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Google Nexus 5X vs. HTC One A9 – What’s Your Choice?

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This fall, HTC has released its first smartphone from the “One” line with Android 6.0 Marshmallow installed on it. Apple didn’t have nice things to say about it, since it’s almost a copy of its iPhones in terms of design, but in reality, there are some elements that differentiate the two models. The Nexus 5X doesn’t have anything in common with the previous Nexus 5, which was created by LG, being the weaker variant from the pair of two Nexuses released by Google this fall.

Designs and Displays

The One A9 looks very similar to the One M9, featuring a curved metallic body with two thin lines at the top and bottom of the back panel, and has the rear camera positioned above the first line, in the center, which means that it’s not completely identical to Apple’s iPhone 6S, which has the camera located in the left corner. The device weights 143 grams and has a thickness of 7.3mm, while its screen measures 5-inch and it’s an AMOLED with a Full HD resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels at 441 ppi. Under it you’ll notice an oval home button which hides the fingerprint button.

The Nexus 5X has now a rectangular body and it’s bigger than its predecessor, featuring a 5.2-inch IPS LCD screen (it’s brighter and has a high contrast ratio) with the same resolution, but which gives a lower pixel density of 423ppi. Because it’s made of plastic, the Nexus 5X is lighter than its rival, weighting 136grams, while it has a thickness of 7.9mm and the fingerprint scanner sits on the back, below the protruding circular camera.

Hardware

You’ll get a better performance with the Nexus 5X than with the HTC One A9, because it has a superior Qualcomm MSM8992 Snapdragon 808 dual core processor which runs at a higher clock speed of 1.82GHz along with an Adreno 418 GPU and 2GB of RAM. The One A9 has an older Qualcomm MSM8952 Snapdragon 617 octa core processor clocked at 1.5GHz, which is backed by an Adreno 405 GPU and 2GB or 3GB of RAM, depending on the storage options, which are 16GB and 32GB, which are the same as in the case of the Nexus 5X, but they support expansion up to 200GB. In benchmarks, the One A9 didn’t impress much and it’s a bit frustrating because it’s more expensive than the Nexus 5X.

Batteries

Regarding the battery life, the One A9 disappoints again with its 2150mAh, managing to deliver only 16 hours of talk time on 3G, but it supports Quick Charge 2.0 and it’s compatible with the Quick Charge 3.0 standard. The Nexus 5X provides nine hours of continuous browsing on a Wi-Fi network or nine hours of playback time, but it wasn’t specified how much it lasts when making voice calls. However, when charging it 10 minutes, you can increase its lifespan by up to 4 hours. Also, the device is compatible

Cameras

The 13MP camera of the One A9 has an aperture of f/2.0 and supports OIS, a sapphire crystal lens cover, phase-detection auto-focus, HDR, Full HD video recording and RAW photo capture, while the front camera supports 4MP (Ultrapixel) and has f/2.0 aperture lens.

The Nexus 5X has a 12.3MP 1/2.3” Sony IMX377 rear camera with a large 1.55 micron pixel size, a CRI-90 dual-LED flash, and supports a bright f/2.0 aperture lens, but it’s able to record 4K videos. The images look very bright, even if they’re taken in poor lighting conditions, and even the selfies are great with the 5MP front camera.