LG Nexus 5X review and hands on – Worth purchase !!

Nexus 5x vs Nexus 5

Google launched Nexus 5x after a gap of almost one year, but this time with lot of better features, Only issue is the Price is way too high 

Nexus 5x Specifications 

  • Premium injection molded  Polycarbonate Unibody
  • 5.2″ FHD ( 1920 * 1080 ) IPS LCD ~ 423 ppi
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 3, Smudge Resistant oleophobic coating
  • 1.8 GHz hexa-core 64-bit Snapdragon 808 with Adreno 418
  • Quad-core 1.44 GHz Cortex-A53 & dual-core 1.82 GHz Cortex-A57
  • 2GB LPDDR3 RAM with 16GB / 32GB variants
  • 12.3 MP, f/2.0 , laser autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash, Selfie 5 MP with f/2.0 & 1.4 µm pixels
  • 1.55µm pixel size, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama
  • Non-removable Li-Po 2700 mAh battery
  • Fast Charge ( up to 3.8 hours of use from only 10 minutes of charging )
  • USB – v2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
  • 136 g
  • 147 * 72.6 * 7.9 mm
  • Price – 16GB @ Rs 29,900

Box Content

  • Nexus 5x
  • Sim Tool
  • USB Type-C 15W (5V/3A) charger
  • USB Type-C to Type-C cable
  • Safety and Warranty information
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Google Play Music promo card

Plus Points – Nice Display, Finger Print Scanner, Fast processor, Good Camera, Solid Build, Stock Android M, NFC, Fast Charge 

Negative – Slightly Over priced, Non-removable battery, Non-removable back cover ( Uni-body ), No expandable memory, Lacks Stereo Speakers

As compared with Nexus 5

Google managed a much better smartphone as compared to Nexus 5 in terms of processor, camera and major improvement in battery. One of the biggest problem with Nexus 5 was the battery back-up and life of battery, which is around 12~18 months.

Screen does not have much of improvement, size increased from 5″ to 5.2″ in Nexus 5x, but resolution is same ( 1080 * 1920 ).

Camera got a major improvement from 8 MP to 12.3 and selfie from 1.3 MP to 5 MP.

As compared to Nexus 5, It’s definitely worth purchasing.


Nexus 5x is made from Premium injection molded  Polycarbonate Unibody. Unibody got one advantage, i.e. Beautiful Single piece Smartphone, but major disadvantage is User can not open Back cover, If he tries , Warranty will be void. Back Cover has to be opened by Authorized Service Center.

Not to forgot, Battery is non-removable. Now the major issue, which any one can think of is How to hard reset Nexus 5x. But there is a way, You can use certain key combinations to hard reboot the Nexus 5x.

At the bottom of the handset, USB C is located which is capable of fast and reverse charging

On the back cover, you will find a camera and Finger Print Scanner called M scanner. Finer print scanner got multiple functions which include, Phone unlocking, Google Pay and verify purchases.

The only point which may look odd, is the Camera lens is slightly out of body.


Nexus 5x got the same FHD Display like Nexus 5. Here Nexus 6p got QHD Display.

Text & Images are not as sharp and vibrant like 6P, but it looks much better than Nexus 5. Nexus 5x screen is secure by Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and Finger & Smudge Resistant oleophobic coating, but it still picks up some finger prints.


Finally Google managed a good camera with 13 MP and 5 MP Selfie camera. Both the cameras got f/2.0. Rear Camera got fast IR laser autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash, 1.55µm pixel size, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama.

Google managed a good selfie camera of 5 MP as against 1.3 MP of Nexus.

It’s tooe arly to say about Camera quality as it was not the right light and time to try for pictures. Wait for a complete review which we will be posting soon.

Hardware and Software

Nexus 5x got Snapdragon 808, The latest processor which is also working on LG G4. The key missing point is the good Ram, 5x got only 2GB RAM.Nexus5x-battery

Based on previous experience, 16GB internal memory without support of external memory card is very hard to manage. It’s still better to opt for 32GB.

As Nexus 5x comes with Android M and got some great features which include improved battery life, better control over data and  permission for apps, and ‘Now on Tap’ – giving you mini Google Now cards within applications, by holding the home button.

Though Nexus 5x got Unibody , but I decided to open to check battery. Here is the picture, How Nexus 5x battery looks.

It very cleary states 2700 mAh / 10.3 wh Li-Ion Polymer 3.8v battery. Though battery got LG Logo, but manufactured by BYD Company Ltd.

Battery Part No. : BL-T19

Initial Judgement about Nexus 5x

In my opinion, 16GB may not be a Deal cracker, but 32GB is still worth trying.

Do share your thoughts whether Nexus5x 16GB or Meizu MX5 16 GB 0r Moto G 3rd Gen or Moto X Play !!! which is a better Deal ?


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