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Nexus 5 round-up: 5 awesome new features, release date, price, specs and all we know so far

0. phoneArena 31 Oct 2013, 02:19 posted on

We’ve seen it all - the Galaxy Note 3, all new Android flagships, the new iPhones, and there is just one more big thing to surprise us this year - the Nexus 5…

This is a discussion for a news. To read the whole news, click here

posted on 10 Oct 2013, 18:58

114. jimv1983 (Posts: 21; Member since: 10 Oct 2013)


Did Phone Arena really just refer to a 2,300mAh battery as good? That is a joke right? I'd call 2,300mAh just ok at best and possibility even HORRIBLE.

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 06:32

122. wildfiregt (Posts: 94; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)


$150 for extra 900 mAh ? meh are you serious !

posted on 13 Sep 2013, 09:01 11

6. scriptwriter (Posts: 396; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)


Way too many 'coulds' and 'shoulds' in this article if you ask me. Don't say: release date and price, in the headline if you don't acturally know them

posted on 04 Oct 2013, 22:20

103. Prabs (Posts: 13; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)


Exactly! It's almost as bad as seeing "concept" photos for the next iPhone 6. It means absolutely nothing to us bc it is never accurate. Look at the iPhone 5s for example. This site claimed possible bigger screen, and NFC. Both huge things that are not on the iPhone 5s. Reading rumor articles is a waste of time. The only thing 100% accurate is the picture which no one can screw up...I hope. I don't even buy into the benchmarks at this point.

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 11:49

110. jdubtrye (Posts: 12; Member since: 08 Jul 2012)


They feel confident enough about the story to run it. The "coulds and shoulds" don't alleviate the fact that they believe in their source and that Phone Arena will be considered wrong if the source's info was not accurate.

I'm no shill for the site, but they have broken other phone news in the recent past.

We'll know whether they were right fairly soon.

posted on 13 Sep 2013, 09:02 4

7. youdug (Posts: 27; Member since: 19 Jul 2013)


2GB is the word round the campfire.
hopefully theyre working more on battery life.
1080p screen, sd800, and a 2300 mah battery doesnt sound great.
they know a lot more than me though so i still have faith.

posted on 13 Sep 2013, 09:09

9. THE.DARK.KNIGHT (banned) (Posts: 269; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


Looks like Matt polycarbonate or soft touch plastic (from what I can see from the photo not from the FCC leak) like nexus 7? I think the nexus 4 design is much better. A good design is needed. Just changing it every year is not enough.

posted on 13 Sep 2013, 09:19 9

12. roldefol (Posts: 2860; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


If a "cheaper" casing (polycarbonate, not glass) allows them to use more premium internal hardware, it's worth it to me. A glass-backed phone may feel premium, but it begs for a protective case or bumper.

posted on 13 Sep 2013, 09:24

14. _Bone_ (Posts: 2126; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Case has no relation to internal components, but I'm with you that matte polycarbonate is just better for the looks (no fingerprints) and durability (the Lumia 920 passed the SUV driveover after all).

posted on 13 Sep 2013, 09:32

21. roldefol (Posts: 2860; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


I think it made a difference in the design of the G2. They switched from glass to plastic, and that allowed them to cram in a much bigger battery. And on the Verizon version, wireless charging as well. Compare this to the iPhone which continues to have piddly 1500 mAh batteries but is still the benchmark for "premium" materials.

posted on 13 Sep 2013, 12:19

34. THE.DARK.KNIGHT (banned) (Posts: 269; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


The iPhone still delivers good battery life. Trust me I use it as my 'daily driver'.................. After the galaxy s3 (or rather Samsung) betrayed me by releasing the 4.1.2 update

posted on 13 Sep 2013, 12:54 7

37. flynfree (Posts: 374; Member since: 09 Jun 2013)


Because of tiny low res display.

posted on 14 Sep 2013, 21:44

56. THE.DARK.KNIGHT (banned) (Posts: 269; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


At 330 ppi I don't see how it's low res

posted on 25 Sep 2013, 10:11 1

58. gust3r3u (Posts: 80; Member since: 11 Apr 2013)


small screen not low rez, 1 inch hi rez :)

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 04:56

121. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4006; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


High density, low resolution. PPI is more dependent on size rather than resolution. The iPhone 5 and 5S have a 1136 x 640 display, which means it's not HD, meaning it has quite a few less pixels to push than phones with 720/1080p displays, meaning less work for the GPU, so the GPU is running at lower clock speeds, so it's drawing less power and the device gets better battery life.

