Do you think that the Nexus brand is getting overpriced?

Google spoiled us with the $300 Nexus 4 and the $350 Nexus 5, selling those two editions near cost in order to get the respective new version of its Android mobile OS to as many hands as possible. Those happy times seemed gone for good with the Nexus 6, and now the Nexus 5X and 6P come to reconfirm. The 5X is again made by LG, like the 4th and 5th Nexus editions, but starts you off at $379, and that's for the paltry 16 GB version, whereas in line with tradition this Nexus doesn't offer a memory card slot for storage expansion.

It only gets worse from here, though, as for the first time Google introduced a second Nexus to go along with the LG one, made by Huawei. The 6P offers a more premium chassis, a larger, higher resolution display, and faster chipset, as well as 32 GB of storage in its basic version, but starts from $500, too, a price that seems to steep for a Nexus-branded phone

Granted, this year's editions are no-compromise phones, with a brand new 12.3 MP cameras that has a sensor size more akin for a point-and-shoot compact camera than a mobile phone. Still, compared to its previous editions, the Nexus line seems to have hit a fork in the road, and taken the more expensive route. That is why we wanted to ask you if you think that the Nexus brand is getting overpriced, or is it still worth it for what the 5X and 6P offer (don't look at those EU prices, though). Thoughts?

Nexus 5X 16 GBNexus 5X 32 GBNexus 6P 32 GBNexus 6P 64 GBNexus 6P 128 GB





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Do you think that the Nexus brand is getting overpriced?

Yes, the happy Nexus times are over
No, the Nexus 5X and 6P are priced well for what they offer
In the US the 5X and 6P are priced fine, but the pricing abroad is too high

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)
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)



1. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Well, everything is overpriced now in this world. For what they offer, I think it's okay but I would say the upper mid range of affordable.

14. vincelongman

Posts: 5728; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I'm happy Google has decided to up the price and quality this time round Let the other companies price cut each other and cut corners Google's main selling point is quick/long update support If you don't care about updates and want a cheap phone, then the Nexus line is not for you But I do think it's unfair that many people oversea countries have have to pay significantly more, even taking into account exchange and taxes

24. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

They lowered the price though, last year's model started at $600 (or was it $650? One of the two.) The 5X is just $30 more than the OG 5 was at launch, which was widely considered a great deal. We'll see how the phone performs (can't defend the price of the phone sucks), but if it works well I'd say the pricing is fine. (For the US at least, I can't speak for abroad.) At any rate, Google isn't exactly beholden to standard consumer pricing with these phones; they made it pretty clear by not teaming up with carriers that these phones are for Nexus/Google fans (or aficianados, if you will.) I don't think sales numbers matter too much for them.

35. vincelongman

Posts: 5728; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Agreed But I've seen tons of people convinced the 5X is overpriced

39. mbamber01

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 08, 2015

Yes, for only 16 is not a wise decision..the 32 GB 5X should be priced at $379...that would be a good deal. 16 GB with no memory card? Really?

34. Konsento

Posts: 139; Member since: Apr 10, 2015

Moto X Pure Edition

36. vincelongman

Posts: 5728; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Far worse support Will probably get 18 months updates tops, while the 6P/5X will get at least 2 years of major and another of security updates e.g. Moto X 2013 isn't being updated any more, the 2013 Nexus 5 is already on 6.0 and will at least get another year of security updates

16. grbrao

Posts: 294; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

950XL is worth your money.. Atleast u can use it as a computer....

30. Ashoaib

Posts: 3298; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

without much apps and games, it is almost useless... very high price for apps and games less phone

29. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014


2. Zylam

Posts: 1817; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Why on Earth are they so expensive in the rest of the world. Look at Australia 659 for Base Nexus 5X while in the US the maximum model, the 6P 128 is 649 US. I know the exchange rate us horrible at the moment but such a huge difference, not to mention the Canadian dollar is almost equal to Aus, it's C$499 while A$659? How on earth does that work. Google did amazing with the new Nexus phones but the pricing is ridiculous.

3. Zylam

Posts: 1817; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Also thanks for this comparison Phone arena, more people should be made aware of such a fluctuation in price access the world.

12. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Well some can be explained such as the UK and EU where the taxes are included in the price. In the case of the UK it is 20% VAT at least which puts the actual price at 271.2 (5X) pounds x 1.5 US exchange = 406.8 USD. That is pretty much the same as the US accounting for the transport to the UK and such. NZ and AUS I do not think include tax but they get shafted because they had a much lower currency valuation back in the day and now the standard prices for electronics and games is ridiculous because greed. The rest I think are fairly standard.

