Nexus 5: first proper, leaks-based renders look exciting
Although not the bestseller on the market, Google's Nexus brand has now garnered an image of affordable, but quality, top of the line products that run the stock Android experience, just the way Mountain View intended it. And now, with a bunch of newly-released contenders that shoved the prematurely aged Nexus 4 into the mid-range, the hype surrounding the expected, purportedly LG-assembled, Nexus 5 is ramping up, turning the upcoming Google phone into the next superstar we'll be anxiously expecting.
It all started with the usual rumors, but Google managed to light the fuse on the interwebs with their video showing off the unveiling of the customary Android statue, commemorating the upcoming launch of the KitKat-flavored iteration. Despite pulling the video off shortly thereafter, things haven't been the same since, and we have got to wonder whether that was one of them so-called controlled leaks – a practice companies have been known to make use of.
Either way, now that we've also seen a suspiciously similar device make a round through the FCC, sporting a 5-inch diagonal and measuring in at 131.9x68.2mm, we actually have a good deal of information to go off on, as far as renders in general, and the one below in particular, are concerned. Apart from the upgraded real estate, the upcoming Nexus (if all this proves to be real) will feature a body that is both narrower and shorter than its predecessor, with really thin bezels – a trend we've already seen with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and the LG G2 (on which we've heard the Nexus 5 will be based).
So what do you say, folks, excited?
UPDATE: We've added another two well-made renders for your viewing pleasure.
1. _Bone_ (Posts: 2140; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
Yeah it will be something like that, but with thicker bezels, also a bit bigger ring around the camera lens but otherwise this fan rander is the closest to the Google video so far.
2. Commentator (Posts: 2517; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
Not the biggest fan of the vertical "NEXUS" engraving, I have to admit.
6. _Bone_ (Posts: 2140; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
Yeah, you'll see a lot of ppl. on the subway turning their head sideways. :)
9. Commentator (Posts: 2517; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
We don't have subways where I am, but I imagine the same effect can be attained by walking into a Subway restaurant (which we do have).
3. Trex95 (Posts: 571; Member since: 03 Mar 2013)
Hope this the Nexus 5!. But i don't think Google going to approve this design for one reason kinda looks like IPhone 5.
4. Commentator (Posts: 2517; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
The new Nexus 7 kind of looks like the iPad Mini but that didn't stop them. If anything, this just looks like a shrunken-down Nexus 7.
24. jan25 (Posts: 418; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)
because of the rectangular shape? really? Apple invented that too?
7. a_tumiwa (Posts: 301; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)
Why LG again... please use a manufacturer that never release nexus phone before, like Sony
12. TechBizJP08 (Posts: 495; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)
I think sony is not the nexus type. Sony makes premium built handset. But Nexus i think lets say not so premium. Afordable than Sony. So logicaly speaking it won't happen.
17. boosook (Posts: 1095; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)
Low-end Sony phones are not so premium... :) anyway yes, Sony wants to convey a premium image of the brand, so they\'ll never make a Nexus.
Most important, they have their own services for music, movies, books and games, so it would be a suicide for them to sell a device that is made essentially to sell Google\'s services. I think that Sony is probably the first to hope that Nexus products will fail.
25. buccob (Posts: 1578; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)
Actually Google asked Sony to make one of the first Nexus devices and Sony declined the offer... after that Sony is the one that has been trying to convince Google to make a Nexus... but I think we have to wait...
I actually like Sony skin the most among manufacturers... Dont get me wrong, it has less features than Samsung's, its less elegant than HTC's but it feels the most balanced for me... and it really adds some functionality to Stock Android...
What should be done is to make Nexus edition (like S4 and One) for every manufacturer's flagship...
G2 Nexus edition
Z1 Nexus edition
18. Professor (Posts: 192; Member since: 02 Aug 2013)
My current phone is a Nexus 4. My prior phone was a Sony. I am not planning to buy a Sony phone again.
If some people thing that LG phones are not good lets them try a Sony. My Sony was slow as molasses and the micro usb connector damaged (inside the phone) and stop working after a month or two. At least had a removable battery, so I had to use an external battery charger with 2 bateries to charge it and keep swapping batteries.
22. rgxVOiD (Posts: 435; Member since: 30 Aug 2012)
What was your last Sony phone though? That's the question. I own both N4 and Z. Both are good
33. Professor (Posts: 192; Member since: 02 Aug 2013)
Sorry for not answering before. I was working and just came home now.
My Sony phone was a (black) Sony Ericson Xperia Pro. The one with a slide out keyboard. And by the way the phone still works. Is just that the battery has to removed and placed in an external charger because the phone don\'t recognize the micro-usb cable as being connected and due to that it don\'t charge the battery.
26. buccob (Posts: 1578; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)
Yeah buddy, at least tell what Sony device you were using... because, just as Samsung, Sony has a wide lineup of phones from cheap small and basic Android phones, up to the very best high end ones...
