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Hot off the launch of Android 6.0 Marshmallow, it's time for Google to release the hardware portion of its Q4 release push. The Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P are the newest additions to the Nexus line, and, for the first time, users looking for a "pure Google" experience have a choice of devices. There's the relatively inexpensive, plastic, 5.2-inch Nexus 5X and the premium, aluminum, 5.7-inch Nexus 6P.
The Nexus 5X and 6P are two of the best Nexus devices ever produced. It's a common line that people say every year, but these are the first Nexus devices that don't have a huge deal breaker attached to them. Google and its partners have finally nailed two of the things Nexus devices have traditionally been poor at. The camera is actually good—great, even—and can hold its own against the best mobile shooters out there. And the battery life is just as good as any other flagship as well.

With the 5X, the Nexus line returns to the "bang-for-your-buck" value segment, too. The 5X starts at just $379, only $30 more than the old 2013 Nexus 5. Besides all the usual smartphone features, these are also the first Nexus devices to pack a fingerprint sensor, which is a first-class, fully supported component in Android 6.0 Marshmallow. And speaking of Marshmallow, given that we've already written about it, we'll direct you to that article for most of the software details.
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The "P" in Nexus 6P apparently stands for "premium," and Google tasked Chinese firm Huawei with creating the higher-end Nexus. For a lot of people the Nexus 6P will be their first experience with Huawei, and the company has definitely created a device that makes an excellent first impression. It lives up to the "premium" moniker with an anodized aluminum unibody and only a minimal amount of plastic for insulation and radio windows. "Premium" also comes at a price—the 6P starts a $499 for a 32GB version.

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Wow, finally Huawei have made a device that exudes Google excellence, a device finally worthy of me not buying it due to lacking SD slot and removable battery.
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Huawei built? So the Chinese "NSA" is built right into the phone. Woohoo
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Huawei built? So the Chinese "NSA" is built right into the phone. Woohoo

Now you get the Chinese, Google and Google's overlord the NSA spying on you biggrin.gif
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They both look decent, I glanced over the review did they say which carriers the phone would be for?
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Arent Google phones unlocked?
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They both look decent, I glanced over the review did they say which carriers the phone would be for?

You buy from Google and they can be used on any US carrier.
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GSM/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900MHz

UMTS/WCDMA: B1/2/4/5/8

CDMA: BC0/1/10

LTE (FDD): B1/2/3/4/5/7/12/13/17/20/25/26/29

LTE (TDD): B41

LTE CA DL: B2-B2, B2-B4, B2-B5, B2-B12, B2-B13, B2-B17, B2-B29, B4-B4, B4-B5, B4-B7, B4-B12, B4-B13, B4-B17, B4-B29, B41-B41

Ordered my N6P three weeks ago when it came on sale. Supposed to be shipped November 8-9.
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My Nexus 5X arrived today. Feels great, really impressed.

 

Loving the fingerprint reader.

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Too bad that they're screwing over the Europeans with their ridiculous pricing.

Really would've like a 5X. thumbsdownsmileyanim.gif
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Does anyone know how the snapdragon 808 performs vs power consumption. I am currently using a G3 but I would upgrade for a Nexus device as long as I get more battery life.
 
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