Nexus 5X Overview Updated March 2, 2020

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June 2016 - March 2020

On the front is a 5.2-inch, 1080 x 1920 resolution screen with a pixel density of 423.64. It’s an LCD panel, suggesting that it may not be quite as vibrant as the AMOLED QHD panel on the Nexus 6P. Saying that, it should be plenty sharp enough with accurate colors and crisp whites. Inside is the same hexa-core Snapdragon 808 processor found in the Moto X Style/Play and the LG G4, clocked at 2GHz and coupled with 2GB RAM. There’s also a 2,700mAh battery to keep the phone going for a full work day.

Like the Huawei Nexus’ camera, the LG phone is equipped with a 12.3MP f/2.0 Sony sensor capable of 4K video capture and paired with a dual LED flash and IR autofocus system. It sits inside a slightly protruding circular hump on the back, just above the fingerprint sensor. Continuing the branding trend of last year’s Nexus phones, the Nexus logo is prominently placed on the back with the manufacturer logo taking up a much smaller space near the bottom edge.

Nexus 5X Stories March 2, 2020

Nexus 5X, 6P, Pixel C, plus more all lose official LineageOS support

The Nexus 5X, 6P, and Pixel C are among a group of devices that have now lost official support of the most popular third-party ROM LineageOS.

Nexus 5X Stories September 6, 2019

As Google’s Pixel brand prepares to launch its fourth-generation flagship, a piece of the company’s past is being pushed further back. Recently, Google made the official Google Nexus account on Twitter private, hiding its legacy.

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Nexus 5X Stories November 7, 2018

As part of Google’s three-year update plan, the last Nexus devices have now received the final guaranteed OTA update. That means that build number OPM7.181105.004 will be the final official build on both the Nexus 6P and the Nexus 5X and signals the true death of the Nexus line.

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Nexus 5X Stories August 21, 2018

Android 9 Pie lands on Nexus 6 and Nexus 5X via custom ROMs

Google’s support for its own hardware lasts two years, give or take, for major updates. That means that last year, Google’s final Nexus devices lost support for newer releases. As per usual, though, developers have been quick to get working ROMs of the latest software, and now Android Pie is available for a couple of older Nexus devices.

Nexus 5X Stories March 7, 2018

Google drops support for Nexus 5X and 6P in Android P Preview, Pixel C also dropped

It feels like it was just yesterday that I dropped my Nexus 6P on the concrete getting out of my car. On that day in 2016, I put my Nexus 6P to rest — thankfully only for a few weeks before I got my Pixel. But after many deaths it has already endured, Nexus is dying yet again today. The latest major release of Android, Android P, will never be released on the platform.

Nexus 5X Stories January 24, 2018

Google no longer offering Moto X4 as Nexus 5X replacements on Project Fi, full refunds now available

Thanks to poor components, Google has had to deal with continually replacing Nexus 5X units for Project Fi subscribers who bought the device. For a short time, those replacements were Moto X4 devices, but that’s quickly stopped.

Nexus 5X Stories January 22, 2018

Carrier-specific Pixel 2, Nexus 6P, and Nexus 5X Android 8.1 builds now rolling out

Last week, some Pixel 2 devices began receiving an unexpected Android 8.1 update that still featured the January security patch. Today, that carrier-specific build has been posted to Google Factory Images page, along with additional updates for the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P.

Remember the Nexus 5X? That was an excellent phone for a fair bit, and then it suddenly wasn’t thanks to failing components which eventually caused it to fly under the radar. For good reason, Google has long been handing out replacements for this device to frustrated owners, but it’s recently started doing so with the Moto X4.

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Nexus 5X Stories December 31, 2017

One of the most essential features for most smartphone owners is the camera. Because of this, Google focused on image quality when it launched the Pixel 2 and introduced new features such as portrait mode. But while the search giant’s latest and greatest got new features, the original Pixel and the last Nexus devices were left in the dust.

Thanks to the developer behind Camera NX, PixelPixel XLNexus 6P, and Nexus 5X owners can now enjoy taking portrait mode photos by merely sideloading an APK…

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Nexus 5X Stories September 25, 2017

Google is extending security updates for the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X by two months

Even though both phones have had trouble with age, the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X have been solid devices, and they’re still going to be supported for a couple more months with major software updates. However, both phones are going to be getting security updates for another year, and Google has just randomly extended that…

Nexus 5X Stories April 14, 2017

Android 7.1.2 finally finished its rollout to Google’s collection of Android smartphones this past week, but according to many users on Google’s support forums, it broke a crucial function for many — the fingerprint sensor…

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Google and LG’s Nexus 5X was never meant to be the best Android device on the market when it launched in 2015, but it accomplished its goal of being a spiritual successor to the popular Nexus 5. However, it wasn’t without shortcomings. Most were easy to look past, but LG’s decision to limit RAM to just 2GB was certainly odd, and annoying to say the least. Now, though, a Nexus 5X user has upgraded that to 4GB, and everything still works on his phone…

