Google has finally taken the wraps off the new Huawei-made Nexus 6P smartphone. The handset includes top-end features, but Nexus 6 owners may still ask a very important question: should I upgrade?

Here is a quick comparison of some features of both the Nexus smartphones that may help Nexus 6 owners in deciding if they should upgrade to the Nexus 6P.


Launched and released in October 2014, the Nexus 6 has a 5.96-inch display with 1,440 x 2,560 pixels resolution and 493ppi.

The new Nexus 6P comes with a smaller 5.7-inch screen, but packs in the same display resolution as the Nexus 6. The handset has 518ppi.

The screen of Nexus 6P is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 4, which will do a better job in keeping the handset scratch free in comparison to the Corning Gorilla Glass 3 that protects the screen of Nexus 6.

There is not a huge difference between the display of the Nexus 6 and the Nexus 6P. However, current Nexus 6 owners, who are used to a slightly bigger display, may not want to switch to the Nexus 6P.

Processor & RAM

A 2.7GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor powers the Nexus 6. On the other hand, a faster octa-core Snapdragon 810 processor clocked at 2.0GHz runs the Nexus 6P.

Both the Nexus devices have 3GB of RAM.

Based on an improved processor, the Nexus 6P should definitely deliver faster speed in comparison to the Nexus 6.


The Nexus 6 is available with 32GB and 64GB internal memory. The Nexus 6P will be available in 32GB, 64GB and 128GB on-board storage options.

As the option to increase the memory on both the handsets via a microSD card is absent, many Nexus 6 customers who want more memory may upgrade to the Nexus 6P 128GB model.


The Nexus 6 is equipped with a 13MP rear-facing camera and a 2MP front-facing camera. The Nexus 6 also had optical-image stabilization (OIS) that reduces blurriness in images.

The primary camera of the Nexus 6P has a smaller 12.3MP sensor. The camera also lacks OIS. However, the selfie camera on-board the Nexus 6P has been bumped to 8MP.

Nexus 6 owners who take more of selfies may want to upgrade to the Nexus 6P. However, the absence of OIS and a smaller camera sensor may make Nexus 6 owners give a second thought before upgrading to the latest Nexus handset.

Fingerprint Sensor

Many top-end smartphones of this year including the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus have fingerprint scanner. The feature allows for unlocking the phone without a passcode, make speedy payments via Android Pay and more.

The Nexus 6 lacks this feature, while the Nexus 6P comes with fingerprint scanner called Nexus Imprint.

Nexus 6 owners who want to experience Nexus Imprint will just have to upgrade and buy the Nexus 6P.

Operating System

The Nexus 6P will come running on Android 6.0 Marshmallow straight out of the box. The Nexus 6 runs on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop and is expected to get Android 6.0 Marshmallow update soon.

Nexus 6 owners will not miss a lot on the software part if they do not upgrade to the Nexus 6P.

Form Factor

The Nexus 6 measures 6.27 x 3.27 x 0.40 inches, or 159.26 x 82.98 x 10.06 mm, and weighs 6.46 ounces, or 184 grams.

The latest Nexus smartphone measures 6.27 x 3.06 x 0.29, inches, or 159.3 x 77.8 x 7.3 mm, and weighs 6.28 ounces, or 178 grams, slightly lighter than its predecessor.


The Nexus 6 has metal edges with plastic back. However, the new Nexus 6P is the first handset in the Nexus line-up to boast an all-metal body, which gives a premium look to the smartphone.   

The newest Nexus 6P has a notable bump at the upper back of the handset, which was not present in the Nexus 6. Many users may find the bump ugly and this may stop them from upgrading to the Nexus 6P.


A 3,220mAh battery powers the Nexus 6. Google claims that with just 15 minutes of charging users can get up to 6 hours of usage time.

A bigger 3,450mAh battery fuels the Nexus 6P. The presence of USB Type-C in the Nexus 6P will enable owners to charge their mobile phone faster. Google indicates that just 10 minutes of charging offers up to 7 hours of usage time.

The charging capability of the Nexus 6P may tempt Nexus 6 owners to upgrade.

Check out the full details of the Nexus 6P on the handset's official webpage.

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