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 07:43

126. Shatter (Posts: 2024; Member since: 29 May 2013)


1136x640 on a 5" screen does not fit retina requirements and would never happen. It is going to be pathetic next year if android ups to 1440p and iphones stay at 1136x640.

posted on 13 Sep 2013, 09:10 1

10. Sakeem (Posts: 138; Member since: 05 Sep 2012)


Add 1000 more mah's to the battery and I think i'm sold on this phone.

posted on 13 Sep 2013, 09:22 2

13. _Bone_ (Posts: 2126; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


1000 more nah's, it will have 2300, take it or leave it.

posted on 13 Sep 2013, 09:28 9

16. Sakeem (Posts: 138; Member since: 05 Sep 2012)


Well, until its truly official, I will hold out hope.

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 13:12

84. softfurryanus (banned) (Posts: 232; Member since: 09 Jul 2013)


I love that.

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 19:02

97. MirOsamahAli (Posts: 23; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)


Kitkat is supposed to bring a lot of improvements, that shall and will change the RAM usage and better power saving, and its going to be called the Nexus 4 (2nd Gen) not Nexus 5, just like Nexus 7 (2nd gen).

posted on 13 Sep 2013, 09:28 1

15. TylerGrunter (Posts: 905; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)


@Victor H. You forgot one more thing we know already: the size of the device.
It will be length and width of 131.9 mm x 68.2 mm
That´s a hair smaller than the Nexus 4

posted on 13 Sep 2013, 09:30

18. THE.DARK.KNIGHT (banned) (Posts: 269; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


I don't get it! If google wants to be known for the experience rather than specs why they racing in the specs war? I mean its a good thing but they are going going against they're own goals.

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 13:18

85. softfurryanus (banned) (Posts: 232; Member since: 09 Jul 2013)


This is a developer device/representation of Android. As much as I wish it was for the best experience it blatantly isn't, 2300 MAH battery? Camera that doesn't look too great? Doesn't correlate to a well rpunded user experience. Developers should test their apps with the best hardware, that's why it's there.

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 14:10

89. lifeyourlive (Posts: 126; Member since: 23 Aug 2013)


Because the snapdragon is out for a long time now and it would be shame if they didn't include it, especially when we know what is the 800 capable of. Lot of companies use it, so it is probably one of the cheaper parts now

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 07:45

127. Shatter (Posts: 2024; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Screen is the only part thats really "expensive" most phones don't cost more than $200-$250 to manufacturer.

posted on 13 Sep 2013, 09:30

19. imkyle (Posts: 983; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


If the Nexus 7 2013 did not include the 800 series, what makes you think this phone will?

posted on 13 Sep 2013, 10:21 4

28. papss (unregistered)


Because its been proven to be based off the G2 which also carries the S800.

posted on 13 Sep 2013, 09:30

20. AMDPhenomX4 (Posts: 48; Member since: 06 Apr 2013)


"Funnily enough, it sounded too good to be true at the time, so we laughed it off! Joke’s on us."

Because it was too good to be true and still is. The G2 doesn't have from that list the following...

* OLED Display
* 16MP 4K camera
* 3GB of RAM
* 64GB option
* 3300mAh battery
All the other specifications weren't very special. A 1080P display? Already done. Snapdragon 800? Coming soon to a phone near you! About the only thing special would be a 3000mAh battery.

"The Nexus 5 price should be the same extremely affordable $299 for the basic model and the release date could be in November."

Should be according to who? I would say could be if Google follows the Nexus 4 which was the first and only Nexus phone to be that cheap so far. If it is I won't complain but I'd rather it start at a bit more and not have downgrades from the G2. The camera module already doesn't have the same model number.

posted on 13 Sep 2013, 09:35 1

22. AMDPhenomX4 (Posts: 48; Member since: 06 Apr 2013)


Androidauthority had a good picture of the G2 camera and the model on that is similar to the Hammerhead's but not the same.

Stupid editing time limits. Fix your comment system.

