The Nexus 5 is the last of four (five, but no one saw the Samsung Galaxy Round coming) smartphones to be released during the holiday break, and it looks like there is absolutely nothing to leak anymore. Today, the Nexus 5 release date and price was also leaked, which means that all we can do now is just wait for Google to release it.
We already know the Nexus 5 will be manufactured by LG, through numerous image leaks, finding the phone in a bar, amongst other things. A few days ago we also got a non-officially endorsed (but still official) knowledge of the Nexus 5’s specs, through a leaked 281 page service manual, which, unfortunately has been taken down from Scribd after LG requested so.
From the service manual, we got to know that the Nexus 5 will be packing the following specs:
- Full HD (1920 x 1080) 4.95 IPS LCD display
- Quad-core 2.26 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S800
- Adreno 330 GPU
- 2 GB RAM
- 16/32 GB non-expandable internal storage
- 2300 mAh battery
- Android 4.4 KitKat
The screen resolution, processor, and GPU have been shared by the other four holiday releases, and just like last year’s Nexus 4, the Nexus 5 will also pack flagship specs and sell it for a dirt-cheap off-contract price. Through the service manual, we did manage to extract some more images of the Nexus 5 as well.
If the service maual was not proof enough for you, today a screenshot of the system info page of the device was leaked out. What the app confirms is a 2.3 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor with a blazing Adreno 330 GPU, and a 1080 x 1920 pixels Full HD display. The listing says 1080 x 1776 pixels, to be precise, indicating on-screen buttons will be present on the handset. Since 442ppi pixel density is also listed, the back-of-the-napkin calculation returns about a 5″ display with no physical or capacitive keys underneath, or near the panel of the LG G2, on which the Google Nexus 5 is supposedly based.
For the 16 GB version, there will be approximately 12 GB of space available for the user, which in our opinion is more than enough for the daily user. For those who use their phone to store more data locally, the 32 GB option sounds like a nice choice. The camera resolution of 3264 x 2448 pixels shown returns an 8 MP module, which is likely to have optical image stabilization (OIS), with plenty of flash and focus modes listed, plus a number of color effects.
To add to all that information about specs, the pricing of the Nexus 5 has also been leaked. According to a single unnamed source speaking with PhoneArena, Google’s upcoming Nexus 5 will start at just $299 without any subsidies. That’s right — though shaky at best, if this report pans out the new Nexus phone and its cutting-edge specs will cost the same amount off contract as some phones cost on contract. This pricing is similar to how Google decided to price the Nexus 4, which at the time had flagship level specs as well.
Surprisingly the blog indicates that buying the 16 GB version for $299 will get you a 2300 mAh battery, but buying the 32 GB variant for $399 will also get you a 3000 mAh battery. If that is really the case, many Android enthusiasts will not mind shelling out an extra hundred dollars if it means a better battery as well as increased storage capacity.
If you are getting tired of all the Nexus 5 leaks, just bear with us for one last leak. Japanese retailer Gekko & Co. has recently posted some pretty exciting bits of information concerning the Nexus 5′s arrival. Evidently, we can’t actually confirm whether or not Gekko knows something or the retailer is just guessing, but according to these latest bits of information, the Nexus 5 will hit the (Japanese) market on November 14. The 16 GB variant will allegedly cost 44,600 yen (about $460), and the 32 GB model will supposedly be priced at 49,800 yen (roughly $513).
Now, with all the information about the Nexus 5 already out, all one can do is wait. It is rumoured that the Nexus 5 will be officially announced by Google in a few weeks, and then released in the first half of November.
What do you think about the Nexus 5? Will all this convince you to buy this phone?