Nexus 5X seems to have some serious lag issues: have you experienced any?


The Nexus 5X arrived as the hugely anticipated successor to probably the most successful Nexus phone of all times: the Nexus 5. The new 5X, just like the old one, is made by LG and is supposed to take a winning formula and make it better by adding a faster system chip, better camera, a fingerprint scanner, new, faster and more convenient charging standard, and the latest version of Android, 6.0 Marshmallow.

A month or so after the release, though, it seems that more and more problems just continue appearing and plaguing the Nexus 5X.

The most sore one is what people never expected from a pure Android phone made by Google: lag.

In fact, there are four main areas that users complain about: encryption, camera slow-downs, throttling and lag. 

The problem with encryption seems to be that the phone is not powerful enough for the full software-accelerated encryption that is enabled and this ruins the performance power. Then, there is the camera that seems to have been given a task tougher than it can swallow and that task is called HDR+. Excellent in theory, HDR+ produces great looking images with amazing dynamics, but is just too computationally intensive and if you try to take a few pictures in quick succession, the camera app will simply stall for a long time.

Third, throttling. Numerous tests have showed that the Nexus 5X is somehow not capable of maintaining proper running speeds on its Snapdragon 808 system chip. The two performance-driven Cortex A57 cores are measured to last no longer than two minutes running at their peak speeds, and than are quickly throttled down to the embarrassing 633MHz, leaving the otherwise battery-savvy A53s take the load. In fact, testing proves that it is not the chip alone that is the cause of this issue, as other Snapdragon 808 phones do not suffer from such a problem.

And finally, there is the plain lag. The phone seems to stutter and slow down way more often than acceptable. Numerous speed tests have already proved that even the two year old Nexus 5 outperforms it in a number of tasks.

So before jumping into dare conclusions, we wanted to ask you, our readers, who happen to own or have used the Nexus 5X: have you experience any of those issues and to what degree? Is it something that is happening to you on a daily basis? Is it a deal-breaker? Vote and let us know about your issues in the comments right below.

Does your Nexus 5X suffer from lag issues?

Yes, performance is compromized / phone lags
53.6%
Nope, everything is working fine
46.4%

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source: Reddit

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Nexus 5X
  • Display 5.2 inches
    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 12.3 MP (Single camera)
    5 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 808, 2GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB,
  • Battery 2700 mAh
  • OS Android 8.1 Oreo

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51 Comments

51. JNavas

Posts: 6; Member since: Feb 14, 2016

I ordered my Nexus 5X on the first day, and received one of the first units. In the beginning I was delighted by the silky smooth operation. But after awhile lag became an annoying problem, and I noticed it had started after the first OTA update from Google. It was so annoying that I began to wonder if the phone had really been that smooth in the beginning. To find out for sure I flashed the phone back to the original firmware, and voila, smoothness restored! So the problem was either in the update or the update process. I bet on the latter, given problems reported with OTA updates needing Factory Reset to work properly, often because of cache partition problems. So I applied the OTA update again, but this time I did a Factory Reset (and then a 2nd Factory Reset for good measure), and now it's smooth again. SO IF YOU HAVE LAG, TRY A FACTORY RESET. YOU'LL BE GLAD YOU DID. As a less violent fix, try Settings > Storage & USB > Cached data > Clear cached data Or Google "Nexus 5X: How to Wipe the Cache Partition"

50. fernandoarafat

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 01, 2015

I own both Nexus 5 and the 5X . When I first received the 5X, I immediately noticed that it was slower than the original N5. Besides the forced encryption, I also attribute the slowness to Doze. When I pick the phone when it has not been used for some minutes, it is so slow, like Doze is getting too far. And the sad part is that I don't see noticeable battery improvement.

46. Rash182

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 22, 2014

I have some serious lag when multitasking. Switching from FB Messenger, to gallery, co Google Music, to another app (Between) and i get serious lag and reloading. Really hope its just SW issue, because N5 was totaly fine!

45. lex700

Posts: 9; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

In my admittedly brief time with the device, the only time I could say there was such an issue was when launching the camera app. And that was prior to the recent update that app has since received, so am assuming that has been resolved anyway??

44. lenis

Posts: 6; Member since: Nov 26, 2015

More than 50% say lags? Is it real? Or it's apple+bb+nokia fans?

47. surethom

Posts: 1780; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

No it is real, i have had over 8 android phone over the last 5 years, symbian before that. My nexus 5x lags so so much. If Google had an app that tells us what is causing the lag than i could uninstall it, but the New Ram menu is not that helpfull.

43. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 897; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

It will be easily fixed.. No need to panic

39. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

I only owned it for 14 days but the performance was fine for those 14 days. How about one of these articles for the 6s input lag because of 3D Touch or is your God off limits PA?

