Nexus 6P

As has been widely expected, Google revealed two new smartphones in its Nexus line today at a press event in San Francisco. The two new phones—the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P—are new flagship phones that feature the pure Google experience without any outside bloatware, third-party skins, or apps. Nexus phones are historically rated very high, and it doesn’t seem like that will be changing.

The new Nexus phones sport better cameras with low light performance being a key focus point. They also feature fingerprint sensors on the rear of the device that look similar in design to Touch ID. Both phones will run Google’s latest Android Marshmallow update.

The Nexus 5X is manufactured by LG and is a plastic body 5.2″ phone sporting a 1080p display. The larger Nexus 6P is made by Huawei. It features an aluminum body (frost white, aluminum, and graphite), and a 5.7″ screen with a 1440p display. Both phones are capable of shooting 4K video.

Pre-orders for the new Nexus phones start today. The Nexus 5X starts at $379 unlocked, and the larger Nexus 6P starts at $499.

The Nexus 6P

The Nexus 5X

Both phones feature the new USB Type-C reversible USB connection for charging. This is the same USB connection found on the new 12″ MacBook, and Google’s own Chromebook Pixel laptops.

The headlining feature with both of these devices seem to be cameras. Google is really drumming up the low light performance of the cameras and even compared the Nexus 6P camera to the camera found in the iPhone 6s Plus.

Nexus 6P Camera

Google says that the large pixel size results in better low light photography. The new iPhone, with its larger amount of pixels when compared to the previous generation, features smaller pixels in order to pack them into a similar footprint as before. It’s hard to argue with the math, but only a true real-world side-by-side test will reveal the truth of the matter.

At any rate, these both seem like solid phones. Obviously the 6P is the more premium of the two, with its larger screen and aluminum body, but the 5.2″ Nexus 5X, with its $379 starting price, seems pretty appealing for the masses.

What are your thoughts on both phones? We’ll have more follow up thoughts on both devices soon.

  • Jonathan

    That black bar on the 6P is growing on me… if I get the black version.

    I just hope it has Qi wireless charging :/

    • Alan Bynum

      No wireless charging, although I haven’t quite figured out why its such an important feature. (have never used a device with this feature-what do you like about it?)

      • Jonathan

        I have a Nexus 7 and love the feature. I tried uploading a video to Imgur, but it kept failing. So, you’ll have to do without a video.

        Anywhoo, I have it hidden underneath a book on a shelf on my nightstand. So at night, I just plop it on the edge of the book and it charges every night. I got one off Ebay for $7.99. I know there’s a bunch out there that are even $50, but this is holding well. It just feels like it could break easily. It weighs next to nothing, so I would put a ton of weight on top of it or put it in a travel case with other things that could crack it easily. But, it’s holding quite well. I’m very happy with it. I thought of modifying my night stand by carving out the bottom and putting the wireless charger there. That way I could just put my tablet on my nightstand and it’ll “magically” charge. Too much work for that.

        Main thing I like about it is that I can just pick it up and instantly start using it rather than unplug it then use it if I’m walking away. I know, #firstworldproblem, but still.

        TL:DR putting it under a book makes it kinda unique by hiding it. No cables, just drop and leave.

  • rickinsav

    Hadn’t seen the specs on the camera but sounds like they’re trying to spin/sell it like the HTC One.

    • Juschan

      12.3 mp shooter with 4k and 240 fps slowmo (120fps for the 5x) laser auto focus and thats pretty much it seems to be solid but not outstanding anyway i fell in love with the 5x somehow so i´ll try it myself 😀

  • Jason Baroni

    Every sleek, metal phone that comes up makes me think “boy, that’s the way the iPhone 6/s should have been”. Tough, guys. Tough.

  • n0ahcruz3

    That specs and price -.-‘ if only we can port iOS in that beast of a phone.

