Google Nexus 6P and 5X: Announcement Recap

By Ho Young Won

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Every year, Google releases a new addition to their Nexus smartphone lineup. These Nexus devices are made to showcase the newest and purest versions of Android. This year, Google decided to introduce Android 6.0 “Marshmallow” with two smartphones, the Nexus 6P and the Nexus 5X. This is the first time Google has released two Nexus phones in the same year and both seem to not compromise on any sort of specs or features. Continue reading for more details about these devices!

Nexus 6P

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The Nexus 6P is the larger of the two announced devices with a 5.7” display and is manufactured by Huawei. Many of you may not have heard about Huawei as the Chinese company is fairly a new competitor in the flagship smartphone market. However, they seem to be doing a good job since the brushed metallic design of the 6P is really appealing to the eye. The device seems to be built using some high quality materials and it should be since it is Google’s iconic device of the year. Those looking for a sleek device will not be disappointed if they pick this up.

That 5.7” display is not only big, it is also packing a super sharp Quad HD screen (1440 x 2560 resolution). The large display will be a perfect fit for multimedia users watching movies, playing games, and editing documents on the fly. With that display, comes some other great specifications. The 6P will come with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, 3 GB of RAM, many internal memory options (32, 64, or 128 GB), expandable storage (up to 128 GB), 3450 mAh battery, 12.3 MP rear-facing camera, and an 8 MP front-facing camera.

The 6P will also come equipped with a fingerprint sensor on the back of the device for security and convenience purposes. With a mere touch of the finger, you will be able to do things such as unlocking your phone, filling in passwords, and using Android Pay.

Pricing will start at $499 for a 32 GB unlocked version of the 6P. Also, you can preorder now and get yourself $50 of Google Play credit to spend on apps, games, movies, etc.

Nexus 5X

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The Nexus 5X (manufactured by LG) is smaller than the 6P but it does not seem like Google is treating it as a lesser phone of the two. In terms of design, the 5X may be lacking in premium metal materials, however, its soft-touch back is still very appealing to the eye and may feel very smooth in the hand. I personally prefer the design of the 5X as it looks it may fit better in my hand.

The 5X has a 5.2” display with a 1920 x 1080 resolution. The resolution may not be as dense as the 6P’s display, however, this device has a smaller screen and so is still very sharp for a 5.2” display. It also comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16 or 32 GB of internal memory, expandable storage (up to 128 GB), 2700 mAh battery, 12.3 MP rear-facing camera, and a 5 MP front-facing camera.

Just like the 6P, the 5X comes with a fingerprint sensor that will perform the same functions in terms of security and convenience.

The Nexus 5X will start at $379 for the 16 GB version. Also, you can preorder now and get yourself $50 of Google Play credit to spend on apps, games, movies, etc.


So what do you think about the new additions to Google’s Nexus series? Which one of these do you like better? Will you be buying one? Leave your thoughts down below!

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