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One of these devices was built using more premium materials and recently, it was upgraded to the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The other is a continuation to LG’s Nexus 5, but with an improved design and an extra feature, but more about the Nexus 5X (the X is a reference to the “core of the Nexus brand”) and its rival you’ll find out from this article.

Designs and Displays

Last year, Motorola used its Moto X 2014 design to create the Nexus 6 phablet. The same thing happened with the Huawei P8, which belongs to Huawei, the company that Google assigned to make the next Nexus phablet, and the devices have a similar look, as they both have a metal construction and a horizontal black band at the top, only that the Nexus 6P has a glossy strip, which is curved on the sides, just like the rest of the device, while the Huawei P8 has a flat back and it’s much slimmer (6.4mm compared to 7.3mm). Also, the Huawei P8 lacks a fingerprint scanner and its screen is smaller, measuring 5.2-inch. Huawei opted for an IPS-NEO LCD panel whose resolution is Full HD at 424ppi.

The Nexus 5X has a rugged polycarbonate build, but with flat sides, and unlike its predecessor, it has the rear camera in the top center and a fingerprint scanner under it. This device is much thicker at 7.9mm, but its screen has the same size, resolution and pixel density.


Huawei is a big fan of the HiSilicon processors and the company used the first known product was the K3V2 in the Ascend D Quad XL smartphone, while the P8 came with a Kirin 930/935 octa core processor with four cores running at 2GHz and four cores are clocked at 1.5GHz. The device is pretty fast and the processor is backed by 3GB of RAM, but the good news is that the P8 is equipped with a microSD card slot, allowing you to expand its internal memory (16 or 64GB) up to 128GB.

The Nexus 5X features the weaker Qualcomm MSM8992 Snapdragon 808 hexa core processor clocked at 1.82GHz and supports only 2GB of RAM, but its internal memory isn’t expandable and comes in variants of 16GB and 32GB.

Cameras and Batteries

If you’ll take photos during the day, they will look great no matter what phone you’ll use, because they have similar main cameras. The Huawei P8 uses a 13MP Sony RGBW sensor with an aperture of f/2.0, and it offers autofocus, optical image stabilization, dual-LED flash and HDR, while the front camera supports 8MP and can record Full HD videos. The Nexus 5X comes with a 12.3MP IMX377 sensor from Sony and its features include laser autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash, f/2.0 optics, 1.55µm pixel size and HDR, but it can record 4K videos. The front camera is slightly weaker at 5MP.

The Huawei P8 is powered by a non-removable 2,680mAh battery which should last one day under normal usage. The Nexus 5X offers 20mAh of extra juice and the battery is charged using the new microUSB Type-C reversible connector.


The P8 costs between $550 and $650, depending on the configuration, while the 16GB variant of the Nexus 5X is available at a price of $379.

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