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LG Nexus 5 (2015) renders and video claim 5.2-inch screen, rear-mounted fingerprint scanner

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LG Nexus 5 (2015) renders and video claim 5.2-inch screen, rear-mounted fingerprint scanner
Hang around this industry long enough, and you'll start picking up on things you simply weren't paying attention to before. Like rumors and leaks. Unconfirmed, often uncredited, and sometimes downright dodgy-looking/sounding. And yet, we've come to know that when there's enough smoke coming from one particular direction, there's usually fire simmering just beyond our grasp.

Such is the case with the Nexus line, which, rumors have it, is coming strong in 2015 with two whole devices. Indeed, word on the street is that both LG and Huawei have been tasked with creating one model each — the former a more traditional, 5.2-incher, and the latter a large phablet. We've been hearing a lot about these two, specifically the former, and today marks an important event: our first set of well-made renders and video of the device.

Courtesy of uSwitch, who partnered with serial leakster @OnLeaks, "the renders are based on detailed factory schematics provided to accessory-makers". Since these are used to ensure compliance with products such as cases, which have to account for various slots, openings, and buttons, these are obviously highly valuable as they tell us quite a lot about the smartphone in question. That is, as long as they're legit, which we just don't have a way to confirm right now, so keep that saltshaker handy.

Anyways, the works available right below reveal (and confirm) several key specifics concerning the Nexus 5 2015, including a 5.2-inch display, a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, and even a set of front-facing stereo speakers. The blueprints also show a reversible USB Type C port on the bottom, along with dimensions of 5.78 x 2.87 x 0.31 inches (146.9 x 72.9 x 8 mm), growing to 0.38 / 9.8mm at the thickest part — the protruding camera. The source notes that the schematics used reveal nothing concerning the build materials used with the construction of the phone, though a previously rumored metal-frame-on-plastic-body was suggested once again. 

Traditionally, Nexus devices have been announced in the latter half of October every year, and if Google is planning on sticking to that schedule, that gives us exactly 2 months until an official reveal could happen at any moment (Nexus announcements are a quiet affair). 



source: uSwitch

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posted on 14 Aug 2015, 05:49 4

1. CoastCity (Posts: 247; Member since: 07 Mar 2014)


Is that a usb2 masked to look like a usb type c, as we have seen before? Or it's the real deal?

posted on 14 Aug 2015, 07:47 9

14. vincelongman (Posts: 4111; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Type-C is just the connector
USB 2.0+Type-C+QC would still be far far better than using USB 2.0+microUSB+QC

Unfortunately there's no SoC right now that supports USB 3.1 Gen 2
If its the 810/808 it COULD be USB 3.0 OR 2.0
If its the 620, then it will be USB 2.0

posted on 14 Aug 2015, 09:37 2

19. buccob (Posts: 2512; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


I agree, but right now having "microSD" has a lot of commonly used standards, such as USB OTG, MHL, etc... and even though they CAN and WILL be implemented in Type-C connectors, the current crop does not have those features...

So I will patiently wait for it to become more ubiquitous... I recently started using my MHL 3.0 adapter...

posted on 14 Aug 2015, 18:44

29. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4273; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


They could add support for USB 3.1. I'm sure it would be fairly difficult, but it could be done. Intel's X99/Z97/Z170 chipsets don't support native USB 3.1 either, but manufacturers are giving them support by adding an ASMedia controller to the motherboards.

posted on 14 Aug 2015, 19:47

31. vincelongman (Posts: 4111; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


True, they could do that
But pcb space is much more limited in phones
Also extra costs, since the Nexus 5 is rumored to be cheap again
So I don't think that's likely unfortunately

posted on 14 Aug 2015, 05:52 4

2. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 1989; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


a infrared sensor next to color spectrum & LED that's a plus....sale sale!

posted on 14 Aug 2015, 06:04 3

3. bur60 (Posts: 833; Member since: 07 Jul 2014)


Release ittt!!!! If it has lg g4 camera and or Camera api2 I'm sold. (either rip lg g4 camera app via xda or just manual camera app)

posted on 14 Aug 2015, 06:11 2

4. mr2trce (Posts: 33; Member since: 27 Apr 2015)


I loved the nexus 6 and tho I like what this is offering, I can't go back to having smaller screen

posted on 14 Aug 2015, 06:57 3

8. CoastCity (Posts: 247; Member since: 07 Mar 2014)


Huawei will build the bigger screen version

posted on 14 Aug 2015, 11:19 1

23. Niva. (Posts: 418; Member since: 05 Jan 2015)


I haven't gotten the Nexus 6 due to the big screen. So glad to see Google coming back to a Nexus phone rather than a phable Don't get me wrong, I like the 6 too, just not my idea of a daily driver.

posted on 14 Aug 2015, 06:12

5. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 2049; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


I really hope it has no curved back. The camera looks ugly.

posted on 14 Aug 2015, 06:25 2

6. a_r_s_e_n (Posts: 3; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


Waiting patiently!!

posted on 14 Aug 2015, 06:56

7. carlemillward (unregistered)


Not sure I like this type of plastic, looks generic.

posted on 14 Aug 2015, 06:58

9. devon613 (Posts: 114; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)


its thick and ugly 6 in please

posted on 14 Aug 2015, 07:03 1

10. Feanor (Posts: 672; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)


One thing that harms the Nexus line is the lack of design identity and the fact that they are always so generic looking. Google realised that they needed a design identity for Android UI (and we got Material Design) but they are far from achieving something similar with their Nexus hardware. All Nexus devices have always been design nobodys suited mainly for developers. I think a good idea would be to try and get some Material Design hardware, with sharp edges and similar colour palette and a feeling of two-dimensionality.

