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Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Here's a quick spec comparison between the all new Nexus 6P and 5X

Do you prefer the latest and greatest? Or are you content with great and affordable? Google clearly wanted to come out with a one-two punch this year, introducing two new Nexus devices instead of one. In that regard, it just means there are more options for you and me, which is a win-win no matter how you slice it. Don’t like the Nexus 5x? Get the Nexus 6P. Don’t like the Nexus 6P? Get the Nexus 5X. It’s that simple.
Of course, there’s a clear difference between the two devices in terms of specs, but that not might necessarily be that the more powerful phone is better. Not only does the Nexus 6P have the latest Qualcomm chip and more RAM, but it’s larger, too; something not every consumer likes. What this looks like to me is the Nexus 6P is for diehards, while the Nexus 5X is for the every man.
That means even before you look at the comparison below, you’ll have already made up your mind. Me? My undying love for the Nexus 5 means I’m more partial to the Nexus 5X, though I am very excited to get my hands on the Nexus 6P. I suppose that’s the one downfall of just selling these devices online: customers won’t actually get to take the devices for a spin before making a decision. That’s why we’re here.

Nexus 5X Gallery

Nexus 6P Gallery


Huawei Nexus 6PLG Nexus 5X
DISPLAY SIZE5.7-inch, 2560 x 1440 pixel display (515 ppi)5.2-inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel display (424 ppi)
DISPLAY TYPEWQHD AMOLEDFHD
OPERATING SYSTEMAndroid 6.0 (at launch)Android 6.0 (at launch)
PROCESSOR2.0 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 v2.11.8 GHz Hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808
RAM3GB2GB
STORAGE
  • 32GB
  • 64GB
  • 128GB
  • 16GB
  • 32GB
EXTERNAL STORAGENoNo
MAIN CAMERA (BACK)12.3MP12.3MP
SECONDARY CAMERA (FRONT)8MP5MP
NETWORKS
  • CA DL: B2-B2, B2-B4, B2-B5, B2-B12, B2-B13, B2-B17, B2-B29, B4-B4, B4-B5, B4-B13, B4-B17, B4-B29, B41-B41
  • CDMA: BC0/1/10
  • GSM/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900
  • LTE (FDD): B2/3/4/5/7/12/13/17/25/26/29/30
  • LTE (TDD): B41
  • UMTS/WCDMA: B1/2/4/5/8
  • CDMA: BC0/1/10
  • GSM/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900
  • LTE CA DL: B2-B2, B2-B4, B2-B5, B2-B12, B2-B13, B2-B17, B2-B29, B4-B4, B4-B5, B4-B7, B4-B12, B4-B13, B4-B17, B4-B29, B41-B41
  • LTE (FDD): B1/2/3/4/5/7/12/13/17/20/25/26/29
  • LTE (TDD): B41
  • UMTS/WCDMA: B1/2/4/5/8
WI-FI802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 & 5 GHz)802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 & 5 GHz)
BLUETOOTHBluetooth 4.2Bluetooth 4.2
BATTERY3450mAh2700mAh
NFCYesYes
CONNECTIVITY
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • USB Type-C
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • USB Type-C
SENSORS
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Barometer
  • Fingerprint
  • Gyroscope
  • Hall
  • Proximity
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient ight
  • Barometer
  • Fingerprint
  • Gyroscope
  • Hall
  • Proximity
GPS
  • Digital Compass
  • GLONASS
  • GPS
  • Digital compass
  • GLONASS
  • GPS
HEIGHT159.4 mm (6.28 inches)147 mm (5.79 inches)
WIDTH77.8 mm (3.06 inches)72.6 mm (2.86 inches)
DEPTH7.3 mm (0.29 inches)7.9 mm (0.31 inches)
WEIGHT178 g (6.28 oz)136 g (4.80 oz)
COLORSAluminium, Frost, GraphiteCarbon, Ice, Quartz
TOPICS #HUAWEI #LG #NEXUS 5X #NEXUS 6P

