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Rumor: HTC Creating the Nexus 5, a Variant of Its 1080p Phone

(Concept design of the HTC “dlx”)

As we inch closer to the end of 2012, the number of rumors surrounding the next Nexus phone from Google are going to overwhelm you. Some will be garbage, one or two here and there may be right on point, but for the most part, you should take them all as strictly rumor. Last week it was LG who was going to create a Nexus based off of its Optimus G phone, and today, it’s going to be HTC who creates one based off of its 1080p “dlx” (DROID Incredible X) phone. 

According to this report our of GSMArena, the anonymous tipster who received the information from a “very reliable source within HTC,” said that the phone will sport a 5″ 1080p display, Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor, 2500mAh battery, an ultra slim body, up to 64GB of internal storage, LTE connectivity, and carry the name Nexus 5 (clearly a play on the Nexus 7 tablet name).

But since it’s a Nexus, and Google tends to release some sort of new version of Android with each new device, we could see Android 4.1.2 as well. Android 4.1.2 (still Jelly Bean) is said to include “bugfixes, Project Butter improvements, extra lockscreen functionality as well as other minor tweaks.”

While this is nothing more than a rumor and fun to talk about, I would be beyond happy if HTC took the “dlx” and made it into a Nexus. To this day, I still love the One X, but that’s because I put a stock Jelly Bean ROM on it. HTC uses some of the better materials of any OEM in its phones and takes design very seriously. Very few phones feel as well made as this year’s from HTC.

Sound possible?

Via:  GSMArena

Cheers John!

  • Casey

    This is entirely my opinion, and based off speculation, but does anybody else think the “DLX” being the Droid Incredible X was just basically a mistake? Every time I see DLX I think Deluxe, which kinda fits into the extra screen size/ppi. If there is a chance this is a Nexus device, why would they throw Droid software in there? It doesn’t make sense to me. PROVE ME WRONG INTERNETS, I NEED VALIDATION.

  • one x was promising but no matter htc will do what they do best release new device every other month. in a few month DLX will be obsolete unless its gonna be next nexus but doubt it

  • This photo was actually a fan art from mobile01.com

  • trob6969

    The DlX would be a great Nexus phone if its rumored specs are accurate and IF it also has a microSD slot.

    • There has only been one Nexus device that has ever had a microSD slot and that was the Nexus One. The Nexus S did not have one. The Galaxy Nexus did not have one. And the Nexus 7 does not have one. So I highly doubt a new Nexus phone would have a microSD slot, so you might just need to give up on that.

      • trob6969

        Yeah, well unless it has 64 GB of memory I’d rather it wasn’t a Nexus device.

  • UrDoGG

    This is just my opinion, but a 5-inch screen is just too damn big. The Note looks absolutely ridiculous (again, in my opinion). The current GNEX’s screen is perfect (in my opinion). However, I love HTC hardware, and I think this is good news.

  • hehe loving the vanilla gingerbread on the new nexus!

  • All of my yes! <3

  • Arachnyd

    5 inches is too damn big. My Gnex is pushing it. I would rather have something along the lines of 4.3 inches.

  • Dave

    This is how I’d envision such a device if it were true…a black slab with a thin bezel and a huge display on the front.

    Yeah, I’d go for it.

  • Dain Laguna

    give us a good battery and im sold….but man thats a big phone….itll almost make my n7 useless…well it could go to my daughter, she’ll enjoy her kids shows and moon questions on it 🙂

  • S.Ober

    Can’t use the number “5” its been patented by Apple already.

  • Cowboydroid

    “Very few phones feel as well made as this year’s from HTC.”

    …with the exception of the EVO 4G. It’s almost like they didn’t care. Dam you Sprint for messing up a good thing.

  • teknic

    This would be the best thing ever 😛

  • Michael Nichols

    hopefully the next nexus or update includes multi users!!

  • HTC makes great stuff and I’d be very pleased to see a Nexus by them again, and even one based on this design, other than one aspect of it: the nav buttons. I don’t see Google taking a step backwards with physical nav buttons. But who knows, maybe they’re not as attached to them as I assume.

  • Liderc

    Long as they tone down the red accents, don’t put a huge beats audio logo and put a solid battery in it, I’m all for it. HTC has proven they can make a solid device.

  • Dave Sloboda

    wait… “dlx” is supposed to be short for “DROID Incredible X”…?

    making the “I” uppercase in ““dlx” does not change the fact that it’s the HTC “d-i-x”.

    not a great codename for a phone, methinks…”Hey, you’ve got dix in your hand!”

  • fanboy1974

    Getting a Note 2 just got harder.

  • Hopefully they find a way to keep the phone size small despite the gargantuan screen size, i.e. edge-to-edge. That’s the only way this phone will be a success.