    • Alberto Espinal

      Everything that comes out in the android world is a beast in specs but do they perform like they suppose to do, I don’t think so! You can see plenty of videos in YouTube the iPhone 6s killing the Note 5, it’s kinda an embarrassment how it did it, now the Moto Pure X I believe is it’s name has stock android and they did the same test with the Note 5 and the Motorola lost against the Note 5, the iPhone 6s it’s simply the fastest device out there right now!!

      • n0ahcruz3

        I know that already lol to be honest tho i like that 6p design than the 6/s

      • Alberto Espinal

        Its neat i know

      • Juschan

        yeah thats true but the stock android directly pushed by google makes them nexus devices run really smooth and fast and i am still extremely impressed by the speed of the galaxy s6 launching the camera :O

  • Eyal Rotem

    i think the finger print sensor at the back is weird, what about the times you unlock it whilst on the desk or something… oh well..

    • Juschan

      for real i am doing this a lot of times and im worried i won’t be able to do this comfortably on the nexus devices

  • TwinSon

    The Finger Print sensor in the back looks Cumbersome. It looks like it only works well if you’re holding your phone and your index finger is resting on the back.

  • jhembach

    Wow, what a comically deceptive slide (if that is in fact Google’s). The difference between the width of a Nexus 6 and a Nexus 6P pixel is 27%, but they’ve conveniently stretched it in the graphic to make it look like it’s more than twice as wide.

    • Juschan

      watch the google keynote specially that part i enjoyed a lot haha

    • blackpearl

      that’s because of the area of the pixel. 27% increase in length makes a huge difference in total area

      • jhembach

        True, but that’s not the point – it’s that that slide is laid out to make you think the difference is much greater than it actually is.

  • John Wickham

    Don’t think I would ditch my iPhone, but if I were to, I think this might be the phone I would get. I hear great things about it.

  • David Barajas

    Looks good. Like how after two years my Nexus smartphone still is smooth and enjoyable to use. Makes me want one of the new ones even more. I’m liking the 6P the more I read about it.
    My 6s Plus is going to have to hold me over until I can get one.

  • iPhoneWINS

    eh…

  • johnsm

    zero innovation

    • Shinonuke

      Cut it out

      • smtp25

        I read this in Jessies voice from Full House for some reason

    • Juschan

      for real?:D

  • raulortiz318

    Love the size of the Nexus 5X. I always with the iPhone 6 was a bit bigger, and the Plus a bit smaller, so the 5X seems to fit right in.

    I won’t be switching to Android though. Nice phones nonetheless!

  • bigzjoseph

    iphone 5s inspired. Wink Wink!

  • Iuri Dos Santos Cunha

    LG never disappoint in making Nexus phones look great

  • Alan Bynum

    The previous generation iPhones (6 & 6Plus) featured a camera pixel size of 1.5µ, it’s a shame that in the effort to up the megapixel count, the size was made smaller (which had to happen to maintain the design of the device as close as possible).

  • Technocrz!

    both phones looks very appealing

  • port87

    those front facing speakers on the 6p is getting to me. man if only the iphone can do that, that’ll be game changer for me to get a new iphone. still on the 5s and happy with it.

    • Technocrz!

      you are born for 5S

    • zeman tamy

      Good for you man. I like my iPhone 6 plus and i will stay with it until greedy apple decides to do real upgrade
      iPhone 6s plus meh!

  • I had really bad luck with Android phones and Tablets. I’d tried Motorola, LG and Samsung Phones. I came back to iPhone devices for good.

    • Shinonuke

      I owned and used Samsung Galaxy S2,S3,S4, note 2, note 3 and one plus one (which is a note 4 in a different shell). Also, HTC m7. I still have to go back to the iPhone. They lag too much in the games that I play like Kritika, infinity blade series,etc…HTC will be the way to go for me if I stop using the iPhone. It’s got two things that the stock iPhone doesn’t have that I really love: built in radio (so I can listen to NPR) the HTC’s clock ticker.