Nexus 5X specs

The third LG-made Nexus smartphone, the Nexus 5X, is officially official following Google's event in San Francisco today. The smaller of the two new Nexus phones, the 5X packs high-end internals into a plastic body with a 5.2-inch 1080p display. For a by-the-numbers rundown of what's lurking inside the Nexus 5X, check out the official specs down below.

LG Nexus 5X hardware specifications

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CategorySpecification
Operating SystemAndroid 6.0 Marshmallow
Display5.2 inches
FHD (1920x1080) LCD at 423 ppi
Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Fingerprint- and smudge-resistant oleophobic coating
Rear Camera12.3MP
1.55 μm pixels
f/2.0 aperture
IR laser-assisted autofocus
4K (30fps) video capture
120 fps slow motion video capture
Broad-spectrum CRI-90 dual flash
Front Camera5MP
1.4 μm pixels
f/2.2 aperture
ProcessorsQualcomm Snapdragon 808 Processor, 1.8GHz hexa-core 64-bit
Adreno 418 GPU
Memory & StorageRAM: 2GB LPDDR3
Internal storage: 16GB or 32GB
Dimensions147.0 x 72.6 x 7.9 mm
Weight136 g
SensorsFingerprint sensor
Sensor Hub
Accelerometer
Gyroscope
Barometer
Proximity sensor
Ambient light sensor
Hall sensor
Android Context Hub
PortsMicro USB Type-C
3.5 mm audio jack
Single Nano SIM slot
Battery2,700 mAh
OtherLED notification light
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93 Comments
  • No wireless charging ??
    I will pass on the this.....
  • All nexus phones since they added it have wireless charging. Google backs Qi 100% so you can believe that these two have it. The Nexus 6 has it even though Google didn't highlight it. AC app via Nexus 6
  • I hope it does, or else my N5 2013 is going to be in play until next years announcement. I am also hoping for the metal plate in the back of the phone that locks it to mounts, I have a magnetic car mount I really like and don't want to use a case or a stick on plate.
  • Same here.. Riding the N5 into the ground. Can't believe no wireless charging.. What am I supposed to do with all my wireless chargers if next year's model doesn't have it either? Wtf Google
  • No wireless charging is a deal killer for me. My Nexus 5 is good enough. Posted via the A/C app for WebOS
  • same here
  • Yep, I,'ll hang onto my N5 as well for Qi... Posted via the Android Central App
  • Thanks for this but is 2gb ram going to be an issue?? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Nope Posted from my amazingly smexy Nexus 6, powered by CM
  • Only if you use apps that are hard on the phone, like the CPU intensive games, for example, or have a billion apps all running at the same time. If all you are doing is web browsing, watching videos, social media, taking pictures, etc. it should be fine. That's what I primarily used on my second gen Moto G with only 1 GB of RAM and I rarely had problems. And even then all it normally took was clearing out the recents menu.
  • Might want to remove social media from that list, because the Facebook app just destroys phones with only 1GB. When it's running, it uses about 200MB of memory, and when it's NOT running, its background services use about 100MB. Really doesn't leave any room to play around. A 1GB phone will work a LOT better if you uninstall the Facebook app. Or just get a 2GB phone, which is all anyone really needs.... unless it's a Samsung phone. I got a Galaxy S6, and out of the box the system was using about 1.7GB of memory BEFORE I added any apps. It has 3GB of memory, so it runs fine (except for the terrible battery life), but it would suck with only 2GB. A Nexus or Motorola phone with 2GB will run just fine, however. With only 1GB, performance (including apps constantly reloading) could be frustrating.
  • It is for me 2GB of RAM and 16GB storage? Just like my nexus 4! Wubba lubba dub dub!
  • Yeah that configuration is shite +++ Insert witty signature, watch as others not get it, profit +++
  • Ummm did I read this correctly ?
    4k at 340 fps ? Posted via the Android Central App
  • 30fps I presume xD Posted via the Android Central App
  • 16gb of storage with no memory expansion. Wooowww Posted via the Android Central App
  • It's just an option for those who primarily stream data with little need for storage or a less expensive option in general. AC app via Nexus 6
  • Yep it's ridiculous. via AC App on
    VZW Moto X DE/N7
  • That's because Google wants you to put everything on the cloud. Posted via the Android Central App
  • And then their lives the 32 gb. If you can believe that bro Posted via the Android Central App
  • Weird that complainers seem to not understand there also is a 32 GB version available. I'm very pleased the Nexus 5x has a 1080 423 ppi LCD display with a reasonably small 5.2" form factor. With this versatile hardware at these prices not plus future promotions, Android and Google will continue to enhance their success. Awesome! I'm looking forward to in depth reviews especially the camera.
