Ledger Nano S Plus vs Ledger Nano X

Ledger's two hardware wallets are more similar than they are different

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Ledger has been a leading crypto hardware wallet manufacturer since 2014. The company currently produces two USB-style hardware wallet models: the Nano X and the Nano S Plus.

These models share many of the same capabilities, but there are a few features that set them apart. We've compared the newer Nano S Plus head to head with the Nano X to help you decide which is best for your cold storage needs.

Ledger Nano S Plus vs. Ledger Nano X overview

Ledger Nano S Plus Ledger Nano X
Ledger Nano S Plus
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★★★★★
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Ledger Nano X
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★★★★★
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Dimensions 62.39 x 17.4 x 8.24mm 72 x 18.6 x 11.75mm
Display 128 x 64px OLED screen 128 × 64px OLED screen
Coin support 5,500+ 5,500+
Security mechanism Secure element chip Secure element chip
Security certifications CSPN (First Level Security Certificate); CC EAL 5+ rating CSPN (First Level Security Certificate); CC EAL 5+ rating
Connection USB-A to USB-C USB-A to USB-C; Bluetooth
Compatibility PC (Windows 8+, macOS 10.10+ and Linux), Mobile (Android) PC (Windows 8+, macOS 10.10+ and Linux), Mobile (Android and iOS)
Backup 24-word seed phrase 24-word seed phrase
Staking Yes Yes
NFT management capability
Exchange built in to native software (Ledger Live and Trezor Suite)
Price (USD) $79 $149
Ledger Nano S Plus and Nano X held in a hand
Ldeger Nano S Plus and Nano X with open case

Nano S Plus vs Nano X: Physical features

Ledger Nano S Plus Ledger Nano X
Connection USB-A to USB-C USB-A to USB-C; (and Bluetooth)
Feel/appearance Stainless steel swivel outer shell and plastic casing; hearty weight; shaped like a flash drive; 2 buttons at the top Stainless steel swivel outer shell and plastic casing; hearty weight; shaped like a flash drive; 2 buttons at the top
Dimensions 62.39 x 17.4 x 8.24mm 72 x 18.6 x 11.75mm
Weight 21g 34g
Display 128 x 64px OLED screen 128 x 64px OLED screen
Battery

Must be plugged in to function

Can function without being plugged in

The main physical difference between the models is that the Nano X has an internal battery while the Nano S Plus doesn't.

This internal battery gives the Nano X the added benefit of being able to function without having to be plugged in.

The Nano X is also slightly larger and heavier than the Nano S Plus.

However, both the size and weight differences are negligible if you were to carry the device in your pocket or in a bag.

Ledger Nano X
Winner: Nano X

The Nano X's internal battery allows it to function without having to be plugged in, while the Nano S Plus must be connected to a desktop or Android mobile device to function.

Nano S Plus vs Nano X: Supported assets

Ledger Nano S Plus Ledger Nano X
Coin support 5,500+ crypto tokens and coins 5,500+ crypto tokens and coins
NFT private key storage
Apps Up to 100 simultaneously Up to 100 simultaneously
Storage capacity 1.5MB 2MB
NFT support Ledger Live provides native support to view and manage NFTs on the Ethereum and Polygon blockchains.

Connect your Ledger device to a Web3 wallet to view and manage NFTs stored on other blockchains.

The Nano S Plus and the Nano X have nearly identical capabilities when it comes to support for crypto assets.

Both devices support the same number of cryptocurrencies and blockchains and both can store NFTs. You can run up to 100 blockchain apps simultaneously on both devices.

You can also use both devices with Ledger Live – the native software for Ledger devices – to view and manage the NFTs you own on certain blockchains.

The only difference between the devices is that the Nano X has 2MB of storage capacity, while the Nano S Plus has 1.5MB.

Ledger Nano X
Winner: Nano X

The Nano S Plus and the Nano X provide nearly identical support for crypto assets, the only difference being the Nano X's slightly greater storage capacity.

Nano S Plus vs Nano X: Security

Ledger Nano S Plus Ledger Nano X
Security chips Secure Element Secure Element
Certifications CC EAL 5+ CC EAL 5+

Ledger uses Secure Element chips – the same chips used to secure data for passports and credit cards – to secure private key data on the Nano S Plus and the Nano X.

Ledger devices have passed a Common Criteria for Information Technology Security Evaluation – an international standard for banking cards and state requirements – with a CC EAL 5+ certificate.

CC EAL 5+ certification ensures that a device has the highest level of security against penetration tests.

Ledger Nano X and S Plus
Winner: Tie

Because the Nano S Plus and the Nano X offer the same level of security, the devices are tied for the winner of this category.

Nano S Plus vs Nano X: Built-in software

Ledger Nano S Plus Ledger Nano X
Software Ledger Live Ledger Live
User interface Clean; intuitive; good portfolio overview Clean; intuitive; good portfolio overview
Staking Stake a handful of cryptos via Ledger Live; sync Ledger wallet with a Web3 wallet to stake cryptos
Built-in exchange
Borrowing/lending
via Compound or Aave
Buy, sell and swap functions Buy, sell and swap crypto via Ledger Live
Mobile software app
(on Android only)

(on Android and iOS)

Ledger Live is the native software for both the Nano S Plus and the Nano X.

The software not only allows you to view your portfolio, but it also allows you to stake certain assets and even engage with Compound and Aave, which are decentralised borrowing and lending protocols.

The only difference regarding the software for Ledger devices is that you can use Ledger Live with your Nano X over Bluetooth, while you can't do the same with your Nano S Plus.

