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Nexus 5 Rumors Have Started Already, Fresh Out of Fantasy Land

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And the Nexus 5 rumors are here! Over the weekend, a couple of tech outlets tossed out what they believe to be specs for the next Google-inspired mobile device as provided by well-placed insiders (or trolls). Rumors suggest that LG will produce the phone, just as they did the Nexus 4 with the image included above being a prototype design for it. But after this incredibly questionable rumor surfaced, another report claims that this is nothing more than a fantasy list and that the actual device will be much more in line with current handsets, but the camera will use a “triple camera sensor thing.” I’m not kidding, that’s the official quote. Let’s jump below and walk through a breakdown of the situation.

Spoiler alert – it all mostly sounds like garbage. 

Here are the supposed specs from rumor #1:

  • 5.2″ OLED Display with 1920×1080 resolution
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 @ 2.3 GHz
  • 3GB LPDDR3 Ram
  • 16/32/64GB of internal storage
  • 16MP rear camera by OmniVision (4k video recording @30FPS, 1080p video recording @60FPS, Real Time HDR & HDR video recording, optical image stabilization, BSI 2.0)
  • 2.1MP front camera (1080p video recording @30FPS)
  • 3300 mAh Lithium Polymer battery
  • Front positioned stereo speakers
  • Qualcomm RF360 (LTE 150 Mbps & HSPA+)
  • Integrated DVB-T / ATSC-antenna
  • Gesture like controls (navigation, zoom, etc)

So that list came from rumor #1, which as you can see, looks most definitely like some sort of fantasy device. Sure, we would love to see everything listed there in the next Nexus, but we also would love to win the lottery and don’t see that happening any time soon.

As far as rumor #2 goes, the claim is that the next Nexus will actually have a Snapdragon 600, 2GB RAM, 8/16GB of internal storage, and big ol’ 3140mAh battery. But where this becomes somewhat interesting, is in the idea that Nikon will produce the “triple camera sensor thing” inside. As you may recall, Vic Gundotra said a month ago that they are committed to making Nexus phones great cameras. I guess partnering with Nikon would certainly be a way to do that.

Last, moments before rumor #1 surfaced, the oft-correct @evleaks Twitter account Tweeted “LG Nexus 5 looks pretty hot, if that was just it…” So we don’t know if an internet troll was shopping around the “prototype” image from the top of this post and @evleaks was mocking it after denying it, or if the timing was simply a coincidence.

No matter what, it’s way too damn early to start tossing out random rumors from untrusted and anonymous sources when it relates to the next Nexus. Will we see a new Nexus this year? More than likely. Do we think any of this makes much sense or should be taken as gospel? Not for a second.

Via:  Android and Me | PhoneArena | @evleaks

  • Does sound pretty awesome!

  • Marc Ientilucci

    must have now.

  • Those specs don’t look too far fetched to me.

  • Justin Kos

    Stopped reading at5.2..

  • Alan Paone

    3 gigs of ram and gesture controls are a dead giveaway for #1, the fact that Nikon doesn’t make sensors for #2

  • Jeff

    Hell I’m thinking I might have bite the bullet and just buy the nexus 5 just to have it. Lol

  • Michael Adcock

    3300 mAh? I’m sold.

  • Trevor

    I really hope they don’t put a screen that big in the next Nexus. Even with virtually no bezel I think that will be too big for me. I like the GNex/Nexus 4 screen size. Perfect, in my opinion.

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    720p screens are ok if they keep the price low

  • Would Nikon ever partner to make a camera for a phone? For me unless they will be selling software in the app store, I don’t see them canabalizing their point and shoot market. I would love to see the J1 line of sensors in smart phones though 🙂

  • DanWazz

    Rumor #3. Nexus 5 will make you waffles on Saturday mornings and has “cuddle mode” feature.

    • joejoe5709

      I already cuddle with my GNex. I thought this was a feature.

  • Moody Demetry

    the X is the new nexus from Motorola,,, inside source

  • VERIZON please don’t F*ck us over :(, there is only so much heartbreak I can take

  • Gr80n3

    I’m surprised more phones don’t put TV antennas in them for over the air TV. Is it a signal interference thing?

  • Df

    5.2″ … so still no LTE Nexus for people with “normal people hands?” 🙁

  • All I’m hoping for is a massive battery and 32gb being the base model. I know, I know. Wishful thinking but wouldn’t it be nice to have a 3300+ mAh battery on a nexus?

  • Austin Warren

    If it’s bigger than 5in,screw samsung. I’ll take this instead.

  • Rich Koos

    I know that Nikon is a great camera company but does that give them the same proficiency in the mobile space? Do they have mobile camera sensors? Or are they just gonna skin the camera software sponsored by Nikon? I know these are rumors but that is really questionable.

