Jul 10 AT 11:49 AM Dima Aryeh 43 Comments

Rumor claims Nexus 5 based on LG G2, coming early October


Just months after the Nexux 4 hit shelves, we started hearing rumors about the next Nexus. All of them claimed that LG would make the device. Funnily enough, LG said that it did not want to make a new Nexus with Google. LG’s PR department later clarified that the company would not be against making a new Nexus device.

We now have another rumor coming through the mill. This time, we’re hearing that LG will be producing the next Nexus and that it will be based on the Optimus G2. Think about it. The LG Optimus G and Nexus 4 were developed at the same time and shared the same specs. The same could be done with the LG Optimus G2 and Nexus 5. We saw a few leaks of the Optimus G2 recently, and it sure looks great. It even uses on-screen buttons!

The only confirmed spec for the Optimus G2 is the Snapdragon 800 processor, which LG stated early on. But the rumor also claims that the device will have a 13MP camera with optical image stabilization, 2GB or 3GB of RAM, a 2,700 mAh battery, a 5.2-inch full HD IPS display and LTE-Advanced support. We can only hope that any LTE support makes it to the Nexus 5. And the device will launch with Android 4.2.2, which makes sense considering how LG is not so great with updates and released the Optimus G with Ice Cream Sandwich.

This all might be speculation, but it’s reasonable. And considering we haven’t heard a peep about another manufacturer making a Nexus device, this would make the most sense. Could the new LG Optimus G2 be given the Nexus treatment and released as the Nexus 5? Are you going to get the next Nexus device with Key Lime Pie?

Source: Android Authority

Dima Aryeh is a Russian obsessed with all things car and tech. His time is split between gaming and fixing his racecar. He also does photography in his spare time.

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  • RoyalJoker

    My main question is about this is why doesn’t lte even matter right now when no prepaid service offers lte. So how the hell do we even get it?

    • http://www.jeffkibuule.com Jeff

      T-Mobile Pre-paid has LTE. AT&T GoPhone has LTE as of last month: http://www.engadget.com/2013/06/14/att-gophone-lte/

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    • stucrmnx120fshwf

      Get a cheap, no commitment post paid, it’s cheaper per megabit, call and you can leave anytime you want, prepaid generally runs out if you don’t use it within a couple of months nowadays. At least that’s the case in Australia, prepaid is very expensive, if you own the phone and shop around for cheap no commitment deals on the net, it can be as cheap here as $17 p/m, for 1.5 GB and $500 worth of calls p/m. Cheaper still if you go low data and calls and use WiFi at home, maybe you mostly get incoming calls, that’d only be $10 p/m.

  • RoyalJoker

    Does* and I’m first Woot Woot I’ll give this time to shout out to the apple retards who suck apples!

  • Tony

    I’ve never wished my Nexus 4 be faster it’s quite good, hopefully it’ll get Key Lime Pie same day as the new nexus!

    • Arthur

      I pretty much love everything about my Nexus 4 save for one thing, battery life, with this rumored 2,700mAh battery and rumors of 4.3 JB and 5.0 KLP being even more energy efficient, battery life issues should be a thing of the past.

      • kazahani

        Not so fast. Displays still use the VAST majority of the battery power. Android can get to 100% power efficiency, but it won’t matter since the OS uses less than 10% of overall battery power in most situations.

        Now bumping up the battery to 2,700 mAh, that will help a bit. Still probably talking about a single day of use for most users I would assume.

        • malc_milli

          I will argue that the display uses the “VAST” majority of battery power… Yes in the battery stats it says 60% of the battery is used from the display… BUT that’s over 4-5 hours of usage, is it not?

          The processor uses up battery the quickest. Which is why you can sit there and read with the screen on or watch a looping video nonstop for 8 hours, but if you were to try and play a graphically intensive game, you’d be lucky if you even made 3 hours.

          The screen will use up say 10% of your battery in 30 minutes… but the CPU can use up 10% of your battery in 10 minutes. So while the screen does use power, making the processor more efficient is definitely one of the most important factors in battery life.

          Just look at comparisons between the ATT One X vs internation One x… same screen/resolution, same rundown test and the ATT version with the more efficient processor lasted 8 hours in a video rundown test while the international version lasted only 6 and a half hours… and just think about our earlier android phones… HTC one S with a 4.3 inch screen received much better battery life than the HTC Evo 4g with the same screen with only a slightly smaller battery.

