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

Display

Display size

5.0 inches
4.7 inches
4.7 inches

Resolution

1080 x 1920 pixels
768 x 1280 pixels
720 x 1280 pixels

Pixel density

445 ppi
318 ppi
316 ppi

Technology

IPS LCD
IPS LCD
Super AMOLED

Screen-to-body ratio

70.89 %
68.49 %
64.92 %

Camera

Rear

Single camera
Single camera
Single camera

Main camera

8 megapixels
8 megapixels
5 megapixels

Hardware Features

Optical image stabilization, Autofocus, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)
Autofocus, CMOS image sensor
Autofocus

Specifications

Aperture size: F2.4; Focal length: 30.4 mm; Sensor size: 1/3.2"
Sensor size: 1/4"
Aperture size: F2.8

Video recording

1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)

Recording format

 
 
MPEG4

Features

Optical image stabilization, Video light
Video calling
Video calling

Front

1.3 megapixels
1.3 megapixels
1.3 megapixels

Video capture

1280x720 (HD)
 
 

Design

Dimensions

5.43 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)

Weight

4.59 oz (130 g)
the average is 6.1 oz (174 g)
4.90 oz (139 g)
the average is 6.1 oz (174 g)
4.76 oz (135 g)
the average is 6.1 oz (174 g)

Materials

 
Back: Glass
 

Features

 
 
Notification light

Hardware & Performance

System chip

Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064
TI OMAP4460

Processor

Quad-core, 2260 MHz, Krait 400
Quad-core, 1500 MHz, Krait
Dual-core, 1200 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9

GPU

Adreno 330
Adreno 320
PowerVR SGX540

RAM

2 GB LPDDR3
2 GB LPDDR2
1 GB DDR2

OS

Android (6.0 Marshmallow, 5.1 Lollipop, 5.0 Lollipop, 4.4.4, 4.4.2, 4.4)
Android (5.1 Lollipop, 5.0 Lollipop, 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)

Battery

Capacity

2300 mAh
2100 mAh
1750 mAh

Talk time

17.00 hours
the average is 20 h (1174 min)
15.30 hours
the average is 20 h (1174 min)
17.66 hours
the average is 20 h (1174 min)

Stand-by time

12.5 days (300 hours)
the average is 20 days (491 h)
16.2 days (390 hours)
the average is 20 days (491 h)
12.1 days (290 hours)
the average is 20 days (491 h)

Talk time (3G)

 
 
8.33 hours
the average is 23 h (1387 min)

Stand-by time (3G)

 
 
11.2 days (270 hours)
the average is 26 days (614 h)

Music playback

60.00 hours
40.00 hours
 

Video playback

 
8.00 hours
 

Shopping information

MSRP price

$ 399
 
 


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5 Comments

1. orca99

Posts: 87; Member since: Oct 05, 2013

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

3. deathgod

Posts: 122; Member since: Nov 23, 2011

And it starts with only 16GB of storage as well

2. Tommy1960i

Posts: 144; Member since: Oct 11, 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!

4. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1271; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

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

5. Dolphinix

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 01, 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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