  • 16=8 and 32=24 available. And that's it, no bigger storage to offer neither external one. And somehow in 2015, with ever increasing sizes of photos and videos, music to listen, games to play, etc. , people are complaining ?! Some horrible people out there, I know. VZW Moto X 2014/2013 DE
  • Super bummed about no wireless charging. I loved having the google magnetic one on my car dashboard. SUPER easy to throw your phone on it and charge. Oh well....... Maybe someone with make an add one
  • Well NFC is missing...so I'm assuming some other specs are missing Posted from my amazingly smexy Nexus 6, powered by CM
  • That spec list is far from complete. Yes, it has NFC.
  • It has NFC, why do you think they are promoting AndroidPay with it?
  • The hope was that since NFC is required in Android Pay, and they were promoting it so much, that the spec list was incomplete....
    And I just posted a few links a little below, showing that there is no wireless charging....
    Although, the Nexus 6 did have some unannounced surprises if I remember correctly? Posted from my amazingly smexy Nexus 6, powered by CM
  • Of course it'll have nfc Posted via the Android Central App
  • Just because it isn't listed doesn't mean it doesn't have wireless charging-- the Nexus 6 is a great example of this. Nowhere in its spec sheet did it mention this. Even now, most places don't really list it. Yet, it supports it.
  • Why not just plug a Quick Charge phone in a Quick Charge car charger instead?
    You'll get way more battery charging in the same amount of time.
  • Why plug something when you have everything to not plug anything ?
  • Because it's much more efficient, and doesn't generate a ton of excess heat. Because you can actually use your phone after a few minutes on the charger, and not have to leave it on the pad for hours at a time.
  • Exactly....on all your points. Plus it's much more convenient to use your phone while it's plugged in and rapidly charging. Qi charging accessories are a waste of money. Soon they'll be in a box containing old and irrelevant electronics destined for the (recycling) dump.
  • I'm almost 100% sure it has wireless charging. They didn't highlight it on the Nexus 6 but it has it. AC app via Nexus 6
  • Neither of these new phones have wireless charging. See other comments above.
  • No phone with metal back can pick up the charging coil. VZW Moto X 2014/2013 DE
  • no notification light? 6p lists it.. 5x does not
  • Ohhhh....this makes me sad. I may have to choose the 6P . Though maybe I'm being too picky...
  • An 808, 2GB, 32GB isn't exactly what I would call high end. Better be cheap, I do want another normal sized nexus. Posted via the Android Central App
  • 379 for the 16Gb so...... Posted via the Android Central App
  • A Barometer. Have I been missing something?
  • Google has been under pressure to add new sensors.
  • "Under pressure" ;)
    Must have mercury in there. Seriously though, is this a NEW Google thing?
  • It could be used with fitness apps to show elevation - hiking, climbing, elevation changes for cycling, etc.
  • A barometer helps with GPS fixes as it can get a rough estimate of your elevation, speeding the calculations. This is nothing new.
  • I didn't notice if other devices have it, but a real one measures atmospheric pressure.
    Aircraft have real ones afaik. I wonder how they do it, except take information from weather sites - but then they don't need a sensor. Oh well.
  • Haven't barometers been around since the Motorola Xoom? If I recall correctly, it helps detect altitude for better gps positioning. Posted via the Android Central App
  • This seems like something i would buy but i will wait and see how well it works in the future Posted via the Android Central App
  • Hey guys I wouldn't be so sure there isn't wireless charging.... NFC is missing from the spec list and that's required for Android Pay so there must be other specs missing....
    ....or I'm just being a silly hopeful..... Posted from my amazingly smexy Nexus 6, powered by CM
  • Agreed, this is likely an incomplete spec sheet. The 5X looks to be a very good midrange phone. And it massively undercuts the iPhone price wise. Posted via the Android Central App
  • lets hope.. no wireless charging and only 32 gb I can live with.. no led notification.. I think thats a deal breaker...
