9 key differences between the Google Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P


That's right folks – this year around, Google announced not one but two new Nexus devices. One to satisfy users who are looking for that bang-for-buck affordable quality that made the 2013 Nexus 5 famous, and one to please customers who prefer their phone to have that premium flair to it – and a huge screen to boot. We are talking about the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P, of course.

Now, if you're a devout Android fan, in love with the stock experience that the Nexus line provides, you've been probably foaming at the mouth for months now, waiting for the new phones to be announced. But, if you are only somewhat aware of what Google has been up to lately, you may still be a bit confused - “Wait, what? Two phones? Is that an iPhone 6 / iPhone 6 Plus kind of move?”.

Not to worry folks, we've got you covered! Below, we have the nine key things that make the two Nexuses different, so check them out to get a clearer picture of what's up!

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Nexus 5X
  • Display 5.2" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 12.3 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 808, Hexa-core, 1800 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 2700 mAh(20h talk time)
Nexus 6P
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12.3 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, Octa-core, 2000 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 3450 mAh(23h talk time)

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26 Comments

2. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

Nexus 6P is the better phone. 5x was a disappointment.

12. landale

Posts: 8; Member since: Jul 16, 2010

To me the only disappointment about the 5X is the starting price. I am fine with what they did to make it more mid-range but at only $70 less than the 6P it's not a good value. At $379-399 for the 32GB 5X I'd have virtually no issues with it.

14. sgodsell

Posts: 7462; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

That SD808 processor is not mid range. In fact a number of high end devices are shipping with that processor. The only thing that gets me is the Nexus 5x storage.

25. surethom

Posts: 1722; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Nexus 6p better phone but too big so 5x is a compromise for me. 6p specs in smaller screen then yes much better phone

3. Spedez

Posts: 542; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

Too expensive.

5. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

One difference that can be added is: 6p has only 2.4f front camera aperture while 5X has larger at 2.0f.

7. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

I love everything about 6P, looks amazing, but I hate the size, f.ck this "bigger, better" trend already

8. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Judging price alone can tell nexus 6p is much more value in money, by adding extra 1GB of ram, metal built, extra battery, 2k display, stereo speaker, just extra $70

10. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Isn't higher resolution screen consuming more battery? Then extra battery doesn't count.

15. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

It counts in the price and quality. The extra battery counts, the extra mah just doesn't disappear into a black hole....

20. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

It like saying bigger car has bigger windows but it doesn't cut much here. 4" screen phone has smaller but it needs less to power it.

23. jimv1983

Posts: 61; Member since: Oct 10, 2013

In terms of battery life the mAh does just disappear into a "black hole". All of the extra mAh are taken up by the screen that uses a LOT more power. The Nexus 6P battery life won't be any better than the Nexus 5X.

19. Niva.

Posts: 440; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

The only way higher resolution consumes more power is through being driven by the GPU since it takes more calculations. A 5.7" 1080 screen will consume approximately the same as a 1440 screen or a 4K screen at equivalent levels of brightness (assuming the screens use the same technology.) There is very little power loss due to the higher resolution, but a whole lot is lost by the rest of the system as well as sacrificed in performance.

22. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

I suppose if we have same size panel it would make very little difference like PA article here : http://www.phonearena.com/news/We-changed-the-LG-G3s-display-resolution-to-1080p---we-got-superb-performance-and-negligible-battery-life-increases_id65982 Does it matters if 6P panel is larger than 5x? Shouldn't that count for bigger battery drain?

24. jimv1983

Posts: 61; Member since: Oct 10, 2013

Sorry but you are wrong. Higher resolution has a big impact on battery life. In fact, it's the biggest factor for battery life. No only does the GPU have to work harder to render more pixes(78% more pixels) but the screen has to refresh more pixels as well. It takes power for the screen to refresh the pixels. An increase in pixel count of 78% is pretty huge. Let's say, for example, you have a phone that has a 1080p screen. Now lets say you make a phone that is exactly the same with the exception of the screen being increased to QHD resolution. Same display type, CPU, software, RAM, etc. You would have to increase the battery by several hundred mAh to get the same battery life as you got with the 1080p screen with the exact same usage.

9. ruwie

Posts: 103; Member since: Sep 25, 2014

is the 7.3mm thickness of nexus 6p referred to the part with hump?

11. aho13

Posts: 97; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

300 Dollar difference between EU and US ! Nexus 6P . this will be a failure in EU .

13. tokuzumi

Posts: 1934; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

Nexus 5 is the more attractive device for me. The height of the 6 is even taller than last year's Nexus 6. The Nexus 6 was way too big, and google answered by making it even bigger, with a smaller screen.

21. Chris_Bakke

Posts: 247; Member since: Jan 23, 2013

They are .04 mm different in height. If you're griping about one-third the thickness of a CD, then you need to find something else to complain about

26. FilthyJ24

Posts: 9; Member since: Sep 06, 2013

"The Nexus 6P, on the other hand, is the first-ever metal-clad Nexus device"...ummm...nexus one?

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