  • if HTC would leave their crap off, i’d consider it.
    (and a decent battery)

    • With Nexus phones they have to leave their crap off of it. Hence why it is a Nexus. Nexus is pure Android. No manufacturer add-ons or overlays and no carrier add ons

      • i understand how the nexus program works… i must have worded it wrong…
        “as long as HTC leaves their crap off, i’ll consider it..” is how i probably should have worded it…

  • edwoordd

    If HTC makes the next nexus I’m all on that, I’ll give my rooted gnex to my mom and get her upgrade >:)

  • Chuck Finley

    Have we finally moved past the “I get a Nexus but I have to compromise on a spec or two (screen/battery/camera/etc…)”?
    Are we at the point where even if I didn’t know it was a Nexus, the phone was still a Beast?

    Quick subject change: How hard would/will it be for the Play Store to sell a CDMA device that runs on Verizon’s network?

    • I’m not sure if Google can sell a CDMA device via the Play Store due to a lot of legal stuff.

    • PC_Tool

      I guess I’m not as sure about that as I was a few moments ago…

      I figured since toro (CDMA Nexus) was back in as pretty much “supported” AOSP, that Google had worked something out with Qualcomm…

      Now I am being told (below) that Verizon wouldn’t allow it….so I am not sure if Verizon controls CDMA or not..

      (Isn’t Sprint CDMA??? why would Verizon control that? Do we now have multiple types of CDMA/LTE??)

      • UncagedChipmunk

        Samsung is selling (directly from them) a developer edition of their SIII that runs on Verizon’s LTE. I see no reason why it would be impossible Google to do the same in a developer device such as the Nexus.

        • tomn1ce

          I don’t think that vzw would like Google to sell the G-Nexus for $350 like they are selling the GSM version. Vzw is selling it for $650 without a contract. People would buy it from the play store instead of tying themselfs to a contract with vzw, especially now that vzw wants you to buy a device at full price if you want to keep the unlimited data plan.

    • zepfloyd

      “”Quick subject change: How hard would/will it be for the Play Store to sell a CDMA device that runs on Verizon’s network?””

      How hard to sell on a technical level? easy. Actually get Verizon to approve the device and permit it to be sold that way, very hard. But we can hope/dream….

  • A.J.

    I could definitely be into this as long as they actually mean an “ultra slim body” and not just HTC’s idea of an “ultra slim body”.

  • thatnigbamboo

    If it has no on screen buttons and no removable battery then I will pass on it

  • Brent Stewart

    Still not onboard with the whole 5″ phablets that are getting popular. I mean, 4″ is probably the largest optimal size for phones. Do we really need a device that’s in between 4 and 7″ and still be called a phone? I don’t think so IMHO.

    NOW what I WOULD like to see from HTC is a Nexus Beats device that’s WIFI only and while Android based would be designed from the bottom up to compete with Apple’s Nano. I’m thinking 8 and 16g with SD ram support, 3.3″ screen and come in various colors. They could cut cost on the processors as nothing fancy would be required to just play music and video. Personally I think a small PMP type Android device is EXACTLY what Google needs to push Google Play Music. Now for those preaching “no one wants to carry a separate device for music anymore – phones and tablets meet our needs” should take a closer look at Apple’s Nano and Shuffle sales figures – obviously there’s still a large demand for such a product.

    For the record while I own both a Nexus 7 and an Xperia Play (buying a real Nexus phone direct from Google when my Verizon contract is done) I still carry a Microsoft Zune HD for music, But I’d definitely buy a comparative Nexus product in a HEARTBEAT if one existed.

    • PC_Tool


      The GNex feels fine to me. I figure a few mm larger isn’t really going to make all that much of a difference, especially if they go “taller-not-wider”…just a few mm more, top-to-bottom, would be fine by me,

      • Brent Stewart

        Yeah, I’ll have get hands on with the Droid Incredible X to see how it feels. My Xperia Play feels just right (albeit a little on the thick side due to the game pad slider). But for the record I had tried the Galaxy Note and it just felt too big. But it looks like the Incredible X sacrificed some side bezel to accommodate a larger screen without making the phone overly bigger. Will see but reserving judgement on the size.

      • ToddAwesome

        “I figure a few mm larger isn’t really going to make all that much of a difference” – said no woman, ever

    • your logic sounds like that of the hordes in Cupertino

  • DJyoSNOW

    WTF is up with the market icon?

    • geedee82

      Good call…strange they would use the old one.

  • Godmom

    This will be my next phone I will keep my Gnex until this one comes out let us pray that this rumor is true

  • nightscout13

    I dunno about an HTC Nexus again. The first one was FUGLY.

