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First impressions of LG Nexus 5X – the competition in the high-end class is getting tougher

A couple of days ago we did a preview on LG Nexus 5X and now we’ve got the device in our hands so we started testing its performance and you’ll be able to see the results in our upcoming in-depth review. However, as a tradition, until we are ready to post our final thoughts on the phone, we share the first impressions for the short time we’ve been using it.

You can check LG Nexus 5X’s price and availability at the following link: http://amzn.to/1MBSpfL

Nexus 5X definitely positions itself in the high-end class of the smartphone market, despite its plastic construction, even though the build quality is one of the criteria for determining the class of a device. The phone, however, doesn’t look nor feels cheap in any way. The back cover has a matte coating and is very pleasant to touch. On it we see the fingerprint sensor, positioned right under the camera. Even though we’ve gotten accustomed to it being integrated into the home button, it didn’t take us long to get used to its new location, as the index finger comfortably falls in place while using the device with one hand. So far we’re pleased with its accuracy and reading speeds. We also found the power button and volume rockers to be very comfortable to use because they offer long key travel and are protruding just enough to be easy to find and press.

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The rear 12.3MP camera is slightly protruding, which some users may not enjoy, but we quickly forgot about it after we took a couple of shots and saw how amazing they turned out to be. You can expect an article with a couple of sample photos from Nexus 5X’ camera soon. Anyway, next to it we see the double LED flash and laser autofocus. Moving to the camera menu, where we find a 360-degree panorama shooting option and lens blur for more effective shots. There aren’t many manual settings available, but you can shoot videos in 4K resolution and slow motion.

Nexus 5X is one of the first phones to operate on Android 6.0 marshmallow, so we’re going to take a closer look into it in our upcoming review. We didn’t see any major visual changes in the menus compared to the Lollipop version but, on the other hand, we were very impressed with the fluidity, smoothness and responsiveness of the OS. Any selected app literally opened as soon as we tapped on it. There wasn’t any delay or lag when going through the menus and UI. You won’t find many pre-installed apps, aside from the standard Google package, meaning you’ll get 11GB available out of the 16GB storage. Keep in mind that the phone doesn’t have a microSD memory card slot.

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We’re eager to see how durable is the 2700 mAh battery despite it not having a huge capacity. We hope the OS is optimized enough for better battery life and the USB Type-C will provide fast charging speeds. We’re also going to run in-depth tests on the 5.5-inch FullHD screen and Snapdragon 808 SoC with hopes that it will provide not only high performance but reasonable outer temperatures after heavy load.

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Specs sheet


OSAndroid v6.0 (Marshmallow)
CPUQualcomm Snapdragon 808 MSM8992 (2-core, 1.82GHz, Cortex-A57 & 4-core, 1.44GHz, Cortex-A53)
RAM2GB
Storage16GB
GPUAdreno 418
Display5.2-inch IPS capacitive multi-touch screen with Corning Gorilla Glass 3, oleophobic coating and 1920 x 1080 resolution
ConnectivityBluetoothv4.2, A2DP, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, GPS
Cameras12.3MP with laser autofocus and double LED flash (rear), 5MP (front)
Features
  • Nano-SIM card slot
  • no microSD memory card slot
  • micro USB v2.0 port
  • built-in speaker
  • 3.5 mm headphone jack
  • accelerometer
  • proximity sensor
  • compass
  • camera with geo tagging, touch to focus, face recognition, HDR, panorama
Battery2700 mAh
Dimensions72.6 x 147 x 7.9 mm
Weight136 g