Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P are the new smartphones from Google. Nexus 5X has been manufactured by LG, while 6P is made by Huawei.  With the Nexus 6P, Google has introduced an all metal Nexus smartphone, which is a first.

So what’s the difference between the two Nexus smartphones? We take a closer look at the specs of the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X.

Screen, Dimensions, Build: The Nexus 5X has a 5.2 inch screen with FHD (1920×1080) resolution. It’s an LCD screen at 423 ppi with Corning Gorilla Glass 3. It has fingerprint and smudge-resistant oleophobic coating. The dimensions of the Nexus 5 X are 147.0 x 72.6 x 7.9 mm and it weighs 136 g.

Nexus 6P comes with a bigger screen at 5.7 inches with WQHD (2560 x 1440) AMOLED display at 518 ppi. It has 16:9 aspect ratio and Corning Gorilla Glass 4 as well as fingerprint and smudge-resistant oleophobic coating. The dimensions are 159.3 X 77.8 X 7.3 mm and it weighs 178 g. While the Nexus 6P weighs more than the Nexus 5X, it is the slimmer smartphone of the two. In terms of design, Nexus 6P is an all-metal smartphone which Google says is made from “aeronautical-grade aluminum,” while the Nexus 5X has a ‘molded polycarbonate’ body.

Processor, RAM, Storage: Nexus 6P comes with Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 Octa-core 64-bit processor, Adreno 430 GPU and 3 GB LPDDR4 RAM. It will come in internal storage options of 32 GB, 64 GB, or 128 GB, making it the first Nexus device to come in 128 GB option. Nexus 5X has Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor hexa-core 64-bit processor clocked at 1.8 GHz, Adreno 418 GPU. It has 2 GB LPDDR3 RAM and will come in only 16 and 32GB storage options.

Both phones also come with an Android Sensor Hub, which is like the co-processor in Apple’s iPhones. The Android Sensor Hub detects movement on the phone and is linked to the camera sensors as well. The idea is to reduce power consumption and improve battery life in the new Nexus smartphones. Both phones don’t support an expandable memory slot.

Nexus 6P has an all metal design and a slimmer body than previous Nexus smartphones.
Nexus 6P has an all metal design and a slimmer body than previous Nexus smartphones.

Camera: With the Nexus 6P, Google has gone for a 12.3 mp rear camera with a f/2.0 aperture and IR Laser-Assisted autofocus. The phone can record in 4K (30 fps) and has dual-flash. The front camera on Nexus 6P is 8 megapixels with f.24 and HD video-capture capability.

Both Nexus smartphones come with a 1.55 µm pixels size, which Google says lets them take better pictures in low-light than rivals like S6, iPhone 6s etc.

 

Google promises bigger pixel size in the new Nexus smartphones for better low-light photography.
Google promises bigger pixel size in the new Nexus smartphones for better low-light photography. 

The Nexus 5X rear camera is also 12.3 mp with f/2.0 aperture, IR laser-assisted autofocus and dual-flash. The front camera is 5 megapixels in the Nexus 5X with f/2.0.

Battery: Nexus 6P comes with a 3,450 mAh battery as was rumoured. Google has not specified how long the battery will last, although it is promising up to 7 hours of use from just 10 minutes of charging. Nexus 5X has a 2,700 mAh battery and Google is promising 3.8 hours of use after 10 minutes of charging. Google has also introduced a Doze mode in Android M OS, which will shut down background app activity when it detects that the phone has not been used for some time.

Connectivity options, Ports: With both smartphones, Google has ditched the regular micro-USB and both come with the new Type-C USB charging. Both Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X have single-SIM Nano slots.

In terms of WiFi, Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X both support Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac 2×2 MIMO, dual-band; Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, and both support LTE TDD and FDD which means they should be LTE enabled in India as well.

Both the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P have Type-C USB charging.
Both the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P have Type-C USB charging.

Sensors, Other features: With the new Nexus series, Google has introduced its fingerprint sensor called Nexus Imprint, which it is says is lightning fast and can be used to make purchases via Android Pay.

While Nexus 6P has dual-front facing speakers, Nexus 5X has single-front facing speakers. Both smartphones will run Android M aka Marshmallow, the latest OS from Google. Nexus 6P will come in Aluminium, Graphite and Frost colours essentially Black, Silver and White. Nexus 5X comes in Carbon, Quartz and Ice colour options which is Black, Blue and White.

Pricing: Nexus 6P starts at $499 for a 32GB variant, the 64GB model will cost $549, and 128GB model starts at $649. In India, Nexus 6P will be available starting mid-October at Rs 39,999 for the 32GB variant. The Nexus 5X will start at Rs 31,900 in India and will available from mid-October.

Last updated on: Sep 30, 2015 @ 4:12 pm