  • Simon Belmont

    Heh. It would be sort of ironic if HTC made the Nexus phone that I switch to when my upgrade is due. I’ve used nothing but HTC phones, but finally decided I wanted to go Nexus from now on.

    It would be like coming home to HTC, but with faster updates. Haha.

  • Michael swaim

    It would be GREAT to see HTC back in the Nexus Game.

  • Chris Rhodes

    Just make the NEXUS 5 announcement already! October 5th announcement would be great and black Friday release would be awesome! Moto or HTC but at least 2700 mAh battery prefer 3300 mAh battery if 5 inch display!

  • duke69111

    As for the next Nexus, my only want/need is a significantly larger battery.

    • LionStone

      Updated processor gives better battery life, so a ginormous battery isn’t as necessary as it once was. A decent size battery with the latest S4pro, ‘should’ be (we will see, but given how well the S4 has been with the recent phones) more efficient than a huge battery with an older processor.

  • Chuck Finley

    LG Nexus Rumor
    HTC Nexus Rumor
    Galaxy “Nexus 2” (Premier) Rumor


    Nexus 7
    Nexus Q launch and relaunch would make Five (for the 5 Nexus rumor for this year).

    OAN: What if EVERY major manufacturer was forced to make one flagship “Nexus” phone and top sales gets the next exclusive Nexus contract.

    • Tommy Thompson

      I’m predicting a low, mid, and high end Nexus.

      • I wouldnt mind at all with that. I really like my Nexus size and I don’t want it larger, but I believe some might like a Nexus “phoblet”, so multiple OEMs Nexus could reach different Nexus sizes. I’d love a 4,3 ~ 4,5 inches Xperia Nexus!

        • Tommy Thompson

          I think it would be perfect.

      • carlisimo

        I think they should all be high end, but different sizes.

        • Tommy Thompson

          Not everyone wants or needs high end. 3 high end devices wouldn’t sell as well as imo..

          • Nexus devices never sell well so that doesn’t matter. Nexus devices have always and will always be high end devices. They set the standard for all Android phones for the year.

      • I don’t think that will be the case. The Nexus series of phones are designed to be reference phones to what Google intends as the “google experience” with main benefit going to the devs. They never sale very well, and the OEM’s never really have any motivation to make them because of that same reason – skinning the UI and marketing as a “RAZR HD MAXX SUPER AMOLED NEXUS ULTRA DIRKA DIRKA STAN” phone from Verizon makes them muey deniro and that’s how they things.

        No there will probably be one Nexus device this year, and it will likely be from everybody’s favorite South Korean Technological Doppleganger Inc.



      • Google would never allow that. Nexus are high end devices. End of story. Google would not allow for mid or low end Nexus devices that would give the Nexus line a bad name.

    • There was a Sony rumour too.

    • Whats the common denominator here?


      they’re all rumors!

  • john0214

    Hope we get this since vzw skipped us on nexus one

    • PC_Tool

      I hope this makes it to *NO* carriers.

      The Nexus devices should be global phones, advertised by the manufacturers and Google services, and sold via the Play Store.

      There should be no carrier involvement at all.

      • Detonation

        That means it would be GSM and therefore not work for Verizon…

        • PC_Tool

          “The Nexus devices should be global phones”

          …this, in my mind, would include LTE/CDMA.

        • Google could use the same approach as Apple did with the iPhone 5 and release variants with different radios. For example, the Sprint and Verizon models have LTE, CDMA, and GSM radios. I’d love to be able to buy a new Nexus through Google Play for Verizon, with updates provided by Google and not the carrier. Learned my lesson with the Verizon not-really-a-Galaxy-Nexus.

      • Name ONE android device on Verizon’s network to EVER be sold outside of it’s own retail/internet stores? Can’t think of any? OK.

        That’s because it WONT HAPPEN. If they can’t sell it in their store, and at the very least put their stupid ugly, logo on the the back, they won’t accept it on their network.

        GSM phones are what you are referring to. Verizon for some stupid reason just won’t let that happen, as much as I would like them to.

        • PC_Tool


          That’s just…special.
          I don’t care if you think it’s going to happen or not. It is merely what I would like to see.
          If you don’t…good for you.
          Please keep your spittle to yourself next time.

          • no its ok you can have some too!

          • PC_Tool

            Thanks for the generous offer, man, but I am still wiping it off from your last post…

  • EC8CH


    Now that the i*hone 5 is behind us…

    Bring on the Nexus Rumors!

  • Evostance

    4.65″ is the sweet spot. I can reach the top, bottom and side of the phone without stretching and go from top to bottom in one sweep. Any larger would become an issue. Don’t do it Google!

