Moto X Pure Edition vs Nexus 6 comparison: Moto X has the edge with latest and powerful accessories

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How does the newly released handset from Motorola – dubbed “Moto X Pure Edition” or “X Style” for regions outside the Unites States – compare to last year’s Google Nexus 6 as they are both designed by the same company?

When it comes to the dimension of the devices, they are relatively the same as Moto X measures at 154 mm x 76 mm x 11.1 mm while Nexus 6 is four percent taller and nine percent wider with 160 mm x 83 mm x 10.1 mm. Moto X although 10 percent thicker is lighter at 179g compared to Nexus 6 which weighs at 184g.

The display sizes are almost the same, Moto X has 5.7-inch screen IPS TFT LCD while Nexus 6 has 5.96-inch screen in high quality AMOLED display. The resolution for the former is quite lower at 1440×2560 pixels with 520 pixel-per-inch density while the latter has 2560×1440 pixels and 492ppi. Both are covered with Corning Gorilla Glass 3.

One of the main differences can be found in their cameras. Moto X has a stunning 21-megapixel main camera that includes f/2.0 aperture, 4x digital zoom and various settings including Phase Detect Auto-Focus, Closed loop processing, Color Correlated Temperature flash with dual LEDs, Quick Capture and many more. It can also record at 1080p HD quality at 60 frames-per-second or 4k video at 30fps and even with slow-motion. While the selfie-taker has 5-megapixel wide-angle lens that boats f/2.0 aperture and 1.4um pixel for low lighting.

On the other hand, Nexus 6 has 13-megapixel back lens that only has Dual LED ring flash and can capture 4k video at 30fps. Its front-facing lens is only 2-megapixel and can be used for HD video conferences.

Under the hood, Moto X is powered by Motorola Mobile Computing System that includes Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 with hexa-core processor, clocked at 1.8Ghz and partnered with Adreno 418 GPU. It also has a Natural Language Processor and Contextual Computing Processor. While Nexus 6 features Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor with 2.7GHz quad-core CPU and Adreno 420.

The RAM for Moto X is at 3GB with three options for built-in memory 16GB, 32GB or 64GB all expandable via a MicroSD card. While Nexus 6 has 32GB and 64GB storage capacity.

The battery for Moto X is 3000 mAh TurboPower that can last up to 10 hours of use with only 15 minutes charging while Nexus 6 has 3220mAh which is supported by Qi wireless charging

Another differentiating feature is the advantage of Moto X to have the back cover customized according to the user’s personal choice of design. Nexus 6 is only offered with either cloud white or midnight blue colors that are made with matte plastic.

When it comes to prices, Moto X starts selling at $399.99 while Nexus 6 is currently rolling with fifty percent discount for $349.99