At the end of September, Google announced not one but two new Nexus smartphones: the LG-built Google Nexus 5X and the Huawei-built Google Nexus 6P. Today’s news concerns the LG-built Google Nexus 5X, billed as the follow up device to Google’s most successful Nexus smartphone yet, the LG Google Nexus 5. The LG Google Nexus 5X is based around a 5.2-inch, 1080p resolution, IPS LCD panel, which is slightly bigger than the Nexus 5’s 5.0-inch 1080p panel. Under the skin, the device is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor, which contains six application cores. Four are ARM Cortex-A53 cores, designed for low power consumption, and the remaining two are ARM Cortex-A57 cores, which are for the heavy lifting. The ARM Cortex-A57 cores are clocked at up to 1.8 GHz. The Nexus 5X has the same system-as-chip as the LG G4, but has a lower resolution display and a stock Android interface, which is known to be fast and smooth. The Snapdragon 808 is backed up by 2 GB of memory and either 16 GB or 32 GB of internal storage, but as with every other Nexus device (apart from the original), there is no MicroSD card slot. There’s a 2,700 mAh rechargeable battery and a 12.3 MP main camera, which is reputed to take excellent quality shots.
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When the Nexus 5X was announced on the September 29, customers were told that the device would be shipping later in October. For those customers who pre-ordered the device, it has been a painfully long two weeks punctuated with the news that the device appeared to be shipping on the 22 October. However, a few days before this deadline we are now seeing signs that Google is preparing to fulfill these orders. We have seen a number of reports that Google had first updated the status of some Nexus 5X pre-orders to “Pending,” followed by customer credit cards being charged for the purchase. Following this, the order status updated to “Processing.” This in all probability, means that Google has the device ready to ship and if this is the case, those customers who have pre-ordered likely only have a handful of days to wait until their device arrives. At the time of writing, we are not aware of any notifications regarding a shipping update.
For those customers who pre-ordered the Huawei-built Nexus 6P, we’ve seen reports that these orders are also being updated to “Pending” but have not heard from anybody with a pre-ordered Nexus 6P and their card being charged. It’s possible that the Nexus 5X will be ready for shipping a day or so before the Nexus 6P, or perhaps Google’s systems have not yet updated for the Nexus 6P.