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Nexus 5X Stories February 1, 2017


Announced on Monday, the Android 7.1.2 OTA is now rolling out to the Google Pixel and Nexus 5X. On the latest developer preview, the latter device is receiving a much requested feature: a swipe down on the fingerprint sensor to reveal notifications…

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Nexus 5X Stories December 19, 2016

Nexus 5X, 6P devices on Android Beta Program now receiving OTA for final 7.1.1 release

While Android 7.1.1 began rolling out to Nexus and Pixel devices at the beginning of the month, users on the Android Beta Program have still been waiting for the final release. After a two week delay, the update is beginning to rollout to the Nexus 5X and 6P.

Nexus 5X Stories November 1, 2016


Google’s Pixel smartphones support a handful of features that the Nexus 6P or Nexus 5X don’t. Why not? According to Google, the hardware doesn’t support at least some of them — namely Night Light and Fingerprint “Moves.” Google confirmed outright last month that the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X physically couldn’t support fingerprint gestures since they require the new fingerprint sensor…

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Nexus 5X Stories October 16, 2016


Google is making some big claims on the camera found on its new Pixel smartphones, and to complement the hardware, Google has added a few new tricks to its camera app on the Pixel. Google Camera v4.2 is found out of the box on the Pixel, and thanks to developers on XDA, a modified version of that new version is available for anyone using a Nexus 5X or Nexus 6P.

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Nexus 5X Stories October 4, 2016

Google purges the Google Store, dropping Nexus devices, VR, NVIDIA Shield, Dell Chromebook 13

After releasing a plethora of new hardware yesterday, Google has decided to remove multiple other products from the Google Store to make room for the new arrivals…

Nexus 5X Stories September 28, 2016


We’ve been hearing about Google’s upcoming Pixel smartphones for quite some time, but until just recently, we hadn’t had a good look at what each device actually looked like. Over the past two days, Evan Blass has leaked out two new renders of the Pixel and the Pixel XL, giving us a better idea of what to expect. Both phones are going to look pretty much the same with nothing more than a half-inch of screen separating them.

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Nexus 5X Stories July 7, 2016


There are new smartphones hitting the market constantly, but which is the best to pick up when you’re trying to save a buck or two? We’ve seen some great launches this year and we’re only expecting more over the coming months, but for now, let’s go over the best budget Android smartphones you can go pick up today.

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Nexus 5X Stories June 21, 2016

9to5Toys Lunch Break: Nexus 5X 32GB (unlocked) $270, Nova Launcher Prime $1, more

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LG Nexus 5X 32GB (Factory GSM Unlocked) for $270 shipped (Orig. $399)

Nova Launcher Prime for your Android smartphone just $1 (Reg. $5) on Google Play

Grab Apple’s latest 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro on sale from $1,000 shipped w/ .edu ($300 savings)

How-to: Put a USB Charging port just about anywhere, without AC power for as little as $50 (Solar+Battery) 

Giotto’s $10 Rocket Air Blaster is the best way to keep your Mac clean for the money

Review: At just $24, this Leather Loop Band for Apple Watch looks great and won’t break the bank [Gallery]


HDTVs w/ Roku built-in offer great value, here’s a solid deal on a 48-inch model for $250 shipped


Protect your iPhone 6/s/Plus or 5/s/SE w/ a Ringke case for as little as $3 shipped

It’s time to get some free money w/ up to 20% off gift cards from Staples, Jiffy Lube and Petco

This flash drive adds another 32GB to your iPhone or iPad thanks to Lightning + USB 3.0 connectivity: $36 (Reg. $50)

Ditch that ugly plastic flash drive for an all-metal USB 3.0 Samsung from $7 Prime shipped (up to 60% off)


The Voltaire Coffee Grinder will tell you when your beans have gone bad

These new Donkey Kong, Zelda and 8-bit Mario Bros amiibo stands are some of the best

E3 2016:

Microsoft’s E3 keynote brings new Xbox One S console w/ 4K, Forza Horizon 3, teases next-gen, more

Sony crushes E3 2016 with non-stop games: God of War, Last Guardian, Spider-Man, new Kojima game, Resident Evil 7, more

All the biggest iOS/Android announcements from E3 2016: Elder Scrolls, more

Ubisoft’s E3 2016 keynote showcases Ghost Recon Wildlands, South Park, For Honor, Watch Dogs 2, more

EA gives a glimpse into upcoming releases at E3 2016: Battlefield 1, Titanfall 2, Madden, more [Videos]

Bethesda’s E3 2016 highlights include new Dishonored 2, Prey, Quake, Skyrim special edition, more

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