After the stock of Nexus 4 got over at many of the retail outlets, Google hasn’t issued supply of new Nexus 4 units. This has been cited as clear indication of Nexus 5 arrival by the tech world. The Nexus 4 has been official discontinued and the successor device is dubbed as Nexus 5. So, if Google releases the Nexus 5 soon, it will find itself competing with the likes of iPhone 5, iPhone 5S, Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy S4, HTC One and so on.
Each year Google releases new Nexus smartphone and what’s special about Google smartphones is that the search engine giant exclusively brings the next Android release on it. The version of the Android which is exclusively made available on Nexus smartphones is called vanilla Android which cannot be found on any other smartphones.
The first Nexus smartphone was an HTC device, then followed Samsung Nexus S and Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Last year’s smartphone was LG Nexus 4. The Nexus 4 was a non-LTE device that came with HD display, great camera, fast quad-core CPU, vanilla Android 4.2 and more importantly an affordable price tag. The unlocked version was available for 349USD.
The price was one major factor that helped Nexus to achieve great popularity. Such was the popularity of the phone that Nexus 4 units were sold out twice and until February the phone was not easily acquirable. In 2013, the Nexus 4 continued to be one of the best smartphones of the year.
The popularity of Nexus 4 rose even more this year when Google lowered the price of the device by 100USD. The 8GB Nexus 4 variant was available for 199USD and the 32GB variant was available for 249USD. Apple could not compete with such a low price tag. The 16GB iPhone 5 continued to remain at 650USD.
Nexus 5 is rumored to arrive in the fourth quarter of the year. Some have even specifically predicted the Oct 14 release date. Also, Google had recently announced Android 4.4 KitKat. So, it seems very likely that very soon Nexus 5 will arrive with Android 4.4 KitKat onboard. Although all rumors point towards an LG product, some rumors also indicate that the next Nexus device could even be a Motorola device.
Google Nexus 5 Design
Every year Google rolls out Nexus smartphones with new design. For instance, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus was entirely made of plastic; however, the Nexus 4 came with plastic at the front and a delicate glass at the rear. The device appeared quite similar to iPhone 4S. So, we can expect a newly designed Nexus 5 this year. Some feel that the Nexus 5 design will be inspired from Asus Nexus 7 tablet. We have got a leaked photo of the possible Nexus 5 handset.
Nexus 5 Display
The Nexus 5 is rumored to come with a 5inch full HD display that will support 1080 pixel resolution. Recently, Google had leaked a video which featured a new Nexus smartphone with Android 4.4 KitKat. The device appeared to feature a display that was similar to that of Nexus 4. If you go the by the Nexus device that was shown in the video, we may not see any change in the size this year.
Nexus 5 Camera
If you had seen the infamous Android 4.4 KitKat, you would have also noticed that the device featured a larger camera sensor slotted at the top corner. The predecessor model had 8MP camera and according to the leaks, Google plans to offer an enhanced camera on the next Nexus smartphone. According to the rumor coming from FCC filing, the Nexus 5 may feature a 13MP camera which is the same one that is seated on LG G2.
Nexus 5 Specifications
The rumored has spurned after the device underwent FCC filing shows that the next Nexus device is an LG product with a model number LG D820. Rumors have it that it will come with a non-removable battery and there won’t be any external storage onboard.
The Nexus 5 will be available in two formats namely 16GB and 32GB. The FCC filing also indicate that this time around, Google will pack in a powerful 2300mAh battery on Nexus 5. It will be powered with Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor which is the same process that powers up Galaxy Note 3.
It is quite understandable that Google will release the Nexus 5 with the new Android 4.4 KitKat. The said Android is expected to arrive in October which is presumed to be the same time when the next Nexus smartphone will arrive. Also the FCC filing of the suspected Nexus 5 indicates it will be running on Android 4.4
What Will be the Next Nexus Smartphone Called?
Well, all rumors are using ‘Nexus 5’ as the term to talk about the next Nexus smartphone. However, the official name of the product has not been announced yet by Google. Google released a successor unit for the Nexus 7 tablet year. However, they decided to keep the same name for this year’s 7inch tablet.
According to the rumors from FCC filing, the LG D820 will be supporting LTE connectivity through AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile. It did not mention anything about Verizon.