Nexus 5X vs Nexus 5: What All Has Changed After Two Years

Nexus 5X vs Nexus 5: What All Has Changed After Two Years

October 5, 2015 0 By Swapneel Bandiwadekar

When everyone thought Google’s abandoned its handy, 5 inch Nexus 5, it released an improved version this year. After two years since original Nexus 5. Nexus 5X is by no means Google’s flagship anymore. It’s for someone who wants a phone with better than others specs, also unlocked and doesn’t cost a bomb. So what has changed in two years and what has remained the same.


The new Nexus 5X has marginally bigger screen compared to its predecessor. It’s 5.2 inch vs. 5 inch. And while the QuadHD resolution has become a norm in 2015, Nexus 5X goes for the same old FullHD (1080p) resolution. I, for one, would be absolutely comfortable with it. Benefit of this would be better battery life since there will be lesser pixels to move around.


This probably the biggest upgrade Google’s budget Nexus phone has received. Older Nexus 5 had an 8MP camera with OIS. This year’s Nexus 5X shares its 12.3MP camera with the more premium Nexus 6P. So you can be sure that it will produce some good photos. It is a bigger sensor with 1.55 ?m pixel size and f/2.0.

The new sensor doesn’t have OIS, so you need to be little more steady while shooting videos. But it’s got a new accessory – laser AF. Laser AF will help Nexus 5X focus more quickly and accurately. Now there’s dual LED flash as well. New Nexus can also do 4K UltraHD videos.

Fingerprint sensor:

The original Nexus 5 didn’t have any special hardware related to security. Most 2015 flagships come with a fingerprint sensor and Google too couldn’t resist slapping one on its phone. It’s an actually useful feature. The fingerprint sensor on Nexus 5X seats on the back and since its circular (just like iPhone), it will cover more finger area, hence efficient than other implementations.

Processor and RAM:

People are now aware that cores are not everything but new tech isn’t useless either. Nexus 5 had Snapdragon 801 800, best processor back then, whereas Nexus 5X has Snapdragon 808. Core-by-core Nexus 5X’s processor has just two cores more. There are four, power conservative A53 cores to take care of routine stuff, and two A57 cores to do all the heavy lifting. It can also handle 64 bit computing. Snapdragon 808 also runs cooler than the infamous Snapdragon 810.

Google didn’t bother to increase the RAM hence it’s still 2GB RAM inside Nexus 5X. But trust me, Google knows how to manage everything with its stock Android on Nexus 5X.


The battery was Nexus 5’s Achilles heel. The tiny 2300 mAh battery just couldn’t provide enough juice for all that powerful hardware. Google has addressed that with Nexus 5X. It has a bigger 2800 mAh battery and with battery optimizations in Android Marshmallow it should work smooth.

Gone is the Wireless Charging that was present on the Nexus 5 but how many of you used it anyway? What you get now is USB Type C port which supports fast charging. Google doesn’t specify any figures but let’s just hope it’s really fast as it claims.

The one thing that still disappoints sucks:

So here it is folks, everything Google has improved with the Nexus 5X. While all these improvements are surely applaud worthy, Google has disappointed with storage options on Nexus 5X. There are two variants of its, 16GB and 32GB. I strongly feel Google should have dropped the 16GB variant and made the 32GB minimum and 64GB who need more.

How do you think Google could have made Nexus 5X better? Let us know in the comments.