Rumours suggest that the Google Nexus 5 will launch in May – so it could be a triple five – the fifth month, Android 5.0 (Key Lime Pie) and a five inch screen.
Google’s I/O is set for May, and it’s thought that this is when they’ll unveil the Nexus 5. There’s no details yet, but it’s believed that Google is collaborating with LG again.
If these rumours are true, then this is the second handset from the LG-Google camp.
HTC’s Nexus One came out in 2010, and was the first in the Nexus stable. Samung brought out the Nexus S later that year, and then the Galaxy Nexus in 2011.
The LG Nexus was next out, and quickly became the most popular of the Nexus bunch. This may well be why Google is sticking with LG for the Nexus 5, which will probably cost around the same as the Nexus 4.
The Nexus 4 came out in the Google Play Store, and sold out fast. Ongoing stock issues have made the handset quite elusive.
Some people reckon that LG has already got to work on the Nexus 5 prototype, and it’s based on the LG Optimus Pro. People also reckon it’ll debut at MWC.
The Nexus 5 will have the latest version of Android installed – probably Key Lime Pie. KLP has been kept under wraps so far, so we don’t know much about it.
The Nexus 5’s specs have only been speculated on, but if it is based on the Optimus Pro, we can have an informed guess at what it might be rocking – a 5” True HD IPS+ LCD screen with a 1080x1920p resolution and 441ppi.
The handset might lack the front button, like the Galaxy Nexus did, but we’re sure software buttons will take care of this deficit.
The big boys of the smartphone world have been boasting about their chips at CES – there was Samsung’s eight-core Exynos 5 Octa, the Snapdragon 800 and 600 from Qualcomm, and the Tegra 4 from Nvidia.
As Samsung doesn’t outsource its chips, the Exynos 5 Octa might not feature in the Nexus 5. It’s just as unlikely to have the Tegra 4, or the Snapdragon 800. Qualcomm said that the first device to feature this chip is set for the summer, and May is in the spring.
LTE will be important to this device, too. The Nvidia Tegra 4 and its cores won’t be in the Nexus 5, as the Tegra 4 doesn’t have LTE. The Nexus 5 most likely will.
It might be the Snapdragon 600, but some say it’ll be an overclocked Snapdragon S4 Pro in the Nexus 5. This means a Krait 1.7GHz chip alongside an Adreno 320 GPU.
It’s also thought there’ll be 2GB of RAM, LTE support, NFC, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and microUSB. There may also be a 3.5mm audio jack in the LG Nexus 5.
There might be a 13MP camera with LED flash, autofocus, PhotoSphere and HD video recording.
The handset might also have a larger case to make room for the 3,00mAh battery that will run the 5” display for up to an entire day on a single charge.
The Nexus 4 let itself down with its paltry 8GB or 16GB of storage, so the Nexus 5 may well offer 16GB and 32GB versions, and cost around $300-350.
All Android fans should at least have a look at the Nexus 5, as they can be sure of regular and timely updates
The Nexus 5 might come out at Google’s I/O in May, which is when Key Lime Pie may debut as well We’ll just have to wait and see if these rumours are real, though.