Google Nexus 5X and 6P: Australian pricing and availability

26 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Google Nexus 5X, 6P with fast charging go on sale in Australia.

Unlike any Nexus before it, the 5X will be exclusive to Telstra when it goes on sale next Tuesday for $0 per month on the telco’s $70 plan. The Nexus 5X and larger Nexus 6P phablet, which are running the latest Android software, 6.0 Marshmallow, are both available for pre-order Down Under as of Monday from the Google Store, before becoming more widely available in early November. The 5X follows up Google’s extremely successful Nexus 5 from 2013, and features a 5.2-inch full-HD display, fingerprint reader, Android Marshmallow and a 12.3-megapixel camera with “best-in-class” lowlight camera shots. The Huawei-made Nexus 6P with a 5.7-inch display will sell for $899 and $999 for models with 32GB and 64GB of storage respectively, while the smaller Nexus 5X made by LG will cost $659 and $739 for 16GB and 32GB of storage. The device features the same 12.3-megapixel camera and fingerprint reader as the 5X, but packs a 5.7-inch quad-HD screen and a faster processor to get things done quicker.

Google was also keen to show off its new operating system, Android Marshmallow, which will be launching on the two devices, with others such as the LG G4 receiving the update next month. Both phones have fingerprint scanners on the back of the handset and for the first time their operation is supported officially by Google Android’s 6.0 operating system, Marshmallow. The 32GB aluminium model is available for preorder Monday with Optus offering plans starting at A$65 a month, while the 64GB aluminium model will start at A$85 a month with Vodafone.

For example, someone could send you a message asking how long you will be and by holding the home button it will bring up Google Now and show you an estimated arrival time of where you’re going. It has a high resolution 518 pixel per inch quadHD screen, a 12 MP back-facing camera that also shoots 4K video, and an 8MP “selfies” front-facing snapper.

The 6P is aluminum all the way through with a very subtle “hump” made of Gorilla Glass 4 that protrudes on the upper backside; this hump houses the camera system, and also acts as a way for its antennas to transmit wireless reception. And unlike the flat buttons on the 5X, the buttons on the 6P have a satisfying click to them that don’t require much force; I really like how the power button is knurled. Huawei added an oleophobic coating on the screen to keep fingerprints at bay, but the phone still got smudged up with minimal tapping and swiping, anyway. I wouldn’t get too hung up on these specs, though, as I didn’t notice any significant daily performance differences (web browsing, taking photos, using social media, email) compared to the 5X’s Snapdragon 808 chip and 2GB of RAM.

Android 6.0 Marshmallow, as I mentioned in my Nexus 5X review is Google’s mobile operating system, firing on all cylinders and at the top of its game. Most of Marshmallow’s improvements are behind-the-scene fixes and tweaks to make Android more stable and polished, but there are a few new features that lay the groundwork for a more robust mobile experience. Restating what I said in my 5X review, the placement is natural if the phone is facing down, but plain awkward if the phone’s screen is facing up, which is how most people have their phones on a table. Selfies are sharper from the 8-megapixel front-facing camera versus the 5X’s 5-megapixel camera, but by the time you throw them up on Instagram and Facebook, they’ll get compressed and the difference won’t be noticeable unless you view the, in full resolution (and who does that?).

The 6X doesn’t have optical image stabilization like the iPhone 6S Plus (and 6 Plus), which is disappointing especially for taking low-light and action shots, but I wouldn’t say that’s a good enough reason to not buy this phone. Mostly known for its budget-priced phones, Huawei has rapidly risen to the top as a company capable of producing luxurious, premium phones and smartwatches with highly attractive pricing (kind of like Xiaomi). It’s got the high-end look and feel, a gorgeous high-res screen, a pair of excellent cameras, powerful performance and a fingerprint sensor that blows by the iPhone 6S’s.

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