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The Google Nexus 5X in all its cheap, plastic glory (pictures)

Up close and personal with Google's new entry-level superphone.

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The plastic rear cover, fingerprint sensor and camera. The Nexus 5X also comes in mint green and black.

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Here's what gripping the Nexus 5X with the other hand looks like.

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The Google Nexus 5X, running Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

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The only thing that lives on the left edge of the phone is the SIM card slot. It can take a nano-SIM from most any cellular carrier.

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On the right, you'll find the volume rocker and power button. They feel shallow and cheap when you press them.

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The fingerprint sensor can turn the phone on and log you in, all with a single touch.

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It makes for a very natural grip, with your index finger in the fingerprint sensor divot also helping to balance the phone.

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The 12.3-megapixel Sony IMX377 camera is backed by a dual-LED flash and infrared laser autofocus module.

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It's light enough to pick up in landscape with just a pair of fingers.

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The single front-facing speaker delivers terrible audio, and looks kind of ugly too.

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On the bottom is one of the phone's three microphones, and the USB-C port for power and data. It does fast charging, but not the Type C fast file transfers.

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Here's microphone number two.

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The white back definitely resists fingerprints, but it feels a bit cheap.

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If you ask us, the original Nexus 5 (on top) looked and felt a lot better. Definitely less powerful, though.

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One last shot of the front of the Nexus 5X.

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Here's our sample studio shot taken with the Nexus 5X camera.

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