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Everything You Need To Know About Google's Nexus Smartphones

Everything You Need To Know About Google's Nexus Smartphones

Everything You Need To Know About Google's Nexus Smartphones

There was no evangelistic whooping. An A-list band didn't appear on stage to play everyone out. There was a distinct lack of turtle necks. 

Yet amidst the low key atmosphere of last night's "major" Google event, the all-consuming tech company released two Nexus phones on a par with Apple's latest slithers of smart. 

Here's everything you need to know about the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P.


Nexus 5X

  • 5.2-inch screen
  • Type C USB charger, with 10 minutes of charge getting you four hours of battery life
  • 12 megapixel camera, with an impressive light sensor
  • £339 for 16GB, £379 for 32GB
  • Arrives 16 October

The "budget" option, if only in price. An LG-made Nexus phone, the 5X doesn't feel cheap: the screen is rich with colour, showing off the best of Android Marshmallow (the new OS) slick animations.

There's a rear fingerprint scanner, 4K video recording, 2GB RAM - all the stuff you'd want as standard on a modern smartphone. What makes the 5X impressive is a new trick inside its black box: the Android Sensor Hub is a low-power processor, that'll drag the background, battery-consuming functions of your phone off the main processor to ensure you're not plugging your phone in for a charge by 3pm. If it works, it's going to be a battery game-changer.


Nexus 6P

  • 5.7-inch screen
  • Type C charging
  • Same strong rear camera as the 5X, 8MP front camera
  • £449 for 32GB, £499 for 64GB and £579 for 128GB

The big one. Literally. Made by Chinese company Huawei, round the back of that 5.7-inch screen is a hand-filling all-metal case. Inside are a set of iPhone 6S-rivalling stats: a vast 3450 mAh battery, 64-bit processor, the same Android Sensor Hub of the 5X that'll push the juice of your battery further.

If you're an Android fan wanting a large phone, this is your new favourite handset.