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LG Nexus 5X – New Nexus to Hit the Floor but Is It Any Good?

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The various generations of the Nexus phones have improved over their predecessors in every aspect, but they have largely catered to the needs of just one.

The LG Nexus 5X looks to change this by offering an alternative to the Nexus 6P, which will be the new king of the Nexus family.

Design

The LG Nexus 5X is a phone intended for the price conscious buyers. While the larger Nexus 6P opts for an all-metal design, the Nexus 5X continues with the same plastic body that will have buyers split into two in terms of opinion. There are obvious advantages to being had in terms of aspects like weight. The Nexus 5X is easy on the hands at just 136 grams. It may be slightly thicker than the flagship Nexus device, but the 7.9 mm thickness is just about enough to make this large device easy to handle.

Display

LG provides a 5.2-inch screen that has 1080p resolution. These are some of the standout features of former high-end devices. The latest generation high-end products may have moved to the QHD resolution, but the Nexus 5X retains these specifications for two aspects – cost and battery life. The phone is attractively priced due to the 1080p screen while it will be able to last for a substantial amount of time even with just 2700 mAh battery capacity onboard.

Camera

Laser autofocus has been a big thing in LG smartphones of late, and the Nexus 5X gets this treatment too. This feature is found on the 12-megapixel rear camera, which captures excellent quality pictures even in lowlight conditions thanks to the large sensor. The Nexus 5X has the largest sensor of any mobile phone camera, and it comes at 1.55µm. Added functionalities like 4K video recording are sure to be appreciated by the buyer. The front camera is a very respectable five-megapixel shooter.

Connectivity

The Nexus 5X is one of the first phones to come with a USB Type-C reversible connector. This eliminates the need for the cumbersome USB charging process. Other connectivity options like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and NFC are standard. Added features like Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, and Wi-Fi hotspot are provided to improve the attractiveness of the product.

Performance

One of the big areas where Nexus 5X can be improved over its predecessor is in the processor department, and it can be facilitated by the use of the latest generation processors. In the case of the Nexus 5X, a Snapdragon 808 processor does its job. It overcomes the unnecessary headlines surrounding overheating on the 810 range. The 808 range combines a quad-core processor and a dual-core processor for effective performance. It has 2 GB of RAM onboard for decent multitasking purposes while the new Android 6.0 operating system is at the heart of the phone. Prices start at a very attractive $350 for the base 16 GB version with the 32 GB model costing slightly more.