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Nexus 5 to be more compact, skip the 1080p screen and focus on camera instead?

0. phoneArena 25 Mar 2013, 07:09 posted on

The Nexus 5, the supposed name for the next-generation Nexus smartphone by Google, might be a device totally different than the rest of the high-end Androids…

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posted on 25 Mar 2013, 09:07 1

43. pixel8or (Posts: 39; Member since: 10 Jun 2010)


FINALLY!! This seems like the most sensible move since the Razr Maxx/HD Maxx. What a concept: a smartphone with enough battery life to last a day regardless of just about anything you do. Thin is good, but would always take an option for a thicker phone with better battery life than with a "I have to disable 4G to make it through the day" phone.

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 11:39

60. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Now they have a 7000mAh battery for Samsung S3 9sure would be there for S4) which with cover costs some $35 or so. Weighs just 25 gms or so more so no big deal ... but that's the advantage of a removable battery.

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 09:30 1

47. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1047; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)


Sounds good but only if it comes out in May. If it's a November release, then there will be more interesting devices.

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 09:53

51. deathgod (Posts: 120; Member since: 23 Nov 2011)


I dont buy this. The screen is one of the most important aspects of the smartphone and the thing people view most. Having a great screen is infinitely better than a camera, and can more than make up for any shortcomings. It'll be stupid of them not to have a screen comparable to the top phones already or soon coming out. I don't use the camera on my GNex a lot, but I'd assume its the least used feature, so I don't see Google having a great camera with a good instead of great screen.

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 14:21

74. NexusKoolaid (Posts: 293; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


I too have a G'Nex, and I don't use the camera as much as I'd like. Not because it's not a useful feature, but because it's a terrible camera. I'd really like my phone to be my daily driver as far as pictures and videos go, but as bad as it is I need to carry around a point-and-shoot.

Given the choice between a better screen and a better camera, I'd prefer a good screen to view photos from a great camera than have a great screen that highlights the cr@ptitude of a camera like the GNex shooter.

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 10:13 1

52. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)


I think they have no choice to use a 720P screen because of the camera technology they're using. I read some comparison between CMOS and CCD and CCD uses 100% more power than CMOS. The pictures from CCD will be crazy good.

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 11:21

56. deathgod (Posts: 120; Member since: 23 Nov 2011)


This is what I don't get. The majority of phones now use CMOS, so if the new camera enhancements are only possible with CCD, that makes all the current phones unable to have this feature and all future phones will have to switch to CCD. I don't see that happening.

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 12:16

62. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)


Enhancement wise, are you talking about software enhancements?
I don't see the problem of future phones having to switch to CCD, the only thing manufacturers will have to worry about would probably be the battery consumption.

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 12:53

67. deathgod (Posts: 120; Member since: 23 Nov 2011)


There are millions of phones that should be capable of running 5.0. Assuming the camera enhancements are purely hardware related, all those phones won't be able to benefit, even the latest Nexus devices. If CCDs do consume more power, I think most manufacturers will stick to CMOS as the pics on some phones are already outstanding and the average consumers camera usage is too low to justify a change.

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 14:16

73. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)


You're talking about existing models that already has CMOS right? Any hardware enhancements for CMOS wouldn't benefit any old or existing devices out there because it's hardware correct? I'm not understanding the part about phones being capable of running 5.0 being part of the whole equation unless we're talking about software enhancements.

I see nothing bad but good with this. In order to have enough power for CCD, bigger capacity battery will be added to the phone. If camera isn't used as often, then the phone's battery life should be extremely good. I'm not sure if the camera usage part is your personal opinion, but I personally won't mind even better quality pictures with CCD.

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 10:19 1

53. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2166; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


I don't buy this for one second. A 4.5" screen phone with 88% of the face being screen? No way. Even the new Xperias & Huawei phones, which are breaking ground in that territory are only in the 70's. That would mean a ridiculously thin bezel all the way around. Almost all screen. I call bullsh*t.

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 11:41 1

61. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


bulls**t and break prone

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 10:30 1

54. zvioocge (Posts: 26; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)


yeah 1080p is just marketing on phone display
720p is good enough
GO GOOGLE

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 14:14

72. MistB (Posts: 571; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


I really doubt the authenticity of this rumour, it really is just some fanboy made up rumour with the same mentality as those commenting on here, ''4.5 inches/720p is more than enough'' blah blah blah. It won't stop there and it's unlikely to with the surge in demand for larger/sharper screens in China and other emerging markets.

