Yesterday was a big day for Android. Google CEO Sundar Pichai took the stage, rather nonchalantly, to announce a busy week for Google, and a big day for Android. This turned out to be three new pivotal devices for the Android platform. Dave Burke, VP of Engineering at Google, then took the floor to announce the Nexus 6P and the Nexus 5X. Let’s start with the Nexus 6P.
It is the successor to last year’s Nexus 6 and is made by Huawei, a first for the Nexus line. The 6P features a brand new, all-metal design with chamfered edges and no rounded corners and a camera that protrudes at the top. Personally, the black strip at the top housing the camera seems like an odd design choice, but it’s there. Speaking of the camera, Google has a new 12.3 megapixel camera with a 2.0 f-stop aperture, making for great photos indoors and outdoors according to the company.The rear camera is capable of 4K video recording at 30fps and features a Broad-spectrum CRI-90 dual flash, and a laser guided auto-focus to boot. There’s also an 8 megapixel camera on the front capable of 1080p video
Also on the back is a brand new fingerprint sensor, a first for the Nexus line. On the front is a massive 5.7″ WQHD AMOLED display, with a resolution of 2560×1440 coming in at 518ppi. Front firing stereo speakers are a welcomed addition to the device as well, with the headphone jack seated at the top. Also new in the 6P is USB Type-C for charging, which allows the device to charge quickly. Google touts up to 7 hours of usage with only 10 minutes of charging, pretty impressive. Powering this handset is a 3,450 mAh battery which, coupled with Android 6.0 Marshmallow, could deliver up to 30% better battery life than previous Nexus devices.
Next up is the Nexus 5X. Google could not deny the popularity of the 2013 Nexus 5, so they decided to give it some massive upgrades. Internally, everything inside of the Nexus 6P is inside the Nexus 5X, with a couple of changes. First off, the Nexus 5X is substantially smaller than the 6P, with a 5.2″ full HD display with a resolution of 1920×1080. This, of course, means a smaller battery as well. The Nexus 5X has a 2,700mAh battery also coupled with USB Type-C, and promises the same quick charge as the 6P.
Also different than the 6P is the design. LG was the manufacturer responsible for the Nexus 5, and has returned to design the 5X. The 5X features a plastic, soft-touch, design as was the case with the original Nexus 5 and features many of the same external features as its bigger brother. The fingerprint sensor we mentioned earlier is found on the Nexus 5X as well as a 12 megapixel camera with 4K recording capability. It’s pretty obvious that Google’s focus was on customer choice without compromising either device for that choice.
All in all, it seemed like Google was playing a bit of catch-up with competitors with the Nexus line this year. Many of its Android counterparts and competitors have incorporated elements like a fingerprint scanner, 4K video recording, and slow-motion camera modes. While that may be the case, you can rest assured that the Nexus line will continue to be Google’s very best smartphones, with the cleanest versions of Android you will be able to find on the market.