18. korean411

Posts: 92; Member since: May 04, 2009

it is pretty much the same thing on why galaxy note 5 , iphone are like 800 - 1000 dollars in asia especially in korea and japan.while at least in korea they don't get sale taxed but they do pay for the inflation which is equally as bad.

4. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Of course the pricing is fine in USA, currency worsening outside the US Iphone 6s priced as usual same in US compared to last years, but inflated heavily in Europe and Asia this year

11. phonearenarocks

Posts: 607; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

This is the launch price of iPhone in my Georgraphy. 6S 16GB - $1060 6S 64GB - $1170 6S 128GB - $1275 6S+ 16GB - $1170 6S+ 64GB - $1275 6S+ 128GB - $1400 A 16GB model is also written off considering the miniature storage space. So, $1170 and $1275 is the minimum price for 6S, 6S+ respectively. In comparison, my S6 was available for below price S6 32GB - $750 S6 64GB - $825 S6 128GB - $890 S6 Edge 32GB - $850 S6 Edge 64GB - $925 S6 Edge 128GB - $1000 Looking at these prices why the f**k should an iPhone be bought? I've got my lovely S6 Edge for a much lesser price and better overall specs and package.

5. phonearenarocks

Posts: 607; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

Nexus, once, was only a working model for showcasing the Vanilla Android experience with upper midrange hardware. But now, in Nexus 6P, there is a solid flagship level hardware, priced lesser than Nexus 6 with a significantly better overall package. This phone is even better than the LG G4 with a cheaper launch price(in my Geography, G4 was launched for a price equivalent to $785, in comparison to 6P which is launched for a price equivalent to $614). So I dare to say that yes the price has got increased but it is in no way overpriced.

6. nahusiv

Posts: 100; Member since: Apr 20, 2015

where is the "non of the above" option

8. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

"Yes, the happy Nexus times are over" That made my day !:)

9. tsp38

Posts: 38; Member since: Jun 04, 2015

i think the Nexus 5X is over priced. they're charging $100 more for the 128GB model since it's adding another 64GB of storage from the lower tier, but they're still trying to charge $50 more for adding a mere 16GB from its lower tier?? not to mention, no mid-range phone should be releasing with 16GB of storage....

10. tsp38

Posts: 38; Member since: Jun 04, 2015

either the 5X storage should have been 32 & 64, or it should have been priced at $349 & $379

13. janno

Posts: 144; Member since: Aug 19, 2014

Nexus 6P has great value in the US, at each level. Nexus 5X not so much. And the 6P is "meh" in terms of value in Europe.

15. Shocky unregistered

Nexus range has slowly been increasing in price, not good value at all.

17. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

The 4 and the 5 spoiled us and gave us unrealistic expectations for the future. Yes, I was disappointed in the price of the 6, and still think the original price was way too much. But the original expectations/estimates were ridiculous. I think the prices of the new ones are extremely reasonable. In the US, anyway. Of course, there's other options that might be better (Moto X Pure, OnePlus 2), but I don't think they're out of line, and are very competitively priced.

31. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

I do not think that the expectation of lower price for a better product is unrealistic. As a matter of fact, this has been the mode of operation of the IT industry from the beginning. Moreover, the 5 was 17% more expensive than the 4 and the 5X, 9% more expensive than the 5. In both cases, the prices were raised far above inflation even without considering the favorable exchange rate for the dollar. Yet the capabilities were merely incrementally improved. In other words, the Nexus line reverted to its mean away from value pricing, the motor of the IT revolution.

19. willywanta

Posts: 502; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

if u want an affordable phone, go for motorola or samsung's mid-end phones. Nexus need to build it's image as an example of a leading android phone. Lead by example.

20. sorcio46

Posts: 435; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

Thank god I live in Italy ... (reads the table) ... f**k!

21. AZNHA unregistered

i guess i have to buy 6P next 7-8 months

22. Michael.Parker

Posts: 273; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

It's all a matter of perspective because with the early Nexus devices you didn't have the Chinese brands doing phones half the price of the equivalent big brands so the Nexus devices seem expensive but probably about the same in comparison as they always were.

23. tomn1ce

Posts: 247; Member since: Mar 12, 2012

Regarding the prices when the G-Nexus launched the price was up there, I'm not sure if it was because verizon had something to do with the pricing since they were offering the device. I believe the GSM version cost less than the verizon model but it came with 32GB unlike the GSM version whic only came with 16GB . In 2015 I don't understand why is it that OEMs are still making 16GB Midrange/flagship devices. They should start with a minimum of 32GB for the midrange (especially if it doesn't come with a sdcard slot) and 64GB on the flagships (regardless if it comes with a sd card slot or not). 16GB of internal storage should be left for the low end devices and a mandatory sd card slot.

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