Nexus 5X goes official

Two years after unveiling the popular Nexus 5, Google today unveils its successor: the Nexus 5X.

Also made by LG, the Nexus 5X is an evolution on the original design with an upgraded hardware. But it's also more than this: the Nexus 5X is the launch pad for the newest version of Google's operating system, Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

Before going into all the interesting details, here is a quick look at the spec highlights of the Nexus 5X.

Nexus 5X specs highlights
Platform: Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Screen: 5.2-inch IPS LCD with 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution
SoC: Hexa-core Snapdragon 808 clocked at up to 2.0GHz
Camera: 12.3-megapixel with 1.55 micron pixels, f/2.0 aperture
Selfie cam: 5-megapixel with f/2.2 aperture
Internal storage: 16GB, 32GB
Battery: 2700mAh

Apart from the specs, there are three key signature features of the 2015 Nexus series and the Nexus 5X in particular:

  • front-facing speaker
  • one-tap fingerprint scanner on the back
  • USB Type C port for charging
We can also easily point out three features that are commonly requested, yet missing on the Nexus 5X:

  • no microSD card slot to expand storage
  • no wireless charging
  • no optical image stabilization (OIS)


Nexus phones have traditionally been extremely fast and smooth-running, but one thing that they have not truly excelled at is camera performance. With camera becoming more and more important on smartphones that are now the main camera for many people, good news is that Google has worked on improving the camera on the Nexus 5X.

The Nexus 5X features a 12.3-megapixel main camera with a large sensor with f/2.0 aperture and 1.55µm pixels, much larger than the average for even flagship smartphones. Up front there is a 5-megapixel camera with f/2.2 lens for selfies.

It's not all about the numbers, though. Google introduces a couple of great new features to the camera: slow motion video recording at 120 fps, as well as new burst shot mode that allows you to create fun GIFs.

All of this comes together in a new Camera app that now supports the latest Camera 3.0 API with faster capture speeds and all-around improvements to speed and quality. You can now also double tap the home button to quick start the camera, neat!

Nexus Imprint: fingerprint scanner that learns with time

Nexus Imprint is the first time that we have a native fingerprint API in Android. Unlike most fingerprint solution (including Apple and Samsung's) where you have to first unlock the screen and only then unlock the phone itself, Nexus Imprint allows you to bypass screen unlocking and directly unlock the device itself with a single tap on the fingerprint reader.

It's also a faster scanner that is able to scan your fingerprint much faster than existing solutions, while read speeds stand at the zippy 1/600milliseconds. Naturally, Nexus Imprint works with Android Pay.

Price and release date

Good news is that in a typical magical Google fashion, the Nexus 5X goes on pre-order right away, today on the Google Store, but the actual release date will be later on, in October.

The price is set at $379 for the base, 16GB model, and $429 for the 32GB version.

The phone is sold unlocked and will support 4G LTE bands for all major US carriers. What's even more interesting is that you will also be able to use the new Nexus 5X on Google's Project Fi mobile network. Project Fi allows you to pay only for what you use and allows you to use your megabytes with no additional charge even in international roaming.

source: Google



1. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

First To Comment LOL. Quick Someone Tear Me A New One For Being Such A Kid.

2. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

As Far As The Phone Goes Seems Like It Would Be A Great Buy. That Is If The Camera Is Good And Battery Life Doesn't Suck.

9. Rydsmith unregistered

If you're a kid, I suggest you stop skipping English classes.

23. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Kid, you best be dropping them caps.

35. 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 -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

40. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015


42. steodoreben

Posts: 379; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

That background music in Nexus 5X's video. XD

3. zelase

Posts: 59; Member since: Apr 20, 2014

The second one yeaaaahhhhh But still 2figs of ram

4. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2361; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

No SDcard? Failed!!!!

7. EcoCare

Posts: 444; Member since: Jul 30, 2014

All Nexus phone (except the first) have no SD card slot. Please be informed.

11. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

lol he's like a parrot.

28. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

With Apple going to ufs type speed for there hd the end of sd card is coming big time, or your phone going to be dead slow next to an iPhone, why do you think Samsung went with the sd remove and ufs as they was up on what Apple was doing as they was making the CPU and will have been up on them using the Mac ssd controler on the cpu

5. rishav20193

Posts: 242; Member since: Jul 18, 2015

disappointed !! lg did an awsm jon with nexus 5 & moto with nexus 6 !! but 5x has 2013 era ram...atleast it should have been ddr4 type 3gb & same goes for 6p.....ddr4 should have been there & 4 gb!! sd card has never been in nexus line....god knows y !! despite that being a welcome feature i hope next time samsung is at helm for the nexus phones.....they pretty much provide the top of line specs in their phones

14. Bondurant

Posts: 784; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

Buy the Asus and enjoy the intangible experience of pride of having that pointless 4gb which has no practical difference in usage.

20. rishav20193

Posts: 242; Member since: Jul 18, 2015

personal opinion !!

6. HASHTAG unregistered

You people are hard to please.

8. noler

Posts: 326; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

This look good, looks a bit like the 640XL. The Nexus 6P is the ugly one.

10. HerpDerpMapleSerp

Posts: 52; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

"No SD card. WAAH WAAH WAAH." Always the same crybaby comments. I don't recall any nexus phones having expandable storage.

12. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Why couldn't they add the same camera in both phones? Its sad 6P has a better camera and if someone wants a flagship species 5inch they have to ruin their usability and buy a bigger phone.

15. Bondurant

Posts: 784; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

both have the same camera. fail.

39. Reshad

Posts: 17; Member since: Jun 09, 2015

I'm here and I will buy one of them. #success Stop bulls**tting.

31. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Clearly you never went past the title.

13. TezzaBP

Posts: 274; Member since: May 18, 2015

Lmao people complaining about the low amount of RAM, this is the cheaper model, go for the higher end if you want more with it, though it would be nice to include 3GB RAM with the 32GB model

32. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Yeah, but not everyone wants a 5.7" phone. Why can't a ~5" phone still have flagship specs? (I'm looking at you too, LG and Moto.)

16. geodude074

Posts: 99; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

Nice, only $30 more than the old N5, but it's an improvement nearly everywhere else. Biggest improvement is the camera, which is what most people care about, but oddly enough for me I don't care at all, because if I want to take a nice picture that's what my DSLR is for.

17. middlehead

Posts: 458; Member since: May 12, 2014

Any idea when they'll be added for size comparison so I can see how they stack up?

18. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Really attractive phone in many ways. For instance I prefer IPS panel over amoled for one reason amoled has to high gama which translates into dark shadows with poor gradient transition. Camera department seems solid too given f/2.0 aperture and 1.55µm pixels.I hope DIS will do relevant job not sure how Nexus 5 was doing in that respect. 5.2" size is sweet spot for me. Front facing speakers is must for the phone these days. Can't wait so watch reviews and look at he camera samples so the speaker quality. Phone also looks attractive in a simplicity sense kind of extension to material design.

19. danielxxi

Posts: 183; Member since: Feb 13, 2013

LG G4 and Motorola Moto X Style much better offering than this one

21. ThrawnX

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

I hope it wont be too expensive in germany....

24. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

My only real disappointment is no 64 GB 5X. I would pay $479 for that.

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