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Nexus 5X vs Nexus 5 spec shootout

by Sean P. Aune | September 29, 2015September 29, 2015 12:00 pm PST

So the Nexus 5X specs aren’t a huge improvement over what we saw a few years ago. But that was never really the point anyway, was it? Instead of the latest and greatest, the Nexus 5X is meant to provide buyers with solid hardware and a smooth software experience—all at an affordable price.

Despite the minor jump in specs (can we just get over it?), the Nexus 5X has improved in other ways. For one, a fingerprint sensor has been included, and the camera is supposedly much, much better. The fingerprint sensor will, of course, take advantage of Android Pay and make for a much more convenient experience. If you haven’t used a device with a fingerprint sensor yet, you’ll find it difficult to go back. Our only reservation is the placement on the back.

If you own a Nexus 5 already, the inevitable question about whether you should upgrade or not will arise. To that we say: your call. There seems to be enough here warranting an upgrade despite the small jump in specs, and the price is still affordable. Check out the table below to see how the old stacks up against the new.

Nexus 5X Gallery

Nexus 5 Gallery

LG - Nexus 5X LG - Nexus 5
Display Size 5.2-inch, 1080 x 1920 pixel display (424 ppi) 4.95-inch, 1080 x 1920 pixel display (445 ppi)
Resolution X 1080 1080
Resolution Y 1920 1920
Display Type FHD IPS
Operating System Android 6.0 (at launch) Android 4.4 (at launch)
Processor 1.8 GHz Hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800
RAM 2GB 2GB
Storage
  • 16GB
  • 32GB
  • 16GB
  • 32GB
External Storage No No
Main Camera (Back) 12.3MP 8MP
Secondary Camera (Front) 5MP 1.3MP
Networks
  • CDMA: BC0/1/10
  • GSM/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900
  • LTE CA DL: B2-B2, B2-B4, B2-B5, B2-B12, B2-B13, B2-B17, B2-B29, B4-B4, B4-B5, B4-B7, B4-B12, B4-B13, B4-B17, B4-B29, B41-B41
  • LTE (FDD): B1/2/3/4/5/7/12/13/17/20/25/26/29
  • LTE (TDD): B41
  • UMTS/WCDMA: B1/2/4/5/8
  • CDMA: Band Class: 0/1/10
  • GSM: 850/900/1800/1900
  • LTE: Bands: 1/2/4/5/17/19/25/26/41
  • WCDMA: Bands: 1/2/4/5/6/8/19
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.2 Bluetooth 4.0
Battery 2700mAh 2300mAh
NFC Yes Yes
Connectivity
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • USB Type-C
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • MicroUSB
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient ight
  • Barometer
  • Fingerprint
  • Gyroscope
  • Hall
  • Proximity
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Gyroscope
  • Pressure
  • Proximity
GPS
  • Digital compass
  • GLONASS
  • GPS
  • Digital compass
Height 147 mm (5.79 inches) 137.84 mm (5.43 inches)
Width 72.6 mm (2.86 inches) 69.17 mm (2.72 inches)
Depth 7.9 mm (0.31 inches) 8.59 mm (0.34 inches)
Weight 136 g (4.80 oz) 130 g (4.59 oz)
Colors Carbon, Ice, Quartz Black, White
Supported Audio Formats N/A N/A
Supported Video Formats N/A N/A
In The Box N/A
  • Wall Adapter
  • Micro USB Cable
  • Quick Start Guide

Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...

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