HTC Nexus 6 vs. Sony Xperia Nexus: Which Makes the Better Native Android Phone?

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Concept video of Nexus 6, uploaded on YouTube by CTNtechnologynews. Screenshot from YouTube Video

The Google Nexus 6 release date this 2014 is thought to be dead, revived only by a recent statement from a senior Googler that even with the Android Silver project there'll be Nexus devices to come out soon.

Perhaps inspired by the declaration, two phone concept artists shared their vision of what the next Nexus would be and the impressive renders were immediately picked by Concept Phones (with the images viewable here and here).

Dmitry Stvolov based his creation on the HTC One M8, seemingly convinced that the Nexus 6 is packed with power and beauty if the Taiwan-based gadget manufacturer is entrusted anew by Google for the pure Android smartphone refresh.

On the other hand, Adam Safranek opted to pattern the handset after the Sony Xperia line, combining the straightforward beauty of the upcoming Nexus with Japanese hardware technology.

So when pitting these two Nexus wannabe, which gives justice to the pure Android power that the Google signature smartphone is known for. The answer is likely found in the quick comparison below:


Whatever brand the Nexus 6 would be one thing is sure, the device will display the new mobile phone features cooked up by Google with the next Android build, which for now is simply known as Android L.


Google has the final say on what components will end up inside the Nexus phone so no matter the maker - be it HTC or Sony - these are the basic specifications expected by Android fans: a phablet-size 5.2-inch display in 2K screen resolution, the latest Snapdragon chip that is paired with up to 3GB of RAM, a 12MP rear cam with optical image stabilisation, a storage space that starts at 32GB and LTE network access.


With the Sony, an Xperia-designed Nexus is backed by decades of expertise that once upon a time was the source of inspiration by the late Apple CEO and co-founder Steve Jobs. However, the Sony that we know today is not exactly the same that commanded awe and respect during the 1980s, its rule stretching through the close of 1990s.

Taiwan's HTC is relatively young compared to Japan's pride but the company's last two flagships - the HTC One M7 and the HTC One M8 - prompted reviews teeming with superlatives. The Android crowd is simply stirred with excitement by the thought of the M8 as the Nexus 6 base-model.

Essentially with the scenario, the best Android smartphone around will be powered by the Google mobile operating system in its purest form.

Build and design language

Sony takes pride on its Xperia line for the slim and lightweight build it projects, likely pointing to an Xperia Nexus that is downright gorgeous. Yet according to Concept Phones, the Xperia normally gravitates to the rectangular and straight-edge form factor, phone characteristics that don't exactly translate to comfortable use. But as high-end Xperia is synonymous to water and dust resistance, extra durability is a welcome Sony contribution to the Nexus cause.

The HTC One series has made a name for its curved design and unibody metal chassis - that many experts find alluring with the phone body a delight to grip when in use. Such exact features finding their way to the Nexus 6 on release date is an offer that Android fans will not resist.

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