Yesterday at the big Google event, they announced two new Nexus smartphones – one by an old friend, the LG Nexus 5X and one by Huawei, the Nexus 6P. They were to be available for pre-order the day of the announcement, however, the Nexus 5X was conspicuously absent from Canada’s Google Store. We are happy to say that situation has been rectified and today, the Nexus 5X is also in the Google Store for pre-order. It is the cheaper of the two devices, but it will still cost you $499 for the 16GB model and $559 for the 32GB variant. As with the Nexus 6P, the Nexus 5X will come unlocked and can be use on any network with the proper SIM card. You will have your choice of the colors, Carbon, Quartz or Ice.
The Nexus 5X is the mid-range Nexus smartphone, sort of going back to the original Nexus roots, which got a little lost last year with the huge Nexus 6 with high-end specs and a price to match. It turned off many Nexus users that just kept their current model, and while the Nexus 5X is smaller in display size – 5.2-inches – and price, it is still a rather large device. It measures 147 x 72.6 x 7.9 mm and weighs in at 136 grams. It sports a 5.2-inch Full HD display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and 424 pixels-per-inch (PPI). For processing power the Nexus 5X is using a 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 hexa-core. It has 2GB of RAM and either 16GB or 32GB of internal storage with no microSD card slot for expansion. The camera is using a 12.3MP sensor with laser autofocus and dual-tone LED flash…but no OIS. The front-facing camera (FFC) is 5MP to satisfy those selfies and to handle any video chats. Power is supplied by a 2700 mAh non-removable battery and offers a quick charge option.
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Both Nexus devices come with a fingerprint sensor for unlocking the device as well as mobile payments on Android Pay with Marshmallow 6.0. It also has the usual suspects, like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC and a microUSB 2.0 Type-C port for charging and data transfer. It has dual front-facing stereo speakers and is setup for Project Fi.