Google's Nexus 6P & Nexus 5X: Everything you need to know

Google launched its new Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X smartphones at its press event in San Francisco today. This is the first time the company has launched two Nexus phones at the same time.

Apart from the obvious similarity in terms of operating system which is the brand new Android Marshmallow, there are some major similarities between the two but as is obvious from the pricing, Google are going after the premium market with the 6P which has been manufactured by Huawei and at the mid-level market with the 5X manufactured by LG.

We were at Google HQ to take a look at the handsets to help you make a better and more informed choice on which one to go for... 

Google Nexus 6P and 5X: Look and feel

The phones weigh 178g and 136g for the 6P and 5X respectively. While Nexus 6P is pretty slim and 7.3mm at its widest, the 5X is a touch wider- 0.6 mm thicker and is 12mm shorter than the 6P.

In hand, the 6P was a smooth slab of aircraft grade aluminium with chamfered edges and a unimetal body. The 5X feels surprisingly solid and safe, it feels like the phone that you would be happy to take on a night out knowing that even if it bounced a couple of times on the floor, it would emerge unscathed.

If you love phablets and stream and watch media endlessly, the Nexus 6P is great! However, the 5X may be right up your street if a pocket rocket is the one you are after.

Nexus 6P and 5X: Screen and display

The larger Huawei manufactured Nexus 6P is a 5.7-inch phone featuring a WQHD display with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels which translates to an amazing 518ppi, almost as good as the market leading Samsung Galaxy S6.

For the mid-range price that the LG manufactured Nexus 5X is available for, you get a 5.2 inch Full HD display with a resolution of 423ppi.

Furthermore, the 6P comes sheathed in Gorilla Glass 4 while it is Gorilla Glass 3 that makes an appearance on the 5X. An AMOLED screen on the 6P makes multimedia content really pop, as we have seen on other smartphones with AMOLED screens, like on the Samsung Galaxy S6.

The trailer for Avengers was really immersive and very very crystal.

The 5X on the other hand has a LCD screen and does a good job with colour sharpness and contrast. 

Nexus 6P and 5X: Camera

The Huawei Nexus 6P fields a 12.3MP primary camera with 1.55um pixel clarity. Working along with the new Google Camera app, it has the ability to record 4K and high-frame-rate slow-motion videos as well as clear pictures in very low light conditions.

Nexus 6P also fields an impressive 8MP front camera featuring Google's HDR+ technology for clearer selfies and Skype calls.

The primary camera is another feature that is shared between both devices. However, Nexus 5X features a 5MP front camera which despite being inferior to 6P's camera, isn't too far behind in terms of front camera technology.

Nexus 6P and 5X: Battery

Another marvellous feature in the Nexus 6P is the battery. The phablet packs a non-removable, almost best in class 3,450 mAh battery which trounces the 3,220 mAh one in Nexus 6. We believe it is a great way to compensate for a 5.7 inch WQHD display, a new operating system and a power-guzzling processor.

In comparison, Nexus 5X features a 2,700 mAh battery which could is sufficient on paper for its size, form factor and its type of display but the real proof of the pudding will be when we review it over a period of time.

Nexus 6P and 5X: Storage

Nexus 6P will be available in three storage variants- 32GB, 64GB and 128GB. Given that our base storage requirements have grown with the advent of hi-res pictures, 4k videos, HD games and huge apps, it makes sense to field a base storage of 32GB so that you get to use at least 20GB of internal space.

The larger 64GB and 128GB variants offer much more space and preclude the need to purchase additional cloud storage.

On the other hand, Nexus 5X will only be available in 16GB and 32GB variants.

READ MORE: Nexus 6P and 5X specs comparison

The phones do not have expandable memory slots on them but Google are moving towards getting consumers more reliant on their free cloud storage options.


Nexus 6P and 5X: Processor

Huawei's Nexus 6P fields one of the most powerful processors around: Snapdragon 810, which also features in a range of other flagship phones across the board. It's 2.0 GHz octa-core 64-bit engine is great for HD gaming and multi-tasking without warming to the touch.

On the other hand, Nexus 5X features a 1.8GHz hexa-core 64-bit Snapdragon 808 processor which isn't as fast but is a very sensible option on a mid-range phone.

Nexus 6P and 5X: availability and pricing details 

The Huawei made Nexus 6P also features a 3GB RAM where a 4GB one would have been more appropriate given that the phone will need to accomodate high internal storage and heavy apps.

A 2GB RAM features in the Nexus 5X.

Both phones also contain various features like fingerprint sensor, barometer and Android Sensor Hubs, an addtion that has been bestowed upon the duo because they are the first phones to rock the very intuitive Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

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Additional reporting by Jay Jay

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