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Nexus 5X vs Nexus 6P: Comparing The Latest & GREATEST

Know Your Mobile logo Know Your Mobile 25-11-2015 Michael Grothaus
Nexus 5X vs Nexus 6P: Comparing The Latest & GREATEST© Nexus 5X vs Nexus 6P: Comparing The Latest & GREATEST

The Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P are now officially available in the UK and are, in more ways than one, the most hugely anticipated releases from Google’s Nexus stable in years. For the first time ever the Big G has released two handsets instead of one — and the reason for this is twofold: 1) everybody, from Apple to Samsung, is releasing two handsets these days, and 2) two handsets mean Google can do a “traditional Nexus” and a premium Nexus, effectively killing two birds with one stone. 

Huawei was the company tasked with building the Nexus 6P, the more premium of the two handsets, while Google’s old OEM of choice, LG, was back for the Nexus 5X — a reimagining of the now-CLASSIC Nexus 5. 

"The Huawei-made Google Nexus 6P has been met with massive demand, with stocks at the Google Store quickly running out," reports Tech Times. "The Nexus 6P is on track to become the most popular Nexus device released by Google, and one of the first smartphones, along with its smaller flagship counterpart, the LG-made Nexus 5X, to come out of the box powered by Google's latest mobile operating system, Android 6.0 Marshmallow."

Basically, two handsets are better than one. 

This was a smart move by Google too because now consumers have a very real choice when it comes to 2015/16’s Nexus handsets. Handsets like the OnePlus Two and Xiaomi Redmi Note 2, as well as units like the new Moto G and Moto X, have redefined what a lot of consumers expect from handsets and how much they’re willing to pay. Never before have we had so many decent -- and very cheap -- options available to us. Google was one of the pioneers behind this trend with the Nexus 4, so it is great to see the company getting ultra competitive again with this year’s Nexus handsets.

But while both phones stand on their own in a sea of good choices, how do they compare against each other? Let’s take a look.

Nexus 5X vs Nexus 6P: Specs

Here’s the specs for the Nexus 5X:

Display: 5.2 inches, FHD (1920 x 1080) LCD at 423 ppiDimensions: 147.0 x 72.6 x 7.9 mmWeight: 136 gramsStorage: 16GB or 32GBMemory: 2 GB LPDDR3Processors: Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor, 1.8 GHz hexa-core 64-bit, Adreno 418 GPUFront camera: 5 MP, 1.4 µm pixels, f/2.0 apertureRear camera: 12.3 MP, 1.55 µm pixels, f/2.0 aperture, 4K videoConnectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac 2x2 MIMO, dual-band (2.4 GHz, 5.0 GHz); Bluetooth 4.2; NFC; GPS, GLONASSColors: Carbon, Quartz, and Ice

And here’s the specs for the Nexus 6P:

Display: 5.7 inches; WQHD (2560 x 1440) AMOLED display at 518 ppiDimensions: 159.3 X 77.8 X 7.3 mmWeight: 178 gramsStorage: 32GB, 64 GB, or 128GBMemory: 3GB LPDDR4Processors: Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, 2.0 GHz Octa-core 64-bit; Adreno 430 GPUFront camera: 8MP camera; 1.4 µm pixels; f/2.4 apertureRear camera: 12.3 MP; 1.55 µm pixels; f/2.0 aperture, 4K videoConnectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac 2x2 MIMO, dual-band (2.4 GHz, 5.0 GHz); Bluetooth 4.2; NFC; GPS, GLONASSColors: Aluminium, Graphite, Frost, and Gold (Japan only)

There’s no question about it, the Nexus 6P is clearly the better of the two phones from an internal spec point of view. It packs the excellent Snapdragon 810 processor and Adreno 430 GPU along with 3GB of LPDDR4 RAM. It also comes in three storage sizes starting with a respectable 32GB (hey Apple, take note) and includes 64GB and 128GB options.

That’s not to say the Nexus 5X is a slouch–it’s a great upgrade over the Nexus 5, but it’s a less premium phone and it shows in comparison with the slower Snapdragon 808 processor and Adreno 418 GPU and only 2GB of LPDDR3 RAM. Plus it only comes in 16GB and 32GB storage options–and no one should buy a 16GB phone; it’s just not enough space.

With specs Google has pretty much hit the nail on the head. It has everything you could possibly want and need on both variants but, unlike it did with the Nexus 6, Google has presented another option for consumers that are looking for more value for money. I don’t know which handset will be more popular, but if I were a betting man -- which I am -- I’d definitely have a punt on the Nexus 5X.