38. Syracuse

Posts: 69; Member since: Aug 26, 2015

I have 20 apps installed on my 5X 32GB and can honestly say I don't experience real trouble. Website browsing is very fast and I only occasionaly have a hiccup when I really start to push things. I only shoot in HDR+ but so far even with a couple of pics behind eachother I haven't noticed anything odd. The only thing I sometimes have to do is reboot because I experience a battery drain but I think these are bugs in 6.0 that will be fixed in 6.0.1.

36. srgonu

Posts: 576; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

How can Google help Samsung optimize TouchWiz? . :)

29. rubyonrails3

Posts: 375; Member since: Oct 01, 2014

I've used a lot of Android phones in last 3-4 years but recently I happened to own iPhone 6s it was great(a lot of things I didn't like about it, its dialer, no fast charging and more) and I liked is interface cuz it was really new for me and I like things which are different. after a month I sold it and bought Nexus 6p.. now I miss iPhone smoothness.. and I hardly see crashed on iPhone.. in my opinion in term of over all usage iPhone is best when it comes to performance and stability. but iPhone is the most expensive phone I've ever used. Note 5 is cheap in comparison to iPhone.. so after selling it, its hard for me to buy again also lesson learned not to buy 16GB version of iPhone..

31. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

I been using the 6P for a week and not a single lag and butter smooth. You had a defective device.

25. parthpatels007

Posts: 54; Member since: May 27, 2011

Rooted and greenified RAM hogging apps *cough* FB *cough*, and everything is snappy now

22. jeso86

Posts: 8; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

Hey PhoneArena, how about a video that compares Nexus 5 and 5x or maybe a video about this lag issue?

20. Tziggy14

Posts: 629; Member since: Sep 02, 2014

I think I'm just gonna go iPhone now. I'm tired of laggy TouchWiz and considered getting the 5X since it's supposed to be stock Andorid and yet it still lags?

30. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

just a software issue they will fix it. get the 6P at worst no lag at all.

35. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

New TouchWiz is flawless. Although I will say the 6S/6S+ literally runs buttery smooth thanks to the A9 chip. :)

48. flintchesthair

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 28, 2015

If by flawless you mean can't keep more than 2 apps open in the background cause of horrible ram management then yeah i guess so. My LG G4 is the fastest phone I've owned, and it doesn't have to constantly reload apps.

41. Plutonium239

Posts: 1266; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

If you don't want lag and want security, you need to switch to Windows 10 mobile. Its buttery smooth on my Lumia 950.

19. Lycan155

Posts: 254; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

Qualcomm better fix the mess the put themselves and other oems in by releasing these unimpressive problematic chips 810,808 . if i was going to pick up a flagship phone in 2015 i would have picked the awesome note 5 or the great iphone 6s and stay away from these chips . anyway im sure 820 will be much better but im already picked the best phone i have ever used a black 64 gigs iphone 6s

28. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Lycan can you be more intteligent instead of spreading lie and propaganda? LG G4 dont lag and has same 808 with a 2k screen. Its SOFTWARE BASED ISSSUE! also 810 so bad thats the 6P has no slowdown and work like a charm. You are clearly an iphone user!

34. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

18. surethom

Posts: 1780; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

The phlone is as laggy as PhoneArea website that has way too many adverts slowing the pag down.

17. surethom

Posts: 1780; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

YEs Yes Yes, after just 2 weeks the phone is So SO laggy this was the main reason i upgraded from the Nexus 5, so laggy that it crasshes the camera every time, home screen swiping lagging alot aswell I am now restarting the phone daily & installing task killers that help a tiny bit. The phone works fine for the first 5 minutes or so after a restart but then goes slow & lag's soon after a restart. Google an UPDATE PLEASE

12. Awalker

Posts: 1988; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

The performance is inconsistent. It's not bad by any means. I just expected more from a phone with a Snapdragon 808 chip and a 1080p screen. They can probably fix it with a software update.

10. lallolu

Posts: 734; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

So SD801 ftw? Too bad people without facts just take things at face value. Just because SD808 is theretically more powerful than sd801, manufacturers have to put sd808 or sd810 because that is what the common non-technically inclined majority get impressed by.

13. Djz89

Posts: 447; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

The 801 is awesome, my z3 runns superb on marshmallow and the battery is stellar. Better day to day preformens and way better battery than Z5. The 810 is the real flagship killer, hell it even killed the original flagship killler (O+2). :)

15. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

The 808 is fast enough, what's more it has some dedicated hardware instructions to accelerate encryption and the result is that the 5X is faster than the N5, with the added bounus of encryption.

26. rubyonrails3

Posts: 375; Member since: Oct 01, 2014

SD805 ;) is better actually it have one of powerful GPU in it.

9. ecdye

Posts: 4; Member since: Nov 24, 2015

The 5 has wireless charging. The 5x took that away, added a USB socket that doesn't fit any of my cables, did not add WiFi calling or tmo band 12, and now all this. I'm sure glad I have my two year old n5 and a spare.

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