Google Nexus 5X vs Samsung Galaxy S6 vs Sony Xperia Z5: specs comparison

Well, folks, it's time for the new Google Nexus. And this year around, there are two of them! Indeed, in an attempt to keep users that liked the compact Nexus 5 pleased, yet avoid disappointing the ones who preferred the phablet-class Nexus 6, Google had two separate handsets manufactured – the compact-ish Nexus 5X and the large-screened Nexus 6P.

The Nexus 5X got quite the facelift when compared to its spiritual predecessor – the 2013, LG-made Nexus 5. Naturally, the former's hardware is also quite ahead of the aging flagship. But will it be enough to help it carve its own place in the current smartphone landscape?

We picked out two strong representatives of the top-class Android market – the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the Sony Xperia Z5. The former became quite popular thanks to its change in fashion sense, when compared to previous Samsung flagships, and its snappy new interface. The Xperia is still hot out of the oven, rocking all the latest hardware, and eagerly awaiting the public's response to its bells and whistles.

So, let's put them up side by side and check out how their hardware specs compare!

Google Nexus 5X vs Samsung Galaxy S6 vs Sony Xperia Z5


Display size

5.2 inches
5.1 inches
5.2 inches


1080 x 1920 pixels
1440 x 2560 pixels
1080 x 1920 pixels

Pixel density

423 ppi
577 ppi
424 ppi




70.04 %
70.48 %
71.00 %

Hardware & Performance

System chip

Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 MSM8992
Samsung Exynos 7 Octa 7420
Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 MSM8994


Hexa-core, 1800 MHz, ARM Cortex-A57 and ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bit
Octa-core, 2100 MHz, ARM Cortex-A57 and ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bit, 14 nm
Octa-core, 2000 MHz, ARM Cortex-A57 and ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bit


Adreno 418
Mali-T760 MP8
Adreno 430



Internal storage

32 GB
128 GB, not expandable
32 GB


Android (8.1 Oreo, 8.0 Oreo, 7.1 Nougat, 7.0 Nougat, 6.0 Marshmallow)
Android (7.0 Nougat, 6.0 Marshmallow, 5.1 Lollipop, 5.0 Lollipop), Samsung TouchWiz UI
Android (7.1 Nougat, 7.0 Nougat, 6.0 Marshmallow, 5.1 Lollipop)



2700 mAh
2550 mAh
2900 mAh


Fast charging
Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0

Talk time

20.00 hours
the average is 18 h (1096 min)
13.16 hours
the average is 18 h (1096 min)

Stand-by time

17.5 days (420 hours)
the average is 20 days (489 h)
21.7 days (520 hours)
the average is 20 days (489 h)

Talk time (3G)

23.00 hours
the average is 24 h (1418 min)
17.00 hours
the average is 24 h (1418 min)

Stand-by time (3G)

22.5 days (540 hours)
the average is 27 days (637 h)

Stand-by time (4G)

20.8 days (500 hours)
the average is 24 days (583 h)

Internet use

LTE: 8 hours; Wi-Fi: 9 hours
3G: 10 hours; LTE: 12 hours; Wi-Fi: 12 hours

Music playback

75.00 hours
57.00 hours
87.00 hours

Video playback

10.00 hours
13.00 hours
8.70 hours



Single camera
Single camera
Single camera

Main camera

12.3 megapixels
16 megapixels
23 megapixels


Laser autofocus
Optical image stabilization, Autofocus, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)
Phase detection autofocus


Aperture size: F2.0; Sensor size: 1/2.3"; Pixel size: 1.55 μm
Aperture size: F1.9; Focal length: 28 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.6"; Pixel size: 1.12 μm
Focal length: 24 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.3"

Video recording

3840x2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD), 1280x720 (HD) (120 fps)
3840x2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (60 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (120 fps)
3840x2160 (4K UHD)


Video calling
Optical image stabilization, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Continuous autofocus, Picture-taking during video recording, Video light, Video calling
Continuous autofocus, Video calling


5 megapixels
5 megapixels
5 megapixels

Video capture

1920x1080 (Full HD)
2560x1440 (QHD) (30 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD)



5.79 x 2.86 x 0.31 inches (147 x 72.6 x 7.9 mm)
5.65 x 2.78 x 0.27 inches (143.4 x 70.5 x 6.8 mm)
5.75 x 2.83 x 0.29 inches (146 x 72 x 7.3 mm)


4.80 oz (136 g)
the average is 6.1 oz (174 g)
4.87 oz (138 g)
the average is 6.1 oz (174 g)
5.43 oz (154 g)
the average is 6.1 oz (174 g)


Back: Plastic
Back: Glass; Frame: Aluminum
Back: Glass; Frame: Metal


Water, Dust; IP 68


Fingerprint (touch)
Fingerprint (touch)
Fingerprint (touch)


Notification light
Notification light, Touch sensitive control keys

Shopping information

MSRP price

$ 429



1. Bambule

Posts: 10; Member since: Sep 22, 2015

15 Nexus Articles in one hour!!! You guys are crazy!

4. kefalin

Posts: 292; Member since: Feb 08, 2015

What did you expected? Its at least interesting,not like same amount of articles about 6S,and 10 articles next day.... However,nothing more happened today,so what they were supposed to do?

2. combatmedic870

Posts: 986; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

I'd buy the Z5 over this particular phone. This phone is rather underwhelming. The Nexus 6P is nice though....

3. baldilocks

Posts: 1545; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

Some of your specs are missing and/or wrong for the 5X.

5. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

$429? Seriously? Wow fair low priced for what you're getting. Compared now. Is $300 more for an S6 Edge/Note5/S6 Edge+/iPhone 6+ justifiable? Hmmm!

6. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Samsung killed the s**t out of it this year with the GS6, Note 5, and Gear S2. To be fair they felt they had to with the media totally dogging them about the GS5.

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