The Google I/O event will debut this May and the search engine giant is expected to debut the next-gen Nexus smartphone, unofficially dubbed Nexus 5. Even though there are no precise details about the technical specifications or the availability of the Nexus 5, our sources are indicating that Google will stick with LG for the development of the new Nexus flagship smartphone.
If the rumors are accurate, the Nexus 5 will become the second smartphone co-developed by Google and LG, after the search engine giants teamed-up with other big names like HTC or Samsung.
The HTC Nexus One was the first of it’s kind released in January 2010, then Samsung took up the slack for the next two generations, launching Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus in December 2010 and October 2011, respectively.
The Nexus 4 is definitely the most popular smartphone member of the Nexus tribe, and Google is reportedly willing to continue its partnership with LG for the Nexus 5. The price point of the Nexus 4 was one of the main reasons behind its popularity and we are expecting its successor, the Nexus 5, to be sold at the same prices.
After Google has made the Nexus 4 available for purchase in Play Store, the stocks vanished rapidly, pointing out the popularity of the device. Of course, there were also some stock problems preventing Google and LG to bring the Nexus 4 back on sale, and the terminal is still sold out on certain markets.
Sources inside LG supply chain inform that the South Korea based company is already making Nexus 5 prototypes and that the smartphone will be based on the company’s next flagship smartphone the LG Optimus G Pro, which is expected to debut later this month at Mobile World Congress 2013.
As it happened with all the previous Nexus smartphones, the Nexus 5 will be running the latest Android iteration out of the box, and since the Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie is expected to launch in May at Google I/O, this will be the version underpinning the new flagship smartphone.
The Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie is a well kept secret so far, as none of its features has leaked online so far.
The technical specifications of the Nexus 5 are also pure speculations so far, but after quick look at the current trends in the smartphone segment and at the rumored specs of the LG Optimus Pro, we might be able to accurately guess what hardware components Google and LG will fit inside the Nexus 5.
The previous launches of other Android phone manufacturers are suggesting that 2013 will be dominated by the high-end smartphones with 5-inch full HD displays. That’s why we are expecting the Nexus 5 True HD-IPS + LCD capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels, sized 5 inches diagonally. This would result in an impressive pixel density of 441 pixels.
In terms of design the smartphone will most likely adopt a buttonless front panel layout that was introduced with the Galaxy Nexus a couple of years ago, of course, with software buttons.
At CES 2013 most of the big players of the mobile chipset market have introduced their new products. Samsung brought the octo-core Exynos 5 Octa, Qualcomm debuted the Snapdragon 800 and Snapdragon 600 units, and Nvidia launched the new Tegra 4.
While the Exynos 5 Octa SoC is out of the question, given Samsung’s unwillingness to outsource the Exynos code, the Nvidia Tegra 4 and Snapdragon 800 solution are also less likely to make it under the hood of the Nexus 5. Qualcomm announced that first terminals powered by the Snapdragon 800 chip will see the light of day this summer, which exceeds the Nexus 5 release date scheduled for May.
Because the LTE is a major selling point, the new Nvidia Tegra 4 and its 72-core GPU is not fitted for the Nexus 5. The new Nvidia chipset doesn’t offer a 4G LTE chip, and Google would want their next flagship to be LTE-friendly.
The Snapdragon 600 seems a viable processing solution for the Nexus 5, but all the sources are pointing that the Android 5.0 Key Lime-powered smartphone will be based on an overclocked Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset. We are talking about a quad-core 1.7 GHz processor manufactured on Krait architecture with an Andreno 320 GPU.
The other technical specifications of the Nexus 5 might not look as impressive as its display or processor. Nexus 5 will most likely sport 2 GB of RAM, NFC, LTE connectivity, WiFi in all standards, Bluetooth, microUSB, and 3.5 mm audio jack.
The camera of the Nexus 5 will probably be a 13 megapixel unit, with LED flash, autofocus, full HD video recording and, of course, the highly-appreciated Street View-like Photo Sphere mode.
Because the Nexus 5 will have to accommodate a 5-inch display, the bigger case will also lave more room for a bigger battery. A 3,000 mAh unit is reported to keep the Nexus 5 alive, being capable of providing a battery life of one and a half days of moderate usage.
The Nexus 4 is available in two internal storage options: 8 GB and 16 GB. Since many of the customers complained that 8 GB are not enough for storage, Google and LG might launch 16 and 32 GB Nexus 5 models.
Because the low price of the Nexus 4 attracted lost of customers, I see no reason why Google should change it. The price of the Nexus 5 will most likely be $300 for the 16 GB model and $350 for the 32 GB model.
Because it’s a member of the Nexus family, the Nexus 5 will always be among the first terminals to receive the latest Android updates, and if you are a fan of the Android Vanilla, you should really take the Nexus 5 into consideration.
We will probably find out more about the Nexus 5 at Google I/O in May, where the Mountain View-based giant is also expected to announce the next iteration of its mobile operating system, Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie. In the meantime, stay tuned as we will return with new details about the Nexus 5 as they will surface.
What would you want form the next-gen Nexus flagship smartphone? A bigger battery, better specs, or maybe dust and water proof case? Spout off in the comments section below.