The last cheap smartphone from Google, the Nexus 5X, was also one of its best. But over the past few months, that Snapdragon 615 processor has begun to show its age, which means an upgrade is sounding pretty good right about now. Is the Google Pixel the device for you?

That 4GB of RAM and Snapdragon 821 processor is going to make a big difference over the long run. Couple that with a more premium design, Pixel-specific software and an improved camera, and it might not be such a crazy idea to trade-up from the Nexus 5X.

You can see how these two compare in the table below.

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Google - Pixel LG - Nexus 5X
Display Size 5-inch, 1080 x 1920 pixel display (441 ppi) 5.2-inch, 1080 x 1920 pixel display (424 ppi)
Resolution X 1080 1080
Resolution Y 1920 1920
Operating System Android 7.1 (at launch) Android 6.0 (at launch)
Processor Snapdragon 821; MSM8996 pro AB Quad Core 2+2 Kryo 2.15GHz / 1.6GHz 1.8 GHz Hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808
  • 32GB
  • 128GB
  • 16GB
  • 32GB
External Storage No No
Main Camera (Back) 12.3MP 12.3MP
Secondary Camera (Front) 8MP 5MP
  • CDMA: BC0/BC1/BC10
  • GSM: Quad-band GSM
  • FDD LTE: B 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/13/17/20/25/26/28/29/30
  • LTE 2xCA: B2+B2, B2+B4, B2+B5, B2+B12, B2+B13, B2+B17, B2+B29, B2+B30, B4+B4, B4+B5, B4+B7, B4+B12, B4+B13, B4+B17, B4+B29, B4+B30, B5+B30, B7+B7, B12+B30, B25+B25, B29+B30, B41+B41
  • LTE 3xCA: B2+B2+B12, B2+B2+B13, B2+B4+B4, B2+B4+B5, B2+B4+B12 B2+B4+B13, B2+B4+B29, B2+B5+B30, B2+B12+B30, B2+B29+B30, B4+B4+B12, B4+B4+B13, B4+B5+B30, B4+ B7+ B12, B4+B12+B30, B4+B29+B30, B41+B41+B41
  • TDD LTE: B 41
  • UMTS/WCDMA: B 1/2/4/5/8
  • 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 2770mAh 2700mAh
NFC Yes Yes
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • USB Type C
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • USB Type-C
  • Accelerometer / Gyrometer
  • Barometer
  • Fingerprint
  • Hall
  • Magnetometer
  • Proximity/ALS
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient ight
  • Barometer
  • Fingerprint
  • Gyroscope
  • Hall
  • Proximity
  • Digital compass
  • GPS
  • Digital compass
  • GPS
Height 143.8 mm (5.66 inches) 147 mm (5.79 inches)
Width 69.5 mm (2.74 inches) 72.6 mm (2.86 inches)
Depth 8.5 mm (0.33 inches) 7.9 mm (0.31 inches)
Weight 143 g (5.04 oz) 136 g (4.80 oz)
Colors Black, Blue, Silver Carbon, Ice, Quartz
Supported Audio Formats N/A N/A
Supported Video Formats N/A N/A
In The Box N/A N/A