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 08:38

59. ChazzMatt (Posts: 16; Member since: 26 Sep 2013)


Snapdragon 800 is special. G2 was the first to have it. SO THERE. Snapdragon 800 changes everything. Now everyone else and their brother is rushing out updates to their flagship devices (Sony, Samsung) to incorporate the Snapdragon 800. But the Nexus 5 was developed in conjunction with the G2, so is also one of the first to have the Snapdragon 800.

The Nexus 4 was NOT the only Nexus phone to be that cheap. So was the gen3 Galaxy Nexus. I bought two Gen3 Nexus phones from Google Play in July 2012 at that price. Do some research before posting. Google sold the 8GB for $299/16GB for $349. I bought two 16GB gen3 Galaxy Nexus phones for $349 each. (4.65" 720p, dual core, 1GB RAM). Since they were still "new" phones when the gen4 Nexus 4 was released in November, I skipped the Nexus 4 and am waiting impatiently for the gen5 Nexus 5.

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 08:45

60. ChazzMatt (Posts: 16; Member since: 26 Sep 2013)


The gen3 Nexus 3 was initially priced at $349/$399 for 8GB/16GB, but soon Google dropped the price to $299/$439 and kept that pricing for the gen4 Nexus 4.

posted on 13 Oct 2013, 16:20

117. Rogue (Posts: 3; Member since: 11 Sep 2013)


The camera will not be the same because Nexus5 will be the first phone with DigitalOptics' speedy MEMS camera

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 07:46

128. Shatter (Posts: 2024; Member since: 29 May 2013)


That rumor was confirmed untrue. It is OPPO using it first and they have an exclusive deal for like 6 months.

posted on 13 Sep 2013, 09:36 1

23. scriptwriter (Posts: 396; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)


i read somewhere it was gonna have 2700Mah battery but cant remember where i read it

posted on 13 Sep 2013, 09:52

24. harvardale (Posts: 13; Member since: 22 Jul 2011)


According to FCC docs, the D821 does NOT support Verizon LTE bands. The D821 only supporta LTE bands 5 and 7.

There is yet to be a Nexus 5 device surface with Verizon LTE bands.

posted on 13 Sep 2013, 09:54

25. Fuego84 (Posts: 267; Member since: 13 May 2012)


Specs for the HTC One Max kills this the nexus 5 on arrival. Was looking for to getting a nexus 5 but the specs on the One Max is luring me away especially since I currently have an HTC One.

posted on 13 Sep 2013, 10:03 4

26. jckc92 (Posts: 25; Member since: 28 Nov 2012)


BATTERY, BATTERY, BATTERY, BATTERY, AND BATTERY....
what is so hard to understand about this??? Companies listen to the people and don't be stupid. "We all want Bigger BATTERIES.......Wake up.
Christ, the Razr HD of 2012 comes with over 2500 battery. This has to compete and hopefully they make it at least 2800/bigger...
If they do make it with a 2300 battery I wasted my time waiting for this thing. DON'T SCREW IT UP!!!!!! Ok I'm better now :)
P.S. oh yeah, Verizon would be nice too

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 14:16

90. lifeyourlive (Posts: 126; Member since: 23 Aug 2013)


You sound like the guy, author of youtube videos HowToBasic :)

posted on 13 Sep 2013, 10:10

27. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5478; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


I'm still thinking why there is such wide glass on the camera eye? It looks ugly and I'm pretty sure that such small camera eye won't utilize whole diameter of such wide glass.

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 07:48

129. Shatter (Posts: 2024; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Its one of those fancy cameras like the iphone 5s uses that can take in more detail/light per pixel from what I have seen.

posted on 13 Sep 2013, 10:24 2

29. papss (unregistered)


Not sure what to make of this tbh.. I prefer the G2 but with updates like Nexus get. The battery if true is a deal breaker for me.

posted on 13 Sep 2013, 11:35 1

32. frydaexiii (Posts: 1231; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


It's a sad sad day when we actually know less about a Nexus device before launch than the iPhone before launch

posted on 13 Sep 2013, 12:04

33. bwhiting (Posts: 169; Member since: 15 Jun 2013)


I see the specs actually would be worth the buy. It may not seem to much as a high end phone because of the battery but it would be great in the right use.

