LG unveiled two mind range smartphones between late 2015 and early 2016.
The LG Nexus 5X is powered by Google and marked its presence in October 2015. The LG K10 was a later release and one of the first releases by the manufacturer for 2016 in January. Both the CDMA handsets are single SIM devices. However, the K10 uses a normal SIM whereas the Nexus 5X needs a nano-SIM. Although the two gadgets stack up a lot of similarities up their sleeves, there are a few disparities too. Have these handsets lived up to the expectations of LG fans with their features and specifications? To know for yourself continue reading this article to know what they have to offer.
Design, Dimensions & Weight, and Body Material
The two LG smartphones stick to adopting the candy bar form factor with the corners designed to be a little rounded. Talking about the dimensions and weight, this is one place where the two devices team up with each other with a close similarity. The LG K10 has a size of 147 x 72.6 x 7.9mm compared to the LG Nexus 5X with a proportionate size of 146 x 74.8 x 8.8mm. It is clearly obvious that the LG devices show a major difference only in their thicknesses. While the K10 weighs 140g, the Nexus 5X is just marginally lighter at 136g. The LG K10 houses a full plastic body. In contrast, a hard matte plastic for the rearcoupled with soft touch coatings form the major body material of the LG Nexus 5X.
Verdict: As can be seen, almost all the above listed parameters are identical in the two LG handsets. There is no clear cut reason why you should prefer one smartphone over the other. However if you want a smartphone that is as sleek as possible, you must consider checking out the 5X.
Screen Display and Resolution
Like the overall dimensions, the screen size also does not portray a major variance. The two screens incorporate IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen technology. The Nexus 5X has a 5.2-inch screen in place of the 5.3-inch screen in the K10. While the former LG handset has a pixel resolution and pixel density of 1080 x 1920 and 423ppi, the corresponding values in the latter device are 720 x 1080 and 277ppi. Additionally, the Nexus screen has a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 scratch-resistant glass and an oleophobic coating.
Verdict: The figures say all that you would like to know. With same screen size and display technology, the LG Nexus 5X undoubtedly has a far superior pixel resolution and pixel density than the LG K10 counterpart. This results in crisper and clearer displays that are more appealing to the human eye. Additionally, the scratch-resistant glass ensures more safety to your screen.
LG has decided to make things a little different with its cameras in the K10. Opt for a LTE model and you get a 13MP rear camera. This is replaced by an 8MP camera in the 3G model. Either way, the two cameras support LED flash and identical features. On the other hand, there are no options in the Nexus 5X. You get only a 12.3MP rear snapper with dual LED flash. The two LG cameras support most common functionalities such as panorama, HDR, face detection, and geo-tagging. They also record videos at 30 fps.However, the key highlight of the Nexus camera is its laser autofocus capability. Like the rear snapper, the LG K10 has two choices for the front camera. The LTE version has an 8MP camera whilst the 3G model has a 5MP selfie camera.Again the LG Nexus 5X offers only a 5MP camera. Both LG secondary snappers are also capable of recording videos like their primary counterparts.
Verdict:With decent dynamic range, the LG Nexus 5X offers good quality shots in low light. Also, the laser focus functionality reduces the time taken to focus on an object. Although the LG K10 does not have this high end feature, the shots taken with its camera are not bad either. But the LTE device with higher pixel values renders overall better results than the 3G model.
The LTE version of the K10 has a 1.2/1.3GHz quad core processor or a 1.14GHz octa core processor. In comparison, the Nexus 5X has a six-core 1.8GHz. The LG K10 comes with 1, 1.5 or 2GB RAM and 8 or 16GB ROM as storage depending on your choice of model. In contrast, the LG Nexus 5X has 2GB RAM and 16 or 32GB storage options. The storage can be expanded externally with a memory card in the K10. Typical of Nexus, this is just not possible in the Nexus 5X.
The LG K10 still functions on Android’s Lollipop while supporting upgrade to the next version Marshmallow. The LG Nexus 5X comes with the Marshmallow version already installed.
Verdict: With a slightly better clocking frequency, the Nexus 5X has a marginally better performance. Also thanks to the Marshmallow version for the operating system, this device benefits more from various battery, performance, and security enhancements. However if you want a lot of storage to accommodate a lot of content, you will need the K10 that allows for a lot of extra memory.