Along with the Nexus 6P, Google also announced a second Nexus smartphone – the Nexus 5X. Built by LG, the device is an update to the Nexus 5, and is slightly less powerful than the Nexus 6P.
The Nexus 5X has a smaller 5.2” Full HD display compared to the Nexus 6P, and is slightly less powerful however, Google is still packing some of the best features in the device. Most of the specs are still similar, like an Android Sensor hub, the Nexus Imprint fingerprint sensor, and a USB Type-C port.
The Nexus 5X is powered by a hexa-core 1.8GHz Snapdragon 808 processor paired with 2GB of RAM and 16GB/32GB of internal storage. There’s a 2,700mAh battery on board with Fast Charge technology, and as expected, it runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box.
Camera wise, there is a 12.3MP shooter with 1.55-micron pixel camera sensor that can capture more light than before. At the announcement, Google presented an example showing how the camera can even capture more lights than an iPhone 6s in low light conditions. To be activated by double pressing the power button, the rear camera uses laser autofocus with auto HDR+, and can capture 4K videos at “normal rate”, as well as 120p slow motion videos.
A rather interesting camera feature demonstrated by Google is a Smart Burst mode that can capture a burst of images at 30fps, and then put them together to create an animated GIF. This sounds similar to Auto Awesome on Google Photos, but is now available right on your device without having to upload to Google’s cloud.
Nexus Imprint is also another notable feature on the Nexus 5X. It can recognize a fingerprint in less than 600 milliseconds Google says that it “almost never fails”. To make it even better, Nexus Imprint will more accurate with more use, giving it a “lightning fast” performance. You can use it to unlock the device, authorise Play Store purchases, and for those in the U.S., it is also compatible with Android Pay.
The Nexus 5X will go on sale in selected countries (U.S., U.K, Ireland, and Japan)for US$379. The preorder starts today and will ship later in October.