Nexus 5X in review: The traceless Smartphone – hardware tests

The Nexus smartphone goes into round seven. Google's developer Smartphone comes first time this year on the side of a much larger model on the market. It is considered the successor of the 2013er Nexus 5 that had once set the standard in price-performance. Whether the alleged heir can catch, you can learn in the test.

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To the section:

  • Price and Availability
  • Design and processing
  • display
  • particularities
  • software
  • performance
  • Audio
  • camera
  • battery pack
  • Technical specifications
  • final verdict
  • Where buy?
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  • &# X2713; updates directly from Google
  • &# X2713; Monthly security updates
  • &# X2713; type C-terminal
  • &# X2713; excellent for a Nexus Camera
  • &# X2713; Easy to modify software


  • &# X2715; Type A data cable not included
  • &# X2715; too high introductory price in Germany
  • &Design; # x2715
  • &# X2715; Little internal memory

Cheapest offer: Google Nexus 5X

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Google Nexus 5X: Price and Availability

The Nexus 5X can be bought in the German Google Store. With 16 GB of internal memory it costs 429 euros, with 32 GB 479 euros will be due. Also at Saturn and Media Markt can buy the Nexus 5X, for example; yet the prices were not adjusted there, but the dealer will follow suit soon.

  • The alternatives for the Nexus 5X

Google Nexus 5X: design and processing

The Nexus 5X does not provide details different from his predecessor 2013er. Meanwhile, several other smartphone manufacturers have proved more flavor and more beautiful appliances made in more exotic materials. Only hardened Nexus fans access to this ugly duckling.

The velvet polycarbonate which many loved two years ago, is celebrating a welcome comeback in the 2015er model. In fact, I have to say that the Nexus 5X almost exactly feel like the Nexus 5. Even if it is visibly larger, its handiness yet in place. Buttons are easy to reach, even friends of the one-hand operation are the Nexus 5X not delivered hopeless.

AndroidPIT Nexus 5X 7The soft, matte plastic is known from its predecessor. / © AndroidPIT

But not everything is copied, because the Nexus 5X is overall rounded as his role model. That will please all users, where the edges of the first Nexus 5 were too sharp. Those like me who placed the little finger of his right hand as a stabilizer under the smartphone, then sometimes had real problems. A colleague of mine was even solely be Nexus 5 again. Such comfort There are no problems with the Nexus 5X - or at least not as strong. Because soft as butter, the device does not feel in the hand. The rear edge equipment is still clearly felt, but what some may be interpreted as a plus in grip certainly.

AndroidPIT Nexus 5X 3This edge does not miss a speck of dust. / © AndroidPIT

I personally do not like this enormously harmless-looking, soft design, so much as the prominent edges of the first Nexus 5, but this is a matter of taste and how also said its functional benefits.

I have bad news, however, for friends of narrow display frame. For the Nexus 5X no attempt apparently to show off a particularly comprehensive display. Right and the screen could have been left definitely can give more effort. Personally, I feel wide display frame Nexus 5X taps as aesthetically antiquated, and in this case unfortunately. Even above and below the screen, Google had good cook can cut a few millimeters, then the Nexus would come by design, modern even handier and 5X.

But with 5.2 inch diagonal display is the new "small" Nexus still has to almost be called small, because in 2015 are 5.2 inches in principle the compact class among the high-end smartphones. Compared to the Nexus 5 5X is slightly larger (the dimensions are 147 x 72.6 x 7.9 mm), but become even more slender.

AndroidPIT Nexus 5X 4You can not lay flat on his back, the Nexus 5X. / © AndroidPIT

The result of that can be reached easily with the thumb the power button and the volume rocker on the right hand flank. And the placement of the fingerprint sensor on the back brings some ease with itself, because the index finger is for stabilization purposes anyway intuitively in exactly the area. So unlocking the smartphone is not just fast or easier, it's also completely intuitive and requires no change in thinking or getting used to on the part of the user.

The Nexus 5X is not bad processed, but unlike its bigger brother 2015er it does not scream premium. If you want a posh smartphone should look elsewhere. The 5X has come rather simple total, which also fits very well as a counterpart to the larger new Nexus. Why bring out two conceptually similar devices?

Google Nexus 5X: Display

Google uses the Nexus 5X display filmed before. Rather than engage in extravagant pixel adventure like Sony did recently in Xperia Z5 Premium, you have chosen a now already classic full HD display. That's perfectly fine, because at 5.2 inches which is still sufficient for 423 ppi. However, anyone who has before, to buy in the near future a virtual reality headset for smartphones, for which the Nexus 5X not the best choice.

with the concrete or just the keys in his pocket, the display of the Nexus 5X by Gorilla Glass 3 is protected from the inevitable sooner or later contacts. Here Google has saved pennies, because the new, more robust version of the scratch-resistant glass is already available and comes in the Nexus 6P used. Too bad.

