The Nexus 5 is arguably one of the worst kept secrets in Google’s product lineup history, as is evidenced by (1) the (allegedly) unintentional Nexus 5 cameo found in Google’s “Kit Kat” trailer, (2) the discovery of what appears to be a Nexus 5 prototype lying inside an employee bar, and (3) the leaked images of an official “user’s manual” that outlines practically everything that needs to be known about the Nexus 5 device (the leaked manual, first released on the website, Android Police, was recently asked to be taken off by LG, a sign which gives further credence to its authenticity).
For those who haven’t yet kept track of all the relevant developments, here are a number of critical Nexus 5 details that have been revealed thus far:
- As was the case with the Nexus 4, LG will be solely responsible for manufacturing the Nexus 5 handsets
- The main processor used will be the quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 (with 2.3 Ghz clock speed);
- The display will be 4.9 inches, and feature full HD resolution (1920 x 1080 IPS);
- A 2300 mAh battery will be used this time around, which is a slight upgrade from the Nexus 4’s 2100 mAh battery; like the Nexus 4, a wireless charging feature will also be included;
- The Nexus 5 will offer two basic storage options–16 GB and 32 GB;
- The back of the device will feature an impressive 8 MP camera with a newly added optical stabilization (OIS) feature, whereas the frontside will utilize a 1.3 MP camera.
- CDMA, GSM, WCDMA, and LTE are all expected to be supported in the new handset
- Similar to the case with Nexus 4, NFC (Near field communication) will be a key feature in the Nexus 5
As of this moment, Google’s much awaited Nexus 4 successor, along with a possible Google smartwatch, is expected to be unveiled at a special company event on October 17, 2013. The retail price of the new handset is currently suggested by CNET’s sources to be around “half” of what the iPhone 5s costs.