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Video: Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X First Look and Hands-on

If hands-on photo galleries are not enough for you, how about some video action? Kellen was on-hand for this morning’s Google event, where two Nexus devices were announced, the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P. Both offer something quite different, and it seems our community is pretty torn on which to pick up.

The Nexus 6P is the larger, more premium-priced device, running a starting price of $499. It features a 5.7″ QHD display, Snapdragon 810 processor, and fingerprint reader. The Nexus 5X starts at $379, which is more of an updated Nexus 5 device with a body comprised of plastic. It features a smaller 5.2″ 1080p display and Snapdragon 808 processor.

Hands-on videos for both devices can be viewed below. 


Nexus 6P Hands-on

Nexus 5X Hands-on

  • Morgan Glassco

    Any confirmation it will have Manual mode and RAW support in the Camera?

  • Eugene

    Is it plastic……

    • JRomeo

      the Nexus5X is plastic, just like the previous Nexus5

      • Eugene

        lol thanks

        • JRomeo

          but the Nexus 6P is all metal body! Wowza !

  • TheFirstUniverseKing

    I’ve gotten over the no external storage/removable battery thing, especially since the 128GB option of the 6P can be had for around the starting price of some flagships and the battery is larger than my Note 2’s. What bugs me now is the lack of OIS and wireless charging. They’re not dealbreakers by any means, but it’s still disappointing when a phone hits nearly all the right marks but still misses out on new features which are quickly becoming standards for flagships. A better processor would be nice, but I realize the Snapdragon 810, despite it’s heating/throttling issues is the best Android processor this year besides Samsung’s Exynos 7420 (which they don’t seem willing to give to other manufacturers), so…honestly all of these flagships for this year are really disappointing and have major drawbacks. I’m so tempted to just wait it out another year, but my Note 2 is far beyond obsolete that I’m really wanting to upgrade.

    • James_75

      Just get a Note 5.. seriously, this phone is awesome!

    • A.Miller

      I am afraid that wireless charging is NOT becoming standard. I had hoped it would be, but it seems that lots of OEMs are starting to leave it out.

      G4, XPure, Nexus 5X and 6P, etc.

  • A.Miller

    I wish I could get a comparison or get to compare myself between the 5X, 6P, and Moto X Pure.

  • John Smith

    i got the Graphite and it looks great in this video –

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QY3mMaI1U-E

  • Cody Revels

    Why has no one said anything about notifications on the 5x. Led or ambient display?

  • The 6P’s back/camera area is just such an eyesore. I wish they would have went with a more normal kind of camera design and it would be so perfect. The one good thing is the hump isn’t even close to as big as it looked like in the leaked photos.

    I feel like they went with it just to differentiate itself from the X5, I actually like the “plastic” feel of the Nexus 5 if the X5 is using the same kind of material that’s been used before, it feels super soft and has nice grip without getting too dirty.

    I’m curious, why do all these metal phones have the iPhone looking lines on the corners and whatnot? Is that a problem with antenna’s getting signal through a metal casing? Seems like a couple phones have that look now, and it reminds me of the iPhone 6, but it may just be a functional thing.

  • Patmw123

    I’m curious as to the quality of the AMOLED in the 6P

  • mickeyB88

    That buttery smooth performance…is that what pure android is like?

  • mickeyB88

    “The 5X feels plasticky and a little cheaper.” So par for the course for LG, then. Maybe not the G4, I’ve held my friend’s G4, it’s not bad.

    • cdm283813

      Maybe Google should not have had LG make the 5X. Why would they make a phone better than the G4? Maybe they should have had Huawei make both phones. Not impossible to make the same 5.2″ version of the 6P and just price them $100 between each other. Just look at the S6 and Note 5.

      • mickeyB88

        I mean lg did fine for mid range and huawei did well on the flagship quality phone but i just find it funny that LG continues to push put bad feeling plastic. It can be and feel fine, but lately they’ve been questionable.

