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The Nexus wars! Google Nexus 5X vs Nexus 6 vs Nexus 5: specs comparison

The Nexus wars! Google Nexus 5X vs Nexus 6 vs Nexus 5: specs comparison

It has finally been announced – a Google Nexus that goes back to its 5" roots (5.2" to be exact), made again by LG. A lot of you may have felt disappointed by the Nexus 6 of 2014 due to its very niche class – a gargantuan, 6" phablet. Well, its time to rejoice, as Google has decided to right the wrong and gave us another compact, vanilla Android-toting handset – the Nexus 5X.

So, the Nexus 5X got quite the facelift when compared to its spiritual predecessor – the 2013, LG-made Nexus 5, and certainly looks nothing like 2014's Nexus 6. Naturally, the new handset's hardware will be ahead of the others, especially the aging Nexus 5. But how do they look when compared side-by-side? Well, let's check them out!

Google Nexus 5X vs Google Nexus 6 vs Google Nexus 5

OSAndroid (7.1, 7.0, 6.0)Android (7.1, 7.0, 6.0, 5.1, 5.0)Android (6.0, 5.1, 5.0, 4.4.4, 4.4.2, 4.4)
Dimensions5.79 x 2.86 x 0.31 inches (147 x 72.6 x 7.9 mm)6.27 x 3.27 x 0.40 inches (159.26 x 82.98 x 10.06 mm)5.43 x 2.72 x 0.34 inches (137.84 x 69.17 x 8.59 mm)
Weight4.80 oz (136 g)
the average is 5.4 oz (153 g)
6.49 oz (184 g)
the average is 5.4 oz (153 g)
4.59 oz (130 g)
the average is 5.4 oz (153 g)
MaterialsMain body: Plastic  
FeaturesFingerprint (touch)  
Rugged Splash resistant 
Physical size5.2 inches6.0 inches5.0 inches
Resolution1080 x 1920 pixels1440 x 2560 pixels1080 x 1920 pixels
Pixel density

Pixel density - The pixel density of a display represents the number of pixels over an area of one inch. It’s measured in “pixels per inch”, or ppi. The higher the number, the more detailed and good-looking the display is.

423 ppi493 ppi445 ppi

Technology - There are two main screen technologies currently used in phones and tablets: LCD and AMOLED. The former usually features a light source and liquid crystals, while the latter is based on organic light-emitting diodes. Newer LCD variations like IPS-LCD and Super-LCD allow for very accurate color reproduction and very wide viewing angles, where no significant image quality loss is observed. Current AMOLED screens differ in such a way that they can exhibit much more saturated colors (sometimes too much) and incredibly high contrast levels, which is due to black color being completely black in AMOLED displays.

Screen-to-body ratio

Screen-to-body ratio - Shows what part of the frontal area of a phone its screen occupies.

70.04 %74.03 %70.89 %
Colors16 777 216 16 777 216
Camera12.3 megapixels13 megapixels8 megapixels
FlashDual LEDDual LEDLED
Aperture size

Aperture size - The aperture of a camera is the opening through which light travels before it reaches the camera sensor. The smaller the number is, the bigger this opening is, allowing for more light to pass.

Focal length (35mm equivalent)

Focal length (35mm equivalent) - The lower (shorter) the focal length number, the wider the shot will be. Conversely, longer focal length cameras produce narrower frames, which can be used for telephoto (zoomed-in) purposes.

  30.4 mm
Camera sensor size

Camera sensor size - A bigger camera sensor is able to capture more light, and thus produce better photos.

1/2.3" 1/3.2"
Pixel size

Pixel size - The size of an individual pixel on a camera's sensor. The bigger, the better.

1.55 μm  
Hardware FeaturesAutofocusOptical image stabilization, AutofocusOptical image stabilization, Autofocus, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)
Software FeaturesTouch to focus, Face detection, Self-timer, Geo taggingFace detection, Digital zoom, Geo taggingFace detection, Digital zoom, Self-timer, Touch to focus, Geo tagging
Camcorder3840x2160 (4K) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (1080p HD), 1280x720 (720p HD) (120 fps)3840x2160 (4K) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps), 1280x720 (720p HD) (30 fps)1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)
FeaturesVideo calling Optical image stabilization, Video light
Front-facing camera5 megapixels2 megapixels1.3 megapixels
Video capture1920x1080 (1080p HD)1920x1080 (1080p HD)1280x720 (720p HD)
System chip

System chip - Most modern handsets use an advanced chip that includes many of the device’s hardware modules like the processor, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and sometimes even the wireless radio. This field shows what particular system chip (or System-on-a-Chip) is used in the phone.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 MSM8992Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 APQ8084Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974

Processor - The processor is the main computing component of a phone and is a major factor when it comes to the overall speed of the device. Some more powerful smartphones use dual-core and quad-core processors designed to deliver greater performance.

Hexa-core, 1800 MHz, ARM Cortex-A57 and ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bitQuad-core, 2700 MHz, Krait 450Quad-core, 2260 MHz, Krait 400
Graphics processor

Graphics processor - The graphics processor is important for the smooth operation of the system and especially in games and other applications that may involve complex graphics and animations.