  • The Google store lists NFC in the specs but I cannot see any mention of wireless charging. Not a deal breaker for me as I have never used it on my Nexus 5 or Lumia 735. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Indeed, LG were one of the pioneers in wireless technology and it's been present in most Nexus devices since the Nexus 4.
    Fingers crossed Qi Wireless charging is present
  • ......welp.....
    https://www.androidcentral.com/e?link=https2F2F... Posted from my amazingly smexy Nexus 6, powered by CM
  • ...aaaannnnddddd https://www.androidcentral.com/e?link=https2F2F... Still hopeful....n6 had delivery surprises last year if I remember correctly? Posted from my amazingly smexy Nexus 6, powered by CM
  • I sure hope so. Cuz it's kinda of a big deal. Specially considering the 4,5 and 6 have it. Posted via the Android Central App
  • This very well could be my next daily driver. I LOVE the manageable size. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yikes - the N5x is much bigger than the original N5. It's closer in size to e.g. the OnePlus One than to its younger brother. I though 32GB would be the deal breaker for me, but size would have killed this for me anyhow. Oh well. Great device otherwise.
  • Yeah.. .2 inches makes all the difference in the world. /s Let's hope your girlfriend doesn't feel the same way.
  • 0.25 inches
  • Yeah those are some iPhone size bezels. Posted via Android Central App
  • Do these phones have double tap to wake? I didn't pay much thought to it before, but since owning the Nexus 9, I find myself double tapping my MotoG about 5 times before I realise why it isn't working. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I think you can tap the fingerprint sensor for wake up
  • in the keynote, it also has a sensor aware feature so when you pick the phone up, it turns on the lock screen.
  • That's close I guess. Maybe it will be clever enough to do that if I just tap it without picking it up. The fingerprint sensor isn't the same though. It doesn't have the same muscle memory as double tap. Plus I'm still not sure I even want to give Google (or anyone) my fingerprints. Posted via the Android Central App
  • You will NOT be giving anyone your fingerprints.
  • Agreed. My HTC M8S has it and every time I pick up my Nexus 5 I find myself tapping the screen. Posted via the Android Central App
  • A little disappointed by no wireless charging, that seems like a step backward. Not concerned about the 2GB of RAM. People only seem to be upset about that based on an abstract idea of how much RAM a phone "should" have nowadays ("Phones in 2012 had 2GB!") rather than any real performance worries.
  • Bought both the 5x and 6p. One of them is going back. I think I may keep the 5x if all goes well. The size and LCD (no burn in risk) is what I need. We shall see. Posted via the Android Central App
  • 810 2.1 or 808? The article about the presentation states 810 2.1 Posted via the Android Central App
  • looks ok, but you all should be glad for your dollars, in denmark the price starts at 540 dollars..............yikes
  • Based on the official Google Store page, the 5X does not have stereo speakers for media. One of the speakers is for voice and the other speaker for audio. This is horrible.
  • That actually sucks. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Is the 5X a worldphone or will we once again have region specific Nexus 5s
  • Moto X owns this market Posted via the Android Central App
  • I am also happy I got a Moto X Pure. I was thinking about the current Nexus 5X compared to the heavily discounted Nexus 6. Assuming you are OK with the size and don't need a finger print scanner, I would be inclined to recommend a Nexus 6 over the new Nexus 5X. Posted via Android Central App
  • Ugh... $429 for 32GB of non-expandable storage (not that non-expandable is a surprise on a Nexus), no wireless charging... Geez, 2012 called and they want their phone back. Pass...
  • ^This! Posted via the Android Central App
  • From the Nexus Sale site:
    Operating System
    Android 6.0 Marshmallow
    Display
    5.2 inches
    FHD (1920 x 1080) LCD at 423 ppi
    Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3
    Fingerprint and smudge-resistant oleophobic coating
    Rear Camera
    12.3 MP¹
    1.55 µm pixels
    f/2.0 aperture
    IR laser-assisted autofocus
    4K (30 fps) video capture
    Broad-spectrum CRI-90 dual flash
    Front Camera
    5 MP
    1.4 µm pixels
    f/2.0 aperture
    Processors
    Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 808 processor, 1.8 GHz hexa-core 64-bit
    Adreno 418 GPU
    Memory & Storage²
    RAM: 2 GB LPDDR3
    Internal storage: 16 GB or 32 GB
    Dimensions³
    147.0 x 72.6 x 7.9 mm
    Weight
    136 g
    Color
    Carbon
    Quartz
    Ice
    Media
    Single front-facing speaker
    3 microphones (1 front, 1 top, 1 bottom)
    Battery⁴
    2,700 mAh Battery
    Fast charging: up to 3.8 hours of use from only 10 minutes of charging
    Wireless & Location
    LTE cat. 6
    Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac 2x2 MIMO, dual-band (2.4 GHz, 5.0 GHz)
    Bluetooth 4.2
    NFC
    GPS / GLONASS
    Digital compass
    Wi-Fi use requires 802.11a/b/g/n/ac access point (router). Syncing services, such as backup, require a Google Account.
