Google’s Nexus 5X is a smartphone with a 5.2 inch, 1080p display and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 hexa-core processor. It’s also one of the first Nexus phones with a USB Type-C connector and a Nexus Imprint fingerprint sensor.

The Nexus 5X is available from the Google Store for $379 and up, and it should begin shipping later in October.


While the Nexus 5X is slightly larger than the 2013 Google Nexus 5, it also packs a 27 percent larger battery. When you combine that 2700 mAh battery with power management improvements included in Android 6.0, Google suggests you should be able to get longer run time from the new phone.

Like the Nexus 6P, the new Nexus 5X also has a USB Type-C connector for use with reversible charging cables, a fingerprint sensor that recognizes your finger in about 600 milliseconds, letting you unlock your phone or make mobile payments quickly, and a 12.3MP rear camera that can shoot 4K video.

The phone features 2GB of RAM, a 5MP front-facing camera, a single front-facing speaker, 3 microphones (one on front, one on top, and one on bottom), and the Nexus 5X is available in black, white, or ice blue, and it should be available with 16GB or 32GB of storage.

Google’s new 5.2 inch phone has a polycarbonate body and supports 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, GPS< and 4G LTE from all major US wireless networks.

There’s no microSD card slot, optical image stabilization, or wireless charging, but it does support fast charging: Google says you should get up to 3.8 hours of battery life from 10 minutes of charging time.

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4 replies on “Google launches Nexus 5X smartphone with a 5.2 inch screen for $379”

  1. Not horrible for the price and the ability to use it on all four US carriers. I would have liked wireless charging, though.

  2. I don’t see any reason to give up my 2013 N5. It runs Lollipop beautifully. Screen still looks fantastic. I don’t have to unplug anything in the morning. Just pick it up and go. Just for the fact that I can customize it, I would still prefer a Moto X Pure over this.

    1. Good — my hope is that more people get off the upgrade train just because there’s a newer, shinier model out there. I recently bought an LG G2, and even though that model is now two generations old, I’m hoping to hang on to it for three or four years at least.

  3. “There’s no microSD card slot, optical image stabilization, or wireless charging.”
    these 3 are pretty big omissions. I love the Nexus 5 (using one currently), but there are better offerings than this now.

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