AndroidPIT Nexus 5X 5 9The Nexus 5X has a moderately large 5.2-inch screen whose edges have slightly narrower quiet can fail. / © AndroidPIT

What is even more unfortunate, the edge around the display, the same is to protect is slightly raised so that the screen never touches the surface on which it lies. This definitely has an advantage from the perspective of protection, because scratches on the screen like nobody. But it does not feel very nice, especially in times of laterally rounded 2.5D displays. That would be premium.

But the display as such can not make any allegations. The brightness is appropriate, a color cast can not be seen, the viewing angles are very stable. But honestly, the things that you expected.

Google Nexus 5X: Features

Still, the fingerprint sensor in Android goes through as a special feature. But with the next generation of devices is at a paradigm shift. The Nexus smartphones in 2015 to make the start and use the native biometric support Android marshmallow.

The establishment of the sensor starts automatically when your first touches the circle on the back of the Nexus 5X. She goes into far fewer steps than other Android sensors. The unlocking process is fast and twisting, but was not necessarily faster than OnePlus 2, Huawei Mate S or Honor seventh

AndroidPIT Nexus 5X 5Current and the headset are connected below. / © AndroidPIT

The other specialty of the Nexus 5X is the USB port with type C plug. This is point-symmetric, so no longer can be plugged upside down. In addition, you can slot in it to another device with type C connector and charge it. All the major advantages of the new standard here:

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Unfortunately, Google sets the Nexus 5X in an adapter for the still widespread type A connector, so you can not connect to most computers without accessories your smartphone. Such a cable can but buy at Amazon for 7.49 euros.

Google Nexus 5X: Software

The Nexus 5X is the first smartphone that comes with the new Android 6.0 Marshmallow. This makes it the latest in software and the latest Android smartphone in the world. This must not mean much, because other manufacturers have already donated several features of their devices, which are never or only eventually integrated into stock Android in the future. But who appreciates pure Android, will love the Nexus 5X, even if the differences to Android Lollipop, at least not really visible to the naked eye.

AndroidPIT Nexus 5X 2Android Marshmallow its debut on the new Nexus. / © AndroidPIT

I will not repeat what makes Android 6.0 Marshmallow and what features are waiting for you here at this point. We have already done in the marshmallow test:

  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow in review: design, features, performance, battery life

What makes the Nexus 5X is the same as what already was for his predecessor: It is much easier to modify than other Android smartphones. You can unlock the bootloader via console command and play third-party firmware. Many Nexus buyers are even these third-party, ie develop apps and firmware on the devices.

If problems occur in the experiments you to use official resources can move back your Nexus to its factory settings. How to do this, we have shown you here:

  • So you installed the marshmallow update on your Nexus

but if your vornehmt this kind modifications, it has an unpleasant aftertaste in the 2015er Nexus generation for the first time. Qualcomm has built a so-called QFuse. This sets irreversibly to a switch apps and the system notifies that your bootloader is unlocked. Some services deny you then the service. No concrete plans have known that someone wanted a disadvantage because of this feature you.

Google Nexus 5X: Performance

Nexus 5X is in about the same technique as in the LG G4, but the performance is lower. The Nexus is suffering from heat problems and halved its performance after a few minutes heavy use. Games begin to stutter and benchmarks achieved only halved results.

In normal everyday performance is sufficient, but it is not as overwhelming as they had at the time to know the predecessor Nexus 5th The Snapdragon 808 is made up of two performance and four low-power processors and is sufficient for most tasks from thick. Were it not for the restriction because of the heat, the performance of the Nexus would 5X really good.

AndroidPIT Nexus 5X 5 8The Nexus 5X suffering from heat problems. / © AndroidPIT

New to the chip is an improved signal processor that collects energy efficient with the new operating system fitness data and enables new background services. In addition, the antenna has been greatly improved. With the Nexus 5X I have much better reception than with many other test equipment.

In general, the flash memory does not go right. This is (usable 8 or 24 GB) with 16 or 32 GB dimensioned much too short. That he can not expand further, makes the Nexus 5X to total memory loss. 32 GB is enough for people who use a huge number of apps. Who but also many games installed and keeps photos on the device will have 5X quickly filled with the Nexus 24 GB of usable space.

Google Nexus 5X: Audio

The sound comes from a single speaker, which was attached to the front. He sounds horribly tinny, but is very loud. Of microphones, however, Google has not been stingy. The Nexus 5X has bottom, top and front each a microphone so that it is virtually impossible to cover all the talking.

