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Google Nexus 5 vs Nexus 4, Samsung Galaxy Nexus: specs comparison

Google Nexus 5 vs Nexus 4, Samsung Galaxy Nexus: specs comparison
At last, the seemingly endless flurry of leaks and speculations has come to a halt as the Google Nexus 5 is finally official! And the smartphone is not looking bad at all now that we have its hardware and software specs confirmed by LG and Google themselves. As we expected, there's some top-notch hardware under the hood of the device, including a quad-core Snapdragon 800 SoC clocked at 2.26GHz. That 5-inch, 1080p screen doesn't look shabby either. 

Clearly, the Google Nexus 5 is a worthy rival to some of the top Android smartphones out there, especially given its relatively low off-contract cost. At the same time, it is a few steps ahead of the previous Nexus iterations as it has evolved from a hardware perspective. Sure, specs aren't everything that matters in a smartphone, but with Android devices in particular, they can often provide us with a good indication as to how a given device will perform.

Having that in mind, here's the specifications list of the Google Nexus 5, next to the specs for the Nexus 4 and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Anyone thinking of upgrading from an older Nexus handset? Let us know in the comments below!

Google Nexus 5 vs Google Nexus 4 vs Samsung GALAXY Nexus

OSAndroid (6.0, 5.1, 5.0, 4.4.4, 4.4.2, 4.4)Android (5.1, 5.0, 4.4.4, 4.4.3, 4.4.2, 4.4, 4.3, 4.2.2, 4.2.1, 4.2)Android (4.3, 4.2.2, 4.2.1, 4.2, 4.1.2, 4.1, 4.0.4, 4.0.1, 4.0)
Dimensions5.43 x 2.72 x 0.34 inches (137.84 x 69.17 x 8.59 mm)5.27 x 2.70 x 0.36 inches (133.9 x 68.7 x 9.1 mm)5.33 x 2.67 x 0.35 inches (135.5 x 67.94 x 8.94 mm)
Weight4.59 oz (130 g)
the average is 5.4 oz (153 g)
4.90 oz (139 g)
the average is 5.4 oz (153 g)
4.76 oz (135 g)
the average is 5.4 oz (153 g)
Materials Main body: Glass 
Physical size5.0 inches4.7 inches4.7 inches
Resolution1080 x 1920 pixels768 x 1280 pixels720 x 1280 pixels
Pixel density

Pixel density - The pixel density of a display represents the number of pixels over an area of one inch. It’s measured in “pixels per inch”, or ppi. The higher the number, the more detailed and good-looking the display is.

445 ppi318 ppi316 ppi

Technology - There are two main screen technologies currently used in phones and tablets: LCD and AMOLED. The former usually features a light source and liquid crystals, while the latter is based on organic light-emitting diodes. Newer LCD variations like IPS-LCD and Super-LCD allow for very accurate color reproduction and very wide viewing angles, where no significant image quality loss is observed. Current AMOLED screens differ in such a way that they can exhibit much more saturated colors (sometimes too much) and incredibly high contrast levels, which is due to black color being completely black in AMOLED displays.

Screen-to-body ratio

Screen-to-body ratio - Shows what part of the frontal area of a phone its screen occupies.

70.89 %68.49 %64.92 %
Colors16 777 21616 777 21616 777 216
Camera8 megapixels8 megapixels5 megapixels
Aperture size

Aperture size - The aperture of a camera is the opening through which light travels before it reaches the camera sensor. The smaller the number is, the bigger this opening is, allowing for more light to pass.

F2.4 F2.8
Focal length (35mm equivalent)

Focal length (35mm equivalent) - The lower (shorter) the focal length number, the wider the shot will be. Conversely, longer focal length cameras produce narrower frames, which can be used for telephoto (zoomed-in) purposes.

30.4 mm  
Camera sensor size

Camera sensor size - A bigger camera sensor is able to capture more light, and thus produce better photos.

