Galaxy S6 Edge+ vs Nexus 6P comparison: the big picture

Galaxy S6 Edge+ vs Nexus 6P comparison: the big picture

The Nexus 6P is upon us and we’re busy looking at the ins and outs of it to see how strong a handset it really is. We’ve already formed an opinion on the Galaxy S6 Edge+, which currently ranks as our best Android phone in the world, but how does it stack up against Huawei’s big handset? Find out in our Nexus 6P vs Galaxy S6 Edge+ comparison.

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How does the Nexus 6P (right) compare to the Galaxy S6 Edge+? / © ANDROIDPIT

Nexus 6P vs Galaxy S6 Edge+ comparison: Design

Both the 6P and Edge+ are premium glass and metal handsets, and they look and feel high-quality. Both phablets have a 5.7-inch screen, so they’re roughly the same dimensions (the 6P is a tiny bit bigger), but what sets them apart is the shape of the display. The edge+ has a curved screen, and the 6P’s is flat. The 6P feels a little more comfortable, and its chamfered edges look great.  

The 6P has stereo speakers on the front, which the edge+ lacks. But both have a fingerprint scanner; the 6P’s is on the back and the one on the Edge+ is incorportated into the physical home button.

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The chamfered edges of the Nexus 6P (top) look and feel great. / © ANDROIDPIT

It's hard to say which is the better designed phone. Personally, I’m not sold on the benefits of a curved display, but I also don’t like how the 6P’s camera sensor looks. I prefer smaller bezels of the Edge+, but the 6P's brushed metal rear feels better than the glass on the Edge+. Honestly, I’m torn.

Nexus 6P vs Galaxy S6 Edge+ comparison: Display

Both the 6P and S6 Edge+ feature QHD resolution AMOLED displays. As mentioned above, the Galaxy S6 Edge+ display occupies more than 75 percent of the device's body, while the Nexus 6P has a screen-to-body ratio of just 71.4 percent.

Samsung favors rich colors, while the Nexus 6P has a more natural approach. The Galaxy S6 Edge+ has the brighter, more saturated display, but the curved edges do reflect more light. Samsung's display is possibly the most attractive, but it's a marginal win.

Nexus 6P vs Galaxy S6 Edge+ comparison: Software and performance

There are big differences in the software departments. The Nexus 6P runs on stock Android 6.0 Marshmallow while the Galaxy S6 Edge+ runs Samsung’s TouchWiz software on top of Android Lollipop. It will be one of the first Samsung devices to get the Marshmallow update though.

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The Galaxy S6 Edge+ (top) is currently one of the fastest phones in the world. / © ANDROIDPIT

Once Marshmallow hits the Edge+, it will be able to do everything the 6P can, but will also have Samsung flourishes such as download booster and, of course, the Edge display options. Read more about those in our Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ tips and tricks article. 

Performance is difficult to judge at this point. Samsung’s S6 Edge+ is one of the fastest Android phones in the world, with 4 GB of RAM and a Exynos 7420 processor. The 6P has a Snapdragon 810 processor and 3 GB of RAM but because it was built specifically for Android 6.0 Marshmallow, it should have no problems in the performance.

Realistically, even though we’ve only just started to properly test the Nexus 6P, we don’t expect there to be a huge difference between these two. Both are ultra-powerful handsets.

Nexus 6P vs Galaxy S6 Edge+ comparison: Camera

The Galaxy S6 Edge+ may have the best camera on the Android platform right now. With superior low-light capabilities, excellent color reproduction and optical image stabilization, the 16 MP main camera of the Edge+ is excellent.

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The camera technology on the Nexus 6P (top) is better than it ever has been on a Nexus. / © ANDROIDPIT

Nexus devices don’t have a great history in terms of camera capabilities. The Nexus 6 suffered from a green tint that made it look as though its pictures were taken in The Matrix. Things have changed however, and Huawei has produced a far more impressive camera on both the front and back of the 6P. The rear camera is also highly capable in low light, but lacks optical image stabilization.

On the front of the 6P is an 8 MP camera, which takes excellent selfies. The Galaxy S6 Edge+ only has a 5 MP sensor on the front. More megapixels doesn’t automatically mean better photos, so we'll wait for a more in-depth camera test before making a final decision on which is best.  

Nexus 6P vs Galaxy S6 Edge+ comparison: Battery

The Nexus 6P has a pleasantly surprising 3,450 mAh battery. It’s a good size cell for a 5.7-inch phone. The Galaxy S6 Edge+ has a smaller 3,000 mAh cell. Samsung tends to favor slim and light phones ahead of big batteries, but that said, its 3,000 mAh battery coped well in our in-depth battery test.

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With QHD displays, battery needs to be tightly managed on these handsets. / © ANDROIDPIT

The 6P battery life has yet to be fully evaluated, but given the large capacity and integration with Android 6.0 Marshmallow, we expect it will be one of the better performing handset on Android in terms of battery life. It’s not often you can say that about a Nexus phone.

