Nexus 5X vs 6P

Nexus day has come and gone for 2015 and now those Nexus aficionados amongst us who simply must have the new hotness, and haven’t taken measures to obtain an overseas variant, have the long wait until we can order a Nexus in Australia. Fear not, to keep you occupied during this time Google has provided you with a dilemma, do I buy a Nexus 5X or Nexus 6P? For some of you the choice will be easy one way or the other, or both, or not at all? However for some there may be some indecision one way or the other.

How better to help you decide than a comparison table? So without further ado here it is.

Nexus 5X
Nexus 6P
Screen 5.2” FHD with Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3 5.7” QHD with Corning® Gorilla® Glass 4
Resolution 1920 x 1080 2560 x 1440
PPI 423 ppi 518 ppi
Processor Snapdragon 808 Snapdragon 810
Cores Hexacore 2 x 2.0 GHz + 4 x 1.5 GHz Octa-core 4 x 2.0 GHz + 4 x 1.6 GHz
GPU Adreno 418 Adreno 430
Storage 16/32GB 32/64/128GB
Rear Camera 12.3MP 1.55μm
Aperture f/2.0
Flash Broad-spectrum CRI-90 dual flash
Auto-focus IR laser-assisted autofocus
Burst Mode No Yes
Elictronic image stabilisation No Yes
Slow motion video 120 fps 240 fps
Front Camera 5 MP 1.4μm 8 MP 1.4 µm
Aperture f/2.2 f/2.4
Wireless LTE cat. 6
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac 2×2 MIMO, dual-band (2.4 GHz, 5.0 GHz)
Bluetooth 4.2 LE
Digital compass
Wi-Fi use requires 802.11a/b/g/n/ac access point (router)
4G LTE FDD Bands B1/2/3/4/5/7/8/9/17/18/19/20/26/28 B1/2/3/4/5/7/8/9/17/19/20/28
4G LTE TDD Bands B38/40/41 B38/B39/40/41
3G UMTS B1/2/4/5/6/8/9/19 B1/2/4/5/6/8/9/19
2G GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz
Speakers Single front-facing speaker Dual front-facing stereo speakers
Sensors Fingerprint sensor
Proximity sensor
Ambient light sensor
Hall sensor
Android Sensor Hub
Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Battery 2,700 mAh 3,450 mAh
Dimensions 147.0 x 72.6 x 7.9 mm 159.3 X 77.8 X 7.3 mm
Weight 136 grams 178 grams
Colours Carbon (black), Quartz (white) , Ice (blue) Aluminium (silver), Graphite (black), Frost (white)

And there are the Nexii by the numbers. Both look to be solid devices that should deliver that unmistakable Nexus experience, and with both devices sharing many hardware features, rear camera, fingerprint sensor, Android Sensor Hub and USB C -even if it is v2.0 – the choice between them doesn’t get any easier if you’re on the fence. The 6P certainly has the a slightly faster processor, additional camera functionality and more storage options, but outside of those differences in capability the choice seems to be over price, size and build materials.

Which Nexus would you get? Let us know in the comments.

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“without further adieu” really? When did you say goodbye to me the first time and why would you say goodbye again? Why did the article continue after you said goodbye the first time?

OK so being a grammar Nazi probably isn’t the best look but shouldn’t you have said “without further ado”?


Have to be the 128GB 6P. But I’m still happy with my OnePlus One so far.


At this point I think I’ll end up getting the 64GB 6P – depending on the cost.
I’d also love wireless charging but perhaps there will be some aftermarket option like a number of other devices have.


I hope you’ll do a full comparison of all of these new phones! I can’t decide and I’m in the market for a new phone. Too many great phones!


As much as I dislike the pricing of the 6P compared to what the Americans have to pay, it looks like a kickass phone…

Ken Hoban

can anyone confirm about if either have wireless charging? don’t have an entire day to sift through the Nexus Q&A


Neither of them do.


And this is a bit of a killer for me. I’m so used to wireless charging now. I only plug my N6 in when I have 5 minutes before I run out the day and need to use the turbo charger. Otherwise I have a wireless pad on my desk and another on my coffee table at home. Plugging in seems a bit primitive now 😀


can you guys do a comparison of the network bands between the AUS version and the US version. What networks it will work on and such.


US version supports all Australian bands, except for 28 (700MHz, Optus and Telstra) and 40 (2300MHz, Optus).


Decided to just buy a new battery for the original Nexus 5 instead. $12 instead of $900, seems like a no-brainer. Hopefully it’ll keep getting updates until next years phones.