Google Nexus 5X release date looms closer: starts shipping on October 22nd

The release date for the Google Nexus 5X is looming closer. The smaller of the two new Nexus phones will leave warehouses and start shipping to customers on October 22nd and it should take no longer than a few days until it ends up in customer's hands. Previously, Google has only vaguely said that the phone will be available in October, but having a specific date adds some certainty.

The Nexus 5X is the successor to one of the most popular devices in the Nexus series - the 2013 Nexus 5. The new phone is also made by LG and features a somewhat similar design that has evolved and now has a camera bump and a fingerprint scanner on the back. Naturally, the new Nexus 5X runs on the newest Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

In terms of specs, you get the hexa-core Snapdragon 808 system chip with 2GB of RAM, a 12-megapixel camera with large, 1.55-micron pixels for improved low-light shooting capabilities, and 16GB of internal storage for the base version. The Nexus 5X comes in black, white and a new mint-color option. You can hit the link right below to pre-order one  on the Google store.

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. bangkoktomboy

Posts: 70; Member since: Jun 29, 2015

The Nexus 5x doesn't attract me enough. The spec is decent, but the look is pathetic. I will definitely go for the Nexus 6P if the price is reasonable.

3. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I think they both look a little odd, that being said, a simple phone case can easily hide a phone that doesn't look the way you want it to. I plan on getting the Nexus 6P as well though. It's a killer phone.

4. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Yes, Nexus 6P for me as well. The 64GB once is priced reasonably well. +1 to both!

6. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I agree about the price for the 64GB, but I think I'm going to go all out and get the 128GB model. Right now the thing that bothers me most about my current device is that I have only 16GB, it's a limitation that I feel every damn day and I for once would like to get the top model and never have to worry about what apps I need to delete in order to record my daughter's band performance or wonder if something's back up to the cloud or not before I trash it.

8. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

My only issue is that with 128GBs you have the chance of loosing a ton of data if say the phone is stolen, broken, or whatever. 64GB is the sweet point (for me), cause you can take a ton of videos & pictures. With my Google Nexus 6 I have connected it to the PC twice to take pictures out of it. That's not too bad. But $649 for a top of the line spec'ed out phone with 128GB is a freaking awesome price. I am still thinking about that as well. Tough, tough choices! +1 again!

9. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Well, I do have my photos and videos set to upload automatically to the cloud when connected to wifi and that is the one thing that I feel is irreplaceable on a phone. I anticipate the remainder of the storage being occupied by lots of apps (Maybe some VR content, depending on how good Google Cardboard actually is), and lots and lots of music. To be perfectly honest with you, I'm almost certain that 64GB would be more than enough, but to be able to get a high end phone with 128GB of storage for the same price other companies are charging for their devices with only a measly 16GB, I say what the hell.

19. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Too bad it has the SD810. It's been crippled and it's not made by Huawei.

21. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Meh, I have no issues with the SD 810. They corrected the heating issues by throttling the chip, but it still performs plenty fast for everyone but people who struggle to find things to troll about.

22. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Just like you struggling to find a reason to pick a fight. The SD810 is a dud. Deny it all you want but there's no way to really get the full benefit of the SD810 without it burning the phone up. They didn't really correct anything.

26. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Your arguments are all duds, even if you were to slow down the processor to the speed of the 808, the fact that it has LPDDR4 RAM still makes it a far superior option as it has faster memory speeds and lower power consumption. And The over heating articles stopped getting published after the revised chip-set came out so your argument is flawed and irrelevant.

36. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Why couldn't Qualcomm have put the Adreno 430 in the 808? It's clearly being marketed for QHD screens, but the GPU is just keeping up. That's really what holds back that SoC and makes it only a marginal improvement over the 805.

39. Mxyzptlk unregistered

My argument isn't madmade with the SD810. You can lie to yourself and deny it. It's still not going to change a thing about the SD810 being a dud. Why do you think Microsoft had to implement a cooling system for the new Nokia phones? Same thing with the Sony Experia. You're just being ignorant now. The overheating issue hasn't gone away.

42. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

I'm with Mxy on this. The SD810 does not perform at 2 GHz as intended. If MS and Sony need to resort to unusual measures to cool the chip, and throttling and underclocking are necessities, something is amiss. Someone at either Qualcomm, TSMC, or both effed up, and the industry knows it but sees no other viable choice until the 820 is out. So I'm going to remain wary of the 810 and I'm glad LG and Moto aren't messing with it in their flagships this year.

10. bangkoktomboy

Posts: 70; Member since: Jun 29, 2015

You guys are lucky to live in the US. I can't really imagine how expensive the 128GB Nexus 6P is. If it's priced as cheaply as like in the US, then I'll get my ass one as soon as it is launched. But the Nexus price has always been the pain in the ass in my country, here in Thailand. Again, I am jealous of you guys. :)

23. Mxyzptlk unregistered

It's priced somewhat better than the overpriced brick of last year's model that's for sure.

25. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Last year's Nexus was and still is a good phone and was priced under the 16 GB iPhone so if you want to talk about over priced hardware, I've got even better examples of throwing away perfectly good money.

40. Mxyzptlk unregistered

No one gives a f- Scott.

41. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I think you care a little too much. Quit acting so butt hurt.

43. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I see you high tailed it up above. Nothing like running with your tail between your legs after proven wrong.

27. QWERTYphone

Posts: 654; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Don't buy a Nexus. Buy the LG v10 for the 4G of RAM and the removable battery / SD.

28. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Yeah.......and maybe, just maybe get one OS update.

29. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Or they can buy a Nexus and get faster software updates without lagging skins and an authorized device that works on Google Project Fi saving them 50%+ on their monthly phone bill. QWERTYphone, we all know that all you care about is a removable battery and expandable storage, but there are people out there with different priorities. You shouldn't force your opinion on everyone else all the time, otherwise you'll just be another BobbyBuster or Mxyzptlk.

2. Awalker

Posts: 1981; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

The Nexus 5 was a great phone because you were getting top of the line specs (at that time) at an insanely low price. This time around you can get a phone that's on par or better than the Nexus 5X at around the same price. It's really doesn't seem like it's worth it this time around. If size is not a factor you're better off getting the 6P, the Moto X Pure or the Nexus 6.

5. jan25

Posts: 470; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

you can't get a phone running stock android with fast and guaranteed updates with those specs and that size. I see no clear winners against the 5x so far.

7. Awalker

Posts: 1981; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

I have custom roms on my Nexus 4, 5 and 6. The good thing about custom roms is that I can still get updates for my Nexus 4 and eventually the Nexus 5.

11. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Bought a 32GB last week, selected 3-day shipping, so hopefully two weeks from today I'll be unboxing the little guy (unless they ship on Sunday in which case two weeks from yesterday)! Got it for two reasons: 1) I needed a new Android device; my old Nexus 5 finally kicked it (well, I tore it apart), and my Nexus 9 has gotten less stable wth every update. The Nexus 5X is a fairly cost-effective way of staying on top of the latest from Google. 2) Pure nostalgia for the Nexus 5. If you're wondering if it's possible to be nostalgic for a two year old phone, the answer is yes. Yes it is.

13. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I almost bought the Nexus 5 to be honest, but there was report after report of battery issues due to the camera not shutting down. But I think I'll give the Nexus line another go this year.

14. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Coming from years of skinned-Android, the Nexus 5 was a revelation to me. Performance-wise it never slowed down. I never had battery issues personally, but given the number of reports I won't deny they existed. I'd still be happy using it today but I got bored and decided to try out the iOS world for a bit.

15. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

I'm not at all interested in either nexus phone this year. I absolutely hate the design and use of processor in the 5x. I've not missed a nexus in a while but these will not be bought by me.

16. kevinmarnold

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 12, 2015

I wonder if Oct 22 shipping date is just for new orders from this point on... I ordered my 5X immediately after preorders went live on 9/29 and with 1-day shipping have a delivery estimate of 10/20-21. And a Google rep told me via web chat that my order is scheduled to ship by 10/20. Unless they're delaying it without updating the details on my store account I think someone people will get their orders earlier than Oct 22. *fingers crossed*

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit for samples and additional information.