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Nexus 5X vs Nexus 6 spec shootout

by Brandon Russell | September 29, 2015September 29, 2015 1:20 pm PST

Let’s put things into context here. Although the Nexus 5X is coming out in the year 2015, this is still very much a follow up to 2013’s Nexus 5. That means we’re getting a relatively marginal upgrade in specs, and instead focusing on how the hardware and software work together. After all, we’ve seen how well the iPhone performs, and it only just upgraded to 2GB of RAM.

That said, the Nexus 5X was never meant to “outdo” the Nexus 6; it’s meant to outdo anything. It’s meant to provide users with a wonderful and enjoyable smartphone experience, one that runs the latest version of Android and, according to Google, takes excellent pictures. Why is a Quad HD screen and the latest processor and 4GB of RAM even necessary when you’re already getting a smooth, powerful experience?

Plus, the Nexus 5X is affordable, which is one of the reasons you’re considering it anyway. You probably don’t want to know how it compares to the Nexus 6. But how does it hold up next to phones such as the OnePlus 2, ZenFone 2 and Moto X Pure Edition? That’s a more fair comparison.

Nexus 5X Gallery

Nexus 6 Gallery

LG - Nexus 5X Motorola - Nexus 6
Display Size 5.2-inch, 1080 x 1920 pixel display (424 ppi) 5.96-inch, 1440 x 2560 pixel display (493 ppi)
Resolution X 1080 1440
Resolution Y 1920 2560
Display Type FHD AMOLED
Operating System Android 6.0 (at launch) Android 5.0 (at launch)
Processor 1.8 GHz Hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 2.7 GHz Quad-core Snapdragon 805
RAM 2GB 3GB
Storage
  • 16GB
  • 32GB
  • 32GB
  • 64GB
External Storage No No
Main Camera (Back) 12.3MP 13MP
Secondary Camera (Front) 5MP 2MP
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
  • CA DL: B2-B13, B2-B17, B2-29, B4-B5, B4-B13, B4-B17, B4-B29
  • CDMA: 800, 1900, secondary 800
  • GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850,900,1800,1900
  • WCDMA: 1, 2, 4, 5, 8
  • LTE: 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 12, 13, 17, 25, 26, 29, 41
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.2 Bluetooth 4.0
Battery 2700mAh 3220mAh
NFC Yes Yes
Connectivity
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • USB Type-C
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • Micro USB
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient ight
  • Barometer
  • Fingerprint
  • Gyroscope
  • Hall
  • Proximity
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Barometer
  • Gyroscope
  • Proximity
GPS
  • Digital compass
  • GLONASS
  • GPS
  • A-GPS
  • Digital compass
Height 147 mm (5.79 inches) 159.3 mm (6.27 inches)
Width 72.6 mm (2.86 inches) 83 mm (3.27 inches)
Depth 7.9 mm (0.31 inches) 10.1 mm (0.40 inches)
Weight 136 g (4.80 oz) 184 g (6.49 oz)
Colors Carbon, Ice, Quartz Blue, 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

Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...

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