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Nexus 5X vs Nexus 6P spec shootout

by Brandon Russell | September 29, 2015September 29, 2015 11:30 am PST

Do you prefer the latest and greatest? Or are you content with great and affordable? Google clearly wanted to come out with a one-two punch this year, introducing two new Nexus devices instead of one. In that regard, it just means there are more options for you and me, which is a win-win no matter how you slice it. Don’t like the Nexus 5x? Get the Nexus 6P. Don’t like the Nexus 6P? Get the Nexus 5X. It’s that simple.

Of course, there’s a clear difference between the two devices in terms of specs, but that not might necessarily be that the more powerful phone is better. Not only does the Nexus 6P have the latest Qualcomm chip and more RAM, but it’s larger, too; something not every consumer likes. What this looks like to me is the Nexus 6P is for diehards, while the Nexus 5X is for the every man.

That means even before you look at the comparison below, you’ll have already made up your mind. Me? My undying love for the Nexus 5 means I’m more partial to the Nexus 5X, though I am very excited to get my hands on the Nexus 6P. I suppose that’s the one downfall of just selling these devices online: customers won’t actually get to take the devices for a spin before making a decision. That’s why we’re here.

Nexus 5X Gallery

Nexus 6P Gallery


Huawei - Nexus 6P LG - Nexus 5X
Display Size 5.7-inch, 1440 x 2560 pixel display (515 ppi) 5.2-inch, 1080 x 1920 pixel display (424 ppi)
Resolution X 1440 1080
Resolution Y 2560 1920
Display Type WQHD AMOLED FHD
Operating System Android 6.0 (at launch) Android 6.0 (at launch)
Processor 2.0 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 v2.1 1.8 GHz Hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808
RAM 3GB 2GB
Storage
  • 32GB
  • 64GB
  • 128GB
  • 16GB
  • 32GB
External Storage No No
Main Camera (Back) 12.3MP 12.3MP
Secondary Camera (Front) 8MP 5MP
Networks
  • CA DL: B2-B2, B2-B4, B2-B5, B2-B12, B2-B13, B2-B17, B2-B29, B4-B4, B4-B5, B4-B13, B4-B17, B4-B29, B41-B41
  • CDMA: BC0/1/10
  • GSM/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900
  • LTE (FDD): B2/3/4/5/7/12/13/17/25/26/29/30
  • LTE (TDD): B41
  • UMTS/WCDMA: B1/2/4/5/8
  • 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
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.2 Bluetooth 4.2
Battery 3450mAh 2700mAh
NFC Yes Yes
Connectivity
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • USB Type-C
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • USB Type-C
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Barometer
  • Fingerprint
  • Gyroscope
  • Hall
  • Proximity
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient ight
  • Barometer
  • Fingerprint
  • Gyroscope
  • Hall
  • Proximity
GPS
  • Digital Compass
  • GLONASS
  • GPS
  • Digital compass
  • GLONASS
  • GPS
Height 159.4 mm (6.28 inches) 147 mm (5.79 inches)
Width 77.8 mm (3.06 inches) 72.6 mm (2.86 inches)
Depth 7.3 mm (0.29 inches) 7.9 mm (0.31 inches)
Weight 178 g (6.28 oz) 136 g (4.80 oz)
Colors Aluminium, Frost, Graphite Carbon, Ice, Quartz
Supported Audio Formats N/A N/A
Supported Video Formats N/A N/A
In The Box N/A N/A


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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