Google Nexus 5X Hands on and first impressions (Video)

Google India announced the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P at a media event in New Delhi yesterday. As we were present at the event, we got some quality hands on time on both the new Nexus devices. Lets take a look at our Google Nexus 5X Hands on and first impressions.

Google Nexus 5X Hands On & First Impressions : Video

Coming straight to the front of the device, we find the gorgeous 5.2-inch Full HD LCD display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. It is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and has a pixel density of 423 ppi. The smartphone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 64-bit processor with six (hexa) cores where four of them are clocked at 1.8 GHz and the other four at 1.44 GHz. So there are no issues with performance and the Adreno 418 GPU does well too. Nexus devices are the best way to experience what Google has to offer via Android and as usual we get the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow on board out of the box here. It supports Google Now voice assistant, which is now always on and will work even when the screen is off.


Turning the phone and looking at the back, we skip the camera and take a look at the new addition first i.e., the new fingerprint sensor called Nexus Imprint. It recognizes a fingerprint in less than 600 milliseconds, according to Google and in our testing, it was seriously fast. It can be used for secured lock, payments made via Android Pay, wake up the phone and unlock apps as well.


The rear primary camera on the LG-made Nexus 5X is a 12.3 megapixel shooter that comes with a dual-tone LED flash, 1.55 micron sensor, f/2.0 aperture and Laser Auto Focus. It can also capture 4K videos at 30 frames per second (fps). Well, Nexus phones were never known for their cameras but things will change after these iteration. In our brief hands on time, it performed really well but we need to do a full camera test before giving out our final judgement. On the front, there is a 5 megapixel front-facing camera with f/2.2 aperture for clicking those precious selfies and Snapchats. The smartphone is a bit on the thicker side at 9.7 mm but feels compact and solid in hand. It weighs 136 grams.


The biggest change on the connectivity front is that the new Nexus 5X comes with a reversible USB Type-C port that also supports quick charging. It has a 2,700 mAh battery under the hood. Other connectivity options include 4G LTE, 3G HSPA+, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac (dual band), Bluetooth 4.1 and GPS. One of the biggest drawback of this device is that it supports only a Single SIM (nano). It also has front-facing speakers.


The Google Nexus 5X is available in Quartz White, Carbon Black and Ice Blue color variants and has been priced at Rs 31,900 (16GB) and Rs 35,900 (32GB). According to us, the price is on the higher side but Google and LG is compensating for it by offering some freebies. It comes with a free Bluetooth headset worth Rs 2,500, a free screen replacement worth Rs 6,500 and also cash back worth Rs 3,500 on all HDFC credit cards. It goes on sale via Amazon and select offline stores including The Mobile Store, Croma, Ezone, Reliance Digital and more from October 21.


So, let us know on what you think about the Google Nexus 5X Hands on and first impressions. Is it worth spending Rs 31,900 for the Nexus 5X or get something like the Moto X Style at Rs 29,999 or crank up your budget and go for the Nexus 6P? Let us know in the comments section below.

Also, the Huawei-made Google Nexus 6P hands on and first impressions is coming soon.

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