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Nexus 5: how we imagine the sequel to Nexus 4

Nexus 5: how we imagine the sequel to Nexus 4

So the Nexus 4 is still relatively new. But there's no better time than the present to conjure up an idea of what the Nexus 5 might look like. Manufacturers are always unpredictable, so you never know when they'll release a sequel. And who knows? We may be right. Read on to find out how we imagine the future device to be. 

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Size does matter

What you've probably noticed so far is that smartphones are always getting better and the trend is undoubtedly the now standard 5 inch screen. We chose to follow suit with our Nexus 5, not too big, not too small. But that's not all, our device has an edge-to-edge display covering its entire front side . The reason why we've added this feature is to optimize the smarpthone's surface space, all the while retaining its overall compact form, making the screen just a tad bigger than the Nexus 4.

nexus 5 front
With its edge-to-edge display, it's still super compact.

We chose to go with high-end materials for our Nexus 5. The backside is made of glass, like that of the Gorilla Glass 3. We also took the liberty of playing around with our imagined device, just like they did with the Nexus 4. The backside is made of three layers: we've inserted a carbon layer between the two layers of glass. What this would do is give the device a sleek metallic look.

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Made of glass and carbon, our metallic-looking device has a 13 megapixel camera.

Never miss a notification

Then we decided to get fancy with our new Nexus 4 and give it few cool titbits. One of these is the multicoloured X, whose LED light shines when you get a notification. Thanks to this feature, you'll never miss a beat, especially when your Nexus 5 is face down on a table. Our incredibly awesome smartphone will recognize which way its lying and automatically switch to shining the LED lit X. Let's not forget to mention of course, the other LED we've chosen to go from under the device and up either of its sides.

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The X on the back side so you never miss an important notification.

The hardware

  • 135 x 71 x 9 mm
  • 5 inch display with 1.920 x 1.080 pixels
  • Snapdragon 800 with 2.3 GHZ from Qualcomm
  • 2 gigabytes of RAM
  • either 32 or 64 gigabytes of internal memory
  • Battery with 3.200 mAh
  • 13 megapixel camera
  • Video with 1080p
  • Android 5!!

If we were the manufacturers, we would definitely have a ball! Working with all the best materials and latest technology is probably a very interesting job. What do you think of our smartphone? Can you imagine that the next Nexus 5 might look like this?

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Our Nexus 5 in all of its glory!

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  • Darik Apr 13, 2013 Link to comment

    Could be better with a frame around the display, but i bet this wont be the Nexus 5. It`ll be more Google style

  • If LG is going to continue creating a NEXUS Android Smart Phone I think it will be more rectangular like their Optimus G - only wider ... & it will have Key Lime Pie (Android 5.0) with 16Gig / 32Gig / 64Gig models ;-)

  • This is one sexy phone, and love the blue glow. An edge to edge screen is nice, bit tricky to smoothy integrate into the overall UI. Samsung has some slick ideas up their sleeves, so I think you should pitch the idea to them. :-)

  • I don't fancy the notification x symbol. I think it looks a bit toyish. Perhaps if it was a mini LCD panel that allowed different images for notification symbols instant of a fixed image would be more acceptable for me. Still i like a basic ball of light. Besides that i love the rest of the layout i think you guys made a really awesome concept. (P.s. it reminds me of the HTC one, all that's needed is the dual speakers and its an instant buy for me! ( : )

  • It glows blue...then I want it! :-) The notification should be pretty simple as it has been used by most HTC devices for volume control anyway...and a couple of led's certainly won't cost anything!
    What I find lacking still...and it's becoming more and more common...is expandable storage. This is the only reason that I do not currently have a Nexus 4 and had to go for the S3. Google may have great wireless networks, but the rest of us in the 'real' world (even in capital cities) have patchy reception that doesn't lend well to streaming on the move.

  • This is a mock up that we created here at our AndroidPIT ''headquarters''... not just my creation. We have some very intuative and forward thinking people here ;)

    @Christopher Bailey: Sometimes sexy is better than practical. Just think of all the times people pimp out their cars (with hydraulics, for example) or get some wicked toys that at the end of the day, don't really add much to the practical side of things.
    Android smartphones can be a mix of both ;)

  • This design is awesome. But don't forget that nexus is made as cheap as possible (not of low quality). And ur led feature will continuously use accelerometer and eat up the battery.

  • Did the writer make this mock-up? Its brilliant!

  • Mother of all that is holy, that is brilliant! PLEASE, whoever makes the next Nexus, this is it!

  • while that light at the bottom is sexy as all hell it's not very practical

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