  • Southrncomfortjm

    Would be nice, but these screen sizes are starting to get ridiculous. I’ll take a GNEX 2 with 720p non-pentile (Super AMOLED Plus?) screen with 2gb ram, a Galaxy SIII-esque camera and improved radios over a 5 inch phone.

  • As long as the battery doesnt suck, this sounds like a nice device.

  • Dave

    I would love to see a Nexus by HTC again but 5 inches might be pushing it. If they can manage to squeeze that screen size in a smaller form factor, then I’ll be game.

  • Kevin McDole


  • too big

    also, dIx=”dicks”, really

  • Ibrick

    Yes please

  • zepfloyd

    “it’s going to be HTC who creates one based off of its 1080p “dlx” (DROID Incredible X) phone.”

    Ah yes, in typical Verizon fashion, we’ll get the bloated locked down version, rest of the world will get the Nexus.

    • Dave

      Nexus One and the Droid Incredible all over again.

      • El_Big_CHRIS

        O god say it aint so!

    • PC_Tool

      So long as it is sold through the Play Store and LTE capable, who cares what Verizon does/thinks?

      • Diablo81588

        Some people can’t afford to buy a phone off contract.

        • PC_Tool

          Anyone who bought a GNex at launch ($300) could probably afford one now off the Play Store ($350).

          I doubt Google is going to allow the prices on these things to get too wildly out of hand.

      • zepfloyd

        Until we get to VoLTE, everyone should care what Verizon thinks as you won’t get a Verizon Nexus in the Play Store since it still relies on CDMA and Verizon controls that.

        • PC_Tool

          Didn’t Google work something out with Qualcomm recently which put the toro (CDMA Nexus) back in “supported” under AOSP?

          I could have sworn VZW had nothing to do with that (seems totally unlike them).

          • zepfloyd

            Actually Verizon does have something to do with that. And regardless that’s still two separate issues. Yes, Google was able to get licenses from Qualcomm for the hardware drivers however they still need Verizon’s network signed files and permission to distribute that. All of that is moot as it’s for building and compiling Android, nothing to do with the device approval on the network, which in the case of toro obviously happened already.

            The primary issue is device network access. Verizon has the ability to and does control/approve what devices hit the network thanks to CDMA. There’s no way around that. Without, there’s no Nexus in the Play Store

          • PC_Tool


            Apparently I’m just dreaming/being an idealist, but I am still curious..

            Isn’t Sprint CDMA?

          • zepfloyd

            Yes, Sprint is. But they don’t play the draconian control games that Verizon does. It’s certainly and technically possibly to sell a CDMA/LTE Nexus on the Play Store – heck maybe Verizon will. (dreaming) but odds are they won’t – and back the original point, Google can’t just do it without them.

          • PC_Tool

            Google can’t just do it without them.”

            Excuse my ignorance please, but what is it that allows Verizon to do this? I was under the impression that if the device was capable of operating on a network, the carriers had an obligation to allow it…(allowing users to switch between carriers without buying a new phone).

            Now, I know the seemingly endless standards used by various carriers makes this harder than it should be, but I was under the impression the only reason we couldn’t use an AT&T iPhone (for example) on VZW was due to the network they used…and if they used the same network (or the device was capable of both) that it wouldn’t be a problem.

            This is…wrong?

          • zepfloyd

            That is true in a straight GSM world. What allows them to this? CDMA. IMEI is controlled by the carrier. If it’s not on their list, it will not connect. They will only add IMEI of devices they have approved. Hence last year the debacle with the VZ iPhone 4S (and a few other phones) when people couldn’t activate them as Apple didn’t send Verizon the list before the preorders started arriving to customers.

            If you really want to know what it’s like, some of the process is explained here: http://opennetwork.verizonwireless.com/

          • PC_Tool


            That needs to stop. Like yesterday. How the heck are we ever going to get some serious competition between carriers if we allow BS like that?

            How long to VoLTE now?

          • BulletTooth_Tony

            They don’t play the draconian control games…. aside from the fact they embed their SIM cards into the device effectively negating the entire point of having a SIM in the first place…

          • And locking you into their network so long as you don’t finish your pay-through-the-nose contract and then get rid of the SIM-less phone like it was a disposable camera.. And you seriously believe they don’t play draconian control games?

          • BulletTooth_Tony

            That’s called sarcasm. Sprint is the most draconian of the 2… Verizon at least gives you a SIM you can swap around now. Sprint embeds them into the device.

            …hence, my post illustrating how Sprint is draconian…

          • Wrong. Work for Sprint and you are so wrong.

          • BulletTooth_Tony

            What am I wrong about, precisely? That they embed their SIM cards into their devices? Because I’m spot on with that. You should be fired for not knowing what you sell if you really do work for that garbage company.

