LG Nexus 5X reveal is latest in stream of Nexus leaks


Google is expected to unveil its new Nexus phones on September 29, but at this rate, there won’t be much in the way of unknown information for the big G to reveal at its event.

Less than 24 hours after a leak fully revealed the Huawei Nexus 6P, another leak has shown off the smaller LG Nexus 5X. The Nexus 5X has a fairly normal-looking black front with what appears to be a set of front-facing speakers. Things get a bit more interesting around back, where we can see a round fingerprint reader as well as a camera that bulges from the phone’s body. Next to the camera is a flash.


A second leaked image claims to show the colors that will adorn the LG Nexus 5X. Said to be coming are Quartz White, Ice Blue, and Charcoal Black versions, all of which will likely have black faces.

T-Mobile has sold multiple Nexus phones in its online store, so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Nexus 5X offered on its magenta shelves, too. At the very least, there should be support for T-Mobile’s network included with the Nexus 5X, including the band 12 coverage that we all love.

Now that we’ve gotten a peek at both the LG Nexus 5X and Huawei Nexus 6P, which of Google’s upcoming Nexus phones do you prefer?

Source: Android Police

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  • stevegavrilles

    I’m hoping the new nexus 5 is tmo compatible. I’ve been dying to ditch my iphone and go back to android. From what I understand, and correct me if I’m wrong here(I don’t believe I am), but they will disable band 12 if the device isn’t volte enabled.

    Icing on the cake would be if they gave it wifi calling on T-mobile!

    • Mr_Slurpee

      Of course it will be T-Mobile compatible. Why wouldn’t it be? It’ll be an unlocked GSM phone, like it always it.

      • stevegavrilles

        T-mobile compatible, as in ALL bands available. If there’s no volte, band 12 is disabled. No wifi calling, unfortunately, is also a dealbreaker for me. I’m an IT administrator and there’s no cell service in the warehouse and factory at my work. It’s not just t-mobile, nobody gets service in these places, so having wifi calling is necessary for me.

        • Fabian Cortez

          If there’s no volte, band 12 is disabled

          That’s not an entirely true statement.

          The only OEM that decided to disable Band 12 was Motorola and that’s because they didn’t want to go through the “hassle.” Which is ironic since their unlocked super phone, the Nexus 6, supports T-Mobile fully.

        • stevegavrilles

          If band 12 is enabled with no volte functionality, you will receive no phone calls, and no text messages until you leave band 12. No outgoing calls either. You won’t even realize that you missed them. This is a problem(and liability) when dealing with 911 calls. This is why it’s being disabled.

        • Fabian Cortez

          While you make some great points, it still doesn’t change the fact that Motorola took it upon themselves to disable Band 12 on a single device:

          “T-Mobile spokesman Viet Nguyen went on to say that Magenta doesn’t have a policy of asking device makers to remove band 12 support from their phones. He went on to say that Motorola’s Moto E (2015) is the only device that had band 12 support removed because it did not complete T-Mobile’s full VoLTE and E911 certification process. As a result, Nguyen says that Motorola decided to pull band 12 support altogether.


          EDIT: Can we create a whitelist for certain URLs? TmoNews should be on the top of that list.

        • Giro

          So how about if ur phone has volte and u disable it…like right now on my note 4 I had to disable it because was very bad.so does the mean if my phone is connected to band 12 and will not get phone call during the time

        • stevegavrilles
        • kbiel

          Motorola had the hardware but they could not get VoLTE working in their Android deployment. VoLTE support is absolutely required by T-Mobile to work on Band 12 with them. As for Nexus 6, which I own, Google is the one who baked in VoLTE. It’s there now as a patch to 5.1.1 available through T-Mobile connected phones and it is part of Marshmallow.

        • Fabian Cortez

          Motorola had the hardware but they could not get VoLTE working in their Android deployment.

          Read my reply below.

