Google has today launched not one but two new Nexus showcase-devices, giving consumers more choice in terms of device dimensions after last year's 6-inch Nexus 6 wasn't universally well received for its large size, among other reasons. The Nexus 5X is made by LG and seen as an upgrade to the original Nexus 5 from two years ago which was also developed in cooperation with LG. The Nexus 6P is made by Huawei and the first Nexus device by the Chinese manufacturer. 

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With its 5.7-inch AMOLED display the Nexus 6P is a little smaller than last year's Motorola-made Nexus 6 in terms of both display size and overall dimensions. It comes with an aluminium shell and overall pretty impressive specs, especially in the camera department. The new model features a 12.3MP Sony sensor with a large pixel size of 1.55 microns and F2.0 aperture. There is no optical image stabilization but Google says thanks to the larger pixels there is no need for such a system. Presumably the larger pixels mean that noise levels have been decreased and in low light higher ISOs can be used for faster shutter speeds. 

The Nexus 6P also has more phase detection sensors on its imager than its predecessor, which in combination with a laser "time of flight" sensor, should allow for faster and more precise focusing. Other improvements include a 240 fps slow motion video mode and a 30 fps smart burst mode that allows for easy creation of gifs and auto-selects the best image within a burst for you. In the front there is an 8MP module with F2.4 aperture that comes with Google's HDR+ mode. A double-tap on the power button will give you quick access to the camera app. Our testing partners at DxOMark have already had a chance to have a closer look at the Nexus 6P camera. Their review will give you a good idea of what it's capable of. 

Other specifications include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chipset, 3GB RAM and 32, 64 and 128GB storage options. In true Nexus form there is no microSD slot, but the new model comes with a fingerprint sensor and a Type-C Micro USB connector. Power is provided by a 3450mAh battery and of course the Nexus 6P is running Google's brand new Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system.

The Nexus 5X is the smaller of the two new devices and wraps high-end components into a plastic body with a 5.2-inch 1080p LCD display. Android 6.0 is powered by a Snapdragon 808 chipset and 2GB RAM. Users can choose from 16 or 32GB storage options and like on the 6P there is a new fingerprint sensor and Type-C USB connector. The battery is a 2700 mAh variant.

With a 12.3MP sensor, F2.0 aperture and IR-laser assisted AF the camera specification is very similar to the 6P. There is also 4K video and a dual-LED flash. At the front a 5MP module with F2.4 aperture can be used for self-portraits and video-calls.

Both new devices can be pre-ordered from today but will initially only be available in the US, UK, Ireland and Japan. The Nexus 5X starts at $379 for the 16GB version, the 32GB option is $50 more expensive. The 32GB Nexus 6P is $499 while the 128GB top model will set you back $649.