After a number of weeks of increasingly intense speculation, fuelled by a numerous revealing visual leaks, Google has finally unveiled its expected two new smartphones at today’s media event in San Fransisco. First one announced comes from the Chinese manufacturer, as Huawei Nexus 6P with all-metal body, USB Type-C port, Android Marshmallow, Fast charging support, 7.3mm thick design and 5.7-inch WQHD Amoled display etc. The second smartphone of Google to unveil was the LG Nexus 5X. Officially detailed its technical specifications, price and release date.
The Google’s LG Nexus 5X is official now. The 5.2-inch beast serves up a gorgeous full HD 1080p display manufactured from Gorilla Glass 3, resulting in a pixel density of 424ppi. Internals go by for your sake, and if you remove the outer cover of the device you’ll be greeted by a Hexa Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor with integrated Adreno 418 GPU and 2GB of RAM.
On trhe photography front, the LG Nexus 5X is equipped with similar to what Google Nexus 6P features. There’s a 12.3-megapixel rear camera that offers 4K video recording, but it doesn’t carry OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) support for photos and videos. The front-facing cam is expected 5-megapixel for those exceptional selfies. LG has thrown in its IR laser-assisted autofocus and a broad-spectrum dual flash setup. You can now double-tap the power button to activate the camera. Google Now on Tap, Android’s battery-saving Doze mode, and all the other exciting new features of Marshmallow will figure on the Nexus 5X.
Like the 6P, the LG Nexus 5X also features an integrated biometric device on the rear casing of the phone called Nexus Imprint, which will interact with Android 6.0 Marhmallow to authenticate the owner and is joining Samsung, Apple, and most other smartphone manufacturers in recognizing the great utility of fingerprint authentication for getting security-sensitive stuff — such as payments via Android Pay — done on your phone. Still has a USB Type-C support, but no microUSB. Conclusion. It is available in 16GB or 32GB variants with no support for that to be expanded via external memory solutions like microSD.
Measuring 147 x 72.6 x 7.9m, the Nexus 5X is slightly thinner than its predecessor. Weight is up to 136 grams, from 130 grams for the Nexus 5 (2013). LG has also negated to include wireless charging for this particular release. Connectivity features include Wi-Fi 802.11ac (2×2 MIMO), NFC, Bluetooth 4.2 and GPS/GLONASS. There’s a single front-facing speaker, which is joined by 3 microphones (at the front, top and bottom).
Aesthetically speaking, the LG Nexus 5X is offered in either an Ice Blue, White or Carbon Quartz finish. Pre-orders in the US, UK, South Korea, Japan and Ireland starts today, September 29. Prices begin at $379.99 for the entry-level 16GB version and $429 for 32GB version. Both will be unlocked, without tying you to a contract, and will work across major US networks. Impressively include a 90-day free trial of Google Play Music and US buyers will also get a $50 Play Store credit. Google is today also introducing a new Nexus Protect warranty program, which costs $69 for the Nexus 5X and provides two years of mechanical breakdown and accidental damage coverage.
- 5.2-inch (1920 x 1080 pixels) Full HD display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection
- Hexa-Core Snapdragon 808 ( 4x 1.44GHz ARM A53 + 2 x 1.8 GHz ARM A57 ) 64-bit processor with Adreno 418 GPU
- 2GB RAM, 16GB / 32GB internal memory
- Android 6.0 Marshmallow
- Single nano SIM
- 12.3MP rear camera with dual-tone LED flash, 1.55 micron sensor, f/2.0 aperture, Laser Auto focus
- 5MP front-facing camera, f/2.0 aperture,
- Dimensions: 147.0 x 72.6 x 7.9 mm; Weight: 136g
- 4G LTE / 3G, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2×2 MIMO dual-band, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, NFC, USB Type-C
- 2700mAh battery
The Google Nexus 5X will ship in the latter half of October, and availability will be added for nearly 40 more countries on October 19th.