          • kazahani

            The guy was saying that more recent versions of android are more power efficient. No one is talking about processors. My comment was based on my personal experience, and my display is using about 75% of the battery power on any given day, according to the battery power screen in the settings menu.

          • kazahani

            Also, dude, screen SIZE doesn’t matter near as much as screen DENSITY. the EVO 4g was 800×480, and the HTC One S was 720p HD. All the extra pixels in the One s display make it a battery hog by comparison.

    • stucrmnx120fshwf

      I always want more power, but my Nexus 7 updates beautifully, mainly a tablet WiFi man, but phablets are very tempting.

  • BlkSquad

    I’m due to get a new phone, my old GNex isn’t cutting it like it used to. This would be a day one buy for me.

    • Matthew

      I feel the same way. After over a year with the Galaxy Nexus, the lack of ftrim is making it unbearably slow. My wife’s Nexus 4 is just so much faster than my phone. Unfortunately, I probably won’t upgrade until next year though.

      • kazahani

        Hang in there, buddy! I couldn’t do it and ended up getting the GS4, and I was happy with that decision, but now I see this and wish I had waited!!!

  • KennyL

    I am totally cool with LG making the next Nexus phone since they did such a good job with the Nexus 4. However, please, for the love of all things good and holy get rid of that stupid glass back.

    • erikiksaz

      As much as I love nexus phones (I’ve used all of them at this point), I feel like LG didn’t truly fulfill the software end of the bargain. There’s 3 aspects of the nexus 4 that drove me crazy.

      (1) Color calibration. All the previous nexus phones had screens that looked somewhat
      decent. It was only the nexus 4 that looked visibly different than it’s non nexus brother, the optimus G. Thankfully we had the devs which allowed for color calibration, but one shouldn’t have to rely on the devs for something that should have come standard.

      (2) Sound quality through the headphone jack. It’s atrocious. One of the worst-sounding outputs I’ve heard in the past 10 years. Coming from the Gs3, now onto the HTC One, the N4 was truly a huge step downward. Note, all this is noticeable WITHOUT having to use any of my audiophile grade equipment (Grados/Etymotics headphones). You can hear the difference with my car’s AUX in for god sakes).

      (3) The camera was crap. Again, the GS3 was leagues better, as is my HTC One. I don’t know if the tuning was performed by Google, but I feel as if the Nexus One and Galaxy Nexus didn’t have piss poor performance out of the box (Ok the Galaxy Nexus wasn’t great, but it was released with 2011 standards).

      • Starship

        Camera has been lacking and it’s really irritating. My Droid Incredible took better pictures than the Galaxy Nexus.

      • kazahani

        I don’t know if maybe Samsung likes me better or what, but my GNEX’s camera treated me pretty well.

        • MC_Android

          Compare the Galaxy Nexus photos to ones from Galaxy S2 and you will see a difference, especially focusing on text and details. The Nexus device always got the shorter end of the stick when it came to camera modules; save the Nexus One (relative to its time)

      • MC_Android


        I honestly feel like it’s a taboo to express anything negative about the Nexus line.

        Having used several Nexus devices throughout the years, I agree with your comment, and it’s no secret camera quality is crap on Nexus devices. Even the interface is overly simplified, difficult to navigate and the only benefit it has is photosphere.

        Since Touchwiz and Sense was updated to JB, I have felt a dramatically decreased desire to own a Nexus device. There are just so many useful features in the OEM UI now. If you don’t like the design and prefer stock UI, then get a launcher like Nova. Personally, I find the camera improvements for Sony, HTC and Samsung alone is worth giving up the more regular updates from Google (IMO)

  • Joel

    Rumor or fact, this will be the Nexus ive been waiting for. And Dima you are perfectly right, makes sense that it be based off the OG2, id be surprised by anything else, really. Besides, although I would love for HTC to make another, LG has a formula that has it flying out of the playstore AND off store shelves to this day…so sure, I welcome a 2nd round.

    • http://www.androidandme.com Dima Aryeh

      We’d all love an HTC Nexus, but you’re absolutely right. LG knows better how to sell a phone. Either way, I’m sure we’ll be getting nice products. Plus, we have the next best thing from HTC: The One GPe.

      • kazahani

        Except that they want a good $300 more than Google is asking for the G4…

        • kazahani

          G4… N4… same thing.

  • Dave H

    Google really knows what we want; bigger icons, bigger text, bigger pictures, bigger screens. I can’t wait to get an 8″ phone with a single icon on the screen that I tap to show a single word that lets me read more words by swiping.