Neither battery is removable, though both feature quick-charge functionality, and the Edge+ can also charge wirelessly.

Nexus 6P vs Galaxy S6 Edge+ comparison: Specs

Google Nexus 6P vs. Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ technical specifications

  Google Nexus 6P Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
Dimensions: 159.3 x 77.8 x 7.3 mm 154.4 x 75.8 x 6.9 mm
Weight: 178 g 153 g
Battery size: 3450 mAh 3000 mAh
Screen size: 5.7 in 5.7 in
Display technology: AMOLED AMOLED
Screen: 2560 x 1440 pixels (515 ppi) 2560 x 1440 pixels (515 ppi)
Front camera: 8 megapixels 5 megapixels
Rear camera: 12.3 megapixels 16 megapixels
Flashlight: Dual-LED LED
Android version: 6.0 - Marshmallow 5.1.1 - Lollipop
User interface: Stock Android TouchWiz
RAM: 3 GB 4 GB
Internal storage: 32 GB
64 GB
128 GB
32 GB
64 GB
Removable storage: Not available Not available
Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 Samsung Exynos 7420
Number of cores: 8 8
Max. clock speed: 2 GHz 2.1 GHz
Connectivity: HSPA, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 HSPA, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth

Nexus 6P vs Galaxy S6 Edge+ comparison: Price and Conclusion

The Nexus 6P costs US$499 for the 32 GB version, while the 32 GB S6 Edge+ can currently be found for around US$649. So what do you get for the extra 150 bucks?

Well, the Galaxy S6 Edge+ is one of the fastest Android phones there is, with one of the best cameras and possibly the best display. It also features wireless charging and the Edge screen options, which the 6P lacks.

The question you need to ask yourself is whether you need to have the best in all these areas. If you're happy with something that is just very good, rather than the absolute best, and will probably prove to have the better battery life, then the 6P is for you. 

As with many device comparisons, It's not really about which phablet is better (that title would have to go to the S6 Edge+ in terms of what it actually does). It's about whether the small ways in which it is better are worth the extra investment.  

Which device do you think is best? Let us know in the comments. 

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  • John Orton Jun 16, 2016 Link to comment

    I don't understand why anyone would do a review of phones in comparison when you have not even fully tested both phones? That's kinda a waste of time. Or am I wrong here lol?

  • Steve M Nov 14, 2015 Link to comment

    The 6P went with much larger camera sensor pixels which improves low light sensitivity. While OIS is great, for most people it's not a game changer, yet.

    BTW, why write a comparison article when you clearly haven't done your homework on one of the phones at all. It's pretty flimsy material.

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    Deactivated Account Nov 8, 2015 Link to comment

    The S6Edge+ and Note5 as well pimp slaps any silly Nexus so easily it's comical.

    • Justin Buser Jan 7, 2016 Link to comment

      That's all well and good, unless you're more interested in functionality, speed and reliability than you are in "pimping".

  • Raymond Nov 7, 2015 Link to comment

    Does no image stabilization in the Nexus 6P make any difference when it comes to the camera? Just wondering on how important it is.

    • Skyler Feldberg Nov 8, 2015 Link to comment

      with no OIS the video can become a little shaky when walking or moving. you will definitely see the difference without. although it is annoying with out it, i do not believe this can be a game changer. i hope i was able to answer your question. the photos are not harmed without

      • Raymond Nov 8, 2015 Link to comment

        Thank you for explaining that. I'm considering buying either a Nexus 6P or a Note 4 and wanted to get all the facts first. Was about to go ahead and go with the Nexus till I saw an article today about camera's screens breaking and how easily the break in half. After hearing about these issues think I'm going with the Note 4! But again ty for the info!

      • AJ Bankston Nov 12, 2015 Link to comment

        I'm curious as to why you're thinking about the Note 4 instead of the Note 5. Is it because of the removeable battery? A lot of reviews have been published that have stated that the battery in the Note 5 performs quite well, plus with Fast Charge, there really isn't a need for a removeable battery besides preference. I own an S6 Edge +, but I traded in a Note 5 to get it. I loved the Note 5. It was by far the best Note ever.

      • Raymond Nov 12, 2015 Link to comment

        I'm not real smart when it comes to Tech but the main reason is because of price, I only want to pay about $500 to $550 and I want to use on Straight Talk. But most of the articles I've read give the Note 4 solid reviews. And I really want a bigger screen. My current phone (S4) I purchased from Straight Talk and it drops signal every 3 minutes and Overheats. I've tried everything to remedy the problems, including talking to Straight Talk Tech support with no avail. But yea the main reason is price. Would you have any suggestions on where to buy an Unlocked (new) Note 4 like a reputable place? I've read so many reviews and keep seeing bad ones here and there. Hope I answered your question somewhere here, lol.

    • Alex Cordogan Nov 12, 2015 Link to comment

      It takes much better low light pics than the edge+, to give you an idea. Its probably the best mobile camera out there

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