          • ClayRogers

            The sim isn’t embedded on Sprints iPhone 5, who cares anyways it’s just an LTE sim you can’t use it to swap phones with ease like you can with a traditional sim.

          • BulletTooth_Tony

            the iPhone 5 is an Apple phone, and it’s only that way, because it’s also sold on Verizon as the exact same phone.

            And that’s the entire point. On every other carrier, including Verizon, you can swap SIMs now. Except for Sprint… because they embed their SIMs into their devices. LTE, being the standard adopted by the GSM Association, requires the use of SIMs… Sprint chose to embed theirs. They just keep solidifying their position as the worst major carrier in the country every step they take, even when delivered such as easy choice as the SIM card one.

          • Actually you are wrong. Even if Verizon rejected the this phone the phone could still work on CDMA if Sprint took the phone. S o your point about Verizon controlling everything is wrong. Sprint, U.S. Cellular, and others are CDMA not just verzion.

          • Yes Sprint is a CDMA network along with U.S. Cellular, and MetroPCS, Cricket and a few others.

  • Bionicman

    it better have amazing battery life. here is the thing, we’ve seen other manufactures come out with awesome battery and thin design so the next Nexus phone must focus on this. unfortunately even if that means not having a replaceable battery. as a current GNex owner, i feel we have the best in software and good hardware but the batter is sub par.

  • ill be gone from verizon before its released doesnt matter to me.

  • mustbepbs

    This is bunk. Google isn’t so dumb as to create a niche device for their flagship phone of the year.

    • Tommy Thompson

      a niche device that has probably sold more than the Galaxy Nexus did…

  • MKader17

    I really hope that the 5 Nexus program doesn’t turn into 5 flagship devices being rebranded as Nexus devices.The best part about the Nexus program to me is that Google works closely with the companies in order to develop something different. It seems to me that this will be harder as Google and Moto become more and more integrated. Don’t get me wrong, I would love a Nexus version of this phone, but it seems the Nexus program as a while may be going in a different direction.

    • geedee82

      I agree, but I don’t necessarily mind flagship devices being rebranded as Nexus phones, as long as they at least lose the hardware nav keys and go all on screen. I seriously can’t imagine a nexus phone having hardware buttons anymore, and I refuse to buy one that does.

    • KleenDroid

      But to be a Nexus they have to allow the phone to be fully unlocked. Moto hated that the Droid 1 was unlocked and vowed to never allow that to happen again.

      Of course Google now owns them but they have shown that nothing has changed. (Their unlock tool is a joke and embarrassment)

      I seriously doubt there will be a Motorola Nexus this year. We will see what happens next year.

    • enerjak

      I personally have no problem with flagship phones being rebranded as Nexus devices, though I’d prefer marginal updates like bigger batteries or more RAM etc. Imagine how awesome the GS3 would be without all that TouchWiz crap and maybe a 2300mah battery. If that’s the future of the Nexus program, I can’t complain much.

  • markgbe

    i did LOVE the way my old Evo 3D felt. Very solid. This would be nice.

  • MichaelFranz

    just like everyone else, i’d be fine if it was a larger battery, but somethings about the nexus we have come to love, the curved screen, and software buttons, might not be seen. but really, here’s to hoping another nexus on VZW

  • Andrew Remmers

    I’d be ok way this.

  • chaosrv

    i have no problem with this as long as they do not insist on putting that blasted beats audio logo on the back.

  • Bionic

    That’s not a big enough battery. Minimal 3000mah or GTFO

  • S_T_R

    Want. Just…Want.

  • Droid

    The new Nexus line really needs bigger batteries. This is getting ridiculous.

  • John

    I imagine they will still stick with a s hitty camera.

    • Futbolrunner

      HTC is actually known to have good cameras

  • Butters619

    Wish they would strap a 3300+ mAh battery to it, but if true, goodbye One X hello Nexus 5.

    • John

      Damn skippy. I wish they’d stop playing politics w/ the new phone setups. They know darn well they could chuck a 3300+ battery in these phones, but it would make them “too good” for most. Why would anyone want to upgrade then. Grinds my gears.

      • Diablo81588

        It’s obviously harder than you think, or every oem would do the same.

        • lilmoe2002

          Not THAT hard on a phone with a 5″ screen….. :/
          Probably so on a smaller phone though.

      • Paul

        I think it has more to do with the expense in making the higher capacity battery, and maybe because of extended battery sales. I think people usually upgrade because of screen size and speed more than battery these days (though screen size won’t be a factor in a couple years).

