Samsung Galaxy S6 edge vs. Moto X Style: backs

Motorola making a lot of noise about the Moto X Style being $200-$300 less expensive than comparable flagship smartphones, so we're going to compare it to one: The Samsung Galaxy S6 edge.

Moto X Style Samsung Galaxy S6 edge
Display 5.7-inch TFT LCD (2560x1440, 520 ppi) 5.1-inch Super AMOLED (2560x1440, 577ppi) with dual curved edges
OS Android 5.1.1 Lollipop Android 5.1 Lollipop with TouchWiz
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 6x1.8GHz
Adreno 418 GPU
Samsung Exynos Octa-core 4x2.1GHz + 4x1.5GHz
Storage 16, 32 or 64GB, microSD card up to 128GB 32GB, 64GB, 128GB (non-expandable)
Rear camera 21MP f/2.0, phase detect auto-focus, dual color correlated temperature flash
4K video at 30fps, slow motion video, HDR video
16MP, OIS, ƒ/1.9, auto real-time HDR, low-light video, high clear zoom, IR detect white balance, virtual shot, slow motion, fast motion, pro mode, selective focus
Front camera 5MP f/2.0, wide-angle lens, night mode, flash 5MP, ƒ/1.9, auto real-time HDR, low-light video
Battery 3000 mAh (non-removable), Turbo Charging 2600mAh (non-removable), Qi and Powermat wireless charging
Connectivity 802.11ac + MIMO Wifi, Bluetooth 4.1 LE, NFC, GPS 802.11ac + MIMO Wifi, Bluetooth 4.1 LE, NFC, GPS, IR remote
Speakers Front-facing stereo speakers with Smartboost Mono bottom-facing speaker
Dimensions 153.9 x 76.2 x 11.06 mm
142.1mm x 70.1mm x 7.0mm
Water resistance Water repellent nano-coating none
Colors Black lens, dark gray frame and accents, black back
White lens, silver frame and accents, bamboo back
Moto Maker support with 17 different backs and 7 different accents available
white, black, gold, dark green

While there are a few similarities (resolution, operating system, radios), these have ended up being two very different phones. The Moto X Style is larger in every dimension, and while that makes for a bulkier and heavier phone, it also allowed Motorola to craft the body in a way that it fits comfortably in your hand regardless. It feels more natural, while the Galaxy S6 (especially the edge version) feels more machine.

When it comes to the display, Samsung's dual-curved Quad HD AMOLED display is still a stunner, but in our brief time with the Moto X Style we found that its display too was quite the looker. TFT has long had a bad rap (the first color Palm PDAs had TFT screens), but it seems that the tech's finally come up to the modern age. It's an interesting choice, though, as the Moto Display tweaks that do things like allow the phone to light up with the time when it's sleeping were uniquely-tuned to the benefits of AMOLED displays before.

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On the camera front, after a rather disappointing effort with the 2014 Moto X, Motorola's putting a renewed focus on the imaging prowess of the Moto X Style. Though we'll still put the phone through its paces when we get the phone closer to its September launch, for now we're hopeful that Motorola's bluster will pay off. Motorola did have a brief dim-lighting comparison with the Galaxy S6, showing off the Moto X Style's ability to effectively balance something like a dull lightbulb in a dark room without blowing out, though we know those controlled conditions are always hard to judge.

One spot where both we and Motorola are certain the Moto X Style will definitively surpass the Galaxy S6 is in battery life. While the Moto X Style's battery is just 15% larger than the Galaxy S6's (400mAh more, to be specific), Motorola's advertising a full 30 hours of mixed use for their phone, versus the "all day battery life" claim from Samsung that most S6 owners struggle to match. Sure, the Moto X Style might not actually get 30 hours, but even 2/3 of that would be a good day's charge for most users.

There's a lot more to both of these devices, but given that the Moto X Style's not due out until September, it's probably going to be a while before we can really give them a fair comparison. Until then, here are some photos to show you just how different the two are:

Moto X Style (Pure Edition)


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