In the first half of the year the rumor mill speculated that Google and LG will team-up again to develop the Nexus 5, which is the right thing to think about given the success of the Nexus 4 model. But after the launch of Moto X, there were voices saying that the next-gen Nexus smartphone will be developed by Motorola, being the first Nexus smartphone developed by the Chicago-based phone maker. Well, sources from South Korea say that the Nexus 5 will be manufactured by LG after all.
According to the latest reports the yet unannounced Nexus 5 will be based on the recently launched LG G2, in the same way the Nexus 4 was underpinned by the Optimus G’s hardware platform. It seems though that Google will want to keep the same low price point for the Nexus 4 follow up, therefore the next-gen Nexus smartphone will use the cheaper Snapdragon 600 chipset instead of the might Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 unit fitted on LG G2.
Besides the processing unit difference, the technical specifications of the two models will be similar, according to reports. If the rumors are accurate, the we should expect the Nexus 5 to sport a 5.2-inch display with full HD resolution, 2 GB of RAM, 16 or 32 GB of internal storage, and a 13 megapixel camera. It seems that the Nexus 4 successor will even keep the 3,000 mAh battery of the LG G2 and the rear-placed volume rocker.
Even though the South Korean company doesn’t mention anything about the sacrifices made in order to keep the production costs as low as possible, Google and LG might have to ditch the high-end audio DAC, the optical image stabilization sensor, and the GRAM support, but for the time being these details are yet to be confirmed.
Rumor has it that the Nexus 5 will see the light of day synchronized with the debut of next Android iteration, unofficially dubbed Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie, in October, when Google will celebrate the 5th birthday of its mobile operating system. It seems that a new version of the 10-inch Nexus tablet is also in the works, and that it will be launched on the same event as Nexus 5.
We are looking forward towards the Nexus 5 launch, but for the time being we are recommending you to take the rumors with a pinch of salt, as it would be wiser to wait for further information to hit the web before rushing into conclusions. What are your expectations for the Nexus 5? What about Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie? Are there any particular features you’d like to see integrated in the next Android iteration?