  • Kregstrong

    Kellex is the nexus 6p slippery? Wondering if that aluminum makes it pretty slick. Might have to put a tiny case on it while I’m at work

  • Tyler Durden

    6P DXOMARK

    • Maxim∑

      wonder if they use a stabilizer. I would assume 55 on stabilization would ruin a lot of the other scores

  • dcdttu

    Does the 5X really not have a notification LED? Please tell me that it does and Google forgot to list it on the specs.

  • WitnessG

    Apparently the 6P got a score of 84 by DxOMark for its camera. That puts it right behind the S6 Edge and above the G4 and Moto X Pure. If I’m not mistaken the 5X should have the same camera as the 6P, which is really nice to see. http://www.dxomark.com/Mobiles/Google-Nexus-6P-review-Serious-contender-for-mobile-photography

    • Xavier_NYC

      Guess pixel count isn’t everything. Glad that it scored well. Makes me feel better about the purchase. If the battery life is really good then we def have a winner on our hands..

      • TylerChappell

        Pixel count has never been everything for like the past decade almost.

        • Xavier_NYC

          Hate to admit it but Apple has proved that for years.. Same 8 megapixel camera but really good image processing software.

          • James_75

            Except they’ve gone to 12mp now with the new 6S.. I like having more details when zooming in so I appreciate it.

          • Xavier_NYC

            Yeah I know. Just saying they had the same 8mp camera for like 3 years or more but it took such great shots that no one really cared.

  • Detonation

    No Frost 32GB 🙁

  • inklenotrump

    Is the black 5x the same feel as the 2013 N5?

  • zUFC

    Guys I’m not a pro like you are. I’m more of a regular person but want a Nexus of course. I can never tell the sizes though. I was wondering if maybe one of you could help me. I have the G4 and love it. Love the size especially. Are one of these comparable? It seems to me the 5 is smaller and the 6 is bigger? I looked at the old Nexus 6 and it was too big for me. But maybe one of these are close to the G4? Sorry for being a dummy.

    • WitnessG

      You could use PhoneArena’s size comparison tool to physically see the difference in size between certain phones.

    • Tyler Durden

      here

    • Tyler Durden

      Or here

      • zUFC

        Thanks

  • cdm283813

    Rankings if I was in the market for a phone right now:

    1. Nexus 6P

    2. Note 5

    3. Nexus 6 (At under $300 on eBay)

    4. Moto Pure

    5. S6 (my current phone)

    6. S6 Edge Plus

    7. S6 Edge

    8. Nexus 5X (over priced and low spec’ed in the important areas)

    9. LG G4

    Not salty one bit that my S6 is getting beat because I’m always wanting something newer. That’s how it should be.

    • Tyler Durden

      Like I said in another post. The Note 5/S6E+ are premium but if you have OCD stay away lol

      • cdm283813

        My negatives with the Note 5/S6E+

        1. Samsung still has different models for different carriers.
        2. Updates are all over the place. No Samsung Pay (yet) on Verizon pisses me off.
        3. The Verizon model is priced $200 higher.
        4. No unlocked bootloader or root.

        The 6P “may” not have the best display, 4GB of ram, better processor, wireless charging or best camera but the USB-C is next gen and the finger print scanner may be even faster than the Samsung models. Plus root and unlocked bootloaders makes the phone fun.

        • SNoteFan

          Note 4 DE

          • cdm283813

            The development for the Note 4 DE is horrible because no one buys them.

          • SNoteFan

            root & exposed will do it for me since there is no other phone on the market which works on VZW having good AMOLED screen, good camera, replaceable battery and SD card, also there are few APSP roms if I want to try.

            I am also tired of flashing roms, flashed roms left and right on my N6.. sometimes 2-3 roms on a single day..

        • Xavier_NYC

          I have the AT&T Note 5 so I feel your pain.. Preordered the 6P and can’t wait to get rid of the Note 5..

