THE LG NEXUS 5X was introduced as the cheaper sibling to the Nexus 6P, and the successor to 2013's Nexus 5.
Looking to replicate the success of its sibling, the Nexus 5X offers improvements in all of the right places, including the display, performance and camera. It keeps the mid-range price and is available to pre-order now from £339 SIM-free.
The LG Nexus 5X, like its predecessor, is built from a soft-touch plastic that is nice to look at and pleasant to touch but a magnet for fingerprints and grease.
It's bigger than the Nexus 5 before it, but still nice and comfortable in the hand thanks to its 136g weight and 7.9mm thickness. Much like the Nexus 6P there's a noticeable bulge where the camera sensor sits, but this didn't seem to interfere too much.
Under the camera you'll find the same fingerprint sensor seen on the higher-spec Nexus 6P, which appeared to be quicker than the scanners on other Android devices during Google's demonstrations. There's also a USB Type-C connection, which will make for speedier charging.
Google has stuck with the Full HD resolution seen on the original Nexus 5, but increased the size of the display from 5in to 5.2in, meaning a slight drop in pixel density to 424ppi. We didn't notice a huge difference when it came to the quality of the display, which remains sharp and crisp.
However, colours seem somewhat lacking compared with the QHD screen on the more expensive Nexus 6P, probably owing to Google's decision not to equip the smaller model with an AMOLED display.
Performance and software
The Nexus 5X uses a hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808, an upgrade from the Snapdragon 800 seen in the Nexus 5.
This is the same chip used in LG's G4 smartphone, so it won't surprise you that we failed to fault the handset's performance during our hands-on time. However, we'll reserve full judgement until we put the handset fully through its paces.
The Nexus 5X, along with the Nexus 6P, is the first smartphone to run Android 6.0 Marshmallow from the get-go, ahead of its rollout to older devices next week.
Marshmallow doesn't offer any major changes, but does have a number of tweaks that refine the overall experience. There's Now on Tap, for example, a sort of mini Google Now for within apps, alongside improved Google Now functionality. Saying that, the Siri rival told us we were in Yorkshire while at Google's London Nexus launch, so how much it has been improved remains to be seen.
There's also less bloatware, and Google has made it easier to access the apps that you use frequently by placing them at the top of the apps menu. We've yet to test it thoroughly, but Android 6.0 also brings a new charging speed indicator, new window animations, improved notifications, faster app search and a battery-saving mode called Doze.
The Nexus 5X features the same 12.3MP sensor as seen on the more expensive Nexus 6P, a camera which Google claims can outperform that on the iPhone 6S Plus thanks to its 1.55µm sensor. We're reserving full judgement for now, but the camera seemed to struggle under the harsh lights of Google's London press event.
There's also a 5MP camera on the front of the Nexus 5X, an improvement on the 1.3MP sensor on the original Nexus 5.
The Nexus 5 was undoubtedly the most popular Google phone to date, a crown that its 5X successor is soon likely to steal.
The Nexus 6P is the higher-specced of the two, but the Nexus 5X is more than £100 cheaper at £399, which will be music to the ears of those not fussed about the larger 5.7in screen or the all-metal design.
Check back soon for our full Google Nexus 5X review. µ