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Google Nexus 5X

by Sumit Chauhan
3 minutes read

Google Nexus 5X- Design

Google Nexus 5X design

As we know Google’s Nexus handsets have always been more functional than pretty, even with the Motorola-manufactured Nexus 6, so it is no wonder that the Nexus 5X is no supermodel. Available in black, white and light blue (I prefer the black model), the Nexus 5X retains the smooth, eggshell finish to its plastic back, but that’s where the similarities to the Nexus 5 end.

The Nexus 5 measured 5.43 x 2.72 x 0.34 inches (137.84 x 69.17 x 8.59 mm) at a weight of 4.59oz (130 g). By its slightly bigger, 5.2-inch display, the new Nexus 5X sees an increase in size to 5.78 x 2.85 x 0.31 in (147.0 x 72.6 x 7.9mm) at a weight of 4.79oz (136g), but as you can see, it is also considerably thinner!

Google Nexus 5X- Display

Google Nexus 5X display

Rather than push the technology extra than is necessary, the Nexus 5X employs a Full-HD resolution display. This is perfectly nice on a 5.2-inch screen with 423 pixels-per-inch.The 5X display is protected by a Gorilla Glass 3 while the Nexus 6P uses the modern, more strong, Gorilla Glass 4. What’s even more disappointing is the raised edges of the device.

we expect the one on the Nexus 5X to exhibit a colour temperature that’s very close to the reference 6500 Kelvins, along with increased brightness levels and gamma response. Hopefully, LG’s done a good job with the display, because the original’s legacy still carries on — two years down the highway, the Nexus 5’s screen is still great!

Google Nexus 5X- Specification

Model: LG-H791

Manufacturer: Google

Dimensions: 147 x 72.6 x 7.9 mm

Weight: 136 g

Battery size: 2700 mah

Screen size: 5.2 in

Display technology: LCD

Screen: 1920 x 1080 pixels (424 ppi)

Front camera: 5 megapixels

Rear camera: 12.3 megapixels

Flashlight: Dual-LED

Android Version: 6.0 – Marshmallow

User Interface: Stock Android


Internal Storage: 16 GB, 32 GB

Removable Storage: Not available

Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 808

Number of cores: 6

Max. Clock speed: 1.8 GHz

Connectivity: HSPA, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0

Google Nexus 5X- Hardware

Google has decided to attach with a Full HD screen resolution on the Nexus 5X but grow up the size of the display itself from 5- to 5.2 inch. This does mean a little pixel density drop to 424 PPI, but that is still lots for it to be crisp – of course, you can get extra if that is what you’re after with the Quad HD Nexus 6P.

Alongside a small screen increase, a new Qualcomm processor has discovered its way inside the Nexus 5X. The used as in LG’s flagship G4, Snapdragon 808, is The Best upgrade from the 800 model that was top-of-the-line when the Nexus 5 arrived.

Despite certain rumours, the memory has not been upgraded to 4GB and remains at 2GB. Meanwhile, the Nexus 5X does not give up to 64GB and instead comes in 16 GB or 32 GB options. Seems like Apple iPhones, Nexus 5x has no Micro-SD card slot so you will need to choose carefully.

Google Nexus 5X- Software

The re’s little to say on the software front as the Nexus 5X is one of the launch devices for Android 6.0 Marshmallow. This is the latest version and it means there are some new features but it’s been in the public area for a long time now and existing Nexus devices will be upgraded very soon (next week in fact) so it’s not a standout difference compared to the original Nexus 5 or the newer Nexus 6.

Google Nexus 5X- Android 6 Marshmallow

Google Nexus 5X marshmallow

Nexus 5X will come with the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box, and this – along with the decent specs and reasonable price – is one of the prime reasons to buy the phone.

Google Nexus 5X- Camera

Google Nexus 5X camera

The one area that let down the last two Nexus smartphones was the camera, so it is good to see a little more attention lavished on that here. The 12.3-megapixel resolution doesn’t look a lot, but Google says the 1.55-micron pixels and lends the phone better performance in low light.

I’ve heard this before with the HTC One, which lose detail for low light capabilities, so I’m going to reserve decision until I have my hands on one and have tested it correctly, especially since the f/2.2 aperture is nothing special.

More interesting is the fact that it’s equipped with LG’s “laser to detect” autofocus system, so taking photographs should be a quick process. It also captures 4K video, and slow-motion video as is becoming de rigueur these days.

Google Nexus 5X- Pros 

  • Promising camera
  • One-hand friendly
  • Android Marshmallow
  • Unlocked and cheap

Google Nexus 5X- Cons

  • Specs trail other Androids
  • Just 2GB of RAM
  • Your microUSB cables are useless

Google Nexus 5X- Verdict

After testing the Nexus 5X for a small time, my final impressions are almost exactly like they were when I immediately held the device. This a modest handset with no serious disappointments. Those who love the Nexus 5 – I can already say – should have no mind not to love the Nexus 5X it’s a Nexus 5 for the new generation.

The Nexus 5X seems to have improved upon the two lowest areas of the Nexus 5, those being the camera and the battery life. But Google may have a tougher time selling the Nexus 5X on its price/performance ratio, particularly with the likes of the Honor 7 and OnePlus 2 gives great hardware at a low price.

While lovers of the original Nexus 5 can rekindle that love with the Nexus 5X personally, I think the new Nexus 5x might want in strong selling points for those who never cared.

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