Despite rumors of a Motorola Nexus 5, new speculation calls for an LG Nexus 5 with Nexus 4 pricing

Despite rumors of a Motorola Nexus 5, new speculation calls for an LG Nexus 5 with Nexus 4 pricing
Earlier this month, we heard from someone who is considered to be an "insider" in the Motorola camp, passing along information about a Motorola built Nexus 5 coming in the fourth quarter. But on Monday, a published report out of South Korea has a different story to tell, about an LG built Nexus 5 patterned after the LG G2, but priced like the Google Nexus 4.

Before we refresh your memory with the pricing structure, let's talk about the rumored specs for this new Nexus handset by the Korean OEM. Using the LG G2 as a template, the LG built Nexus 5 will feature a 5.2 inch screen with resolution of 1080 x 1920, and a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 SoC powers the phone. 2GB of RAM will be on board and there will be two different variants, one with 16GB of native storage and the other with 32GB of native storage. A 13MP camera will be on back and a 3000mAh battery keeps the lights on. 

As you can see, LG had to make some changes in order to bring the phone down to a build cost that will allow it to be sold on the Google Play Store for just $299 off-contract. That is the same pricing for the Google Nexus 4. But the manufacturer had to use the Snapdragon 600 instead of the Snapdragon 800 found on the LG G2. Additionally, we probably will see the volume and power buttons put back on one side of the handset by orders of Google. The latter doesn't like too many changes on the model that is supposed to be the gold standard for stock-Android fans and Android developers.

Despite the slight changes compared to the LG G2, those specs priced at $299 sound quite enticing, yes? But it looks like the question will be whether we see this Google Nexus 5 made by LG or one produced by Google's wholly owned subsidiary, Motorola. Which one would you prefer?

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1. baza58

Posts: 19; Member since: Jul 30, 2012

That Snapdragon 800 must be soooooo much more expensive than S600. These rumors are killing it.

15. datsyuk

Posts: 180; Member since: Jan 11, 2012

Lol'd! But you are absolutely right. I can't imagine it being much more. Having the 600 would give the Nexus same GPU again, would really love a Adreno 330 (yes the 320 does run on the Nexus 4 very well but would still like to see a slight bump in next years model). 5.2 inches is a little big also, 4.7 or 5 inches would be a sweet spot IMO.

2. Sghero

Posts: 3; Member since: Aug 13, 2013

I choose LG G2 if its really $300 usd. Motorola X and its razr ultra maxx are too expensive if made into the new nexus 5. Look at Moto X.

3. scsa852k

Posts: 331; Member since: Oct 16, 2012

I refuse to be affected by these rumors. I'll patiently wait for official announcement.

4. rallyguy

Posts: 620; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

Neither to be honest. My GN is 4.7 inches. A little bigger and better screen along with faster hardware/software I doubt will make me upgrade. I'm looking at the Note 3 as my next upgrade. But time will tell. My GN battery sucks a$$ so battery life is huge so I doubt I will buy a phone without a removable battery.

5. rtol1

Posts: 21; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

I don't think that the new iteration will come with a 3,000mAh battery. Even if it did, I'd lose out on it anyway because I know it won't come on Verizon.

7. sats.mine2k4

Posts: 208; Member since: Aug 10, 2012

Verizon still busy pasting their logo on the Nexus 4....

16. datsyuk

Posts: 180; Member since: Jan 11, 2012

Didn't the G2 have a global antenna so one model would work on all 4 US carriers? If so I think they can sell it unlocked and it will work on Verizon.

19. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

US carriers are retarded, tmobile and att use GSM while Sprint and Verizon use CDMA. CDMA makes it so you can only buy a phone made for verizon/sprint.

32. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

It's called a legacy network. If you thought there was a mess when Verizon linked up their 2/3G CDMA network to LTE, imagine the nightmare if they had switched to GSM a decade ago. If you mean retarded as in slow, yes, Verizon is slow to add new devices and update old ones. We're used to it. Point being there is little likelihood of the Nexus 5 working with Verizon's CDMA network, or of Verizon relinquishing control of updates.