          There is no reason why Motorola cannot be capable of getting VoLTE working. This issue lied with passing certification and that became a financial decision on Motorola’s part. Remember, the device is on the lowend.

        • steveb944

          The Idol 3 we have in our household unlocked still has band 12 support, as do other devices, they’re not getting disabled due to lack of voLTE. The only OEM to backtrack was Moto.

          And honestly if someone is buying unlocked I’m sure they’ve done thorough research already to make sure what works and doesn’t work with that device on their respective network.

          You’ll have to wait for first hand confirmation that WiFi calling really does work in Marshmallow to jump in.

        • dtam

          there’s no way that band 12 wouldn’t be on it. remember that google wants to have more phones for google fi

      • Deadeye37

        Tell that to the CD Repo Man.

        Sorry, I couldn’t help it. Saw your avatar and was listening to that song so I had to incorporate it somehow. :)

    • kbiel

      It will be. They released an update to Lollipop back in March that had WiFi calling and VoLTE baked in and I have been using Marshmallow preview 3 on my N6 to make WiFi calls without issue. To not have WiFi calling and VoLTE would be a regression.

      • stevegavrilles

        True, it will be, but that doesn’t mean it won’t happen. The nexus 6 got wifi calling support, but it didn’t initially. Devices like the nexus 5 that could technically support wifi calling, never received such an update. Time will tell though, I remain hopeful!

        • kbiel

          VoLTE and WiFi calling are not add-ons; they are part of the system. It would be a regression to remove them. I reiterate that they are in preview 3 and working for me right now. As to whether the new Nexus hardware will support Band 12; I cannot answer, but I rather doubt that they would not as A) T-Mobile has long been the flagship carrier for Nexus and B) it is use worldwide and growing.

        • det_b

          It is definitely NOT there for N5 preview 3.

        • kbiel

          That’s interesting to know. I wonder if it is a hardware limitation. Is VoLTE also missing?

      • fechhelm

        Does baked in marshmallow wifi calling work with your carrier number or only with google voice number?

        • kbiel

          It is full WiFi calling and works just like the previous T-Mobile specific implementation. VoLTE is an industry standard and I imagine WiFi calling is just VoLTE with TCP/IP as the network.

          tl;dr: Yes it uses your carrier number.

    • wifi calling is now built into Marshmallow so i would say it be there also tmoblie has announced the will support Marshmallows visual voice mail

      • kbiel

        Is it officially official that T-Mobile will support Marshmallow’s visual voicemail or that Marshmallow final will have it baked in? I am running preview 3 and it’s not there (or turned on at any rate) now.

      • det_b

        Oly for the current N6….

  • Francisco llanos

    I hope it releases the day of! Even though I love my lg g4, i want to stay ahead of the pack with android M.

  • Ordeith

    One has to be pretty damned foolish to continue supporting Google at this point.

  • timmyjoe42

    I will be at my T-Mo store they day they have these in stock to buy one.

    • Deibid

      Buy from Google.. T-Mobile always up charges the Nexus models

      • Eric Stengrevics

        Agree, but I (and many others) don’t wanna pay that up front.

        • Deibid

          There’s plenty of credit cards out there that have no annual fee, and 0% interest for 12, 15, even 18 months! No need to pay $50-100 more when you don’t have too

        • JBrowne1012

          You should pay it up front. Why be lazy about it and pay over time if you could save $200-300 overall?

      • AS118

        If there’s a chance that buying direct from Google will mean the phone won’t have features like wi-fi calling or band 12 or something else, buying from T-mobile may be a better choice.

        • JBrowne1012

          no there’s not really a chance of google doing that as they haven’t done that in the past. The versions they sell t-mobile have been just carrier locked versions of their unlocked versions that they sell in the US meaning more than likely there won’t be differences between t-mo and unlocked sold by google. Wifi calling should be fine as well for the same reason.

