thermal spreader (Cooling technology to avoid the phones overheating)
    Nexus 6P problem is the heating issues which the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chipset is responsible for.

    No Super AMOLED- The large 5.7-inch display is an AMOLED capacitive touchscreen but not a Super AMOLED which is found on the Samsung Galaxy. Comparison wishes the Super AMOLED consumes less power which can save the battery juice a lot and, more importantly, it has better viewing angles than a standard AMOLED, but sadly it's ain’t any with Nexus 6P.

    Lacks wireless charging
    Lacks a cable TV out option

    The 32GB Huawei Nexus 6P device components cost only $140-160. It's cheap components. It's a truly cheap crap.

    The truth is, the S7 Edge is better value for money. Would you really pay for $599? USB Type-C port and software (Huawei Nexus 6P)? " .

    Shameless and dishonest media (Androidpit). shame on you a bunch of scammers. The over exaggeration in this post. Unliked. This site and its writers are biased. How is lying different from 'hiding the truth'? Just how honest are you? Terrible, just terrible! I think all this fake just a propaganda for Nexus 6P. This article is a joke. Only dumb people like this article. Simple as that.

    • Getreal 6 months ago Link to comment

      Hey friend... Get a woman... Or a man, whatever...

    • Bob 6 months ago Link to comment

      Touchwiz is crap. No one needs two app stores, two galleries, etc. No one needs 12 carrier apps. No one needs a 6 month delay in getting updates. No one needs a childish look. Material looks nice, why doesn't Sammy use it?
      6P DOES NOT cost 150 to make. Samsung made the AMOLED on the 6P. Samsung takes 50% profit margins.

      Sure, the S7 might be better, but thats BECAUSE THE 6P IS ONE YEAR OLD!

      Your "heating issues" should be brought to Qualcomm, not Google or Huawei.

      You Sound like Tronald Dump.

  • Edge is useful i hear you say? Don't know how you need a magnifying 🔎 glass to read it!

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    Shawn S 6 months ago Link to comment

    Nexus 6P is the better value. Plus the fact that you're first in line for any and all Android updates really knocks it out of the park for me. Google's always refining things and constantly making their products better. Satisfied customer here.

  • Samsung after a year=perfect solution. It will still be unbeatable and awesome but you'll pay around 400$ less if not more:)

  • Go for Nexus 6P

  • I would buy a nexus

    • I upgraded to a Nexus 6p from my Samsung Note. I like the camera features (laser focussing, 240 fps slow motion and spherical photos), and the fact that it will be the first phone to be upgraded with new Google Camera features, not to mention Android N. The phone is fast as none of its processing power is lost to supporting Touchwiz etc. Google cast let's me connect to the TV without cable and I don't mind charging by cable (otherwise it would need a plastic case like the Samsung). The 64gb model has more than enough memory to keep me going, and with USB-C to USB3 connection, transferring data is a breeze.

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