Is this the first image of the Google Nexus 5?
Though they are still to get some mainstream prominence, the Nexus devices by Google hold great appeal for tech-savvy users who enjoy the clean Android experience and immediate software support. That is why we're covering the news about every new Nexus smartphone or tablet with great excitement, and today we're especially pleased to report that the very first image of the Nexus 5 by LG might have leaked, courtesy of an unnamed LG tester.
According to Dutch publication TechTastic, the above image reveals the back of the Google Nexus 5. As you know, most unofficial sources claim that the Nexus 5 will be based on LG's new flagship, the G2. While it doesn't show us much, this photo fits nicely with the rumors that the G2's rear buttons will be moved to their usual place on the left hand side of the Nexus 5. Interestingly, there seems to be a smaller button above the volume rocker of the Nexus 5, which might serve as a power/lock key, or why not even a mute switch similar to the one on the iPhone.
The source also provides some intriguing facts about the specs sheet of the handset, claiming that the G2's Snapdragon 800 will make way for the Snapdragon 600, while the 13MP camera of LG's upcoming flagship is said to be scaled down to 10 megapixels, all of which is supposed to allow Google to keep the price of the Nexus 5 as close as possible to the level of affordability presented by last-year's Nexus 4.
What's even more interesting is that the Nexus 5 is said to introduce the next major Android update - 5.0 Key Lime Pie. Of course, details about what Google's new mobile OS is going to offer are pretty much nonexistent for the moment, which means this is as much as we can give you right now, but fear not - we're sure that it won't be long before we know more about the Nexus 5 and Android Key lime Pie.
source: TechTastic (translated)
1. ihatesmartphone (unregistered)
Plastic vs glass?
29. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
Check the gap around the buttons, the rear doesn't seem like a good fit. Maybe its a nondisclosure case
46. WirelessCon (Posts: 309; Member since: 11 May 2010)
Yeah, it looks a little more rectangular compared to past Nexi; I wouldn't .mind it more rectangular. I wouldn't doubt if it was a nondisclosure case
52. trustory (Posts: 102; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)
I like stock android's ui but dislike the fact there are no camera filters
3. Tcool (Posts: 38; Member since: 20 Oct 2012)
Plastic is trending nowadays whether you like it or not.
5. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 547; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)
But this is glossy plastic which look cheap
24. CellularNinja (Posts: 264; Member since: 27 Sep 2011)
Exactly, plastic doesn't have to look cheap or ugly, but when it's plain and glossy like that, it does.
49. lalalaman (Posts: 231; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)
Well nokia has glossy one which lukd gud.they shuld learn something, polycarbnate of lunia 620 is better
7. tech2 (Posts: 1315; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)
its aluminium that's trending not plastic! Plastic is used in almost every mobile phones since the dawn of mobile phones. Its because unfortunately people have started giving visual appearance an upper-hand over durability.
(High quality) Plastic is even used in sports car. Its lighter, better shock absorber and more stronger than aluminium. Its the implementation that matters. Just look at Lumia devices !
11. troutsy (Posts: 212; Member since: 17 Feb 2012)
Very few plastics have higher strength than Aluminum.
15. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1001; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)
but this doesnt look like the one stronger than aluminum
26. protozeloz (Posts: 5326; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
bet at least they reduce the chances of you getting electrocuted
53. RomeoJDR (Posts: 237; Member since: 09 Dec 2011)
For looks and feel aluminum or glass beats plastic. For strength/durability and looks carbon fiber or Kevlar like used by Moto is far superior to plastic. Open wheel race cars use carbon fiber, Nascar now uses carbon fiber along with sheet metal for their bodies. Plastic does not reign as superior in any category but cheaper for manufacturers, granted Nokia' polycarbonate plastic is a susceptible higher quality than that used by Samsung and LG.
56. Jillxz (Posts: 130; Member since: 04 Jun 2012)
I don't think Aluminum is trending. The iPhone and HTC One are Alumium , the others are plastic except for the xperia z which is glass.
4. jan25 (Posts: 370; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)
Nexus prototypes usually have Google branding on the back. this looks more like an LG phablet in the making.
19. valapsp (Posts: 442; Member since: 12 Aug 2011)
and they usually have the "nexus" branding too.
27. JojoGo101 (Posts: 211; Member since: 17 Dec 2012)
My new nexus 7 only has ASUS and Nexus branding, so the Nexus 5 should have Nexus and LG.
42. jan25 (Posts: 370; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)
Nexus prototypes have "with Google" branding. PROTOTYPES, not the final products.
6. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 547; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)
Plastic looks cheap and specs look awesome..
20. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 4600; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
What if consumer don't want to pay extra money for a case?
What if consumer don't want to use a case?
Why consumer should pay his hard earned money and after that go and search for an solution?
