Mar 21 AT 9:07 PM Taylor Wimberly 44 Comments

Rumor: Nexus 5 specs in a state of flux, but LG is making it


Last week we were sent a supposed picture of the rumored Nexus 5, and now we think we have found the source of the image. An 18 year old kid from Germany who goes by the handle @r4yn created a render of the LG “Megalodon” and uploaded it to Deviant Art.

He claims he was not the source of the rumor and that he created the image in photoshop after reading our original post on the Nexus 5. However, we are not buying his story because the specs he listed on Deviant Art match up with what we were sent and his location matches the IP of the person who submitted the tip.

Even though the original image and specs could be fake like we assumed, several other sources have told us that LG is making the next Nexus smartphone. Another tip we received said that the Nexus 5 could feature Android 5.0, a Snapdragon S600 chip, 2 GB RAM, 5-inch 1080p display, 3140 mAh battery, and a camera with “three sensor things.” Those specs are pretty closely to the upcoming LG Optimus G Pro, so it’s definitely more believable than the nerd’s wish list we were sent last week.

Of course we are unable to confirm these specs, but it matches up with another tip that Phone Arena received. They also report the rumored Nexus 5 could feature a “triple camera sensor thing” and have Nikon branding, which is similar to the information we received. Phone Arena does not mention if LG will produce the device, so we don’t know if the same source is providing both our sites with matching info.

Google’s Andy Rubin recently made some public comments that Samsung could become a threat if it gains more ground, so it surely sounds plausible that Google would continue to work with LG after the success of the Nexus 4.

We don’t expect to see a new Nexus smartphone until the Q4 holidays, so don’t look for Google to announce anything at their developer conference in May. There is a chance we could hear something about the rumored Motorola X Phone, but that is not believed to be a Nexus device.

At this point I’m not certain about anything related to the Nexus 5, so hopefully some more solid information surfaces over the coming months.


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