        • John

          Good point. Wasn’t the Maxx a pretty good success? I may have read wrong, but I thought it was. Oh well, we can all wish for the “perfect phone” 😉

          • Paul

            It didn’t sell as much as the Razr, but there must have been a larger profit in selling each one so I’m not sure but I don’t think so. The main thing is that they probably could have still profited from the maxx for $50 less and make just one razr, but then less people would have bought a razr due to the higher price.

            I do think that 2500mah would be enough for the majority of people, and I don’t remember any rumors of the dlx having a non-removable battery so you hopefully will be able to upgrade if need be.

      • michael arazan

        I thought Quad cores were suppose to help save battery life?

      • Say it again.. say it again!!! “Grinds my gears!” Yesss!!! Haha 🙂

        • John

          lol. i’m glad someone got my reference 😉

      • vivek kidambi

        lol 😉 family guy 😉

    • S.Ober

      Apple may try to ban this since it has the number 5 in it. LOL

  • schoat333

    This could just be HTC’s submission to the Nexus project. If I remember correctly, each Manufacturer submits a Nexus design to Google, and Google picks their favorite.

    IMO its going to be hard to beat Samsung, and the Galaxy Nexus.

    • Good for everyone: 5 inch HTC, 4 inch Samsung.. I’m getting this phone if it’s true!

    • Paul

      It wouldn’t be hard to beat the GNex at all. Hardware wise, it is not nearly as fast as anything coming out, and the new screens are better too.

  • Q’s

    I love HTC and I love Nexus phones but 5″ may be a little too big. I feel like my Galaxy Nexus is the perfect sized phone honestly.

    • I feel the same way, but it’s been almost a year since I got my GNex, and I’m starting to get worried that there isn’t even another Android phone out there that seems like a genuine leap forward. This looks like it could be the ticket: much faster, better display, nicer design, and presumably thinner and lighter. Keeping my fingers crossed.

  • Jack Stangler

    i think i’d be totally ok with this, my G2 was well designed, super solid, and stable

  • justincase_2008

    I wanted to love the One X but after seeing my gf go threw 3 of them and is now on her forth idk how i feel about HTC. Two of the had horrible battery life and i dont mean 8 hours or 6 hours i mean 1 hour. In fact i have seen it be unplugged from the wall and go to dead with in 5 minutes. Then one of the just would no longer see the sim card after getting two new sim cards at the store she gave up.

    • KleenDroid

      This is an issue of the user not knowing how to resolve simple issues. Sorry if that upsets you.

      • justincase_2008

        No it is a issue of faulty phones. How would you resolve a phone that drains a battery in under 10 minutes from full and gets VERY hot while doing so? How would you resolve a phone that no longer reads SIM card even after replacement sim card were put into the phone? Seeing as it was all a user issue im just wondering how it could have been fixed.

      • justincase_2008

        No it is a issue of faulty phones. How would you resolve a phone that drains a battery in under 10 minutes from full and gets VERY hot while doing so? How would you resolve a phone that no longer reads SIM card even after replacement sim card were put into the phone? Seeing as it was all a user issue im just wondering how it could have been fixed.

        • KleenDroid

          It could have… but I don’t expect you to understand or believe. Many people return phones for simple things like this. But I understand your not being happy that the battery drained quickly.

          When I first got my nexus it drained very quickly… I still have it and the battery lasts a long time.

          • setspeed

            Get off your snarky, condescending high horse. The OP has clearly described two faulty phones, yet you still won’t admit that you were wrong when describing the problem as the user’s fault.

          • KleenDroid

            I will take it easy on you since you are clearly not a member of Mensa.

            I don’t think its the users fault but I know from the same experience that the user could fix it.

            Was this simple enough for you?

          • setspeed

            Ok I’ll reword the statement since I obviously wasn’t exact enough for you:
            you won’t admit you were wrong when saying it was a case of a user not knowing how to resolve simple issues. The issues described do not sound simple to resolve at all – although I suppose an expert like you could have resolved them in five minutes.

          • KleenDroid

            Lol… I’m not sure why you are not open to the idea that something like this could be fixed. I and many have had the same issue. I am no expert… just someone who over time has been willing to read and learn how to resolve issues that can be resolved.

            There are some things that can be resolved and improved. I’m not sure why you feel they can’t. If it is of such importance to you I would be happy to show you if you had a phone with this problem. It doesn’t take an expert… just someone who has been through the same issue that has fixed it.

  • PSU_DI

    I’ve always loved the look and feel of the HTC devices I’ve owned. If they do release a nexus, I would probably go back to them over Samsung at this point.

  • Mark

    And there is no way the next nexus will have physical buttons correct?

    • Doubt it. Google are moving towards software buttons.

  • Scotty Brown

    Totally and completely would purchase.

    (IF it’s a Nexus.)

