30th Sep 2015
Google just last night officially announced the company’s Nexus flagship smartphones for the year. And the price tags for these smartphones are already out for the Indian market.
Now it is wise to keep in mind, that the both of these devices belong to different segments similar to the Nexus 5 and the Nexus 6 (although the Nexus 6 still felt a bit plasticy for its Rs 44,000 asking price, back then). The Nexus 5X costs Rs 32,000 placing it in the high-end segment while the Nexus 6P phablet falls in the premium segment.
That obviously makes the Nexus 5X, the lesser of the two new models and the one that comes with hardware where LG seems to have cut plenty of corners.
Nexus 5X Vs Nexus 5
Beginning with the RAM, it is 2 GB of LPDDR3 RAM. While this may appear to be a minor drawback, this is the same RAM configuration that is present in the two year old Nexus 5.
Next up is the lack of OIS or Optical Image Stabilisation one that will get you steadier videos and sharper low-light still photos. Even the two year old LG Nexus 5 sports the same, and the Motorola Moto X Style (that costs a lot less) along with the OnePlus 2 (again costs a lot less) packs in OIS. In fact, even the Samsung A8, LG G4 Beat comes with OIS. So why did LG and Google decide on skipping it? Nobody knows.
As for the hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 inside the Nexus 5X, it seems to be the only reason to buy the smartphone. Oh yes, and Google has also packed in the now standard fingerprint sensor and the USB Type-C port.
Nexus 6P vs Nexus 6
Motorola did not break any barriers with the Google Nexus 6 last year. It was pretty much your standard Motorola device, minus the Motorola software customisations. In fact, it was pretty much made of plastic (even the Moto X 2014 looked better with its Bamboo finish). The jump in the processing power between the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 and the Snapdragon 805 was nothing to talk about either. More importantly, design defects and the bloating battery was something you needed to worry about.
Coming to the Huwaei-made Google Nexus 6P, there is a lot in here. We get an all-metal construction, a special camera with bigger pixels to capture more light, a Quad HD AMOLED display, dual front speakers, quicker LPDDR4 RAM and lets not forget the Snapdragon 810 v2.1 (the one that does not heat up).
So yes, what you do get with the Nexus 6P is a true flagship device that runs stock Android 6.0, runs cooler than the other flagships and costs a lot less at Rs 39,000. What you don’t get is OIS something that LG G4, the Samsung Galaxy S6 series and the Note5, sport.
All-in-all, it does make for a great upgrade over the Nexus 6 and it weighs about 6 gms less than the Nexus 6 as well. But wait, there’s one more thing to keep in mind, pricing.
Nexus 5 vs Nexus 5X vs Nexus 6 vs Nexus 6P
Here’s what the current pricing scenario looks like for all the Nexus devices.
Smartphone 16 GB 32 GB 64 GB
Nexus 5 Rs 21,199 Rs 27,990
Nexus 5X Rs 31,900 Rs 35,900
Nexus 6 Rs 29,999 Rs 34,999
Nexus 6P Rs 39,999 Rs 42,999
In short, if you want a 16 GB Nexus, the Nexus 5 is your best bet at Rs 21,199
If you fancy a Nexus with 32 GB of storage then the Nexus 5X is the one you need to have your eyes on at Rs 35,900
Want more power? Or need to run the most graphically demanding games of 2016? Well, then the Nexus 6P both in 32 GB and 64 GB seem like the best choices.
What all of this means is that when it comes to pricing and value, the Nexus 6 gets the boot, but on the same note, the 16 GB Nexus 5 still stands out, provided it is still in stock when you plan to buy one.
Sibling Rivalry: Nexus 5 Vs Nexus 6 Vs Nexus 5X Vs Nexus 6P
The Nexus 5 is still a great choice among the newbies in its 16 GB form.
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