Yesterday, Google unveiled its two new Nexuses – the successor of the Nexus 5 (2013), built by LG and the successor of the Nexus 6 (2014), which, this time was built by Huawei, not Motorola. We’ll be focusing on the smaller Nexus and we’ll highlight the changes that have been made to the new model.
Designs and Displays
The older Nexus 5 had a floating arc design with a plastic body, resembling the LG G3, but with its physical buttons placed on the sides, while the front panel is black and doesn’t have a metal band below the screen. The device is available in three color options: white, black and red, its dimensions are 137.9×69.2×8.6 mm and its weight is 130grams. The screen measures 4.95inches and it’s a True HD IPS+ which supports a Full HD resolution of 1080×1920 pixels at 445ppi.
The new 5X is also made of plastic, but the rear camera is protruding and located in the center, not in the upper right. Below the camera was added a circular fingerprint reader and on the front side were placed horizontal dual speakers. The screen is larger at 5.2inch, but the resolution hasn’t been increased, resulting in a lower pixel density of 424ppi. LG opted for lighter colors: Carbon, Quartz and Ice, despite the rumors according to which, the device will be available in white, black and blue greenish. The display is made of Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and it’s protected with an oleophobic coating against smudges. The dimensions of the body are 147×72.6×7.9 mm and it’s six grams heavier than the older model.
Nexus 5 2013 was one of the most powerful phones of its generation, because it used Qualcomm’s 32bit MSM8974 Snapdragon 800 quad core Krait 400processor, which was clocked at 2.3GHz and paired with 2GB of RAM. However, the price of the device wasn’t very high, only 349 dollars, and many people afforded to buy it.
The starting price for the 5X will be 379 dollars on the Google Store, but its performance was hardly improved, as the processor was upgraded to 64bit (Qualcomm MSM8992 Snapdragon 808) and now it has four cores running at 1.44GHz and two cores running at 1.82GHz, but the RAM capacity is identical. Also, you’ll need to choose between the same two variants of internal memories of 16GB and 32GB, which can’t be expanded.
Two years ago, most of the flagships brought 8MP back cameras and the Nexus 5 was no exception, but the images had an average quality, even with features such as OIS, HDR. Also, the video recording capabilities were limited to 1080p@30fps and there was a single LED flash on the back. The front camera was extremely weak at 1.3MP, so the device was used mostly for video calls.
The 5X brought a more advanced 12.3MP main camera with dual-LED flash, 1.55µm pixel size and 2160p video capture @30fps, while the front camera has been upgraded to 5MP.
The older model had a battery of 2300 mAh which lasted 17 hours when making voice calls on 3G. 5X device sports a slightly bigger battery of 2700mAh and its resistance will be tested soon, when the device will be available worldwide.