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Google takes the Nexus 5X back to the future, and it's pretty cool

Google is getting serious about time travel. They took the much-loved 2013 Nexus 5 and brought it the future.

Enter Nexus 5X. Instead of following in the footsteps of the huge, expensive Nexus 6, the 5X is a solid update of the 5—leaving the 6P as an upgrade on the 6. Hmm, mini and maxi smartphone flagships? Sounds familiar.

Of course, Google relies on contracted manufacturers—this time LG. Manufacturers all have their own palettes—specific design elements that they reuse throughout their devices. With the release of every Nexus phone, the manufacturer usually releases its own device of strikingly similar design. In this case, the 5X features familiar physical construction, components, and repairability to its LG sibling. Though a bit weaker on the specs, Google's budget Nexus feels like a budget LG G4.

Nexus 5X teardown highlights:

The Nexus 5X is a great example of slim, affordable, and repair-friendly design. Modularity, ease of opening, and non-proprietary screws earned this gizmo a respectable 7 out of 10 on the repairability scale. Nice work, guys!

Piggybacking on the midframe, we find the Touch ID Nexus Imprint fingerprint reader. Google claims Imprint can recognize a fingerprint in just 600 ms—quick enough to skip the lock screen entirely.

Although the 5X doesn't officially support Quick Charge 2.0, we found the Qualcomm SMB1358, Quick Charge 2.0 IC—perhaps waiting for activation at a later date?

More information can be found at © iFixit


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