Hardware FeaturesOptical image stabilization, Autofocus, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)Autofocus, CMOS image sensorAutofocus
Software FeaturesFace detection, Digital zoom, Self-timer, Touch to focus, Geo taggingFace detection, Smile detection, Digital zoom, Geo tagging, Voice activationDigital zoom, Geo tagging
Camcorder1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)
Recording format  MPEG4
FeaturesOptical image stabilization, Video lightVideo callingVideo calling
Front-facing camera1.3 megapixels1.3 megapixels1.3 megapixels
Video capture1280x720 (720p HD)  
System chip

System chip - Most modern handsets use an advanced chip that includes many of the device’s hardware modules like the processor, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and sometimes even the wireless radio. This field shows what particular system chip (or System-on-a-Chip) is used in the phone.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064TI OMAP4460

Processor - The processor is the main computing component of a phone and is a major factor when it comes to the overall speed of the device. Some more powerful smartphones use dual-core and quad-core processors designed to deliver greater performance.

Quad-core, 2260 MHz, Krait 400Quad-core, 1500 MHz, KraitDual-core, 1200 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9
Graphics processor

Graphics processor - The graphics processor is important for the smooth operation of the system and especially in games and other applications that may involve complex graphics and animations.

Adreno 330Adreno 320PowerVR SGX540
System memory

System memory - System memory, or RAM memory is the type of memory that the device uses to temporarily store data from the OS or currently-running apps. The more RAM available to the device, the better the performance will be when multiple or heavier programs are running.

2 GB RAM (Dual-channel, 800 MHz) / LPDDR32 GB RAM (Dual-channel, 533 MHz) / LPDDR21 GB RAM / DDR2
Built-in storage

Built-in storage - Bigger storage capacity allows you to keep more content saved onto your device, such as more applications, photos or video. Games and video content typically take up the biggest amount of storage space.

32 GB16 GB32 GB

Capacity - The bigger, the better! However, battery capacity is not the only factor that has an effect on battery life. Those include the chipset in use, the software running on the device, as well as the consumer's unique usage pattern.

2300 mAh2100 mAh1750 mAh
Wireless chargingBuilt-inBuilt-in 
Talk time17.00 hours
the average is 19 h (1140 min)
15.30 hours
the average is 19 h (1140 min)
17.66 hours
the average is 19 h (1140 min)
Stand-by time12.5 days (300 hours)
the average is 19 days (465 h)
16.2 days (390 hours)
the average is 19 days (465 h)
12.1 days (290 hours)
the average is 19 days (465 h)
Talk time (3G)  8.33 hours
the average is 17 h (1043 min)
Stand-by time (3G)  11.2 days (270 hours)
the average is 24 days (581 h)
Music playback60.00 hours40.00 hours 
Video playback 8.00 hours 
Screen mirroringDLNA, Wireless screen share, SlimPort, TV-outDLNA, Wireless screen share, SlimPort, TV-outMHL

CDMA - Code Division Multiple Access. A technique of multiplexing, also called spread spectrum, in which analog signals are converted into digital form for transmission. For each communication channel, the signals are encoded in a sequence known to the transmitter and the receiver for that channel. The foremost application is digital cellular phone technology from QUALCOMM that operates in the 800MHz band and 1.9GHz PCS band. CDMA phones are noted for their excellent call quality and long battery life.

800, 1900 MHz  
GSM850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
UMTS800, 850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz
LTE (FDD)Bands 20, 5, 8, 3, 1, 7  
DataLTE Cat 4 (150/50 Mbit/s), HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTSHSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTSHSDPA+ (4G) 21.1 Mbit/s, HSDPA 14.4 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS
Shopping information
MSRP price$ 399  

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posted on 31 Oct 2013, 13:14 3

1. orca99 (Posts: 87; Member since: 05 Oct 2013)

Galaxy Nexus also received the OS update to 4.3 (Google stock image).

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 15:00 1

3. deathgod (Posts: 122; Member since: 23 Nov 2011)

And it starts with only 16GB of storage as well

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 13:48 2

2. Tommy1960i (Posts: 119; Member since: 11 Oct 2013)

A nice phone
And a good price
To Nexus Hello
To iPhone goodbye

No more problems
Now things are clear
We are out of trouble
The Nexus is here!

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 15:32 1

4. kanagadeepan (Posts: 979; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)

If the battery on this phone is removable, then I am getting this one (most probably 32GB GSM one)

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 08:00

5. Dolphinix (Posts: 1; Member since: 01 Nov 2013)

If you refer to the Nexus 5, it says, the battery is NOT replaceable. "NOT user replaceable... --> YES" but this is not a big deal after all, this phone is really awsome.

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