Google Nexus 5X versus LG G4

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Today was a big day for the Android world, as Google introduced two all-new devices, the Huawei-made Nexus 6P and LG’s Nexus 5X. Both are impressive phones, but the Nexus 5X was arguably the most anticipated given how well the original Nexus 5 was received.

The Nexus 5 was a great smartphone, but it didn’t stack up well with big contenders like the LG G4 as far as specs go. But now that the Nexus 5X is here as the Nexus 5’s successor, let’s just see how well the Nexus 5X and LG G4 contend, shall we? Hit the break to see these two players go head to head!

Design

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The newly announced Nexus 5X sizes in at 147 x 72.6 x 7.9mm and weighs a light 136 grams. It’s fairly plain on the front, but has the usual button layout–power, volume rocker, and SIM card tray on both sides of the device. Around the back you’ll find a rather large Nexus logo with LG’s own logo right under that.

The LG G4’s features similar dimensions at 148.9 x 76.1 x 6.3 – 9.8mm and weighs in at 155 grams. It’s button layout is more unique, sporting the power button and volume rocket on the backside of the device right below the camera.

Winner: Nexus 5X

Display

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The LG G4 sports a 5.5-inch 2560 x 1440 IPS LCD display. Additionally, it has a pixel density of 538ppi and is equipped with Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3. It’s a gorgeous display and easily one of the best on the market.

The LG-made Nexus 5X has a 5.2-inch Full HD 1920 x 1280 LCD display. It also sports a pixel density of 424 pixels-per-inch. As for protection, it’s also using Gorilla Glass 3.

Winner: LG G4

Hardware

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Google’s Nexus 5X has the Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 chipset, a quad-core 1.4GHz Cortex-A53 CPU and a dual-core 1.8GHz Cortex-A57 processor, backed with 2GB of RAM, an Adreno 418 GPU, 16/32GB of internal storage, a 12.3-megapixel rear camera, and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. Interestingly, under that rear camera is a fingerprint scanner and there’s also USB Type-C support.

Under the hood of the LG G4 is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 808 chipset, a quad-core 1.4GHz Cortex-A53 CPU and a dual-core 1.8GHz Cortex-A57 processor. It has 3GB of RAM, an Adreno 418 GPU, 32GB of internal storage, a 16-megapixel camera, and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera.

Winner: It’s a tie.

Battery

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The LG G4 features a massive 3,000mAh battery, and is equipped with Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0 fast charging technology. In addition to that, it does have Qi wireless charging capabilities for those that want to pick up a wireless charging pad.

On the other hand, the Nexus 5X is equipped with a smaller 2,700mAh battery. That’s not necessarily a bad thing considering the noticeable difference in screen specifications, meaning the display is putting out less power, thus using less battery.

Winner: LG G4

Software

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Google’s Nexus 5X is running the latest version of Android–Android Marshmallow. As has been historically the case, the benefit of owning a Nexus like the 5X is the lack of bloatware, faster speeds, and timely updates.

The other extreme is the LG G4, which is running the UX 4.0 interface atop of Android 5.1.1. Much like TouchWiz, UX comes with a lot of features, such as QuickMemo+, a built-in File Manager, a bevy of camera options, and much more. Unfortunately, LG isn’t exactly known for its timely updates.

Winner: It comes down to preference.

Availability and Price

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The LG G4 is immediately available for purchase and will normally run you $199 on a new two-year contract or $699 outright. However, there are installment plans available through most carriers ranging from $15 – $35/mo.

In contrast, the Nexus 5X is currently pre-order only and will not be available through any major retail outlets or carriers. Those interested can pre-order it from the official Google Store, starting at $379 for the 16GB model.

Wrap Up

And there you have it folks, the Nexus 5X is almost identical to the LG G4! Manufactured by the same company–LG–that isn’t quite surprising. Despite having lower specs than its big brother the Nexus 6P, it’s still one powerful phone at a much lower price point.

Both the LG G4 and Nexus 5X are nice devices, and when it comes down to it, you’re just choosing the experience you want–one from LG or one from Google. It’s merely a matter of preference, as in this case, one isn’t inherently better than the other on paper.

Anyone picking up a Nexus 6P or Nexus 5X today? Or are you looking elsewhere? Be sure to let us know in the comments below!


About the Author: Brad Ward

Brad is a tech enthusiast, writing and tinkering with all things technology since 2011. He currently bounces between the LG G3 and his beloved Moto X! His interests include reading, entrepreneurship, the gym, and of course, queso.


  • Luc

    In the US the Nexus 5X still has a fair and reasonable price, the 16GB version costs $ 379 while that exact same phone costs € 479 (= $ 537) here in The Netherlands (Europe).. Ridiculous it is indeed.

    • Crazy indeed!

    • bobbob

      Yeah, it’s weird and annoying. Here in the UK, Carphone Warehouse always seems to have the Nexus devices cheaper than the Google store, with free next day shipping/in-store pick-up too. They’re by no means a perfect company, but last year they had the Nexus 5 at £240, when Google wanted £299 + £9.99 postage. Now they have the 5x at £299, £40 cheaper than Google. It also comes with a free Chromecast Audio (£30), too. I can just about deal with that.

      I was also looking at the Moto X Style/Pure (no idea why the names are different for different regions, confuses me and has often put me off buying Motorola, frankly), and it’s over $100 cheaper in the US than the UK.

  • Edward Mobley

    actually… 429 for a 32gb nexus 5x, which is smaller in almost every way vs 479 for an lg g4 on tmobile… kind of a tough call. not to mention, lg wont let the 5x cannibalize the g4, theyll knock down the price of the g4 almost gaurunteed

  • Von Bongo

    I picked an LG G4. Over here for less than the cost of the 5X in the UK.

    I originally wanted a 5X but Google’s European pricing is utterly ridiculous, the G4 is a great device that outshines the 5X in most respects anyway.

    • Helder Rodrigues Lucas

      Tottaly agree with you, here in Portugal the 32 Gb Nexus 5x costs 535 euros, against the 400 euros LG G4 Gray Color version, Google’s pricing is absolutely madness

  • teckel

    The G4 currently has a $100 rebate, so that $480 price is now only $380. Also, with T-Mobile’s new JUMP plan, you can get the G4 for $20/month for 18 months and get $100 back (basically, first 5 months free). You can also JUMP to any phone up to 3 times a year. So next year when a better phone comes out you can trade in the G4 and get a new phone. The G4 is a no-braining with T-Mobile.