Google today unveiled its new Nexus handsets for 2015: the LG-made Nexus 5X and the Huawei-made Nexus 6P. Just like Apple, Google has launched two new Nexus handsets to better cater to the varying demand of consumers in terms of screen size.
The LG Nexus 5X is the cheapest of the two handsets unveiled today, and features a 5.2-inch 1080p display. The handset also houses front-facing stereo speakers located at the top and bottom of the display. Under the hood, the Nexus 5X is powered by a 64-bit hexa-core Snapdragon 808 chipset clocked at 1.8GHz, 2GB LPDDR3 RAM, and 16/32GB storage. Unlike previous Nexus devices, Google has also laid special attention on the camera of the handsets this time around. The Nexus 5X comes with a 12.3MP shooter at the rear with 1.55um pixel size. Additionally, it also features a LaserAF sensor to reduce the autofocus times and a dual-LED CRI LED flash. The front of the device houses a 5MP selfie shooter.
Other notable specs of the Nexus 5X includes LTE-A connectivity, NFC, a 2,700mAh battery with fast charging support, USB Type-C port, and a touch-based fingerprint scanner called Nexus Imprint located at the rear.
As for the Nexus 6P, it is the first Nexus handset from Google to feature an all-metal unibody design. The handset features a gigantic 5.7-inch Quad HD resolution Super AMOLED display with front-facing stereo speakers located at the top and bottom. Under the hood, the device comes with a Snapdragon 810 chipset, 3GB LPDDR4 RAM, and 32/64/128GB of storage space. Just like the Nexus 5X, the Nexus 6P features a 12.3MP shooter at the rear with 1.55um pixel size, a LaserAF sensor and a dual-LED CRI LED flash. The handset is also capable of recording videos in slow-mo at up to 240fps.
On the front, Huawei and Google have gone for an 8MP shooter with an f/2.2 aperture. Other specs of the device include LTE-A support, NFC, 3,450mAh battery with fast charging support, a USB Type-C port, and the Nexus Imprint fingerprint scanner.
As with every new iPhone launch, the hardware is only one part of the story. The Nexus handsets will run on Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box that come with many new features. Among them are the new power saving techniques like Doze and App Standby that will greatly help in improving the idle battery drain on the devices. Other new features in Android 6.0 include an iOS-like app permissions manager, quick sharing of content to your favorite contacts, and native APIs for fingerprint scanners.
The Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P go up for pre-order through the Google Store later today in the United States, United Kingdom, Japan, Canada and Ireland. The price of the Nexus 5X will start from $379.99 for the 16GB model, with the 32GB variant coming in at $429.99.The Nexus 6P has been priced at $499 for the 32GB variant, while the 64GB and 128GB storage variant will set you back by $50 and $100, respectively.