Nexus 5X release date, news and features
Google has announced the Nexus 5X, its smaller, LG-designed Android phone with a one-hand-friendly display and much better camera.
For those non-giants out there who literally can’t handle the Nexus 6P, the Nexus 5X dimensions are 147 x 72.6 x 7.9mm and weighs just 136g. It sports a 5.2-inch 1080p LCD display that you can actually hold and use without resorting to two hands.
- What is it? Google’s smaller Android flagship phone
- When is it out? Ships this October
- What will it cost? $379 for the 16GB model, $429 for the 32GB option
New design, new camera
The most exciting part of the Nexus 5X might be the camera. It has the best camera Google has ever put into a Nexus device thanks to its 1.55 micron pixels. Sure, it’s just 12.3MP, which at first seems like a low number compared to its Android rivals. However, the Nexus 5X’s extra microns allow it to capture extra light for superior low-light photos. That’s important for all indoor photos.
This rear ultrapixels-like camera has a f/2.0 aperture, IR laser-assisted autofocus and shoots 4K video at 30 frames per second. The front-facing camera is 5MP with the normal 1.4 microns and the same f/2.0 aperture.
While the camera is different, the internal specs don’t stray too far from the LG G4. After all, LG is behind this smartphone design. It has the same Snapdragon 808 processor with a 1.8GHz hexa-core CPU and Adreno 418 GPU. However, there’s 2GB of RAM here instead of the LG G4’s 3GB.
The Nexus 5X fast charges via USB-C in half the time it takes to rejuice an iPhone. In fact, Google says that 10 minutes of charging the new phone can get you nearly four hours of battery life.
More iPhone-rivaling specs are part of the new Nexus 5X, including the Android Sensor Hub, which seems to be an activity recognition chip to challenge the Apple’s motion processor.
Talking about the Nexus 5X imprint sensor, Google says it unlocks in less than 600 milliseconds and has a “incredibly low false reject rate.” It gets better over time with each use, too. The company is betting heavily on Android Pay, where Apple Pay have cornered the digital wallet market.
Release date and price
Google says that you can buy the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P through the Google Store starting today via a pre-order in the US, UK, Ireland and Japan, with more countries coming in the coming weeks. It’ll partner with leading retailers and partners in other countries.
The confirmed Nexus 5X price will be $379, with a 90-day Google Play Music and, in the US at least, a $50 Play credit with all pre-orders. In addition to the normal manufacturer warranty, it’ll tack on an extra year. If something does happen to your phone, you can get a new holdover device as early as the next business day. It’ll be $69 for this Nexus 5X service. Want to save more money? The phone will support Google’s Project Fi service, too.
In the UK, the Nexus 5X starts at £339 for the 16GB version and the 32GB costs £379.
Source @ Tech Radar