Google Nexus 5X and 6P: all you need to know

The Google Nexus is back.

One year after rumors about the Nexus program going away and one year after a gigantic, 6-inch Nexus 6 that even Google admitted failed sales expectations, the company has unveiled two new phones: the 5.2" Nexus 5X and the 5.7" Nexus 6P.

The Nexus 5X is the spiritual successor to the Nexus 5, and it's also made by LG. There are some similarities, but the design has evolved enough for the new 5X to also look very different from its predecessor. It's a plastic phone with three color, the Snapdragon 808 system chip and two storage options - 16GB and 32GB.

The Nexus 6P, on the other hand, is the first Nexus phone made by Huawei and it's the first phone with a sleek, aluminum body. Unlike the Nexus 6 that it technically succeeds, it's does not carry a gigantic foot print: in fact, the 5.7" 6P is compact for its size, comparable with the 5.5" Apple iPhone 6s Plus. It's got slightly beefier specs: the Snapdragon 810 with 3GB of RAM, a base model with 32GB of internal storage, a 64GB option, and 128GB version.

Enter the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P

Size and specs comparisons

Phone size these days seems to hover around the 5.0" to 5.2" size and then, the larger, 5.5" to 5.7" display size for a clear distinction between what's commonly perceived as a regular-sized device and larger phablets.

This distinction is reflected in the Nexus 5X and 6P, but how do they compare to other devices in the Android ecosystems? And what about the iPhones: what's the size and specs difference? We explore these topics in the posts below.

With a focus on the camera

There is also some things that both new Nexus phones share: most importantly - the camera. The main camera on both is a 12.3-megapixel shooter with a large camera sensor carrying 1.5┬Ám pixels and a wide, f/2.0 aperture lens. This - combined with laser auto-focusing and dual-LED flash - along with some neat new camera tricks, allows for better light and improved low-light camera performance. Google has finally gotten serious about cameras on its Nexus phones, and it's even published some very convincing initial camera samples to showcase the excellent camera qualities of the 2015 Nexus family.

The 5X and 6P both come with a new 'Nexus Imprint' fingerprint scanners on their back. This is a fast, one-tap solution to unlocking your phone and it supports Android Pay. The pair also come with a USB Type C port, the new, reversible standard for charging and syncing, which is great. They both lacks wireless charging, and they both lack expandable storage.

Naturally, the biggest promise of a Nexus phone is pure Android and you have just that: no bloat and a stock Android 6.0 Marshmallow with the promise of timely updates in at least a two-year window from the release of the devices. 

What's not to like?

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. jesus_sheep

Posts: 279; Member since: Apr 18, 2015

man these phones are so much better than the iphone

3. Dinged

Posts: 37; Member since: Jan 12, 2012

Here's my wishlist which no one has been able to deliver yet: -5" or up to 5.7" amoled display -f2 or lower aperture, sony 1/2.6" sensor or larger, ois, laser focus, camera2 api compatible w/raw -4k recording (at least 30 fps), 1080(at least 120 fps), 720(at least 240 fps) -pure google experience w/minimal bloatware -min 32gb w/sd storage option (for all that slow motion/4k video that is going to take too much space and too much bandwidth to store to cloud) -any processor that can drive the 4k/slow motion recording/playback and recording with no lag -front facing speakers -fingerprint scanner -nfc -water resistant -quick charge capable

4. rdaex

Posts: 152; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Youve misspelled Xperia Z5

5. buccob

Posts: 2979; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Except for the amoled screen, the Z5 is the one checking all the boxes

2. Zylam

Posts: 1822; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Google killed it with the new Nexi and Pixel C, just amazing. Can't wait for them to come to Aus, hopefully pricing isn't as bad as the Europeans one. Note can suck it, this is how you do an Android phone.

6. runzlord

Posts: 245; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

I just like 6P, excellent design! Huawei has proved with both this 6p and their own mate s that they can design really great looking phones without copying the iphone design like everyone else.

7. Sovat_fc

Posts: 224; Member since: Aug 30, 2014

Nexus 6P has better specs, but I prefer Nexus 5X because of its gorgeous look.

8. tokuzumi

Posts: 1953; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

I'll be curious to see how the camera performs in the real world. I like the OIS on the Nexus 6. I'd also like to see the max resolution in 16:9.

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