Android 6.0 Marshmallow has finally been released and to usher in the sweet new software update Google has also launched a new pair of handsets in the popular Nexus range – the Nexus 6P and the Nexus 5X.
Both of these Nexus models have been floating around the rumour-mill for a little while now, and recently broke cover in picture form. We shared some of the common specification speculations but now that both smartphones are officially launched we thought we’d update you with the confirmed facts on both.
The Nexus 6P is the big brother of the pair and is manufactured by Huawei. It’s quite a huge opportunity for the Chinese company, which is typically known for producing budget range smartphones, to be invited by Google to provide this year’s flagship model and to showcase the brand new Android 6.0.
The handset comes with a main rear camera which captures 4K video and 12.3-megapixels with a dual flash and laser-assisted autofocus and the front-facing camera offers spectacular selfies at 8-megapixels with HD video available too. A fingerprint sensor makes a unique addition to the new Nexus and all of the familiar connectivity options are available including 4G/LTE, Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth 4.2. These excellent features are supported by a 3,450 mAh battery offering up to 7 hours average use from just ten minutes on charge.
The Nexus 6P is available in solid metal with Aluminium, Graphite and Frost finishes and price starts at £449 SIM-free, direct from the Google Store.
Switching focus to the Nexus 5X – this particular model was made by South Korean co. LG and features a smaller 5.2-inch FHD LCD touchscreen display at a resolution of 1920 x 1080 with 423ppi. Like with the Nexus 6P, the Nexus 5X screen is defended by a toughened Gorilla Glass (Gorilla Glass 3 in this case).
A Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 hexa-core 64-bit CPU keeps this one ticking with a clocked speed of 1.8GHz with graphics processed by Adreno 418 GPU. 2GB of RAM comes on-board and internal storage options come in choice of 16GB and 32GB (which might seem quite lowly to high data users).
Main camera specs are comparable on both models and the Nexus 5X offers 12.3-megapixel rear shooter with dual-flash and laser focus and it’ll also offer 4K video capture like the 6P. The front-facing camera comes in with reasonable 5-megapixels. The fingerprint sensor also makes it over to this handset and the battery size on the Nexus 5X is 2,700 mAh and provides an average 3.8 hours between ten minutes of a mains supply. 4G/LTE, Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth 4.2 are supported for your connectivity needs.
Colours for the Nexus 5X include equally fancy names such as Carbon, Quartz and Ice and the start price for the SIM-free model is £339.
We expect our favourite UK networks to announce their prices and tariffs for the new Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X very soon. So we will endeavour to update our readers when this information becomes available.