Finally the picture of the upcoming LG-built Nexus 5, the slightly bigger heir to the legendary Nexus 4, becomes just that much clearer with the leak of an internal technical manual that includes all the specifications of the new Google device. So what is new? Well, not much, but what we already suspected has been confirmed, and we can now assure you that the 8 MP Nexus 5 camera comes with Optical Image Stabilization.
The 281-page document admittedly contains a few quirks, like listing the dimensions and weight for the Nexus 4, and stating Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity rather than 4.0/Low Energy, but it makes sense that a manual for a handset that's not out yet might still have some editing to be done. The leaked manual does indeed state it is a draft on the last page. But in all other aspects it looks to be legitimate. Android Police spotted it from an anonymous source on Scribd, and LG promptly asked them to drop the manual from their site (always a good sign for legitimacy) so we'll only link to the original file here.
As far as specifications go, here's the ''confirmed'' specs for the Nexus 5:
|Display:||4.95-inch, Full-HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), IPS TFT, 442 ppi|
|Processor:||2.3 GHz, Quad-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800|
|Internal Memory:||16/32 GB|
|Rear Camera:||8 MP, Opitcal Image Stabilization|
|Front Camera:||1.26 MP|
|Sensors:||Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor, Pressure|
|Battery:||2,300 mAh Li-Ion (embedded), potentialy replaceable|
|Connectivity:||NFC, LTE, Bluetooth 4.0|
So as you can see all our anticipation looks to be well worth it. The 8 MP camera may have been a slight drop compared to the early 10 MP rumor, but by including OIS (Optical Image Stabilization), Google makes that fact hardly seem to matter. There's no mention of the mems cam, but as we reported previously, that rumor was based simply on the fact that the Nexus 5 and mems camera use the same sensor from Sony. If you've been paying attention to our other reports, the Nexus 5 is very similar to the LG G2, upon which it is based, but with a smaller battery and camera resolution, and without the bloatware, shoddy user interface and additional $300 on the price tag.
Memory is a different thing. It was always debatable that the mention of SD card support, which other sites bleated on about in the log files, would not eventuate because memory card expansion has never been part of the Nexus brand. Perhaps because Google wants to push cloud storage, but just as likely because they don't want to license FAT from Microsoft in order to include it. If it keeps the price down then perhaps it's a fair trade-off, if you're a fan of cloud storage. At the very least the Nexus 5 will come in 16 GB and 32 GB models.
The case is sealed, but the document, which appears to be a repair manual, demonstrates how to remove the rear panel with the use of a spatula. This theoretically means the soft-packed 2,300 mAh battery could be removed and replaced by the end user, but this would lead to a nice big voiding of your warranty. But if you're planning on rooting and modding your Nexus 5 anyway, you would have already tossed that warranty long ago. The manual states you must first remove the main PCB and then lever out the battery with a tool. It also looks like the Nexus 4 lint-catcher earpiece has been replaced with a circular version.
There's still no official announcement from Google on the release date of the Nexus 5, but at this stage it seems likely to be a mid-October announcement with late October availability, along with Android 4.4 KitKat and the Nexus 10, which will be built by Asus. Now we just have to wait on a price...
What do you think of these specs? Do you think Google can pack them in for the traditional Nexus price point?