Nexus 5 rumors and specs Everything we know about Googles KitKat flagship

first_imgGoogle announced the Nexus One in 2010, but it didn’t sell very well. In fact, Google’s first Nexus device was discontinued a few months after release and people were questioning if the company would ever make another phone. Now here we are a few years later and we expect a new Nexus every fall. Not only that — we expect it to be inexpensive, even if that means sacrificing features.This year, the rumors are pointing at a very competitive device, likely to be called the Nexus 5. Let’s dig through the mountains of rumors and leaks to see what this Android phone is going to offer.Nexus 5’s designThe Nexus 4’s glossy glass back was famous for being pretty, but incredibly slick and fragile. A Google video of the KitKat statue reveal showed an employee holding the Nexus 5 up to take a picture, thus revealing the back. Subsequent leaked images of the Nexus 5 clearly showed a back much like the 2013 Nexus 7 — a smooth, soft-touch plastic. It also appears to have the same big landscape-oriented Nexus logo seen on the new Nexus 7.Basically, the Nexus 5 should be much more stable in your hand, which is good considering the size of this device, and better able to take a drop than the Nexus 4.From leaked bug reports and system info screens, we can safely say the Nexus 5 will sport a 5-inch screen. The name certainly could tie into the screen but this will be the fifth Nexus device, so we’re guessing that’s relevant as well. The screen will probably be the same LCD panel used in the LG G2, seeing as LG makes both. The manufacturer of the phone really isn’t in question anymore — there have been too many leaks that point to LG.The overall shape, as ascertained from the leaked shots, is slim and roughly the same as the Nexus 4. It has the same “2001 monolith” vibe from the front that most Nexus phones have had, but the back has a fairly large metal ring around the camera lens.Nexus 5 specsThanks to those leaked log files, we have a good handle on what sort of hardware the Nexus 5 is going to be packing. At the heart of Google’s next phone will be a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chip clocked at 2.3GHz per core. There will also be 2GB of RAM, and if the leaked files are to be believed, both 16 and 32GB storage options. The Nexus 5 will essentially be an LG G2 in a different shell.There has been speculation that Google could bring the hands-free voice actions from the Moto X to the Nexus line by way of the Snapdragon 800. Like the Motorola X8 platform, Qualcomm’s chip has a snappy low-power digital signal processor (DSP) core that could handle much of the same functionality.One of the more interesting rumors is that the 32GB version of this phone will also have a larger battery. The device that landed in the FCC had a 2300mAh Li-ion cell, which was disappointing to some potential buyers who have become accustomed to seeing larger batteries in phones like the LG G2 and Galaxy Note 3. Anonymous sources have floated the idea that a 3000mAh battery could be included with the more expensive version.One notable difference between the G2 and the Nexus 5 is the camera. The G2 has a good 13MP image sensor on back and a 2MP camera up front. The Nexus 5 is probably going to ship with an 8MP rear camera and 1.2MP front-facing module. Google has taken a lot of heat for sticking mediocre cameras in Nexus phones, so everyone was hoping Mountain View would step it up this time.Next page: The Nexus 5 and KitKat… 1 2last_img

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