LG's Nexus 5X revives a classic Android phone

Google unveiled a much-needed refresh to its classic Nexus 5 handset today. Enter the Nexus 5X, which should deliver a heavy punch in the middleweight category.

The Nexus 5X is powered by a 64-bit Snapdragon 808 SoC with 2GB of RAM. That chip's six cores are clocked at up to 1.8 GHz, while an Adreno 418 GPU pushes pixels. The 5X is available with either 16GB or 32GB of storage, though there's no microSD card slot.

The 5X's screen is slightly bigger than its predecessor's. It's now a 5.2" 1080p IPS panel (good for 424 PPI), covered in a slab of Gorilla Glass 3. The handset itself has grown a little, too, measuring 5.8" x 2.9" x 0.3" (or 147 x 73 x 8 mm), although it's only six grams heavier than the 5 at 136 g. The camera module can resolve 12.3 MP with 1.55 μm pixels. Google claims the bigger photosites are good for improved low-light performance. The 5X can also record video at up to 4K resolution and slo-mo clips at 120 FPS.

Android Marshmallow's battery saving features should combine well with the Nexus 5X's 2,700 mAh battery. Like the Nexus 6P, the 5X uses a Type-C USB port and supports fast charging. Google promises four hours of usage after a ten-minute charge thanks to that feature. Google's Nexus Imprint fingerprint scanner also makes an appearance at the back of the device.

The Nexus 5X is available for preorder in the Play Store in three finishes: black, turquoise, and white. Expect to pay $379 for the 16GB version and $429 for the 32GB model.

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