    These are the phones of the Idiocracy.

  • Guillermo

    On screen buttons emulate physical hardware, but don’t improve on it. They just take up valuable screen space. (and if it weren’t so valuable, then why do screen sizes keep getting bigger.)

    • http://www.androidandme.com Dima Aryeh

      I’d say it’s a big improvement. They disappear when you don’t need them, it leaves room on the bezel to place a thumb when holding in landscape (try holding a Galaxy Note 8.0 tablet in landscape with capacitive keys on it). They’re modular and can change depending on your need. They can be modified to the heart’s content (IE switch back and multitasking for smaller hands).

  • pjamies

    Question: If you have an Unlocked Nexus device, does it not get all Android updates when
    they become available? I was always under the impression that they came straight from Google,
    but I can see why different manufactures need to certify it will work with their specific phones.
    I want my next phone to be a Nexus Unlocked phone for this exact reason. I hate having to wait a year or more for an update that may or may not actually come out for my phone!
    Yes, I know I can root my phone and get almost any version of android I desire on it, but it would
    be just so much better if we did not have to do it!!

    • stucrmnx120fshwf

      My Nex 7 updates beautifully, but because I went with a contract with my GNex, the carrier blocked the updates for 9 months, so I rooted it, loaded cyanogen mod and bricked the mother, I knew the contract was mostly up and I am mostly waiting for Nexus 7 New.

  • RoyalJoker

    Go phone you pretty much pay a contract price for service unless you want a tiny amount of data and T-Mobile is awesome but in the area I live they have basically no coverage and any and every building I enter it just goes poof. I wish att and Verizon weren’t so money hungry and made decent plans. I would pay 70-80$ a month for unlimited everything 4g and awesome coverage. T-Mobile is awesome for metropolitan areas I had it when I lived in Detroit. Now I’m in Madison Wisconsin the capital of the state mind you there is little reception and I believe they have only one tower four cities away. I just hope more companies go prepaid because as awesome as the nexus 5 may be. I’ll be paying contract price or having edge. Something must be done

  • RoyalJoker

    Also I may be mistaken but from what I believe you must buy a go phone to even get that service and the cheapest phone they sell is 250$ I’m sorry but that’s a lot just for a Sim card and max 2 GB of data no unlimited calling for 60$. I’m on solavei right now and get more data unlimited calling and texts for 50$ with my nexus 4. Although I really want the nexus 5 I don’t see point if I don’t have lte coverage

  • Mattj

    If it comes with a 5.2 inch screen I’ll keep my Nexus 4. That’s just too big for me

  • Renato S.

    does it have to be 5.2″?

    • kazahani

      Ask your mom.

      • Renato S. Mom

        does it, honey?

  • jamal adam

    I’m down for another LG Nexus but I would have loved it to be HTC once again. The G2 looks like a really nice phone with that large screen and thin bezel and nice specs. But then again, I’ll have to wait and see about the Moto X too.

  • http://www.baldypal.com Adam Jones

    I’m sorry! I call BS. too many points don’t make sense:
    4.2.2 (1 year old OS on a NEXUS device? I don’t see how it makes sense to the writer. It would makes sense to launch with 4.3 and not update to 4.3.X based on that ICS fact, maybe)
    LTE Advanced and VZW wants to be first in market with it NEXT YEAR (source: http://androidandme.com/2013/06/carriers/verizon-reaches-500-lte-markets-volte-and-lte-only-phones-coming-next-year/)

    • http://www.baldypal.com Adam Jones

      Got excited and didn’t finish…
      meant to include that Verizon is said to be first with LTE Advanced in the US, Nexus aren’t being built for Verizon (disappointingly since G Nexus), and the first LTE phone on Verizon (Thunderbolt) was first released on VZW as LTE was first promoted, not 3 months or more in advance when NOONE could use it.

    • stucrmnx120fshwf

      Yeah 4.2.2 is daft, 4.3, or 5 KLP for October, though I’d love snappy 800, that may be too ambitious, maybe 600, though S4 pro rumours are too low power for the Nex 7 new.

  • donger

    I’ll buy it if it was true.

  • skygun318

    He said the g2 will launch with 4.2.2 not the nexus. Read the actual article not just pick out points. And t mobile will also launch lte advance. And prolly before verizon does. It will be at least 2 years before verizon gets it up and running.

    • stucrmnx120fshwf

      Sorry, thought software was a bit old for a Nexus.