Google Nexus 6P with 5.7-inch display announced starting at $499



Google's biggest phone just got a bit smaller. On stage in San Francisco this morning, Google unveiled the Nexus 6P, a new version of its Nexus 6 smartphone with a slightly smaller 5.7-inch display and a completely new design. The phone is only 7.3mm thick and is supposed to be about the same overall size as the iPhone 6 Plus — that means it's fitting a slightly bigger screen into a body of about the same size. That screen, a WQHD AMOLED display, actually makes up nearly three quarters of the front of the device.
Google is calling the Nexus 6P its "most premium phone yet." That's for a lot reasons. It's the first Nexus with an all-metal body. It includes two front-facing speakers. It also includes a fingerprint sensor on the back, placed where Google expects you to rest your finger while holding it. All you need to do is tap on the sensor with your finger, and the phone will wake up and unlock. It can also be used to authorize payments through Android Pay or in the Play Store.
But the really standout feature on the Nexus 6P, at least as Google tells it, is its camera. You'll notice that the 6P has a pretty large camera on its back, and that's because it's hiding away a 12.3-megapixel Sony sensor that features larger pixels than what you'll find on most smartphones, including the iPhone. That should allow the phone to take better photos in low-light, and that's basically what Google is saying. The camera is supposed to be optimized for indoor photography; it also features slow-motion video, 4K video, and burst mode for photos. There's also a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, too.
GOOGLE IS MAKING A LOT OF COMPARISONS TO THE IPHONE 6 PLUS
The Nexus 6P is also switching over to USB Type-C for charging. The new reversible cable is starting to spread throughout the tech industry, and Google officially adds support for it in Marshmallow, the new version of Android that's shipping on this phone. Google says that the Nexus 6P also supports fast charging, allowing it to charge twice as fast as an iPhone 6 Plus.
Though Google didn't mention it up on stage, the Nexus 6P has some high-end internals. As mentioned by Wired, the phone has a Snapdragon 810 processor and 3GB of RAM. It also includes a large 3450mAh battery.
Preorders for the Nexus 6P begin today, with device shipments beginning in late October. Pricing starts at $499 for a 32GB model, and rises up to $549 for a 64GB model and $649 for a 128GB model. The phone is unlocked and supposed to work across "major carriers" — though Google didn't name explicitly which ones. Naturally, it'll work on Google's Project Fi network, too. Google is also introducing an extended warranty for Nexus phones. For the Nexus 6P, it'll cost $89 and add provide two years of coverage for mechanical breakdowns and accidental damage.
Google first introduced the Nexus 6 last year in partnership with Motorola. This year, it's working with Huawei instead, which is why the Nexus 6P looks like a brand new phone, rather than a continuation of the design we saw on the original Nexus 6. It's an important move for Huawei, which has been struggling to make inroads into the US, in part due to the country's fears over Chinese spying. Google may also benefit by befriending a Chinese phone maker, as it begins to slowly reestablish itself in what's quickly becoming an enormous technology market for its competitors.
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Google announces Nexus Protect premium warranty for its latest smartphones


If you drop your new Nexus, it'll be covered.


Google has its answer for AppleCare+: it's called Nexus Protect. At its Nexus event today, the company announced that Nexus Protect will offer two years of coverage for "mechanical breakdown." But it also will cover the latest Nexus phones when it comes to accidental damage — also for two years.
Nexus Protect will cost $69 when purchased alongside LG's Nexus 5X and $89 when bought when Huawei's Nexus 6P. On stage, Google didn't specify whether there will be a deductible when filing accidental damage claims. But the plans are significantly cheaper than what iPhone customers pay; Apple recently hiked the cost of AppleCare+ to $129 for iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, plus a $99 deductible for accidental damage incidents. Nexus Protect will initially launched in the United States before expanding to other markets where Google's Nexus phones are sold.
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Nexus 5X announced with Android Marshmallow and Nexus Imprint


