Sep 06 AT 11:23 AM Sean Riley 42 Comments

A closer look at the LG Nexus 5


We saw what is most likely the next Nexus from LG pop up courtesy of some FCC docs last night. After further scrutiny, additional details have been uncovered.

The phone will feature a 4.96-inch screen (hence Nexus 5 is the logical name). We have to think at that size this will be a 1080p screen, but there is nothing to confirm that at the moment.

The phone is 131.9mm tall (~5.2 inches) and 68.2mm wide (~2.7 inches). Nothing to indicate how thick of a device it will be, but that’s a compact frame for a device with a 5-inch screen. It’s slightly shorter than an HTC One and about the same width.

Like so many other devices this fall, the Nexus 5 will be using Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 CPU.

The 2300 mAh battery may not stand up to that of the LG G2 or the Note 3, but paired with the Snapdragon 800 I would imagine you shouldn’t have a problem getting through the day.

The device shows 7-band LTE with compatibility for AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint (try not to act surprised Verizon Nexus hopefuls). For T-Mobile and AT&T HSPA+ support is also present and CDMA on Sprint.

Local connectivity is equally plentiful with Bluetooth 4.0, NFC and dual-band WiFi 802.11 b/g/n/ac.

Not surprisingly after the Nexus 4, there is support for wireless charging and it will have a non-removable back plate.

The codename for the device is “hammerhead,” and it is referenced as running Android 4.4 Key Lime Pie. As we are all well aware, the name changed to KitKat for the official release.

So thanks, FCC. That was far more than what can typically count on getting out of you.

Naturally a number of folks have been doing renders based on this information, including the one you see at the top of the post. Here are a couple that we liked from reddit user Vovicon. The first is a comparison with the previous two Nexus devices and the second a render of the Nexus 5 alone.

If this truly is the Nexus 5, this is much more of a flagship device then we would have anticipated. The Nexus line hasn’t exactly been cutting edge hardware for the last couple years. Of course this begs the question what kind of pricing will we see on the Nexus this time around. Regardless we’ve got the new Android name and statue, and now we’ve got a whole lot of info on the next Nexus. Okay Google, now let’s just get this thing announced.

Via: Engadget

Sean has been with Android and Me for over 8 years and covering mobile for the last 9. He occasionally muses about gadgets and tech outside of the Android universe at Techgasms.

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  • Kaser

    With a 2300 MAH battery? Flagship this is not

    • Nate B.

      Where did you read that? It says nothing about that.

    • Sean Riley

      I wouldn’t necessarily say that, the Snapdragon 800 should beat the battery life of the S600 and 2300 isn’t a far cry from the 2600 in the Galaxy S4 and without the bloat on the S4 the Nexus 5 should be fine.

      • Kaser

        I’ll agree that it should be better than the Nexus 4, but it depends on your definition of “fine”. If fine is about 3 1/2 hours of screen on time on mobile data with *low* brightness over a 12 hour workday…then yeah it probably will be fine with about 10-20% percent left by the end of the day. It will surely sleep better than the galaxy S4 due to not having all that bloat, but while the screen is on? Doubtful. If this truly will only be a 2300 mah battery, mark my words, the battery life will be maybe slightly better than the Nexus 4.

        • Christopher Chavez

          You can assume all you like, but with stock Android 4.3 on my HTC One (Snapdragon 600), I get 20+ hours easily now (depending on use, of course). It was never this good on stock 4.1.2, or 4.2.2 (which netted me about 13-14 hours). Standby time is even better, we’re talking about days worth here.

          I will guarantee that Google/LG know battery life would be competitive throughout countless testing, or they would have thrown extra in there. But your words have been marked, I’ll come back to this post at the end of the year after the Nexus 5 has been tested ;)

      • Joshua A Jones

        On the same token, 2300 is the same distance away from the Razr M’s 2000 as it is from the S4′s 2600. And while some reviewers may use the phone for a day or two and proclaim ‘yup thats fine!’ in real-world use on a workday it’s frustrating to have to restrain my 4G usage or streaming intake in order to make sure the phone doesn’t peter out after a 9 hour workday.

        It seems like all the Nexus devices have that same problem.

    • Nate B.

      I would want bigger but the One has a similar batter if not the same I think and does just fine with moderate to heavy use in my opinion.

      • BlueScreenJunky

        The One also has a smaller screen, so it draws less power.

        • zach

          …and an S600 which draws more power.

    • Fexus Naggots

      and the phone looks very ugly…will not buy this trash phone!!!!!!!!

    • alisiajluckett

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  • MrDSL

    So is it a given this thing will not have a removable battery?

    • Nate B.

      It didn’t before and won’t be a surprise if it doesn’t again. It’s hard to tell, but from the photos of the guy holding it it doesn’t look like there is way to pry it off.

      • Spoorthy Vemula

        Yeah, if you look at the fcc report it says that the back cover is not supposed to be removed

  • SGB101

    This is good news for me, as I an a note2 user, but want to get a nexus next, but I want a bigger screen.

    Can’t wait for the price.

    • Nate B.

