Lumia 950 vs. Nexus 5X

Both Microsoft and Google have released two versions of their latest smartphones, which came this fall, almost in the same period. The Lumia family is now richer with the 950 and 950 XL models, which came loaded with Windows 10 Mobile, while the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P were the first phones to run on Android 6 Marshmallow. The difference is that Google has collaborated with two giant manufacturers, LG and Huawei, who put their ideas into practice and built two totally different devices, while the Lumia 950 is the smaller version with a weaker processor. So, if you want to learn more about the Lumia 950 and Nexus 5X, in this article we’ll tell you about the difefrecnes and similarities that are between them.

Designs and Displays

Both devices have plastic bodies with a matte effect, but the Lumia 950 is available in black and white colors and measures 145 x 73.2 x 8.2 mm, while the Nexus 5X comes in Carbon, Quartz or Ice colors and it’s taller, but slimmer, measuring 147 x 72.6 x 7.9 mm. The first difference between them is the fingerprint scanner which is placed only on Nexus 5X’s back, below the circular rear camera from the top center, which is called Nexus Imprint and supports mobile payments via the Android Pay service. The Lumia 950 has a larger rear camera lens with a triple LED flash in front of it, while on the front side is a camera with an iris scanner, which is an infrared camera that offers a new “Hello” biometric security system that is more advanced than the simple fingerprint recognition. Also, both phones have a 5.2-inch screen, but they’re using different technologies and support various resolutions. Therefore, the AMOLED screen of the Lumia 950 supports a QHD resolution with 564ppi and it’s much sharper than the IPS LCD screen of the Nexus 5X, which offers a Full HD resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels at 423 ppi.


The chipsets, processors and GPUs are identical on both devices. So, they’re housing a Qualcomm MSM8992 Snapdragon 808 chipset with a dual-core 1.82 GHz Cortex-A57 CPU and quad-core 1.44 GHz Cortex-A53 CPU, backed by an Adreno 418 GPU, but the Lumia 950 is faster with 3GB of RAM, beating the performance of the Nexus 5X, which supports only 2GB of RAM. Also, the Lumia 950 has another advantage: its internal memory of 32GB is expandable up to 200GB, while the Nexus 5X is available in two fixed internal memories of 16GB and 32GB.

Cameras and Batteries

The Lumia 950 has an amazing rear camera of 20MP with an f/1.9 aperture, a 26mm lens and it uses Carl Zeiss optics and the PureView technology, while the list of features includes OIS, autofocus triple-LED RGB flash, 1/2.4″ sensor size, 1.12 µm pixel size and 4K video recording.

The Nexus 5X takes excellent shots in low light conditions thanks to its 12.3MP Sony sensor with an aperture of f/2.0, which offers features such as laser autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash, 1/2.3” sensor size, 1.55µm pixel size and, of course, 4K video capture. Both front cameras support 5MP, but the Lumia 950 opted for a shooter with an aperture of f/2.4 and Nexus 5X’s camera has a wider aperture of f/2.0.

The Lumia 950 has a bigger battery of 3000mAh, which is removable and supports up to 18 hours of talk time, while the Nexus 5X with its 2700mAh cell can last an entire day by enable the Doze mode, which was introduced in Android Marshmallow.