Another Google event and another raft of Nexus devices. This yearly cycle is one that many Android fans look forward to. Known for their affordability and near-top-of-the-line specs, the Nexus series is a great way to experience pure Android in all its dessert-y goodness (if that’s your thing).
The Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P seem to be no exception.
The King is dead, long live the King
Last year the Nexus 6 was the device on show. It’s still a solid effort but a lot of people were put off by its size. This time around the new devices go some way towards addressing that.
Made by LG, the Nexus 5X is a 5.2 inch plastic effort that packs a decent 1.8GHz hexa-core processor teamed with a perhaps disappointing 2GB of RAM. It also includes Nexus Imprint, the fingerprint sensor that is to introduce Android Pay to the world of low-value payments. The fact that this device is made by LG is A Good Thing, as they were behind the very well received Nexus 5 as well as the 4 before that.
This year sees a first for the Nexus range; 2 handsets at the same time! The Nexus 6P (the P is for ‘Premium’) eschews the plastic that has accompanied most of the Nexus line and instead sees a 5.7 inch AMOLED screen clad in aluminium. It’s made by Huawei who are making their debut for Team Nexus. There is more RAM (3GB) and a superior processor (2.0GHz octa-core) inside the larger device, but this of course bumps up the price a little.
How much for a new Nexus?
With the somewhat disappointing price of the new Moto X Style (or ‘Pure’ for any Americans out there), the price was a big focus for these new handsets. As it is, they’re looking pretty affordable.
The Nexus 5X will set you back £339 for the 16GB version and £379 for the 32GB flavour from the Google store, but is available for less from third party retailers. The Nexus 6P starts at £449 for the 32GB device and hits £499 for 64GB. This year there’s a 128GB monster, too, for a cool £579. Not bad, all in all.
As usual, Google will likely fail to market these at all but if you’re interested, head over to the Google Store or third party retailers like Clove and Carphone Warehouse and pick one up – based on current timings they should ship in October/early November depending on phone and spec.