          • James_75

            Feel what pain? The Note 5 on ATT has fully functioning Samsung Pay, has better specs than the 6P just about everywhere, with material dark theme and Nova launcher TW feels/looks incredibly usable and appealing, gets regular security updates from ATT, and integrates some useful features for 5.7″ screens like the stylus and split screen. I really like the Nexus line but the Note 5 kind of crushes it everywhere except price and bootloader situation.

          • Xavier_NYC

            The pain of being on ATT and not having an unlockable bootloader and lack of root. I’d want to root just to put a clean, de-carrier rom on it and I’d be super happy. Samsung pay isn’t a big deal to me, I can stick to the old fashion swipe a card method. Yes it has better specs in every way possible but that means nothing when a phone with less specs performs more smooth at a cheaper price. I have the note 5 and I know the phone is great but it’s not 100% smooth and that has nothing to do with samsung but more to do with carriers modifying the software. Even on my Note 4 it bogged down and even nova felt laggy after a couple months of using it.. The Note 5 does crush it but at this point I just want something thats always gonna be smooth and get updates directly from google without carriers touching it and the fact that I can flash custom roms or mods that will allow me to do some things that TW has makes it more appealing

      • Xavier_NYC

        I own the Note 5 on AT&T and I HATE that samsung allowed the carriers to make modifications. I don’t care what anyone says, the Note 5 stutters everyone once in a while and isn’t 100% fluid hence why I’m switching to the 6P.. Just knowing that carriers haven’t touch the software is good enough for me

        • James_75

          Wow, mine runs flawlessly and that’s coming from someone who wanted to throw his S6 Edge against the wall, went to a Nexus 6, got bored and now have the Note 5. I did install Package Disabler app which allows you to shut down all of the bloatware… that helped my battery life a lot.. but I’m telling you that mine works like a champ without any lag anywhere and I’m pretty sensitive to that..

          • Xavier_NYC

            Oh trust me, I’ve done all that stuff. I even created a thread in XDA that helped a lot of people improve battery life but my thing is, you shouldn’t need to do all that stuff just to get your phone to work the way you want it to. It should work right about of the box. Like I said in my other response to you, it has nothing to do with Samsung or TW but more to do with Samsung allowing carriers to mod their software. That’s where you notice the stutters and most reviews you see will say that even tho the Note 5 trumps the Nexus spec wise, the next will probably still feel more smooth and have less stutters and the fact that I’ll get software direct from google makes it that much better. Carriers will wait 2-3 extra months sometimes before you see software updates from OEMs. I can’t post like here but the post I created in XDA is in the AT&T Note 5 general sections and it’s called: Battery life tips/tweaks to stop battery drain

    • mcdonsco

      Problem is when you’re like me and get pretty much every new “flagship” as if you were reviewing them, but don’t…just spending the money :-/

      Have the note 5 now, but ditching it for an MXPE (despite how much I LOVE wireless charging)…Just ultimately too slippery and then of course there’s TW…No jank mind you, just prefer stock android. Ditched the S6 due to battery life and the fact that it slowed to an absolute CRAWL after about a month with it.

      At least going from the note 5 to the mxpe this time won’t cost me money but rather put a little more in the bank…this time.

    • Miguel

      The S6 and Edge should be a tie since the Edge is a better looking phone.

    • SNoteFan

      Note 4 trumps all of the above with the replaceable battery, MicroSD and best Camera & AMOLED screen (on par with Note 5)

      • cdm283813

        I had the Note 4 but I moved on. Can’t keep living in 2014 until a flagship meets those spec’s. And the Note 5 screen, reduced touchwiz, camera and fingerprint scanner beats out the Note 4.

        • SNoteFan

          Note 4 DE with root + Replaceable battery + SD card >>>>>>> Note 5

    • disastrousrainbow

      I’m not sure I agree that the Pure is better than the S6. It’s almost universally agreed that it has a better screen, better camera, and more premium design along with better niceties such as the fingerprint reader and wireless charging.

      The Pure does have the benefit of microSD support and a mostly stock version of Android, but all things considered the S6 is still near the top (it and the Note 5 are packing mostly the same internails after all).

