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Nexus 5 vs. Nexus 4 [Specs]


Thanks to a leaked service manual for the upcoming LG Nexus 5 that arrived over the weekend, there really is very little we don’t know about the phone outside of a release date and price. Well, the name “Nexus 5” is still not yet 100% confirmed, meaning Google could end up going “Nexus 4” again like they did with the 2013 Nexus 7. We continue to see references to both names here and there. But either way, we feel as if we have a pretty good grasp on all things new Nexus phone.

Below, we’ve put together the most recent set of specs, pulled from FCC documents and the service manual. None of this is official until Google announces the phone, it’s simply info gathered from a number of leaks. 

We should point out that the service manual was put together for the LG-D821, which most believe is the European model of the Nexus 5. The FCC documents we saw recently, and the device most believe will arrive in the U.S., is known as the LG-D820.

Spec comparison:

lg nexus 5 vs nexus 4 specs

Here are some additional grabs from the service manual:

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So as you are all well aware, there are still no signs pointing to a Verizon arrival. This phone is destined for access to AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile’s networks here in the U.S. We aren’t exactly sure why Verizon isn’t included, but with CDMA still in play, we would imagine that Google needed Big Red’s approval for access and was not given it. That’s speculation obviously, but with Sprint having a CDMA network as well, we aren’t sure what else could be the problem.

We still have no firm dates for release, but the end of October is still looking pretty likely.

  • Nick

    In the UK where I live, if the phone is unlocked you can use it on any network you want and you don’t have to worry about whether they’ll support it or not

  • TBolt

    Verizon not approving a Nexus 5 is just another good reason to dump them. Good bye, Verizon — good riddance. (Plan to switch even if we are surprised with confirmation of an N5 on VZW.)

  • jimv1983

    Anyone who values decent battery life should probably avoid the Nexus 5. At first glance the specs might seem impressive but with a 1080p LCD screen, LTE and only a 2,300mAh battery the battery life is going to be pretty bad.

  • stephen c.

    If I buy a unlocked CDMA phone can I have it made to work on verizion?

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    Just ordered mine from here http://getnexus5.com/

  • jasdempsey

    DroidLife writes: “We aren’t exactly sure why Verizon isn’t included, but with CDMA still in play, we would imagine that Google needed Big Red’s approval for access and was not given it. That’s speculation obviously, but with Sprint having a CDMA network as well, we aren’t sure what else could be the problem.”

    Well, Sprint operates CDMA on 850Mhz and 1900Mhz, but mostly 1900Mhz.

    VZW operates CDMA on 800Mhz and 1900Mhz, mostly 800Mhz.

    The CDMA frequencies are missing from the “Network Bands” section of the table, but perhaps it only does 1900 CDMA in which case, it might not be sufficient for VZW to use the phone nationwide.

  • marclee

    i am very happy with my nexus 4, and nexus 5 doesn’t look much different to me (slightly bigger screen, better camera and faster CPU? boring upgrades indeed), so still don’t know if i want to trade up or not.

    I think I will get a nexus 5 only if it has a 3,000 mah battery.

  • Issy

    Really sucks because I’m stuck on Verizon and am dying for the next Nexus. Wish Google would rape Verizon just because of Verizon’s corporate idiots.

  • Redsun

    The Google Nexus: the best phone, available on the next-best networks. Stupid.

    • andydrives2fast

      Blame Verizon. They don’t like it when consumers have decent phones with unlockable bootloaders

      • Redsun

        Oh, I do. But I also blame Google for not using their massive clout to make it happen.

        • Skittlez

          Verizon has to allow it to work on the network. Verizon doesn’t care because it won’t sell as much as the S4, Note, or HTC One. The only reason they let Apple have full control of the iPhone is because they agreed to be Apple’s bitch to have the phone on the network, and get all those sales.

          • marque2

            I think Verizon did more for Android phones than we realize. When apple locked them out they jumped on the Androids so they could also have smart phone service.

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  • marhensa

    Droid-Life, Y U NO HAVE MOBILE SITE…!!?

  • artsr2002

    Enough already. Can we get an announcement please.

  • Balls O’Steele

    Talk time on the N5 is less than the N4! I think battery life is going to be a huge disappointment for this phone.

  • Really glad that the Nexus 5 doesn’t offer the 8GB!

  • Snowbo13

    Come on US Cellular…. I know that means I need to hear that verizon is getting it before I get my hopes up.

  • Andrew B

    I’m done dealing with Verizon’s Nazi like control. Can’t wait for this device to have a solid date so I can tell them to kick rocks

  • meh

    The phone wouldn’t work on Verizon’s current LTE and would ONLY work on VolLTE…but Google wouldn’t allow Verizon to sell their phone. The other carriers are generally ok with this as long as you’re on a contract.

    This phone will NEVER be on Verizon.

  • jawtab

    Are you sure you want to switch carriers?
    You’re phone a brick unless you have reception. I’m about to just sell mine current phone and get a LG G2.

    That phone has an amazing screen. Buttons arent that bad on the back. Actual work better becuase you dont need to reposition you hand to change the volume.

    I remember my first Nexus. Reminds me not to try Nexus again… Considering it was the flagship device.. I’d give them another chance.

    But wasnt the whole point of this phone to be for all carriers?!

    • Joe

      Just bought a G2 and it’s pretty sick. Very impressed. Battery is a boss hog as well, coming from a GNex

      • jawtab

        Good to hear. The whites balance is amazing on this display. Purest coolest white and insane clarity on colors. Coming from a Droid Razr MAXX HD. Boy times are changing. FAST.

    • Skittlez

      as far as T-mobile goes, they have awesome coverage for me on their map when it comes to the places i’ll go, so i’m set.

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  • jim

    A stock Galaxy Nexus was the worse phone ever made, can only hope this one is better

    • Skittlez

      lol this is funny

  • Geo

    Is anyone else worried about that battery life statistic?

    • Keith0606

      yes, but hoping for a combination of factor to cancel that out. kitkat being, snapdragon 800 and just general optimizations from google for the handset.

      Frankly it can’t be worse than my galaxy nexus so I still see that as an upgrade as it is now.

    • Skittlez

      not sorried. the 800 is amazing. i’m sure this will last you the entire day

  • jgemberton

    I’m so F’ed. The only carrier around here with decent coverage is VZW, so I can’t/won’t switch, even though I’d love to. I really hope this ends up on VZW, elsewise it’s looking like a MAXX for me.

    • clobberedchina

      We are in the midst of a Golden Age. We will talk about this in the future – Hey, remember when all of a sudden there were all these great Android phones? It was freaking terrific! There were so many good Android phones that you just didn’t know what to do!

      I am still running the original Droid Razr Maxx. It’s a champ. But, boy oh boy, are there some good phones out there these days.

  • jim

    so you get a faster processor ,bigger battery and 6 hours LESS talk time, I fail to see the advantage in buying the 5

    • flosserelli

      The difference in talk time is likely due to the LTE radio, which will probably have a toggle switch in Settings. But if you fail to see the improvements of the N5, then by all means save your money and keep last year’s model.

      • Skittlez

        if it works like the 4 did, it doesn’t access the high speed unless you pull data. i would notice that my nexus 4 would be on 3G and then when i started pulling data, it would switch to the H for HSPA+. i’m wondering if it will work like that in this case