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

Display

Display size

5.2 inches
6.0 inches
5.0 inches

Resolution

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

Pixel density

423 ppi
493 ppi
445 ppi

Technology

IPS LCD
AMOLED
IPS LCD

Screen-to-body

70.04 %
74.03 %
70.89 %

Hardware & Performance

System chip

Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 MSM8992
Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 APQ8084
Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974

Processor

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

GPU

Adreno 418
Adreno 420
Adreno 330

RAM

2 GB LPDDR3
3 GB LPDDR3
2 GB LPDDR3

Internal storage

32 GB
64 GB
32 GB

OS

Android (8.1 Oreo, 8.0 Oreo, 7.1 Nougat, 7.0 Nougat, 6.0 Marshmallow)
Android (7.1 Nougat, 7.0 Nougat, 6.0 Marshmallow, 5.1 Lollipop, 5.0 Lollipop)
Android (6.0 Marshmallow, 5.1 Lollipop, 5.0 Lollipop, 4.4.4, 4.4.2, 4.4)

Battery

Capacity

2700 mAh
3220 mAh
2300 mAh

Talk time

20.00 hours
the average is 19 h (1113 min)
24.00 hours
the average is 19 h (1113 min)
17.00 hours
the average is 19 h (1113 min)

Stand-by time

17.5 days (420 hours)
the average is 20 days (489 h)
13.8 days (330 hours)
the average is 20 days (489 h)
12.5 days (300 hours)
the average is 20 days (489 h)

Internet use

LTE: 8 hours; Wi-Fi: 9 hours
 
 

Music playback

75.00 hours
 
60.00 hours

Video playback

10.00 hours
10.00 hours
 

Camera

Rear

Single camera
Single camera
Single camera

Main camera

12.3 megapixels
13 megapixels
8 megapixels

Features

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

Specifications

Aperture size: F2.0; Sensor size: 1/2.3"; Pixel size: 1.55 μm
Aperture size: F2.0
Aperture size: F2.4; Focal length: 30.4 mm; Sensor size: 1/3.2"

Video recording

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

Features

Video calling
 
Optical image stabilization, Video light

Front

5 megapixels
2 megapixels
1.3 megapixels

Video capture

1920x1080 (Full HD)
1920x1080 (Full HD)
1280x720 (HD)

Design

Dimensions

5.79 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)

Weight

4.80 oz (136 g)
the average is 6.1 oz (176 g)
6.49 oz (184 g)
the average is 6.1 oz (176 g)
4.59 oz (130 g)
the average is 6.1 oz (176 g)

Materials

Back: Plastic
 
 

Resistance

 
Splash
 

Biometrics

Fingerprint (touch)
 
 

Features

Notification light
 
 

Shopping information

MSRP price

$ 429
 
$ 399


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12 Comments

1. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 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...

2. kefalin

Posts: 292; Member since: Feb 08, 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.

4. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

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

3. megaSUNNY

Posts: 88; Member since: Jun 26, 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...

5. frankg

Posts: 173; Member since: May 14, 2014

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

6. b0wzer

Posts: 103; Member since: Feb 07, 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.

9. baldilocks

Posts: 1545; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

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

7. Orion78

Posts: 217; Member since: Mar 27, 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

8. baldilocks

Posts: 1545; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

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

10. Awalker

Posts: 1986; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

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

12. tokuzumi

Posts: 1961; Member since: Aug 27, 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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