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Nexus 5X vs. Nexus 6P – Google’s Pair Of Affordable Flagships

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The Nexus 6 was the first and biggest Nexus smartphone, but it wasn’t so appreciated as Google has predicted, because of its exaggerated dimensions and thickness. To be more specific, it looked like an extra large Moto X, which Motorola has used as a source of inspiration. The Nexus 6P is built by Huawei, Google’s new partner, and it looks sleeker, almost perfect. The smaller Nexus 5X is a continuation to the Nexus 5 2013, but it has a slightly changed design. Below, you’ll find a comparison between the Nexus 5X and the Nexus 6P. Both came loaded with Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

Designs and Displays

The Nexus 5X has a matte polycarbonate back and the body is now rectangular, while the previous Nexus 5 had the top and bottom sides curved toward the corners. On the back, below the rear camera sits a fingerprint scanner which allows you to make payments using the new Android Pay system. The dimensions of the Nexus 5X are 147 x 72.6 x 7.9 mm and the phone weights 136 grams, while the screen has been increased from 5-inch to 5.2-inch (IPS LCD), but the resolution was kept at 1080 x 1920 pixels pixels, resulting in a lower pixel density of 423ppi.

The Nexus 6P has also a fingerprint scanner on its back, but it sits under a wide horizontal black band made of glass, which runs across the top side. The exterior is made of aluminum, so it looks luxurious, but its front side is similar to that of the Nexus 5X. The phablet weights 178 grams, it measures 159.3 x 77.8 x 7.3 mm and the screen (AMOLED) has a diagonal of 5.7-inch, supporting 1440 x 2560 pixels at 518 ppi.

Hardware

The Nexus 6X is the high-tier version with a more powerful processor. Huawei has used the Qualcomm MSM8994 Snapdragon 810 octa core processor clocked at 2GHz, but this is the second version of the processor, which Qualcomm has improved, because the first one had overheating issues. The Nexus 5X has the previous Qualcomm MSM8992 Snapdragon 808 hexa core processor clocked at 1.82GHz and it supports 2GB of RAM, with 1GB less than the Nexus 6P. Also, neither LG, nor Huawei, has added a microSD card slot for expanding the internal memory, so the Nexus 5X is available in variants of 16GB and 32GB, while the Nexus 6P has three variants of 32/64/128 GB.

Cameras and Batteries

Both devices are using the same camera on their backs, which has a resolution of 12.3MP and its features include an aperture of f/2.0, laser autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash, 1/2.3” sensor size, 1.55µm pixel size, and 4K video capture. The Nexus 5X has a weaker 5MP front camera, which is outperformed by the 8MP secondary camera from the Nexus 6P.

The batteries of both phones can be charged via the new Type-C 1.0 reversible connector and their capacities are 2700mAh (Nexus 5X) and 3450mAh (Nexus 6P).