      • cdm283813

        Actually if you get the S6 like I did ($200 Best Buy gift card) then the S6 is the better deal. My list is if I had straight money to buy a device today.

        • disastrousrainbow

          I’ll agree with you on price, although if we’re going by that I would have put the Note 5 near the S6 since it’s so damn expensive. However, if cost is no issue, I’d say it goes Note 5 followed by the 6P, then the S6 and pretty much the rest of your list. Note 5 just tops it out for me because aside from the extremely premium design, the screen is the best, the camera is among the best (if not the best), and it manages to pack in pretty much everything the 6P has along with things the 6P doesn’t have like fast *wireless* charging.

          Still, the 6P has really disrupted the premium market with its price. I’ve been rocking an S6 happily for the last few weeks and while I got a great deal on it ($425 new w/o a contract), I’m eyeing the 6P mainly because it looks so damn great and is rocking stock Android but the lack of wireless charging and the jump in size from the S6 has me on the fence.

          • cdm283813

            Same here. I love my S6 but then again it can be a better phone with root and unlocked bootloader. Even though I don’t like the Nexus 5X compared to the 6P you still have the ability to customize the crap out of it and you don’t have Verizon controlling the software updates. The S6 experience is being destroyed by these carriers and Samsung is not willing to do anything about it.
            Ultimately I’m excited that Google and Motorola are releasing phones that work on all major carriers at affordable prices.

          • James_75

            I had an S6 Edge on VZW and had to ditch it because it kept slowing down to a crawl no matter what I did.. it just kept getting worse. I sold it and bought a Nexus 6, got bored, sold it and then purchased a Note 5 and can’t believe how great of a device this thing has turned out to be. I didn’t think I would use the Stylus but Ictually use it all the time. I even use the split screen a couple of times a week. I do miss the IR blaster but this device has no jank and just runs like a champ… If I were in the market for a new phone and the N5 didn’t exist I’d probably get the 6P but I’m completely sold on the Note 5 for now. I am really jealous of the Type C USB on the new Nexus’ line.. I’ll admit that 🙂

          • disastrousrainbow

            I had that same problem with my S6 Edge. Got rid of it, fooled around with a few other phones, but eventually made it back to an S6, this time just the regular S6 since I never did like how the Edge felt in hand.

            I haven’t run into any slowdown after a few weeks, some janky performance every now and then, sure, but stuff that seemed more Lollipop-related since it was very similar to what I experienced on the Nexus 6 when I pushed it the same way I do my S6.

            I’m really torn between the 6P and Note 5. On the one hand, I want the 6P because of stock android. On the other, the Note 5 because I like what Samsung did with the design as far as keeping it relatively trim compared to other large phones. Plus fast wireless charging. But with both I’m scared I’ll hate the jump from a relatively small phone like the S6 to something so big after a while. Oh, first world probs…

  • markp99

    Is the white Nexus 5X a soft-touch plastic, or more like the original Nexus 5 hard plastic?

  • JT3

    What’s the USB spec of the Type-C connectors on the 5x and 6p. Anyone know?

    • Tyler Durden

      Something good since it fast charges

      • JT3

        Well… yeah… but I guess my real question is: What’s the data throughput?

    • Genkidama

      Reading from here: It’s a USB 2.0 Connection.. So USB 2.0 throughput is my guess… https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USB#USB_Type-C

      • Miguel

        It’s USB 3.0 and it gives you the a lot connection options unlike our current choices.

    • Genkidama

      Looking at the link I provided you, it could be the Type C 3.1 format and I think that is USB 3.0 data throughput.

    • crazyg0od33

      it’s USB 2.0 unfortunately. All of the accessory cables on the official store page are 2.0

      Disappointing, but not a dealbreaker

    • A.Miller

      What is so great about USB Type-C? Not knocking it, I just don’t understand the big deal.

  • eric

    i do not enjoy 60fps 🙁

    • Kris Cortez

      Why not?

      • eric

        feels cheap and makes it look like a soap opera like some tv’s with motion blur

        • Kris Cortez

          For demonstration vids like this, its good to see the 60fps animations in motion running on the phone.

