As expected at the Google event earlier today that was live streamed on YouTube from San Francisco, Google announced two new Nexus phones with the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X that showcase their latest mobile operating system, Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
The Nexus 6P is their star device and it is the first Nexus to be made by Huawei. The Nexus 6P is the first full metal bodied Nexus phone and is made from aeronautical grade aluminium with diamond cut edges. This device has a revised 64-Bit Snapdragon 810 processor which shouldn’t suffer from overheating like previous versions of this processor, seen in other devices. It also comes with 3GB of RAM and is powered by a whopping 3450mAh battery. There doesn’t seem to be any official stats on battery life but I would expect one to two days battery life on this device. The stereo speakers on the original Nexus 6 were a big hit and make a welcome return for the 6P. There are three internal storage levels this time around with 32GB, 64GB and 128GB options and also comes in three different colour choices including Aluminium, Graphite and Frost.
The original Nexus 5 was a very popular phone and Google decided to bring it back in the form of the Nexus 5X, which they dub the “all round performer”. LG have returned to build this device and I’m sure they hope they can repeat on the success they had with the original Nexus 5. It has a similar size which is important to many people as 5.7 and 6 inch phones are just too big for some people. The new Nexus 5X has a 5.2 inch 1080p screen, 64-Bit Snapdragon 808 processor with 2GB of RAM and this device is powered by a 2700mAh battery which should provide a day of usage. As with the Nexus 6P there are 3 different colour choices including Carbon, Quartz and Ice but only 2 different storage options on this model with either 16GB or 32GB.
These two devices also share a few features. Both devices have the same Sony 12.3MP camera sensor which Google were very keen to boast about. The sensor has 1.55µm pixels which absorb more light meaning it works very well in low light situations. This statement led to direct comparisons on pixel size to the iPhone 6S and also last years Nexus 6. Of course, the 6P came out on top of that comparison! Fingerprint sensors are also on board and are housed on the back of the phones which they dub Nexus Imprint. This allows you to unlock your phone and authorise payments on Google Play and soon other 3rd Party apps.
Both of these devices are available for pre-order today on the Google Store with availability looking late October early November. The Nexus 6P starts at £449 for the 32GB and the Nexus 5X starts at £339 for the 16GB.