Best alternatives to the Google Nexus 5X

Best alternatives to the Google Nexus 5X
With the Nexus 5X, Google stays true to the original concept of its phones to be affordable, near-cost showcases of the newest Android version. Unlike the premium metal Nexus 6P, the Nexus 5X's comforting polycarbonate and somewhat weaker specs sheet, have ensured a lower starting price of $379, and $429 for the 32-gigger.

While that might sound a bit steep for the Nexus line standards of late, especially in its LG-made versions, let's not forget that Google didn't spare much when it comes to its new phones, which are supposed to be the posted kids of the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow. A 1080p display, hexa-core chipset, and a 12.3 MP camera sensor with largish 1.55 micron pixels are nothing to sniff at within this price range, not to mention the finger scanner on the back. 

Anyways, there is alваъс something else to aspire to when looking around, that's why we are presenting you with some of the best alternatives to the Nexus 5X out there in the wild, to help you choose if the new Google Nexus by LG is the right one for you.


With a hexa-core chipset and laser autofocus of its own, the LG G4 is a worthy competitor to the 32 GB version of the Nexus 5X, and not only because it is made by LG, too. Its price now rivals the $429 for the 5X, yet it comes with a 5.5" Quad HD display, optically stabilized camera, and a removable back cover that gives access to the swappable 3000 mAh battery, and expandable storage.

Sony Xperia Z3

The new Xperia Z5 is much more expensive than the Nexus 5X, but the Xperia Z3 can now be had for about the same price as the 32 GB Nexus 5X, and it offers the same 5.2" 1080p display specs, 20 MP camera, stereo speakers, and a waterproof chassis, not to mention it has a microSD slot for storage expansion, too, and veritable two-day battery life.

Huawei P8

If you can live with a more premium, glass-and-metal chassis than the Nexus 5X, the Huawei P8 is worth considering as an alternative, as it has a 5.2" 1080p screen, too, an optically-stabilized 13 MP camera on the back, 3 GB of RAM, and expandable storage, too. The downside is that it is still more expensive than the 5X, believe it or not.

HTC One M9+

For a Benjamin more than the Nexus 5X, you can have an excquisite metal HTC One M9+ with a 5.2" QHD display, 32 GB storage, and a dual camera setup on the back, to say nothing of the front-facing BoomSound stereo speakers.

Motorola Moto X Play

While having a larger, 5.5" 1080p screen, the Moto X Play is actually as tall as the Google Nexus 5X, and only a tad wider. It costs the same, and is equipped with a 20 MP camera that has phase-detection AF, plus a large 3630 mAh battery to keep you away from the charger longer.

Related phones

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)



1. King_bilo

Posts: 115; Member since: May 20, 2015

Don't think nexus fans will bite. This phone came in too late or too expensive. Nexus 5x is now just another 'flagship killer'killer' among several

2. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Be nice if there were another high-end pure Google OS handset this decade with a removable battery (the G4 has stripped-down specs). The last one was the now dated GS4 Play Edition.

3. MSi_GS70 unregistered

As alternative I would go for P8.. Best from all these..

11. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Also Honor 7 is not bad too. Its almost half the price of Nexus 5X here in UK. It has higher res camera (20mp), bigger battery by 400mah, 8mp front facing camera and 3gb Ram.

4. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Shocked they didn't mention their dream phone lol

5. grbrao

Posts: 294; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

i would still prefer LG 5X, cause none will come close to the andriod stock experience and nexus updates.......

7. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

In terms of stock android Motorola comes pretty close. I own moto g 3 gen by the way. .Moto has been pretty good with updates recently not sure what the future holds though

9. grbrao

Posts: 294; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

I am using LG Nexus 5, excellent phone, fits well into my hands and had no issues since two years and rocking the latest software..... If u ever used nexus 5 you will never know how it is like.. trust me it beats the other high end android phones to dust with its sleak performacne...

12. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

I have no doubt it. Moto android software , it is basically unadulterated Android, but with some intuitive additions thrown in. It is very close indeed. You would be surprised to see how smooth moto 3 3 gen is . It literally flies through given the hardware. I am not looking for argument here rather sharing my experience.

6. tomn1ce

Posts: 248; Member since: Mar 12, 2012

Out of all of these I would pick the LG G4, but I rather buy the Moto X Pure Edition. The differences between these two devices is that the battery on the MXPE is that the battery is not removable and it has almost stock Android with a few added Motorola features. The LG G4 may have a better camera but I don't print photos taken with cellphones anyway...

8. Edimaxx

Posts: 5; Member since: Jul 15, 2015

Lg G Flex 2 is also good alternative.

14. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Not at all.

10. thariq

Posts: 32; Member since: Jan 11, 2014

I think Xperia M5 should be in the list

13. Cheezwiz

Posts: 500; Member since: Dec 29, 2014

i want to know where I can get an LG G4 for $429. I can only find it for $479 in the US.

16. Konsento

Posts: 139; Member since: Apr 10, 2015

I think last year's Moto X 2014 would be a good alternative as well

17. bluexperia

Posts: 41; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

i'm surprised that mi4c is not in the list...

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