Google Nexus 5X: Camera

The quality of the Nexus 5X camera surprised positive. The bar, which had set the old Nexus is incredibly low, of course. But even compared with current smartphone cameras you have to with the Nexus 5X not ashamed of his snapshots.

Image noise is relatively late and is intelligently smoothed by software filters. The dynamic range is okay and details are very well captured, although other cameras with more megapixels perform better there. In HDR shots weakly exposed image sections gain additional color.

  • To Gallery: Nexus 5X

The selfie cam should also be used in the HDR mode. Google a Selfie Flash has the Nexus 5X unfortunately not yet donated, unlike, say, the Honor 7 or the Moto X style. Without flash interior selfies act quickly faded with the 5X.

AndroidPIT Nexus 5X 6Laser focus, dual LED flash and camera lens of the Nexus 5X. / © AndroidPIT

The installed photo app from Google offers no manual mode, but trumps with other strengths. Panoramic Photos and spherical panoramas created with almost any other camera app as simple and reliable. The HDR mode keeps the shutter speed is very low, so that the high-contrast images are not blurred.

The maximum resolution of the Nexus 5X camera is only 12.3 megapixels, but should ensure that they capture more light and thus produce well-lit results especially in poor lighting conditions more pixels (1.55 microns). A relatively large aperture of f / 2.0 this contributes their bit, and even that is a value that behind the peak cameras in Android 2015 (Samsung Galaxy S6 and LG G4) remains. Those you get some cheaper than the Nexus 5X.

An optical image stabilizer there is not surprisingly, what is quite a step backwards. Perhaps it has been said that the laser-sharp autofocus is so rapidly that additional image stabilization will not be necessary. Also, you focus not take so long here, the laser autofocus makes really noticeable.

Google Nexus 5X Battery

The Nexus 5X has something more than a day with moderate use and can be recharged very quickly. The new USB port allows that to charge the Nexus 5X other devices. The feature for wireless charging (Qi Charging) was unerfreulicherweise deleted.

The Nexus 5X battery is not exactly failed lush with 2,700 mAh. Nowadays there are numerous smart phones, some of which are less expensive than the Nexus 5X and sometimes even spring from the middle class who have much larger batteries. Think to the Honor 6, 7 Honor, Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 and others.

The efficiency measures in Android 6.0 Marshmallow and its feature Doze not provide the hoped-for breakthrough. The standby time is actually very good, but when using the Nexus 5X battery-percent tumble very quickly. Conversely, the battery in about 80 minutes to fully recharge.

nexus nexus 5x 6p usb charging type cThe Nexus can charge each other thanks to type-C connector. / © AndroidPIT

In the standardized battery benchmark we have the Nexus charged one hundred percent 5X and let the Battery benchmark AnTuTu Tester (80-90 percent) go through. We have added the Nexus 5X in airplane mode and then turned on the WLAN. The display we turned up to one hundred percent.

It reached great 7465 points. The Galaxy S6 Edge + comes in 6659, the S6 Edge in 7561, the Moto G (2013) to 8352 points. Battery performance in real life is highly dependent on many different factors and is reflected not in a benchmark score.

Google Nexus 5X: Specifications

Dimensions:Mass:Battery capacity:Display size:Display Technology:Screen:Front camera:Rear camera:Lightning:Android:User interface:R.A.M:Internal memory:Removable storage:chipset:Number of cores:Max. Frequency:connectivity:
147 x 72.6 x 7.9 mm
136 g
2700 mAh
5.2 inches
1920 x 1080 pixels (424 ppi)
5 megapixels
12.3 megapixels
6.0 - Marshmallow
stock Android
2 GB
16 GB
32 GB
Qualcomm Snapdragon 808
1.8 GHz
HSPA, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0

final verdict

The Nexus 5X touched me in the days of the test surprisingly little. Rarely have I felt so bored by a new Android smartphone. As Nexus 5 owners I had hoped for an update. Above all, I had expected that the Nexus 5 successor is priced locates with his grandfather. But this is only the case in the US where the Nexus 5X with 389 and 429 US dollars costs significantly less.

Even then it would be uninteresting. The significant advantage is the better reception and unlocking fingerprint, and have many other smartphones. The other is the increased software security.

The Nexus 5X is still supplied three years Google's security updates. When Nexus 5 is one year deadline if Google keeps its promise. But this is no longer a unique selling point. Many smartphone manufacturers are also gone after Stagefright debacle to monthly updates.

The pool of good alternatives to fairer prices grew. And the number of Nexus peculiarities has shrunk to its record low. Only diehard Google fans still access to Nexus 5X. On all other it goes past without a trace.

Where to buy the Google Nexus 5X

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