I can see the specs being something that would be great for a mid range user or someone that use the phone enough for the day but still have enough left over to be used half.

posted on 13 Sep 2013, 13:16 1

38. flynfree (Posts: 374; Member since: 09 Jun 2013)


I thought LG will listen to the people, if it is true, they will pretending, and numb for the consumer request. That 2300mah sealed battery is not enough for 5" full hd display.
My HTC One have the same amount of battery with only 4.7" display, but it barely last me 6.5 hours of moderate to heavy use.

posted on 14 Sep 2013, 09:59 1

52. papss (unregistered)


I hear ya! My l1020 has a 2000 mah and just moderate use it drains way too quickly. My next phone will have a much bigger battery or have proven great life.

posted on 28 Oct 2013, 14:13 1

165. Immolate (Posts: 283; Member since: 17 Jun 2011)


Mine too, but it seems to have only starting draining quickly since I joined the Developer's Preview of GR3. Now it drains way too quickly.

posted on 13 Sep 2013, 13:39 1

40. tositem (Posts: 17; Member since: 17 Mar 2013)


The camera hump is a big turn off!

posted on 14 Sep 2013, 17:19

55. techfirst101 (Posts: 9; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)


I think it looks kinda cool... plus the big camera dial points to the possibility of OIS being included which would be a huge upgrade camera wise for a nexus device.

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 07:49

130. Shatter (Posts: 2024; Member since: 29 May 2013)


OIS has pretty much been confirmed from leaks. That doesn't mean its good OIS.

Bad OIS = HTC One
Good OIS = Optimus G2

Bad OIS is still better than no OIS. Its made by LG so lets hope its similar to the way the way the G2 uses it.

posted on 13 Sep 2013, 14:03 1

41. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 1005; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


2300 may battery...loser!!

posted on 13 Sep 2013, 14:07

44. Hughey2k2 (Posts: 13; Member since: 26 Jul 2012)


It doesn't matter what these imaginary specs are if it's a Nexus I'm sold.

posted on 13 Sep 2013, 15:03 1

45. mrmessma (Posts: 56; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)


Man, I'd hate to have 3 day battery life from you know a 3300 mAh battery like my friend's Razr HD Maxx, and yes that's with LTE, email notifications, everything turned on.

posted on 13 Sep 2013, 17:28 2

47. promise7 (Posts: 409; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


"Nexus 5 round-up: release date, price, ..."

and then you state u don't know the release date and guess on the price...

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 07:52

132. Shatter (Posts: 2024; Member since: 29 May 2013)


There was a leak yesterday on the playstore that showed it as $350 at the lease (16GB). Whoever maintains the web page was most likely checking the page way ready to go before they announce it and some lucky people got a peak.

posted on 13 Sep 2013, 17:35

48. jpkelly05 (Posts: 49; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)


I am wondering if they are going to put in a 3rd processor like the Moto X... that would be awesome if it those features and more than the X were a part of the new Nexus. Also... I didn't see any debate on Flash drive... being Google's supported reason's for not liking Flash drives... I can see why they don't include them... doesn't mean I don't wish they had the option... but the OTG SD flash-card cable helps me get over that. As far as battery goes... it all depends on if they go back to a removable battery. That remains to be a bad choice to me. AND I still hate LG. They are a lot better than they used to be... but I think they still have a little bruising from the black eye they gave themselves years ago with software update madness.

posted on 13 Sep 2013, 17:52

49. Professor (Posts: 136; Member since: 02 Aug 2013)


GOOGLE... My credit card is already ready and waiting for Play Store to announce when I can order or pre-order the phone!!!

posted on 14 Sep 2013, 10:04 1

53. papss (unregistered)


I have to agree... Maybe ill save some money that I've put away for a phone and just buy this plus the n7. I don't/can't spend more than 650.00 for whatever device (per my wife and our budget). I am leaning towards the G2 but this might be nice if they can get the battery right.

posted on 14 Sep 2013, 13:02

54. duckmanbill (Posts: 1; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)


Ok, so now you're claiming the Nexus 5 will be on Verizon and you point to the D821 FCC filing as evidence. However, your own article that you cite claims the D821 is the LG G2.

So, which is it? Is the D821 a G2 or the verizon Nexus??

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 15:37

95. mxyzptlk73 (Posts: 2; Member since: 03 Oct 2013)


The D821 is a nexus being made for overseas. Nothing as of yet for verizon

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