Google Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P | Review
Google officially announced its two new flagship phones – the Nexus 5X and the Nexus 6P on 29th September. The Nexus 5X is the cheaper of the two, aimed at the mid-range segment. It sports a hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor, clocked at 1.8 GHz, with two big and four LITTLE cores.
The rear camera has a 12.3MP sensor with 1.55 μm pixels which Google claims can capture low light better. It also supports laser-assisted autofocus and shooting slow-motion video at 120FPS. The front camera is a 5MP shooter with 1.4 μm pixels. Both cameras have a f/2.0 aperture.
The phone has a 5.2 inch 1080p display, an IPS LCD screen unlike the AMOLED of its bigger brother the 6P, and a 2700mAh battery – which isn’t the best, but still a notable improvement of the 2300mAh of the Nexus 5. It has a single front-facing speaker, and 3 microphones for noise cancellation. It comes in black, white, and a very light blue – which Google is calling ‘ice’.
However, the Nexus 5X does disappoint in two areas – Google offers only 16 and 32GB options for storage, which is really not enough these days, and only 2GB of LPDDR3 RAM, which is a real deal breaker. With 3GB of RAM being the standard today, and phones cheaper than the Nexus 5X (the OnePlus Two and the Asus Zenfone 2) coming with even 4GB of RAM, launching a new phone in 2015 with 2GB of RAM is a baffling decision.
The Nexus 5X starts at $379, which is around Rs. 25,000 but with import taxes we can expect the Indian version to cost up to Rs. 30,000 easily.
The Huawei-made Nexus 6P, on the other hand, is a top of the line flagship, coming with an octa-core Snapdragon 810 with 4/4 big.LITTLE configuration. This is v2.1 of the processor, which Qualcomm claims has fixed the overheating problems to a large extent. The rear camera is almost the same as the Nexus 5X, but with the advantage of being able to shoot slow motion video at 240FPS – largely because of its better processor. The front camera sees an upgrade, and now is an 8MP shooter with a f/2.4 aperture. Also Read – Bluboo Xfire Pro
The screen is smaller than last year’s Nexus 6, but still sits pretty large at 5.7 inches, and supports a 2560×1440 resolution at 518 ppi. It also has a humongous 3450mAh battery, and retails in black, white and grey. Both phones feature a fingerprint sensor at the back, which Google has taken to calling ‘Nexus imprint’. This should allow for better, easier security.
The Nexus 6P is priced in a more premium range, starting at $500/Rs. 33,000 for the 32GB version and going up to $650/Rs. 43,000 for the 128GB version. These are, however, USA prices – expect the Indian version to come at a premium, and the prices can easily go up to Rs. 50,000-55,000.
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