This year, Google has chosen to skip the release of a tablet and instead, it brought two different smartphones, both running on the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The Nexus 5X belongs to LG, the South Korean company that has released the Nexus 4 and 5, while the Nexus 6P has been created by Huawei, whose smartphones are famous for their luxurious designs. So, which model offers a better experience?
The Nexus 5X is made of a soft plastic and it looks cheaper than its sibling. It has three variants of colors to choose from: Carbon, Quartz and Ice, the back is curved on the edges and has the rear camera in the top center, featuring a fingerprint scanner below it. It weights 136 grams and has physical dimensions of 147 x 72.6 x 7.9 mm. On the front side it looks like a Motorola handset. Also, the camera has a circular lens and it’s slightly protruding.
The Nexus 6P has a metallic body available in three colors as well: Aluminum, Graphite and Frost, but it’s much taller and has a black horizontal strip at the top with the rear camera sitting on the left corner. The Nexus Imprint (fingerprint reader) sits in the same location, and the right and left edges are slightly curved. The front side is very similar to that of the Nexus 5X, while the physical dimensions are 159.3 x 77.8 x 7.3 mm, resulting in a total weights of 178 grams.
The Nexus 5X features a smaller IPS LCD screen sized at 5.2-inch, which is limited to a Full HD resolution and it’s relatively sharp with its pixel density of 423ppi, while the oleophobic coating and the Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection are two features that will prevent the screen from being scratched.
The Nexus 6P has an AMOLED screen sized at 5.7-inch, which supports a QHD resolution at 518ppi, which means that its colors are more vibrant and the images are sharper. Also, the screen benefits from the newer Corning Gorilla Glass 4 proctection against scratches.
The Nexus 6P is using the latest Qualcomm MSM8994 Snapdragon 810 chipset which supports two quad core processors clocked at 1.55GHz and 2GHz, an Adreno 430 GPU and 3GB of RAM, while the internal memory comes in three variants of 32/64/128 GB, but you can expand any of them. The Nexus 5X uses the previous Qualcomm MSM8992 Snapdragon 808 chipset with a quad processor clocked at 1.44GHz and a dual core processor clocked at 1.82GHz, supporting the modest Adreno 418 GPU and 2GB of RAM. The internal memory is also unexpandable, but it’s available in variants of 16GB and 32GB.
The rear camera has the same resolution of 12.3MP on the same devices. The shooter has an f/2.0 aperture, dual-LED flash and an IR laser-assisted autofocus, being able to shoot 4K videos and to take good photos in low light conditions. On the front side of the Nexus 5X you’ll find a 5MP secondary camera, but the 8MP camera of the Nexus 6P performs better.
While the Nexus 5X houses a 2700mAh battery which does a good job, the Nexus 6P will last much longer with its 3540mAh battery.