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Battle of the Nexuses: Differences between 4 & 5

Sterling Keys

The manual for the Nexus 5 was leaked yesterday that gave us an idea of the technical specs behind the latest Google backed device. As such, we’ve taken the opportunity to do a little bit of a comparison between the current Nexus 4 and the device that will be replacing it, the Nexus 5. If the leaked document is correct, it is looking as if the Nexus 5 is getting that big boost in hardware that will put it up there with the rest of the high-end smartphone ranks.

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If confirmed, the new hardware specs behind the Nexus 5 will provide a nice bump for the Nexus line./ © weespeed/MacRumors

As per usual, this information is based upon the leaked documents that we reported on yesterday and is by no means anything official from Google. While we’re pretty confident in the manual itself, this information may change. As well, the manual was specifically for the LG-D821 model of the device, which will be destined for the European market. It is likely that there may some small changes between this one and whatever will grace the North American shores.

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For the table below we’re making a few assumptions as well. For example, we’re assuming the Nexus 5 will be launched with Android 4.4, that there will be two models available (16 and 32GB), and that the dimensions of the device stem from the FCC leaked information we reported earlier.

Manufacturer LG LG
Operating System Android 4.4 Android 4.3
Size 4.96-inches LCD (1920x1080) 4.7-inches LCD (1280x768, 320ppi)
Processor Qualcomm Quad-Core Snapdragon 800, 2.3GHz Qualcomm Quad-CoreSnapdragon S4 Pro, 1.5GHz
Internal Storage 16GB/32GB 8GB/16GB
Camera 8MP with optical image stabilizer, 1.3 MP Front camera 8MP (Rear), 1.3MP (Front)
Battery 2300 - 3000 mAh 2100 mAh
Connectivity LTE, CDMA, HSPA+, wi-fi, Bluetooth HSPA+, wi-fi, bluetooth
NFC Yes Yes
Wireless Charging Yes Yes
Inputs microUSB, 3.5mm headphone jack microUSB, 3.5mm headphone jack
SIM Micro Micro
Dimensions 131.9 x 68.2 x 8.6 mm 133.9 x 68.7 x 9.1 mm
Weight 139.5 grams 139 grams


As we reported earlier, it seems that the Nexus 5 will be available in two different pricing options, but also have two different battery sizes. As such, it seems that with the difference in price between the two models highlighted above, there will be also a different battery in both.

Model Battery Size Price
LG Nexus 5 (16 GB) 2300 mAh $299
LG Nexus 5 (32 GB) 3000 mAh $399

It is strange to see two different battery sizes in two different models of the same device and it hasn’t really been seen much with other companies. While this is interesting information that has presented, it might be worthwhile to hold your breathe on whether this actually happens. While the battery size does have an effect in terms of how long the device can run, this is also affected by the software, processor, and kernel being run on the device. Considering that with the above listed specs, the Nexus 5 will be running a Snapdragon 800 processor and the latest version of Android, it is more than likely that a 2300 mAh battery will be more than enough.

Release and availability

As of the time of writing this article, there has been no official statement in regards to when the Nexus 5 will be released. In fact, there has been no official statement in regards to the Nexus 5 at all, just leak after leak.

With the Android 4.4 announcement expected to be just around the corner for an October release, we expect the Nexus 5 announcement to be just on the horizon. If we follow a standard timeline in regards to that, the expected market release for the device should be in the first quarter of 2014.

With Android 4.4 expected to be announced shortly, it would make sense that the Nexus 5 announcement will come at the same time. / © Google

As a newly converted Nexus user, I’m already looking for a new phone to replace my aging iPhone. The Nexus 5, at this point and time, is one of the more attractive options. As long as the hardware specs laid out in the manual are correct, we may be seeing a nice shift towards a higher end Nexus line for Google.  

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  • Glostermeteor Oct 9, 2013 Link

    Still no microsd card slot. What is it with Google and not wanting any expandable storage?? Puts me right off buying their devices even though they are good spec wise

  • Andy Millett Oct 9, 2013 Link

    Could have a better couple of cameras but it is a "cheap" phone so i guess thats why.

  • Omar H Blak Oct 9, 2013 Link

    For that price I don't think its bad. Processor is good, battery not bad, LTE finally enabled even though the N4 has it but carriers do not want to allow the APN for it. If you like stock Android this will be a phone for you especially if you complain about wanted the latest of Android OS.

  • CJ Brown Oct 21, 2013 Link

    Its all speculative for me, until Google wants to make things official (I thought the Nexus5 would come with a 5" screen, therefore I thought its overall dimensions would be a little longer / wider to compensate for such a screen size).

    Do we need to make our smart phones razor thin? How thin is "too thin"? I care more about improved battery life vs how thin a smart phone is!

    No Micro Sd Slot = Google pushing its "Google Drive"!

    Only an 8 megapixel back camera / 1.3 megapixel front camera? (that's Google trying to keep costs at a minimum)!

    Polymer vs Metal body? (Again, Google is trying to keep costs at a minimum)!

    I thought adding LTE to a Nexus4 just required a slight modification?

  • Christopher Brodie 10 months ago Link

    I've always loved the nexus devices, they pack a lot of bang for they're buck and I love the style of them, I love native android and i've been a proud nexus fan for a long time, I even switched from my gs2 for the galaxy nexus despite the lack of a mixroSD slot! but I've been so careful with my nexus 4, I've treated it like a piece of fine jewelry, but despite my efforts it's only lasted me 6 - 7 months before it started breaking apart, the back is cracked the bottom part of screen where the nav keys are has stopped responding to touch, the battery is weak the GPU starts burning up at the first sign of gameplay, it's a beautiful device but it's a deeply flawed device, and for this reason I'm hesitant towards getting a nexus 5, I've actually reverted back to my galaxy nexus untill the HTC m8 comes out!