Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P: What you should know about Google’s new phones

The Nexus 5X is the long-awaited follow up to the hugely popular Nexus 5 from two years ago. Built once again by LG, it sticks with a largely winning formula, albeit with a larger display and massive upgraded camera performance.

The Nexus 6P is a big screen phone that updates last year’s Nexus 6. This time around the device is slightly smaller and more hand-friendly, and is built by Huawei.

Nexus 5X

First, here’s a video of the Nexus 5X:

Nexus 5X specs

The Nexus 5X specs are as follows:

  • Display: 5.2″
  • Pixel density: 424ppi
  • OS: Marshmallow
  • Dimensions: 147 x 72.6 x 7.9 mm
  • Weight: 136g
  • Storage: 16-32GB
  • Camera: 12.3MP
  • Video: up to 4K
  • Battery: 2700mAh
  • Processor: Snapdragon 808
  • RAM: 2GB


A few random observations:

  • Although the phone appears to have dual front facing speakers, there is in fact only one
  • There’s no memory card slot, so that 16GB looks a little light on storage
  • The amount of RAM falls behind some of the year’s flagship phones, although is still likely to be enough for most users
  • The camera is the same as in the 6P, with larger pixel size than we see in almost any other phone

Nexus 6P

Here is the introductory video for the Nexus 6P, built by Huawei:

Nexus 6P specs

The Nexus 6P specs are as follows:

  • Display: 5.7″
  • Pixel density: 518ppi
  • OS: Marshmallow
  • Dimensions: 159.3 x 77.8 x 7.3 mm
  • Weight: 178g
  • Storage: 32-128GB
  • Camera: 12.3MP
  • Video: up to 4K
  • Battery: 3450mAh
  • Processor: Snapdragon 810
  • RAM: 3GB

The 6P is pitched very much as the flagship in the Nexus range, with better build quality and higher specs (faster processor, more RAM and more storage).

nexus 6p

The size has been reduced from last year’s too big Nexus 6 to a more hand-friendly 5.7 inches. Coincidentally, this also brings it more into line with the iPhone 6S Plus.

The camera is the same as in the 5X, including the lack of OIS. There are two front facing speakers, offering stereo sound.

Both devices use USB-C, and a Nano SIM.

Are you planning to buy a Nexus 5X or 6P? What do you like about them, and what don’t you like? Let us know in the comments below.