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 11:22

57. RohanM (Posts: 131; Member since: 15 Jan 2013)


wow.. thank god some one is not going on 5 inch... good google,.

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 11:22 3

58. Taters (Posts: 2910; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Fake. 4.5 inch with less bezel than the Xperia ZL would put it at iPhone 5 size. Too small and girly

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 11:29

59. BitterTruth (unregistered)


Pureview competitor!

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 12:16

63. sicofante (Posts: 8; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)


Finally someone thinking of smaller phones. I understand nerds have bought all possible 1080/5" phones already and now ordinary people will have a chance to buy a reasonably sized phone.

Focusing on battery life, pocketability and camera is the best direction any manufacturer might take now that geeky phones have had their time.

I'm not happy with the Google idea that everyone has access to cheap data plans, when actually very few people in the world does. When they understand that and allow their phones to be expandable (or provide 34, 64 and 128GB versions), they will simply own the market.

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 12:44

64. shnibz (Posts: 155; Member since: 18 Sep 2011)


Nice! That would be a great phone! I love the compactness of my Razr M. my old Galaxy Nexus was awkward to hold and use one handed but the 720p screen was beautiful

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 12:44

65. shnibz (Posts: 155; Member since: 18 Sep 2011)


Nice! That would be a great phone! I love the compactness of my Razr M. my old Galaxy Nexus was awkward to hold and use one handed but the 720p screen was beautiful

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 12:49

66. gymguy224 (Posts: 12; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)


I really like the chance that it will have both a smaller screen and small bezel. I like smaller phones that are still premier phones with fast processors and great cameras.

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 13:56

68. jphillips63 (Posts: 173; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Kinda funny folks down HTC for no expandable storage yet they jump all over the nexus and it won't have expandable storage either. Why even bother when the specs of the nexus fall short of the gsIV and HTC one who wants to upgrade only to be in the back of the pack?

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 14:06

71. siluro (Posts: 46; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


The difference is that the Nexus is half the price of HTC's phones. If you are paying full price, you should get everything included, Nexus is heavily discounted, so some corners may/must be cut.

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 14:00

69. siluro (Posts: 46; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


I'll probably pass, but I like the direction they are going with emphasis on the Camera. Although I'd really hope they offer a 5 inch version. I have the Nexus 4 and I'm definitely disappointed in it's camera performance. But the idea of going to a smaller screen with on-screen buttons is even more disappointing, if anything I was hoping for 4.7 with capacitive buttons or 5 with onscreen.

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 14:00

70. JojoGo101 (Posts: 211; Member since: 17 Dec 2012)


As much as 1080p is not much of an upgrade as 480p to 720p was, I doubt Google would do such. Not like them. It's like if the Nexus 4 had a Tegra 3. No... Google would put an Amazing Display WITH an amazing Camera.

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 15:46

77. blackhand1001 (Posts: 2; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)


theres more to displays than pixel density. Personally I'd like to see them switch to the lcd2 720p dsiplay out of the original one x. It had the best contrast and view angles. Better than the droid dna and the one x+.

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 14:49

75. nyamo (Posts: 274; Member since: 19 Mar 2011)


i'm all for dumping the cmos sensors in favor of CCD's. Japan has been running them for years and the old basic flip phones still give any new android a run for the money. as far as 1080 vs 720 i could care less when you're talking 5" or less

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 15:20

76. jjjsong (Posts: 57; Member since: 27 Dec 2011)


er i was looking forward to the nexus phone with 1080p screen....

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 16:17

78. MartyK (Posts: 711; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)


Can someone say "Note-3"...

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 16:43

79. peterzhu2118 (Posts: 2; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)


Who will it be made by?

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 16:54

81. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)


Very legit and good question

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 18:33

84. lovenyc8 (Posts: 164; Member since: 13 Mar 2013)


this phone will not do well in today market

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 19:09

85. kozza3 (Posts: 574; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)


hey didn't they say the nexus 5 is gonna have nikon branding?

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 22:10

87. ChafedBanana (Posts: 359; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


Uhh huh. But will the battery be non-removable? Probably. Like the Nexus 4. Terrible.

posted on 01 Apr 2013, 04:16

95. maguro (Posts: 10; Member since: 22 Jun 2012)


CCDs consume as much as 100 times more power than an equivalent CMOS sensor

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 20:15

98. kissily (Posts: 53; Member since: 09 Oct 2012)


720p? Will it be sharp and crisp. I doubt that.

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