Two years after unveiling the
popular Nexus 5, Google today unveils its successor: the Nexus 5X.
Also made by LG, the Nexus 5X is an
evolution on the original design with an upgraded hardware. But it's also more
than this: the Nexus 5X is the launch pad for the newest version of Google's
operating system, Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
Before going into all the
interesting details, here is a quick look at the spec highlights of the Nexus
Nexus 5X specs highlights
Platform: Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Screen: 5.2-inch IPS LCD with 1080 x 1920
SoC: Hexa-core Snapdragon 808 clocked at
up to 2.0GHz
RAM: 2GB LPDDR3
Camera: 12.3-megapixel with 1.55 micron
pixels, f/2.0 aperture
Selfie cam: 5-megapixel with f/2.2 aperture
Internal storage: 16GB, 32GB
Apart from the specs, there are three key signature features of the 2015 Nexus
series and the Nexus 5X in particular:
- front-facing speaker
- one-tap fingerprint scanner on
- USB Type C port for charging
We can also easily point out three
features that are commonly requested, yet missing on the Nexus 5X:
- no microSD card slot to expand
- no wireless charging
- no optical image stabilization
Nexus phones have traditionally been
extremely fast and smooth-running, but one thing that they have not truly
excelled at is camera performance. With camera becoming more and more important on smartphones that are now the main camera for many people, good news is that
Google has worked on improving the camera on the Nexus 5X.
The Nexus 5X features a
12.3-megapixel main camera with a large sensor with f/2.0 aperture and 1.55µm
pixels, much larger than the average for even flagship smartphones. Up front
there is a 5-megapixel camera with f/2.2 lens for selfies.
It's not all about the numbers,
though. Google introduces a couple of great new features to the camera: slow
motion video recording at 120 fps, as well as new burst shot mode that allows
you to create fun GIFs.
All of this comes together in a new
Camera app that now supports the latest Camera 3.0 API with faster capture
speeds and all-around improvements to speed and quality. You can now also
double tap the home button to quick start the camera, neat!
Nexus Imprint: fingerprint scanner that learns with time
Nexus Imprint is the first time that
we have a native fingerprint API in Android. Unlike most fingerprint solution
(including Apple and Samsung's) where you have to first unlock the screen and
only then unlock the phone itself, Nexus Imprint allows you to bypass screen
unlocking and directly unlock the device itself with a single tap on the
It's also a faster scanner that is
able to scan your fingerprint much faster than existing solutions, while read
speeds stand at the zippy 1/600milliseconds. Naturally, Nexus Imprint works
with Android Pay.
Price and release date
Good news is that in a typical
magical Google fashion, the Nexus 5X goes on pre-order right away, today on the
Google Store, but the actual release date will be later on, in October.
The price is set at $379 for the
base, 16GB model, and $429 for the 32GB version.
The phone is sold unlocked and will
support 4G LTE bands for all major US carriers. What's even more interesting is
that you will also be able to use the new Nexus 5X on Google's Project Fi
mobile network. Project Fi allows you to pay only for what you use and allows
you to use your megabytes with no additional charge even in international