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Google announces Nexus 5X – everything you need to know

Zach Epstein
September 29th, 2015 at 12:12 PM
Nexus 5X Release Date

Finally: the worst kept secret in the Google universe is now official — try to act surprised. Google’s big fall press conference is happening right now, and if you’re not already watching live, you can check out live streaming video from the event right here. The company just took the wraps off of its brand new Nexus 5X smartphone, which is the hotly anticipated and long-awaited update to 2013’s popular Nexus 5.

What are the Nexus 5X’s best new features? When will the phone be released? How much will it cost? Answers to these questions and more are now readily available, and you’ll find them all right here.

DON’T MISS: Watch live streaming video from Google’s big Nexus event!

Android fans, this is the phone you’ve been waiting for.

Last year’s Nexus 6 was and is a terrific phone, but so many people complained that it was too big to use comfortably. Not everyone wants a phablet, after all. So this year, Google is taking a page out of Samsung and Apple’s playbook and offering two distinct flagship phones, one with a smaller screen and one that’s phablet sized.

So what can we expect from the new Nexus 5X?

As Google announced on stage during its big press conference in San Francisco, the Nexus 5X features a 5.2-inch LCD display with full HD resolution. That works out to a pixel density of 424 ppi. A 2GHz hexa-core Snapdragon 808 processor powers the phone, and it’s complemented by 2GB of LPDDR3 RAM. The phone will be available with either 16GB or 32GB of storage.

Other spec highlights include a 12.3-megapixel rear camera an f/2.0 aperture and laser-assisted focus, a 5-megapixel front facing camera, a fingerprint scanner, a Micro USB Type-C port and a 2,700 mAh battery. Of course, the phone will also ship running Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

Google’s new Nexus 5X will start at $379 with no contract and a free $50 Play Store credit, which is indeed the incredible value we were expecting. The phone will be available for preorder beginning today from the Google Play store, and shipments will begin sometime in October.

Want to learn about the Nexus 6P phablet Google also announced today? Check out this post for everything you need to know!

Zach Epstein

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.

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