      If the screen was any bigger it would need hybrid features like the Note has. That’s one thing Sammy does right for that line of phones compared to other phones that don’t have useful or hybrid features with screens bigger than 5″ and it just acts like a phone.

      • SGB101

        I wasn’t a fan of the Sammy ui, also the pen is gimmicky and the multi app would be good on the note8, but next to us less on the 5.5″.

        I went cm, all I was interested in was the larger screen and the battery. Sammy would be last on my last followed by all the big oems, all the good stuff for me is seeing the once smaller players, catching up.

        They are offering in most cases mid to higher end stuff at lower end prices. I’m all for that.

        Give me larges screen, a days battery, decent storage or sd, and you can stick any badge on it, I don’t care. Plus anything over a tegra3 is a bonus, and then it come down to £ over speed.

  • Nate B.

    If those concepts are anywhere close to how it will actually look, then we have a monster of a design for the upcoming Nexus.

    Something that would be slightly different but epic is if that space on the top and bottom have quality front facing speakers like the One, but the one at the bottom has speaker holes and in the middle a LED lights up like before on the previous Nexus models.

    Even though it looks like it will be ready for Sprint as well, I hope that means timely updates unlike the Galaxy Nexus down the line (assuming they don’t sell the CDMA version through the Play Store like they did for the Sprint version and Verizon). I always get excited about the Nexus line of devices. I used to be just as excited for the Galaxy S series but I think Sammy could polish the visual looks of Touch Wiz with something modern and not so big and cartoon like. Starting to look cluttered. Still a solid brand. Anyways, it’s always been about that Nexus brand.

    • zach

      as for the speakers, I think there is a good chance forward facing happens. If you look at the back cover in the FCC docs you will notice there are only holes for the camera and flash. That means we either get side facing (likely on the bottom) or front facing.

    • DroidSamurai

      It’s one phone with all radios, so it does look like the US version is a one device for all the mentioned carriers.

  • bonelesscheese

    You haven’t even used the damn thing yet and you’re complaining about the battery? The Moto X has the same size battery, and it gets awesome battery life. When you optimize the software to work with the hardware, you get amazing results. The Snapdragon 800 is a power-sipping workhorse, as well.

    Quit being one of those sad fucking whiners who complain about phones that you have never used

    • bonelesscheese

      BTW my comment was directed at Kaser

      • Kaser

        The Moto X has a smaller screen, is dual core, and is pushing way less pixel count at 720p

    • Matt

      OMG dude its not how it sleeps its how the battery going to hold when you use it. I never had more than 3hrs 30 minutes on 3G (anyone saying they manage more than 4 just lie in your face).
      Nexus 4 managed 6hrs of screen when:
      1. On WiFi
      2. You didnt touch the screen (type of kernel governor was ramping CPU to 1GHz on touch)
      3. Played a video on a loop.

      New nexus much bigger screen (about what …20% bigger), possibly higher resolution therefore more pixels to push (about 30%) and battery is less than 10% bigger.

      Do you really think you will have decent screen time?

      Motorola X lasts ages due to Amoled screen, extra core that doesnt go berserk when touched etc…

  • pjamies

    I don’t know about you, but I seem a little more interested in what KitKat will have to offer ..
    As this is supposed to be a (so called) major upgrade (hence the new name), what do you
    think Google has up it’s sleeves?
    It’s funny that nothing has really been said (or found out) about this new release…

    Will it be Moto X on drugs, or something else ..??

    And Yes, I will be getting the next Nexus phone .. !!

    • zach

      The rumors have already said better performance on low power hardware. I’m guessing that better battery life is coupled with it.

  • Legend

    I like what I’m seeing. This could get me to switch back to android. :)

  • J3R3MY_H

    The clock in the render should be set to 4:40

  • Yash Jethmalani

    Android 4.4 Kit Kat*

    • Yash Jethmalani

      Sorry for that.^
      I should have read the whole thing beforehand. (-_- ‘ )

  • eighteesix

    If the Nexus 5 is going to have the same general form factor and back style as the Nexus 7, why wouldn’t ASUS make it?

    Also, what happens after Nexus 6? Google wormhole…

  • nxs

    I’m happy there’s no speaker grill on the back cover. I doubt it will have front facing speakers but at the very least we will have them on the bottom, and hopefully they will put on at the top as well so we have stereo like on the nexus 7. Anything is better than rear facing speakers

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  • DroidSamurai

    Same here, but look at it this way — if you are grandfathered into the unlimited data plan and rooted, you can just turn your old phone into a mobile router and carry the Nexus 5 as your “phablet”. If you also want to use the phablet as a phone, then may be paying for a SIP account and use it with the Nexus 5.

    I know it sounds crazy, but if you want a Nexus on Verizon, this is probably the only way to do it.

  • michael_mills

    I gotta say, I love the Nexus series having got the Nexus 7 and having had the Galaxy Nexus on a 2 year contract which ends in March. This next Nexus phone will most certainly be my next phone and the specs you stated above will surely please me for another 2 years! Can’t wait! :D

  • donger

    Can’t wait for this phone. Had all the previous Nexus phones.

  • alisiajluckett

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