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.
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.
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.
|NEXUS 5||NEXUS 4|
|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|
|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|
|Inputs||microUSB, 3.5mm headphone jack||microUSB, 3.5mm headphone jack|
|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.
|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.
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.