  • i think htc should get another shot with their new great build quality

  • Google Nexus X Phone

    Unveiling in May (5)

    its the 5 fifth (5)

    Key Lime Pie (5)

    LTE 5G (5)

    5 cameras (5)

    5 sensors (5)

    5 A15 core processors (5)

    Nvidia tegra……4i? WTF I CALL FAKE

  • Jordan Marrie

    If it were rumored to be manufactured by Samsung, everyone would be leaping with joy waiting for more news about this space-age technology device. Source: http://www.samsung-life.com

    • JMonkeYJ

      i love how whenever the latest major android phone comes out people claim this site has turned to “that-phone-life.com”

  • blix247

    All that, and if you strap it to your back, it will act as a personal flight transportation device.

    4k video recording? Seriously?

    Front facing speakers, 1080P display and 32/64gb options are things I would like to see.

    Edit: Give Sony a shot at the Nexus!

  • Adam Neighbors

    Shout out to Watch Dogs.

  • Well, by this fall my Gnex will be two and ready for retirement. Please god let Nexus5 come to Verizon. Otherwise… it may be time to seriously leave big red. Others can live on smaller networks, why can’t I?

    • Ben Modica


    • NYAvsFan

      Already did it and couldn’t be happier. What’s the point of 4G if you’re battery life stinks too bad to even make use of it? I love my N4, I regularly get 16+ hours of battery life while using the phone all day and at least where I live I’ve had zero issues with TMo’s network.

      • michael arazan

        1 Month ago I read an article and sent it to DL that said the LG was already in negotiations to try and get the Nexus 5

  • Austin Warren

    And people say Samsung doesn’t change designs.

    • Tirionfive

      If it ain’t broke, Don’t fix it.

      • Austin Warren

        Tell that to Samsung haters.

        • Tirionfive

          I laugh at the samsung haters. They must be enjoying their Gingerbread HTC phones.

          • PopeFrancis

            I’m still hating Samsung crap and I’m on JB waiting on KLP 😛

          • Tirionfive

            Hows that battery life?

            If you are on a Motorola, Pardon me. Motorola is alright with me. I hate HTC.

          • PopeFrancis

            Nexus 4 and battery life sucks!!!

    • LG has made the last Nexus and probably the next one. Additionally, the design is Google’s.

  • Rodeojones000

    I read this over the weekend. Imagine if it was true. Wow!

    Even if the Nexus 5 is identical to the Nexus 4 in every way – hardware and software – it’ll still almost certainly be my next phone. Being an owner of the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10, I’ve decided I’m sticking with the Nexus line. No crappy OEM skins and physical buttons for me.

    • Austin Warren

      I hope they put a home button.

      • Rodeojones000

        Why must you continue to be a troll?

        • Austin Warren

          I don’t honestly see what’s wrong with a home button. I’m just saying I hope they do to troll everyone.

          • Rodeojones000

            So you proudly admit to being a troll?

  • We will find out May 15-17. Until then its all crap.

  • Geoff Johnson

    This isn’t a rumor, it’s just a list of what people want in a phone, lol

  • Russell Tanner

    I need to take Android and Me out of my RSS feed. They rarely post, and when they do it’s usually wild rumors about magical specs for a device, from some undisclosed source.

    • Jwhap

      I took them out about a year ago…… For this reason!

  • Sqube

    That sounds like the nerdiest of nerd dreams for the Nexus 5. The most you should hope for is that the N5 has top of the line hardware for when it comes out. If you’re unlucky, you’ll get the Galaxy Nexus.

    These rumors are just silly.

  • JBartcaps

    The Nexus line isn’t about being the best spec phone in the world, it’s about a phone that was built to run Android perfectly

  • Don’t Nikon cameras use Sony sensors?

  • I seriously doubt LG would use an OLED screen. that was the first Red flag to me.
    i could see the other specs though.
    snapdragon 800 processor is supposed to hit consumer devices later this year, it supports 4K video recording, 3GB RAM is the next step, but i dont know if we are there or not.
    I think they will stick with the smaller storage options. 8/16/32GB
    i could also see the battery creep up to the 3000Mah range
    everything else is a toss up to me. as long as the camera is really nice, i dont care how many lenses it uses, or who it is built buy or how many MP it is. just give me something i can get GOOD pictures with.

  • frak

    “triple camera sensor thing”

    I think it’s the ordinary Bayer stuff, otherwise Foveon might have something to say…

  • Marcus Schoen

    Ok, I get this phone will come out a year from now. but seriously? Some of these specs don’t add up.4k video seems unlikely since 4k has hardly caught on, and 16 gigabytes of storage would fill up really fast. 3 gigabytes of ram seems unusual, since ram and storage are usually exponential (just speculation). Plus, it doesn’t even look like an LG design. Enough ranting.

