We recently penned our views of using the Nexus 5X for 24 hours and now that the phone is a little older, we are glad to report that the phone has lived up to its early promise and continues to perform very well. It may not have the style and swag of the Nexus 6P or even the raw power that the Huawei manufactured Nexus phone packs, but nevertheless the Nexus 5X does what is thrown at it very well. There were minor stutters on the device when we tried to capture a lot of HDR images or try to multitask a lot or jump the camera from landscape to portrait mode, but other than that the journey was fairly smooth.
However, it is one thing knowing and experiencing it and quite the other knowing the full throttle of the phone. In order to know the full potential of the phone, one way is to run the phone through a series of benchmark tests. We agree that these tests tend to be rigged and sometimes be unfair as they push the hardware limit of the phone way beyond what a normal application or operation would, but despite that, these provide a good reference point to know the true power of the device.
We ran the Nexus 5X through a few of these tests and the scores of the phone are below:
Before the tests, it is good to have a full overview of the hardware that the phone is running. We confirmed that through CPU-Z that the phone is indeed running Snapdragon 808 clocked at 1.8 GHz with 2 GB of RAM.
The display on the phone is a 5.2 inch LCD panel with 1080 P resolution.
Quadrant Standard is perhaps one of the oldest benchmark tests out there for Android phone. It computes the CPU capability, I/O performance as well as the 3D performances of the phones and gives a simplified figure that can help you compare the device to other phones in the vicinity categories. As expected, the Nexus 5X had no problems and performed consistently at 60 FPS posting a score of 17,000+ on Quadrant, which is not the highest we have seen but really respectable.
Geekbench 3 is a pretty commonly used cross-platform tool to gauge the processor performance of a device. It therefore, gives you a good idea of the raw speed and power of the phone and lets you know the single core as well as the multi-core performance. The Nexus 5X easily outperformed the flagships of last year in the test though was a little behind when we compared to the likes of Nexus 6P.
GFX Bench is a very widely accepted benchmark test for measuring the 3D performances of the phone. It also gives you a peek at the graphics performance, render quality and the performance core by core. Consistent with the tests above, the GFXBench also paints the same picture that, Nexus 5X even though is better than any of the flagships last year doesn’t quite live up against the likes of the LG G4, OnePlus 2 or the Nexus 6P which all scored more than 369 frames that the 5X posted. We put it down to possibly an inferior Snapdragon 808 SoC and Adreno 418 GPU.
With over 100 million users and used extensively by Google, to the point even at Google I/O, AnTuTu benchmark is a very well known benchmark test. It basically tests the GPU performance, CPU, RAM, IO speeds and more of your device. It is one of the few tests that give you an overall picture. The Nexus 5X scored a very decent AnTuTu score of , which once again was in between the scores of last year’s flagships and this year’s absolute top phones, which posted a score of almost 62,000+.
Nenamark 2 gives you a ballpark reference of your device performance when playing the usual games. Unlike some of the more comprehensive tests like Geekbench, Nenamark just takes into account some very realistic scenes and how well does the device render it. The Nexus 5X had no problems during the test and posted a top score.
It is clear from all the tests that we performed that the Nexus 5X while being a really good consistent performer is definitely not the top dog device you want if you want pure, raw power. But that is something we kind of knew right? Nothing bad in confirming, though.