  • Bob G

    too bad the battery life will suck even more 🙁

  • Jason Reid

    I’m all for larger, brighter screens… but a 5 incher seems like it might be pushing it a bit.

    • John

      True. 4.65 is my sweet spot. I wonder if jacking battery up to 2500 will even make a difference from the current galaxy nexus once you factor in increased screen size =/

      • Tommy Thompson

        I would be worried about the resolution more than the screen size.

    • If they keep the phone the same size (as the GNex at 4.65″) by having virtually no bezel, I think I could handle it.

    • obryan

      Samsung Galaxy S 3 is 4.8 inches, and it’s very comfortable for me. I don’t see 0.2″ being that much bigger.

    • jOhn

      This.. I don’t care about bezel size.. 4.65″ is about the max I want to go because my thumb is already stretched to the limit.. any bigger and the phone becomes difficult to use one-handed.. and I don’t have small hands.

  • Pegleg

    You say HTC uses some of the better materials…I haven’t seen that, although it has been awhile since I’ve looked at a HTC phone. My daughter-in-law has one and it is very cheaply made. Wish some quality builders (MOTO) would get on the Nexus wagon!

    • The One X is very high quality polycarbonate, and my Sensation has a aluminium unibody frame.

    • Go play with a One X. That device is insanely sexy and well made.

    • Tommy Thompson

      I’m interested in knowing which device your daughter-in-law has…

    • Troll. As someone who works in the cell phone industry I can say HTC has always had quality builds. Much much better than Motorola. And Google will not give Motorola a Nexus phone because they don’t want to be seen as playing favourites and giving the Nexus to a company they own.

  • Adam

    I need some info about any new GSM nexus. Not that this won’t be, but I’d like some solid info. I’m sick of Verizon and their BS gouging. I can live with a little less coverage and much lower price. HTC or Moto GSM nexus is fine with me.

  • Murphy

    Baby Baby, let me upgrade ya.

  • ok


  • As much as I like Nexus phones, I wish they would trend toward a smaller phone. Even my Rezound is a bit large.

  • Chris

    Lord i hope so.

  • rockstar323

    If this is true I doubt Verizon will offer it and the Droid Incredible X. It will be the same issue as the Droid Incredible and Nexus One. Sucks.

    • EC8CH


      Verizon customers have always gotten screwed to some degree when it comes to Nexus devices. Which sucks.

      • PC_Tool

        If it is sold through the Play Store and is capable of LTE, then who cares what Verizon does?

        • EC8CH

          Unfortunately that’s not how LTE works.

          • PC_Tool

            Well, that was originally my thought as well, but then everyone started chanting “LTE is FRAND”, which led me to believe there was only *one* LTE standard and that it was “open”….


            Is it any surprise people are confused about “how LTE works”?? (Is there a DL article that explains this?

  • ddevito

    Well I hope HTC makes a Nexus again, however…

    1. No HTC branding on the front – it’s a Nexus – it’s supposed be monolithic in design
    2. Stock Android – bad render perhaps
    3. It won’t (or shouldn’t) have Beats Audio
    4. I can’t imagine any new Nexus WON’T have on screen buttons only

    Not fond of the red accents either.

    • This render (fanmade) is of the HTC dlx (apparently the DROID Incredible X), not the HTC Nexus 5.

    • Tommy Thompson

      Right below that picture it says, ”
      (Concept design of the HTC “dlx”)”

      • Alex Hernandez

        HA! you beat me to it! LMAO

    • Alex Hernandez

      you do realize the render that is shown is the dIx not the Nexus….I believe they used it to show what it may look like.

  • geedee82

    Hope so. I’m only buying Nexus from here on out.

  • moelsen8

    come on, moto!!!

  • HerroMoto

    I would much rather have a Nexus by Moto. We need better hardware for the Nexus lines.

    • HTC’s hardware is good. Just wish they stuffed massive batteries into tiny frames like Moto do.

      • Big_EZ

        HTC’s hardware sucks, Mine had to be replaced 7 times before Verizon switched it out for a motorola.

        • ben7337

          Motorola puts garbage speakers in their phones, htc doesn’t, and as a whole htc gets good radio reception like motorola generally, and they don’t use cheap parts. Which HTC phone did you need constant replacements of? As a whole I’d say HTC has some of the best build quality out there, though Samsung has AMOLED displays and now moto uses theirs too, and Moto and samsung can both make thin phones while that concept seems to be something HTC can’t fathom.