22. lovefist (unregistered)
not everyone uses a case for their phone. I, for one prefer my phones naked =D
38. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 4600; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
Because of his comment or because of his nicke name? :D
47. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3655; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
Hey, I like my phones how I like my women; naked with a curved backside ;)
31. dinzle (Posts: 21; Member since: 03 Dec 2011)
If your phone needs a case then it was not properly designed.
8. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 5639; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
Plastic is better than glass. unless if it have a strong tempered glass body like the Xperia Z. Not a
huge fan of glass phones if it's very fragile.
9. shuaibhere (Posts: 880; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)
LG clearly said that it has no interest in making Nexus devices.....and there is nothing such as nexus or google in the back of the device....
10. omacmagic (Posts: 25; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)
Hmm! I'm on a tight budget this year so wouldn't be able to upgrade if I wanted to. So far as performance goes my Nexus 4 works quite impressive and I'm sure I'll be upgraded to Key Lime Pie, so I will see how that goes.
12. scriptwriter (Posts: 396; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)
if these specs are true, i may drop nexus and get the G2 instead. Its the snapdragon 800 and 13MP camera that has me sold
13. SonyXperiaNexus (Posts: 374; Member since: 01 Oct 2012)
"Is this the first image of the Google Nexus 5?"
14. softfurryanus (banned) (Posts: 232; Member since: 09 Jul 2013)
I somehow doubt Google will step down from the previous nexus 4 design, it was actually pretty visually appealing and this is... not. I'm gonna have to agree with jan25.
45. WirelessCon (Posts: 309; Member since: 11 May 2010)
I like my Nexus 4, but I would prefer a plastic back instead of the glass. I'm looking forward to more leaks about the Nexus 5 and I'm hoping I want one.
17. dsDoan (Posts: 212; Member since: 28 Dec 2011)
If it's going to be plastic, make it soft-touch.
18. spideyhead256 (Posts: 148; Member since: 05 Nov 2012)
google would never opt for this design.even the nexus s didn't look so..not-nexus.
21. Gsizzle (Posts: 23; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)
This ain't the Nexus 5, take this with grain of salt people. There are going to be more prototypes coming along.
25. xperia1409 (Posts: 11; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)
This Shouldn't be (Gsizzle) really.....the new Nexus should retain some of the Glass Body of the Current Nexus
it also should retain the back Curve.
34. Pancoon (Posts: 42; Member since: 05 Jul 2013)
Seriously LG. The nexus 4 was a great device, at a great price point, which looked really great. This supposedly nexus 5 looks more like a nexus 3. Sure the specs are a great bump up, but maybe keep that really awesome necus 4 look, and fix some of the problems with the glass breaking.
37. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
The rumored specs sound like a mash-up of G2 and Moto X. I like the alignment of the 5s though - Nexus 5, ~5" screen, Android 5.0.
39. fistigons (Posts: 260; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)
I don't think Google would use this material for their next Nexus phone. Take a look at all their other Nexus devices going back to the first gen Nexus. All of them had a matte or textured plastic that wasn't shiny. The Nexus 4 was shiny but that was due to the glass.
40. _PHug_ (Posts: 380; Member since: 11 Oct 2011)
Is that plastic?
I wonder if all the anti-Samsung commenters will stick to their guns and avoid the new Nexus because of the plastic.
I'm betting they will change their tune. All of a sudden plastic will be the new hotness
43. Paradox (Posts: 122; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)
I don't think the specs sound real because hasn't it been said before that future nexus phones will have good cameras? And yeah, I know 10mp doesn't make it bad, but still.
44. Supaheight (Posts: 66; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)
gna down to 10 mp and snapdragon 600 however it still going to do everything that the g2 does
48. CreeDiddy (Posts: 203; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)
Well anything to make it look like the S3 or S4. That way they will have sales success...
51. najib1312 (Posts: 90; Member since: 08 May 2013)
I'm not against plastic but i'm strongly against glossy plastics. Looks cheap and dumb for a flagship device.
57. thephonedude (Posts: 51; Member since: 27 Oct 2012)
Not really a Nexus Device, I must say. 1) the Nex 4 has glass backing and who would be stupid to downgrade premium quality to plastic? and now google will be using this big Nexus Branding on the back which this doesn't. This Phone infact, looked like another future LG flagship phone instead.
58. JunBringer (Posts: 95; Member since: 01 Oct 2012)
I'd be surprised if it didn't have the glass back. Yes I have a small crack on the back of my Nexus 4, but I like the feeling of the glass. Feels very solid.
60. victory_zhou (Posts: 37; Member since: 03 Oct 2013)
Actually don't need to worry about the material, nexus 5 is a global phone so you can buy the cases everywhere around the world, like the BlackBerry