March 20, 2013

Nexus 5 Specs Leaked: Oh God My Sides!


The Nexus 4 proved to be a very successful phone, but it was wrecked by production shortages early on. It appears that the Nexus 5 specs have been leaked, these are of course not official yet. According to the leak, the Nexus 5 will have:


  • 5.2-inch (1920 x 1080) OLED display
  • 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 3300 mAh battery
  • 16, 32, or 64GB internal storage
  • Front Camera: 2.1 megapixel with 1080p recording at 30fps
  • Back Camera: 16 megapixel with 4k recording at 30fps or 1080p recording at 60fps
Here's my take on the specs for this so-called leak - the specs are just off. The 5.2-inch display would make sense because the Nexus 4 has a 4.7-inch display, so logically, the Nexus 5 should have a 5-inch display or larger. The processor is real but it looks like it's one of the first devices to use it, as it is currently Qualcomm's latest processor. The RAM seems a bit off, because the last time I saw 3GB of RAM was on computers running AMD processors back in 2009. I have a feeling that the next Nexus phone will not have 3GB of RAM, rather sticking with currently accepted amount of 2GB. The battery seems about right since the OEM battery in the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is 3100mAh and it's a big phone. It looks like it will have 3 internal storage options of 16, 32 and 64GB. This looks really off, since there's no way Google is adding that much storage. Looking at the Galaxy Nexus with at most 32GB of internal memory if you have the Verizon version and the Nexus 4 with a maximum of 16GB, I believe Google will only slap on 32GB at most, leaving the minority who listen to lots of music in FLAC format and movies in the dust.

The front facing camera sounds about right since the Xperia Z has the same specs. The rear-facing camera seems a bit off because the current-gen phones are at 13MP and the Nexus 4 came out with a 8MP camera along with the previous-gen phones. Now, I can't be the only one laughing that the "4K" recording capabilities at 30fps. This looks completely unrealistic and must have came from a film maker's dream, something I would have dreamed about. Shooting 4K on a cell phone, tell me when consumer DSLR's that don't cost several thousands shoot in 4K or even 2K. This is like jumping from 480p to 1080p and completely ignoring 720p in the constant evolution of phone camera sensors. Not having 2K recording first makes having 4K recording ridiculous and clearly, this is not going to happen. And I'm sure if the camera can handle 4K, it can handle 1080p at 120fps or more. As the GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition can only handle 4K at 12fps and 1080p at 60fps.

After looking at some of these specs and destroying my sides after looking at the camera specs, I believe that this leak is far from the real deal. The naming scheme seems to follow the Nexus 4/7/10 where it's based on the screen size and the processor, RAM and battery can happen but looking at the storage and camera specs just throws the credibility out of the window for me. This leak is more of a hoax to get people excited for a phone where half of the specs that were mentioned won't even show up.

The leak also indicated that LG is making the Nexus 5, despite having some supply troubles and getting blamed by Google and everyone else trying to get their hands on a Nexus 4 when it was launched late last year.

Source: Android Community

Gary Chen is a guest contributor at [blank]'s Universe.