All-New Nexus Phones: Specs, Prices, and Discussion!

All-New Nexus Phones: Specs, Prices, and Discussion!

Flashaholics' #1 phone returns in double-vision!

Google officially took the wraps off its new set of Nexus devices, along with the new Chromecast and Chromecast Audio. While we almost knew everything there was before the announcement, having official confirmation and announcements puts a rest to all speculations, so let’s get to them!

Beginning with the LG Nexus 5X, this device comes as a successor to the much loved Nexus 5 by LG. On the front, the device features a 5.2″ FHD (1920×1080) LCD display with a pixel density of 424 ppi. The display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3 with an oleophobic coating for smudge and fingerprint resistance. For the actual dimensions of the product, the LG Nexus 5X (147 x 72.6 x 7.9 mm) is a little larger and slightly wider from the Nexus 5 (137.9 x 69.2 x 8.6 mm) but still retains a ~70% screen to body ratio.

Powering the Nexus 5X is a Qualcomm 64-bit hexa-core Snapdragon 808 chipset, with quad-core Cortex A-53 clocked at 1.44 GHz and dual-core Cortex-A57 clocked at 1.82 GHz. For the GPU, the device uses the Adreno 418. There’s also 2GB of LPDDR3 RAM to accompany all of this. The device comes in the traditional 16GB and 32GB storage variants, and as is the way with Nexus devices, there is no micro sd card slot for expansion. The battery has received a bump up to 2,700 mAh capacity as well. The N5X comes in Carbon Black, Quartz White and Ice Blue.

For the camera, the Nexus 5X comes with a 12.3 MP rear camera with IR laser-assisted autofocus. The camera features a 1.55 µm pixel size as well as f/2.0 aperture, and is capable of 4K video capture at 30 fps. The front camera is a 5 MP sensor with a 1.4 µm pixel size and similar f/2.0 aperture. The phone does not feature Optical Image Stabilization.

Region 16 GB 32 GB
USA $379 $429
UK £339 £379

 

Next is the new Huawei Nexus 6P. This is the first Nexus to feature an all-metal design, which pitches it on to the flagship competition tier. The phone sports a 5.7″ QHD (1440×2560) AMOLED display with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 and an oleophobic coating. The Nexus 6P (159.3 x 77.8 x 7.3 mm) is slightly less wide than the Motorola Nexus 6 (159.3 x 83 x 10.1 mm) and is considerably thinner, which should make it overall easier to hold.

Powering the Nexus 6P is the Qualcomm 64-bit octa-core Snapdragon 810 chipset, with quad-core Cortex A-53 clocked at 1.55 GHz and quad-core Cortex-A57 clocked at 2.0 GHz. The presence of a Snapdragon 810 always raises doubts and concerns, so we will have to wait and see how this phone holds up with heat and thermal throttling. For the RAM, the phone rocks 3GB of LPDDR4 RAM, along with Adreno 430 for GPU. For internal storage, the device comes in with 32 GB, 64GB and 128GB storage variants, with no micro-sd card slot for expansion. There is also a 3,450 mAh battery, as well as an LED notification light as an added bonus. The N6P comes in Frost White, Aluminium and Graphite Black.

For the camera, the Nexus 6P comes with a similar setup as the 5X for the rear camera, but confirmation is needed if they both employ the same sensor. The rear camera is 12.3 MP sensor with 1.55 µm pixel size as well as f/2.0 aperture, and is capable of 4K video capture at 30 fps. The front camera is different from the 5X, with a 8 MP sensor and 1.4 µm pixel size as well as f/2.4 aperture. As with the Nexus 5X, the 6P also does not feature OIS.

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Region 32 GB 64 GB 128 GB
USA $499 $549 $649
UK £449 £499 £578
Canada 699 CAD 749 CAD 849 CAD
Japan 74800 ¥ 80800 ¥ 92800 ¥
Australia 899 AUD 999 AUD 1099 AUD
South Korea 670000 won 730000 won 850000 won
France 649 Euro 699 Euro 799 Euro
Hong Kong 4688 HKD 4988 HKD 5688 HKD

Both the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P come with a USB Type-C port and support for Quick Charge, which we assume to be of QC 2.0 standards. The phones come with NFC thankfully, along with a new low power processor that is dubbed as the “Sensor Hub”. The Sensor Hub offloads sensor based data from the main processor to provide smart activity tracking with minimal power overhead. On paper, this does sound like something that is intended to reduce battery usage while still providing up to date tracking and fitness based data.

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Then there is the fingerprint sensor. Both the phones come with a fingerprint sensor on the back, along with “Nexus Imprint”. This allows you to lightly tap the fingerprint sensor to turn the screen on and quick unlock your phone. Combined with recognition speeds as quick as 600 ms along with a low false reject rate, the Nexus phones open up fingerprint recognition for the entire Android app ecosystem, to be made use of in case of quick authentication.

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Of course, both the phones run on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and you can expect these to be on the very top of the update game for the near future. Below you can find a price-table for both the Nexus 5X and the Nexus 6P:

 

What do you think of Google’s latest Nexus phones? Will you be getting one? Let us know which and what you think about both below!

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