Google has just launched a shiny new addition to its signature Nexus range, the Nexus 6.
At a whopping 5.9in, this is a beast of a phone that is bang on the phablet trend sweeping the global smartphone market. But how does it square up to the other large-screened powerhouses scrapping for your attention?
We pit its specs against those of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 to see who (on paper) comes out on top.
On the surface of things, the Google Nexus 6 and Samsung Galaxy Note 4 have virtually identical screen sizes. Measuring 5.96in and 5.7 in respectively, there's very little difference between them.
This similarity carries through into the handsets' resolutions. Both boast 2,560 x 1,440 pixels, but the Nexus 6 has an ever so slightly lower pixel per inch density (ppi) of 493 compared to the Note 4's 513 ppi. At a glance with the naked eye you won't really see much of a difference though - if anything, the raised ppi is just compensating for the slightly larger screen size on Samsung's flagship.
When we turn our attentions to the cameras, however, the differences become clear. The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 packs a 16-megapixel camera compared to the Nexus 6's 13-megapixels.
Its front-facing camera is also more powerful, capturing 3.7-megapixels rather than the Nexus 6's 2.1- megapixels. In this round, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 comes out on top.
Under the hood
Pop open the hood, however, and the playing field levels again. Both phablets sport a powerful Snapdragon 805 processor with a Krait 450 CPU and Adreno graphics. They're very evenly matched, with the Nexus 6 only just nudging ahead with its slightly faster clock speed of 2.7GHz.
It really is down to the wire though, and since both have 3,220mAh batteries and both pack 3GB of RAM, there's very little to separate these two phablets in this part of the specs sheet alone.
Overall, these two heavyweights are pretty evenly matched. In the bare bones of their specs, including battery size, there is very little between them - except perhaps the Samsung Galaxy Note 4's increased power and camera.
Still, it's important to consider pricing. The Note 4 is expensive, costing a sizeable £629 sim-free. The Nexus 6, meanwhile, packs decent specs at what we imagine will be a much lower price.
It all comes down to whether you want to fork out the extra for those extra little improvements. For us? We'd stick with the Nexus 6.
|Google Nexus 6||Samsung Galaxy Note 4|
|Resolution||2560 x 1,440 pixels||2,560 x 1,440 pixels|
|Pixel density||493 ppi||515 ppi|
Processor and battery
|Family||Snapdragon 805||Snapdragon 805|
|CPU||Krait 450||Krait 450|
|Clock speed||2.7 GHz||2.5 GHz|
|GPU||Adreno 420||Adreno 420|
|Claimed 3G talk time||Unconfirmed||-|
Storage and memory
|Internal storage||32GB / 64GB||16GB / 32GB / 64GB|
|Video||1,080p (Full HD)||1080p|
|Standard||4G LTE||4G LTE|
|Wi-Fi||WiFi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac|
|Integrated wireless charging||No||Yes|
|Size||159.3 x 83 x 10.1 mm||153.5 x 78.6 x 8.5mm|
|Operating System||Android Lollipop||Android 4.4.3 KitKat|
|£629||October 2014||November 2013|