Ledger Nano X
Winner: Nano X

While the functionalities of the Ledger Live software are the same whether you use it with a Nano S Plus or a Nano X, you can only use the iOS mobile app for the software with your Nano X.

Nano S Plus vs Nano X: Web3 apps

Ledger Nano S Plus Ledger Nano X
Software interface for Web 3 apps Ledger Live
Staking
  • Stake a handful of coins via Ledger Live
  • Connect your Ledger to a Web3 wallet to stake other assets that you manage on the device
Borrowing/lending
  • Borrow and lend via Ledger Live's interface, which is connected to Compound
  • Also connect your Ledger Live to a Web3 wallet to borrow or lend via decentralised platforms like Aave
NFTs
  • Manage NFTs on Ethereum and Polygon via Ledger Live
  • You can also connect your Ledger device to a Web3 wallet to manage NFTs on other blockchains
Engage with Web3 apps via mobile Ledger Live interface

(on Android only)

(on Android and iOS)

Whether you are using your Nano S Plus or your Nano X, Ledger Live provides an interface to DeFi apps that allow you to stake and lend your crypto as well as borrow against it.

You can also manage and view your NFTs on the Ethereum and Polygon blockchains via Ledger Live.

The Nano X has a slight upper hand in this category in that you can use Web3 apps with this device through the mobile app version of Ledger Live on iOS, while you can't do the same with your Nano S Plus.

Ledger Nano X
Winner: Nano X

The main difference in this category is that you can use Web3 apps through the Ledger Live iOS mobile app with your Nano X, while the Nano S Plus can only be used on Android devices with a wired connection.

Ledger Nano S Plus and Nano X from above
Ledger Nano S Plus and Nano X from side on

Nano S Plus vs Nano X: Ease of use

Ledger Nano S Plus Ledger Nano X
Physical interface
  • 128 x 64px screen
  • 2 buttons – for scrolling and yes-no functions
  • 128 x 64px screen
  • 2 buttons – for scrolling and yes-no functions
Software interface Clean; intuitive; easy to use Clean; intuitive; easy to use
Connection between physical device and software on desktop USB-A to USB-C USB-A to USB-C
Connection between physical device and software on mobile USB-C to micro-USB (for Android) USB-C to micro-USB (for Android); Bluetooth (for iOS)

The physical features and interface of the Nano S Plus and the Nano X are mostly the same. Both have the same size screen and 2 buttons at the top for scrolling and yes-no commands.

The software interface for Ledger Live is the same whether you use it with a Nano S Plus or a Nano X.

The primary difference between the devices is that you can connect your Nano X to the Ledger Live iOS mobile app via Bluetooth, while this option isn't available with your Nano S Plus.

Ledger Nano X
Winner: Nano X

The Nano X is a bit easier to use on the go because you can use it with either your Android or iOS device, while the Nano S Plus is only compatible with your Android and requires a cable.

Nano S Plus vs Nano X: Price

Nano S Plus Nano X
US$79 US$149

The Nano S Plus costs about half as much as the Nano X.

Given the Nano S Plus has many of the same capabilities and functionalities as the Nano X, the lower price point for the Nano S Plus makes it an attractive option if you're on a budget.

It also might be the better choice if you don't require that your crypto hardware wallet be Bluetooth-enabled or have compatibility with iOS devices.

Ledger Nano S Plus
Winner: Nano S Plus

With almost all the capabilities of the Nano X, but at nearly half the price, we think the Nano S Plus is better value here.

Final verdict

While ultimately you should make your own decision based on whether the Nano S Plus or Nano X is better for you, we've selected the Nano X as our winner primarily because it has slightly more capabilities than the Nano S Plus.

While both devices are the same in many ways, the Nano X has 33% more storage capacity than the Nano S Plus, is Bluetooth-enabled and is compatible with iOS mobile devices, while the Nano S Plus isn't.

That being said, if you don't need these extra functionalities, then you may be better off purchasing the Nano S Plus at its significantly lower price point.

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Winner: Nano X

A summary of why we chose the Ledger Nano X as our overall winner:

  • Bluetooth-enabled
  • Internal battery included
  • iOS compatible
  • 33% more storage capacity
Safe storage for your assets is one of the most crucial parts of owning crypto, so make sure you've researched the best crypto wallets on the market and considered some hardware wallet alternatives before deciding which is best for you.

Methodology: Nano S Plus vs Nano X

We compared Ledger hardware wallets based on a broad range of criteria. These criteria included the physical and software features, supported digital assets and NFTs and price. We also looked at how easy these devices are to use, how they engage with Web3 dapps and the level of security that they provide.

The prices and information used in this comparison are accurate as of January 2022.

*Cryptocurrencies aren't regulated in the UK and there's no protection from the Financial Ombudsman or the Financial Services Compensation Scheme. Your capital is at risk. Capital gains tax on profits may apply.

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Frank Corva is business-to-business (B2B) correspondent for Bitcoin Magazine and formerly the cryptocurrency writer and analyst for digital assets at Finder. Frank has turned his hobby of studying and writing about crypto into a career with a mission of educating the world about this burgeoning sector of finance. He worked in Ghana and Venezuela before earning a degree in applied linguistics at Teachers College, Columbia University. He also taught writing and entertainment business courses in Japan and worked with UNICEF in Namibia before returning to the US to teach at universities in New York City. Earlier in his career, he spent years working as a publicist and graphic designer for record labels like Warner Music Group and Triple Crown Records. During that time, he was also a music journalist whose writing and photography was in published in Alternative Press, Spin and other outlets. See full bio

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