          • Big_EZ

            Motorola uses good speakers and microphones (much better than HTC) when I had my tbolts (all 7 or 8) I had to turn my ac off in my truck because my wife said it sounds like I was in a tornado. With motorola you can hear very clear on either end even if your around a lot of noise (this has been the case with all my moto phones, 3 of which were android) I agree that htc has decent reception (not as good as moto but close) but the 4g reception was horrible. In terms of build quality Moto and Samsung are way better than HTC, while HTC may feel stonger its not when the aux jack and power/volume buttons break constantly. In terms of reception Moto and HTC are way better than Samsung. Motorolas only draw back is being locked down.

          • ben7337

            Motorola RAZR’s are known for having faulty headphone jacks that constantly break. I can’t say I’ve heard of the same as a major HTC problem, and both moto and htc and samsung can have faulty microusb ports that wear out in 1-2 yrs. My droid 2 global can attest to that.

            As for speakers I wasn’t talking about the one you hold up to your ear, I hardly ever make phone calls and between the droid 2 global, thunderbolt, galaxy nexus, samsung stratosphere, droid razr, and pantech marauder that I had in the last few months, all of them sound the same to me. However I was referring to the speaker on the back of the phone. I had a droid razr that sounded so distorted you could barely make out words in videos, and my droid 2 global had pretty bad distortion too. My samsung phones do better at audio, but still not amazing. The only phone that ever impressed me with the speaker on the backside was the htc thunderbolt which sounded amazing in comparison.

          • Big_EZ

            I’ve been in the Moto community for over 2 years and haven’t heard of either of these issues. My HTC aux jacks would break within 3 weeks (all 7-8). The RAZRs speaker isn’t bad but the tbolts was a little better which is why I normally had to use it for calls instead of the normal phone speaker. The aux issues with the HTC didn’t seem to be as big of an issue as the power/volume buttons or the poor call quality but I did see complaints other than mine.

          • trob6969

            My rezound has very good reception everywhere I go. Even in the very loud auto plant I work in my calls are really clear.

          • trob6969

            My rezound has very good reception everywhere I go. Even in the very loud auto plant I work in my calls are really clear.

    • Captain_Doug

      HTC isn’t a bad choice though. I like HTC better but understand that Moto does build well. Their style isn’t that classy though. Maybe if they dropped the kevlar…

      • Butters619

        I think they should replace the Kevlar with a soft touch plastic. My old Treo had the most wonderful soft touch plastic in the world. It’s functional (grip), looks good, and takes a beating without showing scratches.

        • S_T_R

          Tru dat. I think it was the Treo 750, the windows one, had a great soft touch back. Nice stylus too, not as nice as the ones HTC was using in the Touch Diamond era, but solid. Too bad the thing was the thickness and shape of a hamburger, yet had a tiny, tiny battery.

        • Big_EZ

          The finish that the Droid X is imo the best finish available for phones. I wish moto would get back to that finish.

          • will bartlett

            hell yeah!

      • carlisimo

        I don’t think any OEM’s style should show very clearly in a Nexus phone.

        • PC_Tool

          I don’t know about that. I know I would sure like a variety of sizes, curves, rectangles, etc… People tend to vary between what they want in all of those areas. 3.7″ to 7″, curved glass, straight, sharp corners, rounded etc….

        • Captain_Doug

          Agreed. Although I like a hint of it. Just not all of it. the style that is.

      • Larizard

        The Kevlar should be built in the phones corners, not the back. I really don’t understand why they need the back to be “Kevlar Strong”… when you drop your phone, you chip the corners, not the back. We need corners to be “Kevlar Strong”, not the back.

    • T4rd

      I wouldn’t mind either way. At least with Moto you will pretty much be guaranteed to have good/reliable reception. But HTC isn’t bad in that area either. My Wife’s Rezound seems to have a bit better reception in fringe areas compared to my Gnex. I wonder if designing the antenna into the battery cover like they do is better than integrating it into the phone’s body.

    • Tommy Thompson

      only if it didn’t have a re-hashed Razr design.

    • kixofmyg0t

      I agree.

      4.7~5.0 screen of at least 720p
      OMAP5 5432
      2GB RAM
      NFC(yeah I’m now a believer)
      3300mAh battery.
      HSPA+ 42 and LTE radios

      Built by Motorola.

      That’s the Nexus I’m looking for.

      • You can strike off the OMAP now.

      • Moto probably will never get to build a Nexus unless another manufacturer is building a nexus that same year because Google would be accused of playing favourites since Google owns Moto.

    • brando56894

      If HTC does make this a Nexus and Moto makes one too, I think I’d be stuck at which one to get. I had the OG Droid and loved the build quality of it and I definitely want one of their huge batteries, but my last two devices have been HTC and I haven’t been disappointed by them.

  • Jimmy Garcia

    So does that mean its going to be the HTC DiX? Oh my…

    • geedee82

      HTC DiX in yo mouf!