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Google Nexus 5 leaks as LG manufactured powerhouse

Luke Johnson


Google Nexus 5 Leak
Google Nexus 5 Leak

New Google Nexus 5 leaks have hit the web, pointing at an upcoming 5.2-inch handset that like the Google Nexus 4 before it will be manufactured by LG.

Despite a slightly tumultuous relationship between the two companies, latest reports have suggested that the Google Nexus 5 will see the search giant once again join forces with manufacturing partner LG, with the result seemingly set to be an even larger, more powerful flagship Android handset.

Widely expected to be formally unveiled at Google I/O 2013, which runs between May 15 and 17, the Google Nexus 5 is said to have appeared in a leaked internal document, reportedly sent by an unnamed Google employee to the folks at AndroidandMe.

Tipped to be the first device to come packing the upcoming Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie operating system, although the leaked image shows LG branding on the Nexus 5, the unnamed sources have suggest Google is “currently evaluating several prototypes from different manufactures.”

Running under the codename “Megalodon,” the claimed Google Nexus 5 leaks have also offering a tantalising insight into the handset’s potential specs sheet with the Google Nexus 4 replacement reportedly set to play host to an expansive 5.2-inch OLED display with a 1920 x 1080p Full HD display.

A device that will go head-to-head with the newly unveiled Samsung Galaxy S4, the Google Nexus 5 specs sheet is said to be bolstered by a 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processer, a somewhat circumspect 3GB of RAM, and the revised option of 16GB, 32GB or 64GB storage options.

What’s more, the handset has been tipped to feature a 16-megapixel rear-mounted camera with 1080p Full HD video recording capabilities alongside a 2.1-megapixel forward-facing snapper. With a 3,300mAh Lithium Polymer battery thrown into the mix alongside integrated stereo speakers as the Google Nexus 5 looks set to be a true powerhouse of the smartphone scene.

Although having partnered with LG for the Google Nexus 4, it has been suggested that Google would move to a different manufacturer for the Google Nexus 5 after the two companies repeatedly blamed each other for repeatedly depleted Google Nexus 4 stocks.

What’s more, having forgone partners with the recently launch Google Chromebook Pixel, is has been mooted that Google could begin manufacturing its own smartphones and tablets in the near future.

Were you a fan of the Google Nexus 4? Are you holding out for the Google Nexus 5 or quite content with the newly unveiled HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4? Let us know via the TrustedReviews Twitter and Facebook feeds or through the comment boxes below.


March 18, 2013, 3:02 pm

I highly doubt this is true. There is a Nexus 5 coming but the specs are always overhyped. Google wouldn't give it better specs than the new Samsung flagship S4 or HTC One, it has an agreement with its partners not to do that. Added to that fact with my understanding of current phone hardware the above combination of hardware is impossible.

David Horn

March 18, 2013, 3:06 pm

There's no such thing as 1080p or 720p on a mobile phone.


March 18, 2013, 5:51 pm

1920p and 1280p then? Or are you objecting to the use of "p" when there's never been an "i" equivalent?

The standard nomenclature for the "HD" formats is to quote the shorter of the dimensions possibly because it follows from the likes of VGA vs WVGA where the vertical resolution (or "shorter length") is the same but the width is different...

Again unless you're referring to the p, if you take a 1080p TV and stand it on the end, does it suddenly cease to be 1080p anymore?

David Horn

March 18, 2013, 8:03 pm

I'm referring to the p. It refers to the way the picture is formed - ie, drawing it one line at a time down the screen (progressive), or interlacing the frames. Hence 1080i, 1080p - both of which are video formats and actually have sod all to do with phones. Or computer monitors, for that matter.


March 18, 2013, 10:04 pm

definitely agree with you on that point! I just go with the acceptance that including the p is more about saying ”not interlaced” than saying that it is ”progressive scan” specifically...

It's mostly just a marketing term nowadays really!

Nate Ebner

March 19, 2013, 3:17 am

I doubt they have such an agreement. If they did, I expect it would include having the Nexus 4 be half the price of its competitors. Back in the early days Android may have needed the OEMs more than the other way around, but that is no longer the case. Even Samsung would struggle if they switched to a different OS/created their own.

Also the specs are congruent with the release details for the newest Snapdragon, which is available for OEMs, just not in devices for consumers yet. Although it is may not be clocked quite as high, as that is the limit of the chipset. The camera might be a stretch though.

Also, for a new version of Android, and coming in the middle of the year, it is really the first to market ahead of next years phones.


March 19, 2013, 4:13 am

You can doubt all you want but the agreement is public. Google won't produce a phone better than any of the Android manufacturers.

Nate Ebner

March 19, 2013, 3:37 pm

What should I search for to find evidence of this public agreement?


March 20, 2013, 12:58 pm

I'd like a Nexus 4 in a body the size of a motorola razr i and with a better battery - i currently get 6 days out of my aging san francisco.


March 20, 2013, 7:45 pm

Wow the Nexus 4 is not better then any phone produced by any of the Android manufacturers? Virgin Mobile has a Samsung Galaxy reverb for $149, is the Nexus 4 a better phone then that? I guess the Nexus can't be because . "Google won't produce a phone better than any of the Android manufacturers." I could give 100 examples that prove that statement is bunk.


May 13, 2013, 6:25 pm

I was pretty set on getting the Galaxy S4, which looked to be a nice upgrade from my iPhone 4S. However, after looking at the *supposedly* leaked specs for the Nexus 5, I think I'm going to sit this one out and wait to see what happens. The GS4's expandable micro SD memory and removeable battery are good things, but in return for these two great features I would be forced to deal with:

- high price
- TouchWiz and other Samsung bloatware, together with Android, taking 8gb of space (!)
- irregular software updates to the OS that lag months behind updates from Google
- less than stellar exterior design (subjective)

If I can get a Nexus 5 with that 2.3ghz processor, 3gb RAM, 64gb, 400+ ppi 4.8 - 5.2" OLED screen with accurate color reproduction, no useless bloatware or carrier crap, all updates coming directly from Google...all for $460 - $500, that would be perfect. I would buy one immediately. I would give up on Samsung's trademark expandable micro SD memory/removeable battery - it's not worth it when you figure in all of the Samsung garbage that you have to put up with....

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