Google has shown off its latest batch of Nexus devices this week, unveiling two brand new handsets at its dedicated tech event over in the USA. Named the Nexus 6P and the Nexus 5X, both devices take a turn from the traditional naming method Google normally opts for.
They don’t take any such turn on the spec front however, with both sporting attractive builds which will no doubt pose a threat to the other flagship smartphones currently pulling at shoppers’ attentions.
Arguably the most talked about of the Google duo is the Nexus 6P, which has been built by Chinese manufacturer – Huawei.
It’s certainly a good looking effort from the first-time Google partner, and is the first Nexus phone to boast a full metallic construction. It also sits at a surprisingly thin 7.3mm, which is much slimmer than previous Nexus devices.
It sizes up a bit bigger than the 5X, with a 5.7” QHD display, which makes video and general smartphone browsing a delight. Elsewhere a 12.3mp rear lens works alongside a sizeable 8 megapixel front facing snapper, making it super for the odd snap.
Internally we find a Snapdragon 810 chipset and 3GB RAM, whilst you’ll be given three storage options to choose from. 32GB, 64GB and 128GB versions of the phone are on offer, although none of them boast memory card slots, so choose wisely.
The biggest addition to the phone is that of a fingerprint scanner, which unlike many other offerings, finds its way onto the back of the handset, like the LG power button on the G4 and other handsets. Also, a 3450mAh batter ensures that you get some lengthy stints with the phone before recharging via its USB Type C slot.
The phone comes in four colours, with aluminium, graphite, frost and gold all up for grabs (gold is a Japanese exclusive for now however). Depending on which memory option you opt for, the Nexus 6P will cost £450, £500 or £580, and is available today.
If you’re an LG advocate then you needn’t worry, as Google has put its head together with the long standing manufacturer to create yet another Nexus to go alongside the Huawei version.
The LG Nexus 5X is a little more modest than the 6P, sporting a smaller 5.2” full HD display alongside a Snapdragon 808 chipset, hexa-core processor and 2GB RAM. Also, we only get the pick of either 16GB or 32GB of internal memory, once again without memory card support – so you’d better watch your storage levels should you choose to invest.
Photography fans get a 12.3 megapixel lens and a 5 megapixel camera duo to play with, whilst a smaller, but still powerful 2700mAh battery makes the cut. On top of this, the same fingerprint scanner from the 6C is also included for biometric security purposes, so you don’t miss out on this feature by stumping for the LG phone.
Like the 6P, you can get your order in for the Nexus 5X today, with prices starting at £339 for the 16GB version of the device.
Written by Luke Hatfield