Adreno 418Adreno 420Adreno 330
System memory

System memory - System memory, or RAM memory is the type of memory that the device uses to temporarily store data from the OS or currently-running apps. The more RAM available to the device, the better the performance will be when multiple or heavier programs are running.

2 GB RAM / LPDDR33 GB RAM (Quad-channel, 800 MHz) / LPDDR32 GB RAM (Dual-channel, 800 MHz) / LPDDR3
Built-in storage

Built-in storage - Bigger storage capacity allows you to keep more content saved onto your device, such as more applications, photos or video. Games and video content typically take up the biggest amount of storage space.

32 GB64 GB32 GB

Capacity - The bigger, the better! However, battery capacity is not the only factor that has an effect on battery life. Those include the chipset in use, the software running on the device, as well as the consumer's unique usage pattern.

2700 mAh3220 mAh2300 mAh
Fast ChargeYesYes 
Wireless charging Built-inBuilt-in
Talk time20.00 hours
the average is 19 h (1140 min)
24.00 hours
the average is 19 h (1140 min)
17.00 hours
the average is 19 h (1140 min)
Stand-by time17.5 days (420 hours)
the average is 19 days (465 h)
13.8 days (330 hours)
the average is 19 days (465 h)
12.5 days (300 hours)
the average is 19 days (465 h)
Internet use   
LTE8 hours  
Wi-Fi9 hours  
Music playback75.00 hours 60.00 hours
Video playback10.00 hours10.00 hours 
Screen mirroring  DLNA, Wireless screen share, SlimPort, TV-out

CDMA - Code Division Multiple Access. A technique of multiplexing, also called spread spectrum, in which analog signals are converted into digital form for transmission. For each communication channel, the signals are encoded in a sequence known to the transmitter and the receiver for that channel. The foremost application is digital cellular phone technology from QUALCOMM that operates in the 800MHz band and 1.9GHz PCS band. CDMA phones are noted for their excellent call quality and long battery life.

  800, 1900 MHz
GSM850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
UMTS800, 850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz800, 850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz800, 850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz
LTE (FDD)Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 17, 18, 19, 20, 26, 28Bands 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 19, 20, 28Bands 20, 5, 8, 3, 1, 7
LTE (TDD)Bands 38, 40, 41Bands 41 
DataLTE-A Cat 6 (300/50 Mbit/s), HSPA, HSUPA, UMTSLTE-A Cat 6 (300/50 Mbit/s), HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSDPA+ (4G) 21.1 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/sLTE Cat 4 (150/50 Mbit/s), HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS
Shopping information
MSRP price$ 429 $ 399

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posted on 29 Sep 2015, 13:27 5

1. o0Exia0o (Posts: 901; Member since: 01 Feb 2013)

It may just be me, but I think that the Nexus 6 wins out over the N5X. I kind of feel like the other than the N6's processor it is still a stout device. Of course there are those who don't like the 6" screen too...

posted on 29 Sep 2015, 13:43 2

2. kefalin (Posts: 287; Member since: 08 Feb 2015)

the Nexus 6 isanther categary,5X is smarthone,N6 is phablet. it might win in some ways,but they do not compete each other.

posted on 29 Sep 2015, 13:46 1

4. o0Exia0o (Posts: 901; Member since: 01 Feb 2013)

I was referring to the comparison above that is featured in this article.

posted on 29 Sep 2015, 13:44 2

3. megaSUNNY (Posts: 85; Member since: 26 Jun 2012)

I don't know about others but i still think and can see that Nexus 6 was very well built. It still looks modern though it is a big device...

posted on 29 Sep 2015, 14:14

5. frankg (Posts: 171; Member since: 14 May 2014)

From these 3, the Nexus 6 looks the best....

posted on 29 Sep 2015, 14:15

6. b0wzer (Posts: 103; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)

I wanted to upgrade from my Nexus 5 to the 5x, but it seems there isn't much reason to. Maybe better off waiting for the SD820 next year.

posted on 29 Sep 2015, 14:58

9. baldilocks (Posts: 814; Member since: 14 Dec 2008)

No LED notification light and also no dual speakers. Let down for sure.

posted on 30 Sep 2015, 03:15

11. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 3526; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)

Both Nexus phones have a notify led:

posted on 29 Sep 2015, 14:39

7. Orion78 (Posts: 91; Member since: 27 Mar 2014)

Wtf is up with the Nexus 6 hate? You act like everyone didn't like the size. Plenty of people bought the phone so just stop with that nonsense. What a crappy article. PA is garbage. They need a complete overhaul. Lol

posted on 29 Sep 2015, 14:55

8. baldilocks (Posts: 814; Member since: 14 Dec 2008)

5X doesn't have dual speakers or an LED notification light? Those were two of the reasons I was going to get one.

posted on 29 Sep 2015, 15:46

10. Awalker (Posts: 1677; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)

I'm surprised by that considering the size of the bezels.

posted on 30 Sep 2015, 09:41

12. tokuzumi (Posts: 1211; Member since: 27 Aug 2009)

I'm curious what the real world performance differences will be between the Nexus 5 and the 5X. While my Nexus 6 "destroys" my 5 in benchmarks, in real world usage, the Nexus 5 opens applications quicker than the Nexus 6. If I could use my Nexus 5 on Verizon, I would. The only reason I have the 6 is because it works on Verizon.

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