Google Nexus 2016 Sailfish vs. Nexus 5X – Here’re the Rumored Upgrades

Google Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P

Google launched the Nexus 5X in October last year, but things might be a little different this year given that Android 7.0 Nougat, the OS that’ll power the Google Nexus 2016 handsets out of the box, could be lined up for an early release, just like its first developer preview version.

With this in mind, every Google Nexus enthusiast is eager to see what is cooking for this year and for sure, there seem to be really good things coming up. If any of the latest rumors are to be believed, we’ll have a great Nexus 5X successor, a device that many will want to have once it is released. Codenamed Sailfish, the new Google Nexus 2016 will be a monster of a phone as far as performance is concerned. But how does it compare against the current Nexus 5X? Let’s take a closer look, but remember, the details of the Nexus 2016 Sailfish are based on rumors.

Design and display

The LG-build Google Nexus 5X is a great phone with a compact size and decent hardware specs. The body is made of a polycarbonate back that features three color options. You get a rear fingerprint scanner and USB Type-C charging port, which should also be retained on the Nexus 2016 Sailfish. There are also reports that the new handset will include a metallic frame, but the rest of the body will feature a premium plastic material that looks almost similar to the HTC Desire lineup.

Coming down to the display, the Nexus 5X has a screen size of 5.2 inches with Full HD 1080p resolution and is protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3. Though not confirmed, reports are rife that the new Google Nexus 2016 Sailfish will come with a Full HD display screen with a 1080p resolution similar to its predecessor, but the screen size could be trimmed to 5 inches. The screen should be protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 4, with Gorilla Glass 5 probably featuring on the Nexus 6P successor.

Performance and camera specs

Last year’s Nexus 5X has a Snapdragon 808 SoC that offers great performance given that it was a flagship chipset back in its heydays. This chipset is paired with an Adreno 418 GPU and a capable RAM of 2GB. For storage, you get two options of 16GB and 32GB, but there is no microSD card slot.

The Google Nexus 2016 Sailfish, if the latest rumors materialize, will be a monster of a phone when compared to the Nexus 5X. This is because it will include the latest Snapdragon 820 SoC that is paired with an Adreno 530 graphics unit and a RAM of 4GB. There is, however, only one storage option of 32GB and as usual, don’t expect a microSD card slot.

Google Nexus 2016

This is the same hardware combination that has propelled the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge to their greatest levels possible. It is also the same specs sheet you find in a huge number of 2016 flagship handsets. It gets even better with the cameras as the latest leaks also indicate some huge improvements in the area. Where the Nexus 5X has a 12.3MP rear snapper and 5MP selfie camera, the Nexus 2016 Sailfish will include a 13MP back camera and an 8MP front-facing snapper. It is likely that HTC will up the size of the f/2.0 aperture used on both Nexus 5X camera lenses, but this cannot be confirmed.

Battery capacity and software

As for the battery units on board, the Nexus 5X has a non-removable 2700mAh pack. Apparently, this will see a slight increase of just 70mAh, which should mean the two stay on the same level when it comes to battery life. The Nexus 2016 Sailfish should launch with Android 7.0 Nougat on board, but Nexus 5X could possibly receive the update earlier, even before the launch or rather release of its successor.

If the Google Nexus 2016 Sailfish rumors indeed materialize, will you make the shift from your current Nexus 5X? Please let us know your views in the comments section below.

4 thoughts on “Google Nexus 2016 Sailfish vs. Nexus 5X – Here’re the Rumored Upgrades”

  1. Sounds like the 5X will win with these meager changes, with NO changes in FUNCTIONALITY.
    Therefore, not a reason to upgrade FROM 5x, and price/functionality will drive other potential customers to 5x as well.

  2. I’d be surprised if it didn’t have an SD card slot, due to the new Android features that center around SD card integration. I forget the name specifically.
    Shame that it’s a side-step from the 5x – the 5x is OK but was such a downgrade from my former Galaxy S5. I would have gotten a Galaxy S7 but I was still losing my work-travel friendly swappable battery and spending big otherwise.
    Call it unfounded, but I’d love to have Qi wireless charging back. Nexus used to have it.
    I’d love to have a work-travel swappable battery and work/life swappable storage again. All my former Galaxy phones had it.
    If I’m going to be forced to have a sealed-up phone, at least give me a reason for it – waterproofing. My S5 had it.

    The next disturbing trend is metal phone bodies – despite it preventing many of those features, transferring rather than absorbing shock forces (hello, cracked screens), and despite it costing more money and requiring extra engineering (antenna lines??) to work around those problems.

    Despite it blocking all kinds of signal (NFC, Qi, wifi, even cellular) and making no practical sense. The industry is continuously moving away from making phones that suit business professionals (and geeks) with functionality, and moving towards making wannabe-iphones, phones-as-jewelry, for the demographics of tweens and their soccer moms.
    Sad and unfortunate.

    1. Completely agree. Its unbelievable how phone companies can’t make a device that is practical on all levels. Honestly I don’t think they want to. One reason the 5x is loved is because 5.2″ really suits the hand of both genders. IMO it was perfect. Even 5.3″ is doable for both genders and maximizing screen real estate while still being pocket friendly. WHY are you downsizing Google!!!!!! 4 gigs of ram?! What part of the web truly needs that much? Not even the heaviest videos need that. Use 2.5-3 gb ram & put the savings into camera improvements. Like, oh IDK maybe OIS?!! Or creating a camera app that doesn’t crash and lose pictures. If you’re downsizing I sure as hell hope it won’t have on screen buttons that use my 5″ screen. That’d really piss me off. So much that I’d find an equally performing phone elsewhere. One not all specked out to attract the geeks but has enough to get the job done and applies money into features that make a phone practical. Like being able to insert an SD card! You make your phones capable of using virtually any service world wide yet I can’t extend battery life in a pinch by removing the back or put in an SD card to capture more than a handful of memories. LG specializes in removable backs so we all know they were forced by you Google to make the back permanent. A-holes. If you a actually make a phone that is work friendly, travel friendly and life friendly I’ll consider giving you my hard earned dollars. Not a version before. Oh yea. And since everyone and their grandma walks around with headphones on, at least make the audio out of the 2.5mm jack good. No reason why you can’t do what LG did on the V10 or V20. Probably didn’t cost more than a few cents per unit. MAKE IT HAPPEN GOOGLE!!!!! If we can travel with it then make it friendly to drops and scratches!! What was wrong with the polymer plastic of the 5x? Too many “it’s not pretty” complaints? It’s going to be dropped keep it tough plastic and lightweight. And why the he’ll don’t we deserve gorilla glass 5?!! Oh that’s only “flagship worthy”? That’s Google being a horses ass!! I’ll take the same 808 or a less expensive 815 (than the” flagship” 820) if I get a phone built with quality materials. This doesn’t mean expensive materials. Just build it for the working Joe who deserves the same as quality components as everyone else.

  3. Since I financed mine through Googles project fi, mine is of yet still not paid for in full. I think I will hold onto mine as it still preforms wonderfully.
    I still use my Nexus 5(2013) as a small tablet/alarm , solitaire device. It even still sends and recieves text messages .

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