In my family there has been recently: SE Xperia Pro (incredibly reliable, though low on RAM and ROM), Xperia Advance (or Go, good entry level waterproof for my clumsy dad), Xperia Acro S (two of them because of the great experience I had with mine, I got the second for my wife)... Xperia U (good entry phone for mother in law)... Xperia TX (excelent SGS3 Contender)
All of those of great quality... even the entry level ones...
27. techspace (Posts: 791; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)
because they want to make the nexus phone affordable
8. scriptwriter (Posts: 396; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)
dont like this render. it looks like an iphone in terms of rounded corners. I hope it looks like the G2 when it comes out
11. boosook (Posts: 1095; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)
I don't like the G2, it looks like a Samsung, which in turns still looks like the old iphone 3gs (the Mother of all Samsung phones... :) ).
This looks like a mini Nexus 7, instead, and I like it a lot!
13. taojj (Posts: 33; Member since: 01 Aug 2013)
That is a real ugly device. Nexus phones have always been so bad when it comes to design.
32. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4111; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
No, Samsung Nexus phones have always been bad when it comes to design. The Nexus One and Nexus 4 are beautiful in my opinion. This looks ok, but the vertical Nexus logo is unattractive.
14. veer.d (Posts: 88; Member since: 12 Jul 2013)
apple is again going for sue them rounded corner
15. a_merryman (Posts: 718; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)
I think the renders from TheVerge were the most realistic
16. valapsp (Posts: 484; Member since: 12 Aug 2011)
That\'s super sexy. Hope the battery is 3100mAh+. I\'m somehow sure that 2300mAh is not right.
19. Professor (Posts: 192; Member since: 02 Aug 2013)
I liked more the Nexus 4 design and beauty. Looks like a cheap plastic phone.
20. blingblingthing (Posts: 459; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)
About the nexus logo being vertical when held landscape. Remember the only real time you would be able to read the back of the phone is when the owner in taking a picture. Sure you can read it making a phone call but no one really does that none.
21. virtuallypete (Posts: 7; Member since: 24 Jul 2013)
With the diztronic case on my nexus 4, I have trouble using the swipe-from-edge features. If the bezel of the nexus 5 is thinner, it had better be constructed well enough that I feel comfortable carrying it w/o a case, like my nexus one. I carried it for two years with no cover or screen protector, and never had a problem, despite careless daily use and several drops.
23. 1701nino (unregistered)
I must say recently i purchased the nexus 4 and it is the best phone i ever had,can't wait to see what the next nexus has in store.
28. TechBlue (Posts: 62; Member since: 06 May 2010)
N4 is the best phone you had? sure if you like a phone with a very fragile glass design. NO SD Card, No removable battery, crappy Battery Life, crappy Camera, NO LTE then yea by all means this phone is for you. enjoy.
31. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4111; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
Some people like glass and are willing to risk the chance of breaking it for higher build quality
Not everybody needs a SD card slot
Not everybody needs removable battery
Battery life is dependent on the user, not your opinion
The Nexus 4's camera is perfectly suitable for the average consumer who just posts it on social networks
LTE isn't available everywhere, plus HSPA+ gets similar speeds (in all practicality) and is less of a battery hog.
Why don't you think about the possibilities of the consumer's needs before bashing them for liking a phone, otherwise you look like a jerk.
34. Professor (Posts: 192; Member since: 02 Aug 2013)
I had a Nexus 4 since Nov or Dec of last year. It has fall a few times already and survived without even a scar.
Since I use it on T-mobile I really don\'t care if it has LTE or not since T-mobile don\'t have LTE yet anyway. (At least not in NYC).
The only thing I really wished it had is an SD card slot in order to bw able store more videos. And maybe an easy to remove and replace battery in case it damage. Right now due to its non replaceable battery I consider the phone a disposable phone.
36. TechBlue (Posts: 62; Member since: 06 May 2010)
thats exactly what it is my opinion. I have the right to my Opinion. I dont go by other generic consumer needs you know why? cuZ I am not them. so instead of bashing me and my opinion why dont you shut the F up. before I put my foot up you arse. I think your mom is calling you to take out the garbage
37. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4111; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
You were the one who was bashing nino's opinion about the Nexus 4, not me. I was just putting up a defensive statement saying how you shouldn't push your opinion on anyone else's, at least not in such a negative and sarcastic way. I wasn't bashing your opinion on the Nexus 4, I was just telling you that doing so in the way you wrote it is actually kind of rude and typically frowned upon.
Also, way to go on proving that you're a typical ignorant internet knight who reserves crude threats and comments about someone's mother as comebacks to when that someone shows you in a negative light, even though you do that yourself so well by the way you present your impulsively written arguments. And if you reply to this with more empty over the internet threats, you're just proving my point even more.
30. tobybeast7 (Posts: 2; Member since: 23 Aug 2013)
Damn son, that looks like s**t......feels like the chocolate bars that i bought in Safeway.
38. cricri45 (Posts: 2; Member since: 11 Sep 2013)
si tan solo se quedara así el nexus 5 con esas medidas que son 131 mm en la parte mas larga y con una pantalla de 5 pulgadas que teléfono tan bonito...131 mm y 5 pulgadas = perfección... y solo falta un cuerpo de aluminio y una autonomía enorme...