Here's what 'X' and 'P' in Google's new Nexus phone names mean!

Google launched its latest line of Nexus phones on September 29 and named them Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X. Built by Huawei and LG respectively, both phones cater to premium and mid-range buyers, bringing in great features, functionalities and a fresh new operating system.

Usually, phones are named based on their size, scope and strengths. When Apple launched two iPhones together last year, it named one of them 'Plus' to signify a larger display, battery and performance. Samsung chose to name its premium device 'Edge' while Sony went for simply 'Premium.'

So why 'X' and 'P'? We finally have the answers with us. Earlier, Google's 'brain' team behind the new Nexus phones took part in an 'Ask Me Anything' forum on Reddit where they were asked, not surprisingly, the same question. What they said was simple enough.  "X for the core of the Nexus brand (plus it sounds cool!), P for premium".


'Premium' certainly suits Huawei's Nexus 6P. It is a 5.7" phone with a Quad HD display (518 ppi), a Snapdragon 810 chip, a 3,450 mAh battery and a storage cap of 128GB. It also features Android's latest Marshmallow OS and its 32GB variant costs £429.

Why they called 'X' as the core of Nexus could be because of two reasons. The simpler explanation is, you guessed right, X being the core of the word 'neXus'. Another reason is based on "We wanted to bring the LG-Google band back together" quip that the brain team made. They based this on LG Nexus 5 being the most popular Nexus phone ever. Hence the 'core'.

If you want to read the whole Q&A that took place on Reddit, click here.


  1. Guest
    Guest10th Oct 2015

    Yaaaaawn. Where's the nexus SD? SD for built in micro SD storage, not snapdragon.

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