posted on 14 Aug 2015, 09:52

20. surethom (Posts: 606; Member since: 04 Mar 2009)


The main thing that harms the Nexus line is poor Battery & untill the Nexus 5 The cameras were rubbish The designs have never been a real issue.

posted on 14 Aug 2015, 07:29 6

11. osbert (Posts: 125; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


Yaaaay useless stereo speakers taking up sh#tloads of room and creating huge bezels....

posted on 14 Aug 2015, 07:42 7

12. vincelongman (Posts: 4111; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Agreed
I wish they squeezed the 5.2" screen into the 2013 Nexus 5's body
Or kept it at 5" and squeezed it down to the Nexus 4's size

posted on 14 Aug 2015, 10:24 3

21. buccob (Posts: 2512; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


Well I do like Stereo Speakers... and my phone has a decent 71% of stb ratio...

It gives a slightly better experience for music, a much better experience for casual movies or shows and a vastly better experience for Gaming, since having stereo allows you to know where the noises/shots/sounds come from and you can react accordingly...

posted on 14 Aug 2015, 15:15 1

27. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Google hasn't learned. If both Apple and Samsung think front facing speakers is a bad idea saleswise, then that's most likely the case.

Sure Apple is cheap and outdated but Samsung would have included it in one of their handsets by now if it was a smart thing to do.

posted on 14 Aug 2015, 07:47 1

13. tokuzumi (Posts: 937; Member since: 27 Aug 2009)


If it really is only a 5.2" screen, I'm going to get one. "Normal" sized phones are now in the 5.5-6" range, which is huge, and hard to manage with one hand. I have a nexus 6, and while I like using it, I hate carrying it around. I'm not a skinny jeans type person, but trying to carry this thing around is very difficult. I actually prefer to carry my Galaxy S4 around.

posted on 14 Aug 2015, 21:05 1

33. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


You do know those dimensions are 5.5 inch size and up right?

posted on 14 Aug 2015, 08:12 2

15. Cyberchum (Posts: 664; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


"Reversible USB Type C". Please is there a USB Type C that is not reversible or do they enjoy making redundant remarks?

posted on 14 Aug 2015, 08:49

16. Af1rPA (Posts: 673; Member since: 12 Jun 2014)


I was really hoping it would look a bit like the original nexus 5 with the slight top and bottom curve.

posted on 14 Aug 2015, 09:09

17. ibend (Posts: 3545; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


dear LG, now is the perfect time to make "Nexus 5 note" with spec slightly better than LG G4, bigger screen, and something like S-pen
(and dont forget about microSD, bigger and removable battery, IRblaster, and maybe snapdragon 820) with that u can beat samsung

posted on 14 Aug 2015, 09:37

18. jessyi (Posts: 325; Member since: 08 Jan 2015)


Just make the bezels thin all around..LG hurry to bring out the G4 pro/note.

posted on 14 Aug 2015, 13:08 1

26. yonith (Posts: 143; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)


You can kiss that dream goodbye...look at the size specs. It's nearly the same size as the LG G3 which has a 5.5in screen. Very disappointing.

posted on 14 Aug 2015, 11:16

22. Swordylove (Posts: 167; Member since: 27 Jun 2015)


Doesn't look too thin, but still bulging camera? -.-

posted on 14 Aug 2015, 12:42

24. darkkjedii (Posts: 19807; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


No more such thing as leaks, simply pre previews.

posted on 14 Aug 2015, 12:51 2

25. Mass88 (Posts: 56; Member since: 06 Jan 2012)


If they're going to have two different phones this year, why not have one that's 4.85-4.9 and then the other be 5.5-5.7?

posted on 16 Aug 2015, 01:56 1

36. ahs8225 (Posts: 2; Member since: 16 Aug 2015)


I truly agreed with you ... I want a phone that is smaller than 5"
they should have made phones that is smaller than 5" and bigger than 5"

posted on 14 Aug 2015, 19:03

30. Beto_Lopez (Posts: 43; Member since: 14 Apr 2015)


looks like a BLU Life 8

posted on 14 Aug 2015, 21:04 2

32. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


With those dimensions it sounds dead on arrival. Nobody wants a phablet with a 5.2 inch screen.

posted on 15 Aug 2015, 08:24 1

34. o0Exia0o (Posts: 895; Member since: 01 Feb 2013)


There are still a few people that don't want to carry around a 6 inch screened phone. I am one of them and while I may be in the minority I will likely buy 2 of the Nexus 5 (2015) when I receive my Project Fi invites.

On another note I wish they would bring Project Fi out of beta, I'm tired of Verizon's crap. I've been a VZW customer since 2005 and all they have done is crap all over me. Now with the new "Verizon Plan" if I want to keep the cellular plan I have I have to pay FULL price for a device. Is this how a company is supposed to treat loyal customers that have religiously paid their bill on time for over 10 years? After I get my fi invites back Verizon will be kicking rocks outta my wallet and life. I hope Alphabet (Google) brings fi out of Beta so we can quit with this invite system....

posted on 16 Aug 2015, 01:53

35. ahs8225 (Posts: 2; Member since: 16 Aug 2015)


ahhh damn... I was looking for replacement for my iphone 5s...I was waiting for this device but new nexus 5 is bigger..... 0.2 inch bigger... maybe I should stick with iphone 5s..

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