There are two new Nexuses to choose from this year — here are the differences between them.

Google has finally, officially pulled the wraps off of its latest Nexus hardware, and breaking away from previous tradition we actually have two Nexus phones launching at the same time. The Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X are both heading out to the market at once — so the question is, what are the differences between the two? We're going to break it down.

Hardware and features

Nexus 5X

Though the fact that both phones are running Google's latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system differentiates them from the rest of the Android world, the only thing setting them apart from one another is the hardware. We're looking at phones that both wear the Nexus badge but are actually made by two different manufacturers — the Nexus 5X by LG, and the Nexus 6P by Huawei. This is Huawei's first swing at a Nexus device, while LG has done two — the Nexus 4 and 5 — previously.

The Nexus 6P is the larger and higher-end device of the two. Despite the "6" in the Nexus 6P name, the phone is actually smaller than the Nexus 6 of 2014. The screen comes in at 5.7-inches, but is the same type of screen, AMOLED, as well as resolution, QHD (2560x1440). Its larger size lines up with its higher-end position of the two phones, with the internals rounding out to a Snapdragon 810 processor, 3GB of RAM and a base of 32GB of storage. You'll get a 12.3MP camera on the back, and while it has large 1.55-micron pixels it lacks optical image stabilization (OIS). A 3450 mAh battery is powering it all, which is an interesting bump in size over the Nexus 6 considering the body itself is smaller.

Read: Hands-on with the Huawei Nexus 6P

The Nexus 5X is more in the lineage of the original Nexus 5 from 2013, with a smaller size, plastic exterior and a step down in hardware internals. The 5.2-inch screen comes in just a touch larger than the original Nexus 5, and keeps the same 1920x1080 resolution. The internals are just a slight step down from the Nexus 6P — a Snapdragon 808 processor, 2GB of RAM and a base of 16GB of storage. The camera here is also 12.3MP, and it has IR laser-assisted autofocus like the 6P to go along with a broad spectrum dual LED flash.

Read: Hands-on with the LG Nexus 5X

Both phones have their own little design flourishes, with the Nexus 6P having a distinctly large black glass portion on the back that houses the camera hardware, setting off against an otherwise all-metal body — available in three colors — with chamfered edges to give it a little shine. The Nexus 5X is nice-looking in its own right, with the solid plastic exterior available in three colors. Both phones share several similarities, though, with front-facing speakers, a back-mounted fingerprint sensor, USB-C charging ports and relatively clean lines all around.

Comparing the specs

Specs don't tell the whole story of a phone (well, not even a majority of it), but when you're ready to put money down for a phone you want to know what's inside it. Looking for a straight-up internal spec comparison of the two new Nexuses? We have you covered right here.

Category Huawei Nexus 6P LG Nexus 5X
Operating System Android 6.0 Marshmallow Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Display 5.7-inch 2560x1440 AMOLED
Gorilla Glass 4
5.2-inch 1920x1080 LCD
Gorilla Glass 3
Processor Snapdragon 810 octa-core
Adreno 430 GPU
Snapdragon 808 hexa-core at 1.8GHz
Adreno 418 GPU
Storage 32, 64 or 128GB
Non-expandable
16 or 32GB
Non-expandable
RAM 3GB 2GB
Rear Camera 12.3MP
1.55 μm pixels
f/2.0 aperture
IR laser-assisted autofocus
4K (30fps) video capture
Broad-spectrum CRI-90 dual flash
12.3MP
1.55 μm pixels
f/2.0 aperture
IR laser-assisted autofocus
4K (30fps) video capture
Broad-spectrum CRI-90 dual flash
Front Camera 8MP
1.4 µm pixels
f/2.4 aperture
5MP
1.4 μm pixels
f/2.2 aperture
Sensors Fingerprint sensor
Sensor Hub
Accelerometer
Gyroscope
Barometer
Proximity sensor
Ambient light sensor
Hall sensor
Android Context Hub
Fingerprint sensor
Sensor Hub
Accelerometer
Gyroscope
Barometer
Proximity sensor
Ambient light sensor
Hall sensor
Android Context Hub
Charging USB-C USB-C
Battery 3450 mAh 2700 mAh
Dimensions 159.3 x 77.8 x 7.3mm 147 x 72.6 x 7.9 mm
Weight 178 g 136 g
Colors Aluminum, graphite, frost
Gold (Japan only)
White, black, blue

Pricing

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A big differentiator between the two when it comes to finally choosing one is the price. The Nexus 5X is marketed as the lower of the two, starting at $379 — add an extra $50 for double the storage. For the bigger (and more spec-heavy) Nexus 6P, you'll be forking out a smooth $499 — add $50 for 64GB or $150 for 128GB of storage. Both prices seem fair and are definitely a step below the super high-priced offerings from other manufacturers that easily tip over the $600 price point for their base models, but the new Nexuses are hardly inexpensive themselves in a world of solid phones filling the sub-$250 price range as well.

Of course you won't be signing up for a contract with either of these phones, you'll be buying them directly from the Google Store — or potentially on a Project Fi financing plan — for use on your carrier of choice. That makes the price differential a bit more important, but only you can decide what the "right" price is when you're putting down your own money on the phones.