Well boys and girls, it looks like the Nexus 5 rumor season is in full swing. During the last several days two completely different ideas have been making the rounds:
1. The Nexus 5 will be made by none other than Motorola (no other info on this – just that it won’t be a Moto X Google Edition).
2. LG will wear the “Nexus Maker” hat for the second consecutive year. According to this train of thought, the Nexus 5 will be based on the LG G2, but Google and LG have decided to use a Snapdragon 600 SoC in order to keep the price down.
Today a new rumor (which falls into the 2nd category) has surfaced, bringing more details about the specs, design and build quality of the upcoming Nexus 5. Join us after the break for more details.
First of all let address the source of this new rumor. You guy remember Tinhte right? Yes, they are the guys who managed to get their hands on a fully functional Moto X back when everybody was expecting the “Motorola X Phone” to come with some truly SCI-Fi specs. So we would say we should at least hear them out, right?
With the above out of the way, let’s move on to the new Nexus 5 rumored features and specs. Like we already heard, the Nexus 5 will be based, as far as specs go, on LG’s upcoming flagship – the G2. However, in contradiction with earlier reports, the new Nexus will actually come equipped with a Snapdragon 800 System-on-a-Chip. Nothing about the price tag is being mentioned so let’s hope that, if this is true, Google and LG will still manage to keep the price down. A 5.2 inch screen is also being mentioned, in line with earlier rumors.
Now that we got the specs out of the way, lets talk about design. According to Tinhte’s information, the Nexus 5 will have really thin side bezels, just like G2, and an overall design similar to the 2013 edition of the Nexus 7. If you think about it, it actually makes sense for Google to want and have its Nexus devices looking almost identical. This would be the next logical step after the Californian giant decided to make Jelly Bean look identical both on smartphones and tablets (if you remember, Honeycomb was looking and even behaving a lot different than Ice Cream Sandwich). Oh, and if you were hoping to see a similar LG G2 back button placement on the new Nexus … you can forget about it.
Ok, lets move on to build quality. Love it or hate it, the glass on Nexus 4’s backside made Google’s smartphone really stand out in the crowd and it looks like the Nexus 5 will follow in its predecessor’s footsteps.
Let’s hope that Google and LG will use their Nexus 4 experience to address some of those issues inherent to having a smartphone with glass on its back panel.
Another thing mentioned by this latest rumor is that the smartphone’s camera placement has been changed: the camera cluster will now be closer to the edge of the device, just above the display … kind of like the new Nexus 7 and its rear-facing shooter.
Are you excited by the thought of a Snapdragon 800 powered Nexus 5? Do you think it will affect the price tag? What about having glass on Nexus 5’s back? Let us know in the comments section.