  • nightscout13

    LG again? Nexus 6 for me…..

  • Nish R

    As far as I can remember, the Nexus design is more for developers rather than for trying new hardware of technology. The Nexus line of phones always had poor cameras. Why jump to a 16MP now with a “triple sensor thing”? Sounds like they copied that from the Ultra pixel. Same thing with the front facing speakers. And seriously, built in Tuner? Where are we? Brazil? People care more for FM transmitters/receivers in their phones. And good luck seeing that particular 4G chip in there.

  • T4rd

    4k video recording.. lol, ok.

    Not saying it’s not possible, but I doubt that will happen on it. Might as well have put an SD card slot on there too.

    • PhillipCun

      snapdragon 800 supports 4k recording. yes, possible. but for a nexus? unless google decided to go a different route (which they should consider), the specs are too high for this phone.

      • r0lct

        The snapdragon 800 may support it but I doubt there will be storage for it on a mobile any time soon

        • PhillipCun

          OTG usb to an external hard drive. there. storage. not ideal, but still doable.
          ^this is why i love android. have a problem? build a solution.

          • r0lct

            Not a very practical solution. I don’t think you could even get 30 min of total video on a 64 GB card in 4K.

  • Kane Stapler

    Besides 4K recording everything on here is possible. Why doesn’t someone just make this perfect phone? It seems so simple

  • Wondering what game screenie that is…

  • Matthew

    If it doesn’t have a microSD card slot so I can use my existing cards and an extended battery option then the Nexus is a no buy no matter what the other specs are.

    • JoshGroff

      The Nexus One was the only one to have an SD slot, don’t get your hopes up.

    • Doubtful.

    • Geoff Johnson

      If Google doesn’t want MicroSD cards in phones, why would they put it in the Nexus line?

    • Trueblue711

      A microSD card slot goes against Google’s agenda of pushing everyone into their cloud, so it’s very unlikely to happen. They should at least give us a removable battery.

      • j

        non-removable battery in the nexus line boggles the mind, If it can be in anyway still considered “developer” device live.

      • Everybody says that but not having a removable SD card makes storage easier (everything is on one partition). They could add it, but it would bring the cost up.

        • Ian Dunn

          Not if you are rooted and flashing roms all the time. Try to keep 6GB of music and 8GB of pics on your Gnex while switching roms. Even if it is all backed up in the cloud it takes hours to get back on the device. SD card is so much easier.

          • Most people don’t flash roms all the time though. They made the choice, and if you really aren’t happy with it you can just choose a different phone.

          • Alan Paone

            I flash ROMs all the time. You know you don’t have to erase your entire phone to flash a rom, right?

      • Alan Paone

        It also goes against google’s goal of making phones that don’t suck. SD cards are the worst

        • Trueblue711

          Many disagree. It was great being able to put an extra 32gb in my GS3 for $20, especially when I hear iPhone users complain about capacity. Not to mention, what happens if you brick your device? Your data is stuck on it too. Good luck getting it off the soldered memory.

          • Alan Paone

            Its funny you mention that, I’ve omly ever lost data because it was stored on SDcards.

          • Trueblue711

            Are you buying off-brand SD cards or something? I have yet to have any SD card fail on me.

          • Alan Paone

            If by off-brand, you mean sandisk, kingston and samsung, then yes. SD cards are unreliable and they aren’t supported natively by windows. As lame as it can be to be limited to 16GB of onboard storage, its nice to be able to trust it.

        • TheOiulkj

          Agreed, just like USB ports and SATA controllers are the worst. Why in the world would I ever want expandable storage?! That’s just stupid. Being stuck with capped cloud storage on a capped data plan and 16 measly GB of local storage is the futurrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrre.

          • Alan Paone

            Adequate storage >> expandable storage

    • Tom

      This is the main reason I don’t go with a Nexus device.

  • Verizon or leave me alone.

    • Sqube

      After what VZW did to Google, I doubt very much they’ll release a Nexus device with them again. They might release a Nexus device that can support VZW’s LTE bands, but nothing more than that.

    • Droidzilla

      Leaving Verizon is the best mobile move I’ve ever made. Made money on the deal, have a shiny, new Nexus 4, and I get great service for super cheap. I’m not denying that Verizon has a great network, but I haven’t noticed the loss without them and I don’t care for what Verizon is doing to the Android brand.

      • I loathe what Verizon has done to Android, but I’m stuck with their network. Thanks, XDA, for supporting my Galaxy Nexus when Verizon can’t or won’t.

