The Nexus 5 is one of the few phones that is set to take this year’s holiday market by storm. Being a Nexus, it’s main features are top-of-the-line specs, stock, fluid Android, and that with updates from Google as soon as they are ready. With a Nexus, you don’t have to wait anymore for Verizon, or Singtel to release software updates. It all happens the moment Google says ‘Okay, you can have it’. What also makes the Nexus a game-changer is its pricing. The off-contract prices $229 USD for an 8 GB Nexus 4, and $299 USD for a 16 GB variant are a steal for what you get. Similarly, the Nexus 5 will follow in the Nexus 4’s footsteps. It is widely expected to be based on LG’s own flagship, the G2, albeit without the quirky placement of the volume and power buttons. It will most likely have a quad-core Snapdragon S800 Krait CPU, with an Adreno 330 GPU, 2 GB of RAM, a full HD 5″ display, and a 2300 mAh battery.
About a week ago, FCC released images of what is called the LG D820. This new phone by LG was shown to have an NFC antenna, and a massive camera lens. This got people excited. Certainly LG wouldn’t jeopardize their own creation with a brand new flagship level device, so that meant that this was probably the new Nexus 5. This was further reinforced when Google released the Android 4.4 KitKat promotional video, where a man is shown holding a Nexus device with the words Nexus engraved on the back (image below). He is also standing next to a woman with the Nexus 4, and some distance behind stands a man holding the Galaxy Nexus. Comparing this with the FCC image released last week, one can immediately see the similarities in the size of the camera lens. What this means is that the LG D820 is quite probably the Nexus 5. Famous American phone leaker, evleaks, who is always spot on with his predictions, has said that the LG D820 is indeed the Nexus 5.
The FCC filing is for a “class 2 permissive change” for the LG G2, which is the device that the new Nexus is assumed to be based on. What this means is that the Nexus 5 uses the very same OIS camera unit that the LG G2 does, and while the Xperia Z1 is far ahead, the G2 produces good images as well.
That’s not all. Just two days ago, an FCC employee kindly took some out-of-focus, but high-res photos of the Nexus 5 and leaked them onto the internet for all of us to see. The external photos confirm the fact that LG is not placing the volume and power buttons at the rear, but has placed them at the left and right sides respectively. An LED notification light and front-facing camera is also visible. While not excessive, one is confused as to why the Nexus 5’s bottom bezel is as big as it is. From the pictures of the internals of the Nexus 5, it does seem that the rear cover is removable, but a gold-coloured bar over the battery indicates that the battery may not be removable. What do you think about the Nexus 5? Do leave your comments below!