Google’s new iteration of the Nexus smartphones has been announced today, and the two devices are already available for pre-order on Play Store, with enough innovations to make tech enthusiasts droll.
Mountainview seems to be circling the letter S with its new smartphones, and I’m referring here to both the iPhone 6S and the Samsung Galaxy 6S. However, the Nexus 7 name was already taken by its line of tablets, and until now there has been a tight correlation between the number and the screen diagonal, anyway. It’s a bit of a certainty that Google is not crazy enough to launch a 7-inch phablet, so for the time being, adding letters to previously used names seems to be the way to go. More important than the names chosen for the devices are the design and the specs, and none of the new devices fails to impress in these departments. While both are obvious upgrades of the LG-built Nexus 5 and the Motorola-built Nexus 6, it’s more interesting to see how what differences are between these two new mobile monsters.
For the Nexus 5X, Google stuck with LG, seeing just how successful the Nexus 5 was at the time. On the other hand, the tech giant ditched Motorola and brought Huawei on board to create a Note 5 and iPhone 6S killer. Truth be told, the two new smartphones are only similar in terms of software, connectivity and sensors, both coming with Android 6.0 Marshmallow, Wi-Fi ac, LTE Cat 6, GPS, Bluetooth 4.2, USB Type-C connectors and a wide range of sensors, including one for biometric authentication via fingerprints. Other than that, they pretty much differ in every possible aspect. The rear camera of both phones has a 12MP sensor (each could be made by a different company, though) with 2160p@30fps video recording capabilities, while in the front the 5X includes a 5MP camera, and the 6P packs an 8MP snapper.
Nexus 5X measures 147 x 72.6 x 7.9 mm (5.79 x 2.86 x 0.31 in), weighs 136 g (4.80 oz), and sports a 5.2-inch FHD display protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. Under the hood, it packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 SoC with a hexa-core CPU and an Adreno 418 GPU. As for memory, it includes either 16 or 32GB of ROM and 2GB of RAM. With good specs that aren’t that mindblowing in this day and age, it’s clear that Google has made the Nexus 6P their flagship. Huawei’s contribution to the Nexus line is greater in every aspect, measuring 159.3 x 77.8 x 7.3 mm (6.27 x 3.06 x 0.29 in) and tipping the scale at 178 g (6.28 oz). Partially responsible for that is the 5.7-inch QHD display with Corning Gorilla Glass 4. The Nexus 6P even packs more processing power, as it features a Snapdragon 810 with an octa-core CPU and an Adren 430 GPU. For this particular phone, Google and Nexus have decided to drop the 16GB version and stick with 32/64 and 128GB, instead, along with 3GB of RAM.
For a limited time only, Google will give $50 in Play Store credit to anyone pre-ordering the Nexus 5X or 6P from here.
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