UPDATED: Everything we know about Google's Nexus 5 so far ?
With the Galaxy S4, HTC One and iPhone 5S out of the way, the Google Nexus 5 is probably the most anticipated phone still to come this year. The Nexus 4 combined high end specs with an amazingly low price tag and we’re expecting the same again this time. But what exactly will the Nexus 5 be like? We’ve gathered all the rumours in one place to paint as clear a picture as possible.
The full specs of the Nexus 5 have leaked in a service manual for the LG Nexus 5. Read more here.
It has been rumoured for a while now that the Google Nexus 5 will have a 2.3 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor and 3GB of RAM, which should make it powerful enough to run with the best phones out there.
In fact there’s already been a leaked benchmark test in which it posts scores that roughly match the iPhone 5S and Sony Xperia Z1. The Nexus 4 might have been powerful then, but this looks set to be a beast.
Being such a high end device it’s also likely to have a full suite of connectivity options including Wi-Fi, 3G, 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.0 and probably even NFC, though there’s no confirmation of any of that.
The screen on the Google Nexus 5 looks like it’s going to see an improvement too, going up from the 4.7 inch display on the Nexus 4 to 5.2 inches. It’s said to be a full HD 1920 x 1080 OLED display.
Leaked image purporting to show the Google Nexus 5
Update: New information has confirmed that the Google Nexus 5 will be available in a choice of either 16 or 32GB models. It's also possible that a higher capacity version will be available - most likely a version with 64GB of onboard storage.
It’s thought that the Google Nexus 5 will have a storage bump over the somewhat restrictive Nexus 4, giving buyers a choice of 16, 32 or 64GB of built in storage. Unfortunately though it’s unlikely that the handset will have a micro SD card slot as Nexus devices never have before.
Appearance / Design
While we don’t know exactly what the dimensions of the Nexus 5 will be, it has been spotted in the wild, both during Google’s unveiling of the Android KitKat statue and in a bar, where one was left charging (pictured below)
From what we can see the main difference appears to be the back, which rather than being sparkly glass like on the Nexus 4 this time seems to be a fairly plain, black plastic. That’s something of a disappointment if true, but it would presumably make the Nexus 5 less breakable.
The only other visible differences are that the camera lens is a little bigger and the ‘nexus’ logo has been flipped round to run lengthways down the handset.
The 8 megapixel camera on the Nexus 4 was solid but didn’t cut it against the best smartphone cameras and to be honest we suspect the same will be true this time round. However the camera on the Google Nexus 5 should at least have a higher megapixel count, with rumours pointing to either 10 or 16. It should also have a 2.1 megapixel front facing camera and be capable of shooting 1080p video, which it might be able to do at 60fps, along with possibly being able to shoot 4k video at 30fps.
The Nexus 5 is obviously an Android device, but more specifically it will almost certainly ship with Android 4.4 KitKat, though so far we don’t know exactly what that update will entail.
The Google Nexus 5 will probably have a 3300 mAh battery, which should be enough to give it great battery life. To put that in perspective the Nexus 4 had a 2100 mAh battery. Now admittedly the Nexus 5 is bound to be more power hungry, but even so that’s quite a jump in size.
Price, manufacturer and release date
UPDATE: The usually reliable EVLeaks has claimed that the LG-made Google Nexus 5 will be unveiled on November 1st. A new image of the smartphone accompanied the leak (posted below) which reveals that it'll be available in a choice of White or Black
UPDATE: The prices of the Google Nexus 5 were leaked in a service manual. The 32GB version of Google's smartphone is expected to be priced at £239, while the 32GB version will cost £299.
As for pricing that remains unknown, but Google are likely to want to continue the affordable pricing model that its Nexus line has held to date, so the price may well match that of the Nexus 4 (£239 upwards), but at the very least we’d think it would come in at less than £300.
Assuming these rumours are all to be believed the Nexus 5 should be even more impressive and even better value for money than the Nexus 4. The specs are simply world class and it looks to have been improved in just about every conceivable way, from a bigger and better screen, to a faster processor, more RAM, a better camera, more storage and a bigger battery. If things pan out this is a handset to get excited about.
By Kevin Thomas on 27th September, 2013