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article imageGoogle's new Nexus phones are feature-filled Android 6.0 devices

By James Walker     Sep 29, 2015 in Technology
As was widely rumoured, Google today announced its new Nexus 5X and 6P smartphones, built by LG and Huawei respectively. The phones are the first devices to run Android 6.0 Marshmallow and are intended to show off the best that the platform can offer.
LG's Nexus 5X has a 5.2-inch Full HD display while the larger Huawei Nexus 6P has a 5.7-inch WQHD display. The phone isn't as big as it may sound as the screen accounts for 74% of the overall body size, making the chassis footprint around the same as that of most 5.5-inch devices.
The Nexus 6P is powered by the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 paired with 3GB of RAM. The Nexus 5X is slightly less powerful, swapping out the Snapdragon 810 for a hexa-core 808 with 2GB of RAM.
The phones feature a 12.3-megapixel camera that uses larger pixel sizes to capture more detail in photos. A fingerprint sensor on the back, known as Nexus Imprint, makes unlocking the phone easy while front-firing stereo speakers and Qualcomm fast charging combine for a healthy feature-set.
The phones follow last year's Motorola-built Nexus 6. The massive 6-inch phablet device failed to gain the same reception as 2013's 5-inch LG Nexus 5 so this year Google asked LG to follow up on its success with a new device that follows in the footsteps of the original while adding new features. Meanwhile, Huawei has been recruited to replace Motorola and take larger Nexuses off in a different direction, down-scaling a little to make the phone more accessible while retaining the power of what Motorola built last year.
The new devices will run Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The update, set to come to other phones in the future, includes a new launcher interface, revised heads-up notifications and more accessible app permission settings. Battery life has seen major improvements through the introduction of a new "Doze" feature. Some devices could end up with double the life they had on Android 5.0 Lollipop.
The Nexus 5X and 6P will be available for pre-order from the Google Store from today in the U.S., U.K., Ireland and Japan. The Nexus 5X starts at $379 for 16GB of storage while the Nexus 6P starts at $499 for 32GB of storage. Those prices are for SIM-free, unlocked phones sold directly by Google.
The company also announced that Nexus devices will be sold with a free 90-day subscription to Google Play Music. Purchases in the U.S. will also include a free $50 Google Play credit to spend on other content including apps, games, books and films.
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