When Google announced Android 4.4 KitKat one of the company’s reps has been caught on camera using a mysterious LG phone to take photos. Most of the tech publications speculated that it was the yet-unannounced Nexus 5 and a new batch of photos grabbed from an FCC filling by the folks at Phone Scoop come to confirm it.
The LG logo on the back comes to dismiss the rumors saying that the Korean company will no not manufacture the Nexus 4 follow-up and to strengthen the ones saying that it will be developed on LG G2’s hardware platform.
The first thing that strikes you as unusual is the big camera sensor on the back. Moreover a Google representative said a couple of weeks ago that we won’t get to criticise Nexus 5’s camera any more. Let’s face it, until now no Nexus smartphone excelled when it came to camera performance, therefore the Mountain View-based company needed a change real quick.
While the Nexus 4 had a glossy glass back, the Nexus 5 seems to be made of a soft touch material and it might be a bit thicker than its predecessor. The front panel is a reminiscent of Nexus 4 or Galaxy Nexus. There’s also a little hole on the top end of the Nexus 5 which makes us believe we will be dealing with either an IR blaster or a fingerprint sensor (less likely).
The leaked Nexus 5 photos also reveal that the new smartphone will have a removable back cover. They also confirm that there will be no microSD cards support, or at least we couldn’t notice the slot. The back cover is showing that the handset will come with wireless charging and an NFC chip.
The rumor mill speculates that the Nexus 5 will have a hardware platform similar to the one of the LG G2, therefore we should expect a 5.2-inch full HD display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset with quad-core 2.2 GHz Krait 400 CPU and Adreno 330 GPU, 2 GB of RAM, and 16/32 GB of internal storage.
While the LG G2 comes with a 13 megapixel camera, the Nexus 5 might come with a different sensor, given the shape and the size of the unit that’s installed on the prototype found at FCC.
Reports are indicating that the new terminal will be announced in October, becoming world’s first smartphone to run Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box.