        • georgethefourth

          Agreed. The Nexus 6 downloads updates based on the SIM installed. In the case of a T-Mo SIM, the device will prompt to download updates, and WiFi + Band 12 are functional with the latest official build. It generally doesn’t matter where you buy the Nexus 6 (unless it isn’t the XT1103 North America model). There are also reports of Developer Builds of Android M functioning with Visual Voicemail, VoLTE, and WiFi Calling on T-Mo working just fine on the Nexus 6.

  • tony

    Motorola X Pure or Nexus 5X……. any sugguestions and why

    • izick

      Nexus 5X – Fingerprint scanner; Updates directly from Google; Better benchmark numbers; Most likely a better camera; Nexuses generally are more compatible out of the box because of less customizations and developers will often test with them or their native SDK.

      Motorola X Pure – It’s available today for order; Probably cheaper.

      • FILA

        Band 12 support for X is absent or atleast turned off for now. Huge downside. Im in the same boat right now. Hate these bezels as well. Dosent make sense.

      • bryck

        Honestly, I love my Moto X pure. I really don’t care about the fingerprint scanner, not a big deal to me. For the price I paid for it, it even has a micro sd card slot. Coming from a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 performance wise, the stock android is way smoother than touch-wiz.. My warning is, that Band 12 support is disable until a future update from Motorola.

      • dtam

        not exactly sure the x pure is going to be cheaper. it starts at $399 for 16 gb and $449 for 32 gb

  • Deibid

    Will go for the LG.. I would have wanted a removable battery like the G4, but I doubt it’ll have it. Hopefully it’ll have quick charge at least.

  • Philly Jim

    I really hope the lG x5 comes to T MO. The Original Nexus 5 was one of the best phones I ever owned ……For me it can’t come soon enough I’m ready to Jump Right on it……….

    • JBrowne1012

      all the last Nexi’s have been sold by T-mobile I don’t see why both variants wouldn’t be coming to T-mobile. Its just a matter of when.

  • Jason Crumbley

    Sucks that the 5x specs aren’t as good as the 6P.

    • dtam

      it’s all physics. larger phone = higher capacity battery = more power hungry processor

      • Jason Crumbley

        BS. If that’s the case, all phones with a 5″ screen would have subpar specs. They do not.

        • dtam

          the fairest comparison would be s6 vs s6+. same processor, but s6 has smaller battery 2600 vs 3000 mAH and 1 gb less ram.

          you CAN stuff everything into the smaller form factor but you are designing to a target battery life.

          also, the larger screens are a bit more demanding so you don’t necessarily need the extras so the smaller counterparts always have less specs

  • Philip

    This phone look so much better than the other one with the camera bar at the back. This phone is like the Samsung Alpha, which sadly Samsung does not do anymore.

  • Ty Christensen

    OMG this is my next phone a very nice upgrade from my Nexus 4, in for 1!

  • Probablynot

    Loved my 2013 Nexus 5 (has it been that long?!). I’m just disappointed that it definitely won’t have expandable storage and more than likely won’t be water resistant, two items high on my list. Camera should be good, as it was on the ’13 model, fast processor, and with efficiency improvements during standby battery should be good enough for my light usage. It should have wireless charging too, but without being able to replace the battery not really keen on that due to the heat.

    • williejackbrainer

      Nexus 5 (2013) was a great device. I’ve heard great things about it and regret that I did not purchase it especially after the price drop. I bought the Nexus 6 and I’m loving it. I’m holding off and will wait and see what the feedback is from the fans of the Nexus line.

  • sd

    Why is it that any “leak” article I read about the 5X, there is absolutely no talk about support google Fi? I know there has been no real information about it, but I would think people would be speculating left and right?
    I’m on the fence right now since the bezels are huge. But I may overlook that if it supported google fi. Then the questions would be when to jump ship on tmobile.

    • IMHOP

      Well they gotta save something for the Google event. I’m more then confident it will support Fi.