    Network
    GSM/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900MHz
    UMTS/WCDMA: B1/2/4/5/8
    CDMA: BC0/1/10
    LTE (FDD): B1/2/3/4/5/7/12/13/17/20/25/26/29
    LTE (TDD): B41
    LTE CA DL: B2-B2, B2-B4, B2-B5, B2-B12, B2-B13, B2-B17, B2-B29, B4-B4, B4-B5, B4-B7, B4-B12, B4-B13, B4-B17, B4-B29, B41-B41
    Phone is carrier-unlocked with wide-range band support for service providers worldwide. Check with your service provider for more information.
    Sensors
    Fingerprint sensor
    Accelerometer
    Gyroscope
    Barometer
    Proximity sensor
    Ambient light sensor
    Hall sensor
    Android Sensor Hub
    Ports
    Single USB Type-C
    3.5 mm audio jack
    Single Nano SIM slot
    Material
    Premium injection molded polycarbonate housing
  • Single Speaker on the front? Whaaaaaaaaat? I guess it's an improvement from the bottom facing speaker on the Nexus 5 but still.
  • What ever happened to that premier line of nexus's that Google will be rolling out Posted via the Android Central App
  • One front-facing speaker, 1080p and 2gb of RAM? I guess I might just go with the Nexus 6... Posted via the Android Central App on my Nexus 4
  • Can anyone find a picture of the headphone jack that is not a leak? Is it on top or bottom, centered or offset? Pretty amateur of Google not to show it in their site photos or video of it. Why would I preorder this if they can't provide 6 measly photos of it showing each side? Come on Google
  • It's on the bottom. Posted via the Android Central App
  • 16 GB is too small especially when the Nexus 5X or Nexus 6P don't a have micro SD slot. Posted via the Android Central App via My Nexus 6
  • The 32 GB version should be more than satisfactory for most users who want excellent performance for a more affordable price.
  • Question: is there a difference between the cameras on the 2 phones? They seem to be the same, and Google seemed to imply that, only talking about the one sensor and it pixel size, but is there any difference in the optics? Image processors? Anything? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Only 32 freaking GB of storage, max??? In almost 2016? What a crock. I love my Nexus 5.1 except for the limited storage and small battery life and have waited two years excited to upgrade to the Nexus 5.2 (Nexus 5X, whatever) with.... 16 or 32GB? And same 2GB of RAM? NO WIRELESS CHARGING???? (I feature I love and use every day) Are they out of their minds? WHY? I am INCREDIBLY disappointed :(
  • Pitiful. Posted via the Android Central App
  • This is silly. Wireless charging is a must. I've got Qi charges all over the place (home, office, etc). Plus, I get thousands of whatsapp messages a day, so obviously, my notifications are silent, and I need the LED notification, which also doesn't exist on the 5X. Anything beyond 5.2 inches is not doable for me, so I'm sticking with the 2013 N5 for another year.
  • The X5 is still a big upgrade on the 5 - just compare the specs. People need to remember this is a budget alternative to the flagship 6P. The price is very good for what you get from a smartphone. Just avoid the 16GB option! Posted via the Android Central App
  • I thought this was the year I'm going back to Nexus. Nope. Disappointing. If other companies can make a phone without a protruding camera lens (i.e. Sony), why can't Google make this as a requirement on their Nexus phones? Two Nexus phones. Two big disappointments. I'll stick to Xperia. The Z5 line is amazing!
  • I'd gladly given up a millimetre or two of 'z' to get rid of that camera carbuncle and fit in a BIGGER BATTERY. What's the point of faster charging if you've got no room for all that extra juice? That, along with LCD (not LED), and no camera OIS means my N5 keeps going for now. 6P specs look better, but it's just too big.