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Google Nexus 5 vs Nexus 4, Samsung Galaxy Nexus: specs comparison

Google Nexus 5 vs Nexus 4, Samsung Galaxy Nexus: specs comparison
At last, the seemingly endless flurry of leaks and speculations has come to a halt as the Google Nexus 5 is finally official! And the smartphone is not looking bad at all now that we have its hardware and software specs confirmed by LG and Google themselves. As we expected, there's some top-notch hardware under the hood of the device, including a quad-core Snapdragon 800 SoC clocked at 2.26GHz. That 5-inch, 1080p screen doesn't look shabby either. 

Clearly, the Google Nexus 5 is a worthy rival to some of the top Android smartphones out there, especially given its relatively low off-contract cost. At the same time, it is a few steps ahead of the previous Nexus iterations as it has evolved from a hardware perspective. Sure, specs aren't everything that matters in a smartphone, but with Android devices in particular, they can often provide us with a good indication as to how a given device will perform.

Having that in mind, here's the specifications list of the Google Nexus 5, next to the specs for the Nexus 4 and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Anyone thinking of upgrading from an older Nexus handset? Let us know in the comments below!

Google Nexus 5 vs Google Nexus 4 vs Samsung GALAXY Nexus

Design
OSAndroid (4.4.4, 4.4.2, 4.4)Android (4.4.4, 4.4.3, 4.4.2, 4.4, 4.3, 4.2.2, 4.2.1, 4.2)Android (4.3, 4.2.2, 4.2.1, 4.2, 4.1.2, 4.1, 4.0.4, 4.0.1, 4.0)
Dimensions5.43 x 2.72 x 0.34 inches (137.84 x 69.17 x 8.59 mm)5.27 x 2.70 x 0.36 inches (133.9 x 68.7 x 9.1 mm)5.33 x 2.67 x 0.35 inches (135.5 x 67.94 x 8.94 mm)
Weight4.59 oz (130 g)
the average is 4.8 oz (136 g)
4.90 oz (139 g)
the average is 4.8 oz (136 g)
4.76 oz (135 g)
the average is 4.8 oz (136 g)
Body material Glass 
Display
Physical size5.0 inches4.7 inches4.7 inches
Resolution1080 x 1920 pixels768 x 1280 pixels720 x 1280 pixels
Pixel density

Pixel density - The pixel density of a display represents the number of pixels over an area of one inch. It’s measured in “pixels per inch”, or ppi. The higher the number, the more detailed and good-looking the display is.

445 ppi318 ppi316 ppi
Technology

Technology - There are two main screen technologies currently used in phones and tablets: LCD and AMOLED. The former usually features a light source and liquid crystals, while the latter is based on organic light-emitting diodes. Newer LCD variations like IPS-LCD and Super-LCD allow for very accurate color reproduction and very wide viewing angles, where no significant image quality loss is observed. Current AMOLED screens differ in such a way that they can exhibit much more saturated colors (sometimes too much) and incredibly high contrast levels, which is due to black color being completely black in AMOLED displays.

IPS LCDIPS LCDSuper AMOLED
Colors16 777 21616 777 21616 777 216
Camera
Camera8 megapixels8 megapixels5 megapixels
FlashLEDLEDLED
Aperture size

Aperture size - The aperture of a camera is the opening through which light travels before it reaches the camera sensor. The smaller the number is, the bigger this opening is, allowing for more light to pass.

F2.4 F2.8
Focal length (35mm equivalent)30.4 mm  
Camera sensor size1/3.2"1/4" 
Camcorder1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)
Recording format  MPEG4
FeaturesOptical image stabilization, Video lightVideo callingVideo calling
Front-facing camera1.3 megapixels1.3 megapixels1.3 megapixels
Video capture1280x720 (720p HD)  
Hardware
System chip

System chip - Most modern handsets use an advanced chip that includes many of the device’s hardware modules like the processor, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and sometimes even the wireless radio. This field shows what particular system chip (or System-on-a-Chip) is used in the phone.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064TI OMAP4460
Processor

Processor - The processor is the main computing component of a phone and is a major factor when it comes to the overall speed of the device. Some more powerful smartphones use dual-core and quad-core processors designed to deliver greater performance.

Quad core, 2260 MHz, Krait 400Quad core, 1500 MHz, KraitDual core, 1200 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9
Graphics processorAdreno 330Adreno 320PowerVR SGX540
System memory

System memory - System memory, or RAM memory is the type of memory that the device uses to temporarily store data from the OS or currently-running apps. The more RAM available to the device, the better the performance will be when multiple or heavier programs are running.

2048 MB RAM (Dual-channel, 800 MHz) / LPDDR32048 MB RAM (Dual-channel, 533 MHz) / LPDDR21024 MB RAM / DDR2
Built-in storage32 GB16 GB32 GB
Battery
Talk time17.00 hours
the average is 12 h (714 min)
15.30 hours
the average is 12 h (714 min)
17.66 hours
the average is 12 h (714 min)
Stand-by time12.5 days (300 hours)
the average is 20 days (491 h)
16.2 days (390 hours)
the average is 20 days (491 h)
12.1 days (290 hours)
the average is 20 days (491 h)
Talk time (3G)  8.33 hours
the average is 14 h (855 min)
Stand-by time (3G)  11.2 days (270 hours)
the average is 29 days (695 h)
Music playback60.00 hours40.00 hours 
Video playback 8.00 hours 
Capacity2300 mAh2100 mAh1750 mAh
TypeLi - PolymerLi - PolymerLi - Ion
Not user replaceableYesYes 
Wireless chargingBuilt-inBuilt-in 
Technology
CDMA

CDMA - Code Division Multiple Access. A technique of multiplexing, also called spread spectrum, in which analog signals are converted into digital form for transmission. For each communication channel, the signals are encoded in a sequence known to the transmitter and the receiver for that channel. The foremost application is digital cellular phone technology from QUALCOMM that operates in the 800MHz band and 1.9GHz PCS band. CDMA phones are noted for their excellent call quality and long battery life.

800, 1900 MHz  
GSM850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
UMTS800, 850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz
FDD LTE800 (band 20), 850 (band 5), 900 (band 8), 1800 (band 3), 2100 (band 1), 2600 (band 7) MHz  
DataLTE Cat4 Downlink 150 Mbit/s, LTE Cat3/4 Uplink 50 Mbit/s, HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS, EDGE, GPRSHSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS, EDGE, GPRSHSDPA+ (4G) 21.1 Mbit/s, HSDPA 14.4 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS, EDGE
Shopping information
MSRP price$ 399  


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posted on 31 Oct 2013, 13:14 3

1. orca99 (Posts: 87; Member since: 05 Oct 2013)


Galaxy Nexus also received the OS update to 4.3 (Google stock image).

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 15:00 1

3. deathgod (Posts: 119; Member since: 23 Nov 2011)


And it starts with only 16GB of storage as well

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 13:48 2

2. Tommy1960i (Posts: 97; Member since: 11 Oct 2013)


A nice phone
And a good price
To Nexus Hello
To iPhone goodbye

No more problems
Now things are clear
We are out of trouble
The Nexus is here!

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 15:32 1

4. kanagadeepan (Posts: 634; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)


If the battery on this phone is removable, then I am getting this one (most probably 32GB GSM one)

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 08:00

5. Dolphinix (Posts: 1; Member since: 01 Nov 2013)


If you refer to the Nexus 5, it says, the battery is NOT replaceable. "NOT user replaceable... --> YES" but this is not a big deal after all, this phone is really awsome.

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