Nexus 6P Vs. Nexus 5X

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For the first time in human history, Google has blessed us with two versions of the Nexus phone this year. The Nexus 6P  is made by Chinese company Huawei and it’s most likely going to be the first Huawei phone that many of the owners have experienced. The other option is the return of the LG Nexus 5 and this time it’s the 5X. So which one should you get? Honestly you just listen to what your heart tells you. A decision like this has to come from within. Let’s take a look at both of the new Nexus phones and see how they stack up.

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Hardware Specs

Nexus 5X
DISPLAY1080 x 1920 pixels
CPUSnapdragon 808
RAM2GB DDR3
BATTERY2700 mAh
CAMERA12.3 MP
PRICE$379

Nexus 6P
DISPLAY1440 x 2560 pixels
CPUSnapdragon 810
RAM3GB DDR4
BATTERY3450 mAh
CAMERA12.3 MP
PRICE$499

So obviously the the Nexus 6P is the better of the two phones. The question is, which one is a better value for the money you’ll be spending. At $499, the Nexus 6P comes in at the same price of the Nexus 6 from Motorola, and $100 more than the Moto X Pure Edition which has similar specs. These are probably the phones that are the most similar to the Nexus 6P. I’d say that I would be more than happy with the Nexus 6P, but I can’t feel happiness. Sorry mommy, therapy didn’t work.

The Nexus 5X is more of a budget phone, similar to the old Nexus 5. The other phones that are in this same price range are the OnePlus 2 and the Moto X. All of them have very similar specs. It’s important to remember that when you’re buying a Nexus phone, you’re not just paying for the hardware. You’re also buying a ticket to be first in line for any new Android updates from Tha GOOG. That is definitely one of the best selling points of these phones.

Screen

The Nexus 6P has a beautiful 2K 5.7″ resolution on it’s AMOLED display. It has a very similar look to this years Samsung phones, which are known for their screen quality. I wish I was known for something.

The Nexus 5X has a smaller 5.2′ 1080p display. The lower resolution wont make much of a difference at all. It’s very hard to tell the difference between a 2k screen and a 1080p screen, on any display with a size under 6″.

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Performance

Benchmark AppNexus 6PNexus 5X
Antutu5290049375
Geekbench33183281
GFXBench Manhattan1716

Since the Nexus 6P has a faster snapdragon 810 processor so you can expect that most tasks will run a bit quicker on that device. Just keep in mind that it also has double the resolution which will take a bit of a toll on the CPU and GPU.

The Nexus 5x has a processor that’s just a step under the 810, with a snapdragon 808. This processor has 6 cores. A Quad-core 1.44 GHz Cortex-A53 and dual-core 1.82 GHz Cortex-A57. Early reviews are reporting that they aren’t experiencing any lag, even with graphics intensive games.

Battery Life

Both of these phones have just ok battery life. There’s nothing revolutionary happening here. They have the same result, both lasting about 6.5 hours before needing to be charged again. I guess this is the world we live in now. Horrible battery life across the board. What’s funny is, with a little modification you can make the Nexus 5 (2013) last for much longer than that.

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Camera

The two nexus phones share an identical camera, capable of taking 12MP images. It’s a great camera, and will take the same quality of pictures, no matter which phone you get. Here are some sample photos taken with the New nexus camera.

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Now the Nexus 5X has a base model with a 16GB storage capacity. At this point, not many people can get by with that amount of storage. So if you bump it up to the 32GB, you’re looking at $429 for the phone. This makes it only $70 cheaper than the Nexus 6P. For that price difference, I would suggest spending a little extra and getting the better phone.