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.
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.