Google Unveils 2015 Nexus Flagships – A Nexus 5X Roundup

And the much awaited gadgets of 2015 have been unveiled by Google: LG Nexus 5X and Huawei Nexus 6P. Both the Nexus devices are touted to be the successors of LG Nexus 5 and Motorola Nexus 6 respectively, be it their sizes or their specifications. The former of the new devices – Nexus 5X is a relatively cheaper Nexus device and showcases a slightly trimmed specifications when compared to its latter, the bigger Nexus 6P.

Nexus 5X and Nexus 5 – A Comparison

In terms of the device, the Nexus 5X is a 5.2 inch device which is slightly bigger than Nexus 5, which is 4.95 inch display and weighs around 136 gm which is lighter. And there has been a slight bump in the camera and the processor. The Nexus 5 had an 8 MP rear shooter alongside a single LED flash with 1080p video recording and 1.3 MP front camera, while the new Nexus 5X has a 12.3 MP rear camera alongside a dual LED flash with laser autofocus and 4K video recording; and a 5MP front camera. Also the 5X boasts a rear fingerprint scanner with Nexus Imprint for Security which is an added feature for the new Nexus devices.

Nexus 5 – In Precise:

  • 4.95 inch 1080p Display
  • 2.3 GHz Quad Core Processor with Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset
  • Adreno 330 GPU
  • 2GB RAM
  • 8 MP Rear Autofocus Camera with Single LED and OIS; 1080p Video Recording
  • 1.3 MP Front Facing Camera
  • 2700mAh Battery with 6h of Standby
  • Android 4.4 (With Current Update to Android 5.1.1 – scheduled for Android 6.0 Rollout)

Nexus 5X – In Contrast:

  • 5.2 inch 1080p Display
  • 1.8 GHz Hexa Core Processor with Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 chipset
  • Adreno 418 GPU
  • 2GB RAM
  • 12.3 MP Rear Laser Autofocus Camera with Dual LED; 4K Video Recording
  • 5MP Front Facing Camera
  • 2700mAh Battery with USB Type-C Charging
  • Android 6.0 Out of Box
  • Fingerprint Sensor with Nexus Imprint

Specifications wise, the Nexus 5X runs on a 1.8 GHz hexa-core 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor and Adreno 418 GPU with  just 2GB of RAM, while the Nexus 5 runs on a 2.3 GHz Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor and Adreno 330 GPU with the same amount of RAM. While both the devices have the same 2700mAh battery, the Nexus 5X uses USB Type-C charging, which as per Google gives upto 4 hours of standby for just 10 minutes of charging.

Although Nexus 5X has beat out Nexus 5 in almost all the aspects like the display, camera, software and boasts several other improvements like the USB Type-C and Fingerprint scanner, it’s the Nexus 5 that wins over the latter in terms of the value for money. Nexus 5X is being felt as slightly overpriced as there have been many other smartphones which offer almost similar specs at a relatively cheaper rates.

Software is the key feature that drives us towards the Nexus devices, and this time the Nexus 5X comes with Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) out of box which has got several improvements in terms of UI as well as functionalities over the current version Android 5.0 (Lollipop). Nexus 5 comes with Android 4.4 (Kitkat) out of box with update to Android 5.1.1 (Lollipop) already rolled out. While Google has announced plans to roll out Marshmallow for Nexus 5 in October, Nexus 5X is actually running the same.

The Nexus 5X is priced at around 379.99 USD for its 32GB model, while the price in India is expected to be around INR 33,000. For the Nexus 5, it is available in Indian markets at around INR 27,000 for the same memory variant, which would be a slight edge for the predecessor on its successor. The Nexus 5X will soon be released into Indian markets and it is rumored that Google would be selling the devices through Online markets apart from its Google Play Store.


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