Nexus 5X vs Nexus 6P: Display

Besides the internal specs, there's two other HUGE differences between the 5X and 6P. Let’s start with the most obvious: the display. The Nexus 5X has a 5.2 inch FHD LCD with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 at 423 ppi. The Nexus 6P, on the other hand, is clearly designed for those who want a phablet. It’s got a 5.7 inch WQHD AMOLED display with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 at 518 ppi.

Size differences aside, the display on the 6P is superior in every way: from its higher resolution WQHD AMOLED panel to its insane 518 pixels per inch. The 6P also features a Gorilla Glass 4 display, while the 5X uses the older, less durable, Gorilla Glass 3 display.

However there have been some reported issues with the glass housing that surrounds the camera. 

"A number of Nexus 6P owners have reported that the rear glass panel of their phone, which covers the camera lens and flash, has cracked and broken for no apparent reason," reports The Independent. "Some users claim that the cracks appeared after a drop or an impact - which you'd expect with a glass smartphone. But there's also plenty of people saying the glass cracked as the phone just sat there. One user, posting his story to Reddit's Android forum, said his phone was "sat on a table next to me when I heard the glass snap, leaving a little snowfall of shavings on the table under it. It's now continuing to crack away by itself."

Nexus 5X vs Nexus 6P: Design

The second major way the 5X and 6P differ is in their design. By now I’m sure you can tell that the 6P is designed to be the “premium” model of the two–it’s meant to take on high class phones like the iPhone 6s and the Samsung Galaxy S6. Due to that it’s got a quality all-metal body that is sleek and sophisticated. That metal body also allows for the 6P to actually be thinner than the smaller 5X. The 6P is 7.3mm thick, while the 5X is 7.9mm thick. The 6P comes in four colors: Aluminium, Graphite, Frost, and Gold–though gold is only available in Japan.

The reason the 5X is thicker than the 6P is because its body is made of smooth plastic. That won’t be a deal breaker for some, but for those that want the sleekest phone out there, metal bodies are where it’s at. The 5X comes in three colors: Carbon, Quartz, and Ice.

Nexus 5X vs Nexus 6P: Cameras

Surprisingly even though both phones have until this point been very different, they are exactly the same in the rear camera department. Both phones feature a 12.3 MP, 1.55 µm pixels, f/2.0 aperture rear camera that shoots 4K video. They both also have dual-LED flash and laser auto-focus.

Where the phones differ is in the front camera. The 5X offers a 5 MP, 1.4 µm pixels, f/2.0 front lens, while the 6P bumps that up to a 8MP, 1.4 µm pixels, f/2.4 aperture front lens. However, all is not well in camp Nexus following reports of serious issues with the camera. 

The glass seems to break for no apparent reason, and it’s not clear what caused the damage, according to one user on Reddit. “Well that was a surprise. For me, and the cat,” johny_rat wrote on Reddit. It was sat on a table next to me when I heard the glass snap, leaving a little snowfall of shavings on the table under it. It’s now continuing to crack away to itself.”

“A different user said he reported the same problem to Google, which directed him to Huawei for future guidance,” notes BGR. “If this is a design issue, it’s likely all affected Nexus 6P will be repaired or replaced. Of course, for some people it might be difficult to prove the screen didn’t crack following an accidental drop.”

Nexus 5X vs Nexus 6P: Battery & Connectivity

As far as connectivity, each phone features exactly the same innards: 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, and a USB Type-C connector. The 5X has a smaller battery at 2,700 mAh versus the 6P’s 3,450 mAh battery, but that won’t necessarily translate to longer battery life in the 6P. After all, it’s got a much more power hungry display to run.

Nexus 5X vs Nexus 6P: Price & Verdict

The Nexus 5X is £339 for the 16GB model and £379 for the 32GB model. The Nexus 6P is £449 for the 32GB model, £499 for the 64GB version, and £579 for the128GB variant. But as usual, your choice probably won’t come down to price or even internal specs–it will come down to the display size. Do you want a big smartphone (if so, get the 5X) or a massive phablet (then the 6P is your guy).

That’s not to say the two phones are similar in other ways–they clearly are not. Spec for spec the 6P is better by a long shot in almost every way. But as I said, most of us buy based on display size–and if you’re like most of us (and you’re only deciding between these two phones) then their size is probably going to be the deciding factor for you.

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