        • Droidzilla

          I guess I’m glad to see Google shunning Verizon if for nothing other than principle. The Nexus 4 is the best thing I’ve used to date, but it’s not like there isn’t a slue of other great Android devices, many of which are on Verizon. So I’m OK with Google’s political move to oust Verizon from the Nexus program; in fact, I wholeheartedly endorse it.

          • best part is google may have their own wireless network within the next 5 years, and they could be doing it with sprint and clearwire.

          • Droidzilla


      • TylerChappell

        It ultimately comes down to where you live. Where I live and am most frequently, nothing beats Verizon.

  • I think im gonna call BS on this one…..

    • John

      think? =x

  • Addison Todd

    Let’s be hoenst, this is essentially people trying to explain away the GS4.

  • LG, you already made one. It’s Motorola’s turn. {{-_-}}

    • Just give me a Nexus-ish (x-phone maybe) device with updates through Google, on VZW (no denying the service, I haven’t had a dropped call since 1957), and those fabled Moto radios and I will be happy as a clam.

      At this point I’m not as interested in the camera. Having phones with cameras built in caused me to get into photography, which caused me to get a DSLR, so I’m good on cams:)

    • KleenDroid

      And Motorola will make it the first fully locked down Nexus. They will innovate by using new military encryption designed so even China wont be able to unlock it.

      They will then take to their forums and state that if you want a Nexus to root and rom you need to go elsewhere.

      But to compensate for this they will make it fully out of kevlar, including the screen.

      • Tirionfive

        Hah! I got a laugh out of that, thanks!

        But I think Moto is headed in a whole new direction. This year might be the year of Motorola.

        • KleenDroid

          I certainly hope so.

        • Jonathan Ly

          Inheriting 18-24 months of product….don’t think its going to happen this year. If anything comes from Motorola unskinned, it probably will NOT have the Nexus branding

          • Tirionfive

            The Chief Financial Officer said that @ Google. Just because hes a higher up in Google, doesn’t mean that he knows what’s going on. Google may be keeping under wraps to prevent the hype from building and ultimately releasing a somewhat disappointing phone like the N4 (Not that the N4 isn’t good, it just didn’t live up to the hype) They did the same thing with the Chromebook Pixel.

      • Shane Redman

        **sigh** It’s like people forgot that Google bought Motorola and/or don’t expect changes…

        • Austin Warren

          Doesn’t mean they are going to use them for everything.

  • Available everywhere October 1st. Except Verizon (March 2014)

  • Dee Mann

    Hey Kellen, how come when you click on the top of the webpage it doesnt refresh the site anymore?

    • Trying clearing the cache in your browser. Otherwise, I have no idea.

    • Droidzilla

      Because you touch yourself at night.

      • Dee Mann

        Haha at night im on a different computer then my work computer during the day

  • Masterminded

    Gesture like controls?! MIND BLOWN!

  • Stevedub40

    Reminds me of Ralphie when he wrote his Christmas theme. “I want an official Red Rider BB gun with a compass in the stock and this ‘thing’ that tells time.” LOL

  • t3chi3

    Keep dreaming

  • Why not further the pipe dream and say it’s Verizon CDMA?

    • Not a bad idea! 😛

      • palomosan

        Jajaja, I’ll buy it.
        However, this specs are just out of this time, this was written by a nerd like us.

      • Dylan Patel

        Why not say it has GSM and CMDA dude it also has every band of LTE.

      • DMead

        As a Verizon executive, I can confirm this. The Nexus 5 will being coming to Verizon and will be running on our new 5G network which will be switched on (literally, all it takes is the flip of a switch) once we finish the LTE roll-out at the end of the year.

        -Signed: Daniel Mead (but you didn’t hear it from me)

  • Nicholas Isola

    People really have nothing better to do, do they?

  • fdgsgfdsgfdg

    5.2″? Too big.

    • That’s *not* what she said.

    • infogulch

      I agree. They should make it 4.5″, if rounded it still makes sense for a Nexus 5 😛

      • Geoff Johnson

        Why would they make it smaller than the current Nexus?

    • it all depends. i enjoy larger devices…and while the 5″ trend is really stretching it for me, as long as the bezels are smaller than we are used to, and they use on screen buttons, the phone shouldn’t be any larger than the Galaxy S4.

    • I have a S3 and I’m comfortbale with that size. I’m not sure I would like anything much bigger.

    • Austin Warren

      Nope. Would be the perfect phone. Screw samsung.

    • DanWazz

      I’d agree with this, but I thought the same thing about a screen over 4″ two years ago. I’m sure my hand will evolve to use it.