Preorders of the new 5.2-inch flagship Google phone begin today at $379
Two years after their successful collaboration on the Nexus 5, LG and Google are back with a new flagship Android smartphone: the 5.2-inch Nexus 5X. Along with the Nexus 6P from Huawei, also announced today, this new smartphone will debut in October and showcase Google's latest Android OS, Marshmallow.
"The Nexus 5X offers top of the line performance at an affordable price," promised Google as it unveiled its latest. Built around Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 808 processor, it has a perfectly adequate spec sheet that accounts for all the user’s needs without tacking on any frills. The Nexus 5X has a 1080p display protected by Gorilla Glass 3, a new 12-megapixel camera with "very large" 1.55-micron pixels and 4K video shooting, and a USB-C charging connector, which Google introduced to its hardware lineup with this year's Chromebook Pixel model.
Relative to previous Nexus devices, the most important upgrade on the Nexus 5X will probably be the fingerprint sensor on the back. Google calls this Nexus Imprint and is joining Samsung, Apple, and most other smartphone manufacturers in recognizing the great utility of fingerprint authentication for getting security-sensitive stuff — such as payments via Android Pay — done on your phone. Nexus Imprint takes only 600ms to recognize your fingerprint and Google says it "gets better over time, with each use it learns more about your unique fingerprint." Nexus Imprint and the 12-megapixel camera are shared features between the two new Nexus devices.
You can now double-tap the power button to activate the camera, similar to Samsung's double-tap of the home button on this year's Galaxy handsets. Google Now on Tap, Android's battery-saving Doze mode, and all the other exciting new features of Android Marshmallow will figure on the Nexus 5X. A couple of other salient specs of the new device include a 2,700mAh battery, 2GB of memory, and the laser auto-focus system that LG introduced with its G3 smartphone last year.

Google has priced the 16GB Nexus 5X at $379 in the United States, with its larger sibling Nexus 6P starting at $499. Both will be unlocked, without tying you to a contract, and will work across major US networks. All Nexus preorders — which start today — will include a 90-day free trial of Google Play Music and US buyers will also get a $50 Play Store credit. Google is today also introducing a new Nexus Protect warranty program, which costs $69 for the Nexus 5X and provides two years of mechanical breakdown and accidental damage coverage. You'll get an overnight replacement unit sent to you while your original is being repaired, promises Google.
The Nexus 5X is available for preorder from the Google Store today in the United States, Canada, UK, Ireland, Korea, and Japan. It will ship in the latter half of October, and availability will be added for nearly 40 more countries on October 19th.

Android 6.0 Marshmallow will be available next week


Following its first announcement and a roughly four-month beta test period, Google today announced that Android 6.0 Marshmallow will be widely available starting next week. Unsurprisingly, it will roll out to Google's line of Nexus smartphones and tablets first, with other devices receiving it at a yet to be determined time.
Android 6 does not have the huge visual makeover that last year's 5.0 Lollipop brought, but instead is focused around a lot of under-the-hood improvements for better stability and user experience. One of the new features is a power-saving mode called Doze, which lets the system shut down processes when it detects the device hasn't been moving or used for a period of time.
UNDER-THE-HOOD IMPROVEMENTS ARE THE FOCUS THIS TIME AROUND
Another headline feature is a revised app permissions system, which will give users more control over what data of theirs apps have access to. Marshmallow will let you approve or deny access to things such as camera or location on a case by case basis, much like how iOS has handled permissions.
Perhaps the biggest user-facing change is thenew Now on Tap feature, which lets Google's search engine look deep within apps and scan content that is displayed on the screen to provide more information about what you're looking at. You'll also be able to ask Google Now for more information in more contextual ways, depending on what you're looking at on your screen.
NOW ON TAP COULD CHANGE HOW YOU USE YOUR PHONE
It's not yet clear how many of these features will make it to the broader Android ecosystem, but Nexus owners can expect to be able to enjoy all of them. We'll be putting Android 6.0 Marshmallow to the test in the very near future, so stay tuned for more thoughts on it.
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