        • Tyler Bowden

          It’s a demonstration video, not a movie. You want as much information as you can get in a demonstration. Like Kris said, it allows you to see if animations are smooth and the phone doesn’t become a blur when it’s being rotated back and forth, so you can see the phone for how it actually looks.

          • eric

            good point on the animations, but it makes the handling of the phone look unrealistic. i’m glad there is a point to the madness, but it still makes me skin crawl.

    • cdm283813

      I freaking love it!

      • eric

        it gives me the soap opera look

        • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

          Don’t know if you haven’t noticed my friend… but Nexus day IS A SOAP OPERA! WOO!

  • Brendon

    Ugly phones,my wood moto x is laughing

    • Raven

      The 6P is laughing at the specs and camera of your Moto X, and for the record, I am typing this reply on my Moto X.

  • xFrozenMANGO

    Everyone kept complaining about the bump before the reveal. Hardly noticeable..

    • cdm283813

      I was one of those people. Actually the back gives the phone a manly character.

      • Xavier_NYC

        Same here but after seeing the hands on videos, they’re not very noticeable. Plus it def makes it stand out, especially on the white model..

  • Colin Huber

    I saw a noticeable difference in speed of software, bouncing between applications. Anybody else?

    • ASV505

      Noticed that too. Nothing like my lag filled G4. Everything about this LG screams “rushed” to me. They’ve lost me as a customer after owning four LG phones back to back

      • Crafted Crows

        You haven’t seen the S6 it seems. Think your G4 and multiply it by 10. Sometimes it crawls and often i just feel like smashing it on the concrete 🙂

        • James_75

          Agreed, but I will say that my Note 5 has been the complete opposite experience so far.

      • WitnessG

        I would blame the bloated software. I can’t use anything but stock android anymore.

        • Xavier_NYC

          Yeah, I blame carrier modifications for stutters and potential lag.. I got the Note 5 and while it’s a great phone I’m going with the 6P just for the piece of mind that carriers haven’t touched the software and it will prob be the best experience possible.

      • TylerChappell

        If you have owned 4 LG phones back to back, then you really have no one to blame but yourself, LOL.

        • ASV505

          Nothing wrong with those ones. The G4 I just sold, however, is a pile of crap

    • nucat176

      Absolutely

    • Tyler Durden

      2GB 808

      • Mark Luna

        Nothing wrong with the 808 though.

      • ASV505

        808 is crap.

  • ASV505

    Hate my G4.Thinking of upgrading.

    • Mark Luna

      Already? lol

      • ASV505

        Yeah this phone blows.

        • Mark Luna

          Works pretty good for me.

          • iamcc

            I’ve heard nothing from bad things about it from almost everyone i’ve talked to…

          • ASV505

            The lag is killing me. Second G4 already and it’s awful. The keyboard bugs are still there too.

          • Mark Luna

            Oh well. Hopefully this one works out for you. I had some issues too until I did a factory reset.

          • JackTheRipper

            I had issues until I did a complete wipe, it turned into a different phone after the wipe. Ran beautifully, I got my Moto X in today so I’ve put it down for a while.

      • cdm283813

        This is the draw back with Android. IPhone users can go an entire year without feeling bad. But on Android it’s a matter of weeks. I’ve had the S6 only for 2 months and I’m ready to get the 6P.

        • jothen2002

          Same for me. .but has only been 45 days…ordered the 5x. …then cancelled the order. Gonna stick with the S6

    • RoboCop

      After my G3 bugging out and lagging horribly after just over a month I refused to consider the G4…then I started hearing things like this and was glad I didn’t change my mind. I had a few friends who bought the Nexus 5 that had screen and battery problems too.

    • A.Miller

      What do you hate about it?

      • ASV505

        Screen is buggy and it lags worse than the Rezound I’m using now until my 6P shows up.

  • jbdan

    How did I already see these…..jk nice job getting them up so quick. Both are sharp, can’t wait to receive my 5x