6. sats.mine2k4

Posts: 208; Member since: Aug 10, 2012

Please put the snapdragon 800 even if it bumps the price up by fifty or so... I don't see many high end phones being released with 600 any more...

8. a_merryman

Posts: 749; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

I dont think they'll change the position of the power and volume buttons. Wasn't one of the reasons that it was on the back in order to allow LG to make the phone practically bezel-less? Wouldn't that mean the entire casing of the phone would have to change which would increase the costs of the final product, since that isn't a syngery you can share with the G2's design anymore?

23. HeWhoDoesNothing

Posts: 158; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

I doubt altogether that LG will have anything to do with the Nexus 5.

9. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

I don't dislike the N4, but I hate the look and size of the G2. I liked my GN the most of all my Nexus devices, aside from the battery life. I would like to see a Moto Nexus, because the G2 as a Nexus would be a non-starter for me.

10. Mr.Mr.Upgrade

Posts: 474; Member since: Aug 30, 2011

There's a nexus 7 on Verizon....

11. jove39

Posts: 2148; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Specs on N5 sound good except for battery (It's too good to believe)...I won't be surprised if google/LG use APQ8064-1AA soc aka underclocked S600.

12. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

It was always going to be a G2 ripoff (and it being the kindest ripoff ever). Neither the screen nor the chip technology became more expensive just because both perform better, so the same price - still just barely - but is doable. It is the phone I've been waiting for, ~5", FHD, Nexus price. I'm so buying it.

13. Emmanuelz

Posts: 222; Member since: Aug 01, 2013

I just want key lime pie already or whatever the next version is. Its been the same for to long getting tired of jelly bean

14. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2267; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

wanna see a motorola nexus we already seen an lg...

17. N.Reynolds

Posts: 257; Member since: Feb 15, 2011

This would be quite a disappointment.....

18. papss unregistered

I think LG made the best nexus by far and was dead sexy with its glass back. I hope they resolve the supply issues this time though. I hope google sees that and partners With them again. Honestly whether the s600 or 800 I think it will do just fine in the power department. Google isn't going for super high end but more the affordable route with great software. Me personally I prefer a skin over vanilla as I feel it looks downright generic but I see the appeal, it's just not for me.

25. andynaija

Posts: 1264; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

What does vanilla mean?

27. milesboy5

Posts: 179; Member since: Nov 07, 2012

plain as can be... aka what google thinks is pure android

20. Mass88

Posts: 58; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

Given the G2 has a very slim bezel (other OEMs should follow suit) I can't help but feel 5.2 inches is too big for a phone. To me, make this a 4.7 inch screen size as that would be the most ideal.

21. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Never read those rumors until the press conference with FULL SPECS/OFFICAL deatils.

22. Bozzor

Posts: 248; Member since: May 02, 2012

At $299 dollars, it would be very close to the Bill of Materials cost. By comparison, here is the Galaxy S4... Then you have to factor in assembly + QA/QC + transport/storage + marketing & support costs...they won't be making money on that price with the initial sale...

24. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

My guess is that LG is going to make the Nexus 5 and possibly the Nexus 8 while moto will make the Nexus 4 2013. Google has so far named their devices off of the screen size, as shown by the Nexus 7 2013 not being called the Nexus 8. So a Nexus 4 2013 would be lame name if the phone had a 5.2 inch screen. So Nexus 5 based of the LG G2 and a Nexus 4 2013 based off of a Droid mini or moto x would make sense.

26. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1277; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

I know Moto can't be allowed to make Nexus, but I love Nexus from Motorola (with MAXX battery, radio and build quality)... My last Nexus phone is GNexus, which is great for modding, but weak signals/radio, plasticky and HORRIBLE battery life...

28. Professor

Posts: 223; Member since: Aug 02, 2013

I like my LG Nexus 4 so much that I definitively will preefer to buy a Nexus 5 made by LG (either G2 or Gpro based) than a MotoX based one. In fact even if the MotoX was available for sale today at the Play Store (unlocked) for the same price of the Nexus 4 I still preefer to buy another Nexus 4. In my opinion the ONLY advantage that the MotoX has over the Nexus 4 is LTE...

29. Jklaz

Posts: 159; Member since: Jul 01, 2013

The new nexus better be on verizon

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