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

Nexus 5 vs other Nexi
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!

Display

Size

4.7 inches
4.7 inches
5.0 inches

Technology

Super AMOLED
IPS LCD
IPS LCD

Screen-to-body

64.92 %
68.49 %
70.89 %

Features

Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor

Hardware

System chip

TI OMAP4460
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064
Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974

Processor

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

GPU

PowerVR SGX540
Adreno 320
Adreno 330

RAM

1GB DDR2
2GB LPDDR2
2GB LPDDR3

Internal storage

32GB
16GB
32GB

OS

Android (4.3, 4.2.2, 4.2.1, 4.2, 4.1.2, 4.1, 4.0.4, 4.0.1, 4.0)
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 (6.0 Marshmallow, 5.1 Lollipop, 5.0 Lollipop, 4.4.4, 4.4.2, 4.4)

Battery

Capacity

1750 mAh
2100 mAh
2300 mAh

Talk time

17.66 hours
the average is 17 h (996 min)
15.30 hours
the average is 17 h (996 min)
17.00 hours
the average is 17 h (996 min)

Stand-by time

12.1 days (290 hours)
the average is 20 days (472 h)
16.2 days (390 hours)
the average is 20 days (472 h)
12.5 days (300 hours)
the average is 20 days (472 h)

Talk time (3G)

8.33 hours
the average is 19 h (1110 min)
 
 

Stand-by time (3G)

11.2 days (270 hours)
the average is 0 days (0 h)
 
 

Music playback

 
40.00 hours
60.00 hours

Video playback

 
8.00 hours
 

Camera

Rear

Single camera
Single camera
Single camera

Main camera

5 MP (Autofocus)
8 MP (Autofocus, CMOS image sensor)
8 MP (OIS, Autofocus, BSI sensor)

Specifications

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

Video recording

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

Recording format

MPEG4
 
 

Features

Video calling
Video calling
OIS, Video light

Front

1.3 MP
1.3 MP
1.3 MP

Video capture

 
 
1280x720 (HD)

Design

Dimensions

5.33 x 2.67 x 0.35 inches (135.5 x 67.94 x 8.94 mm)
5.27 x 2.70 x 0.36 inches (133.9 x 68.7 x 9.1 mm)
5.43 x 2.72 x 0.34 inches (137.84 x 69.17 x 8.59 mm)

Weight

4.76 oz (135.0 g)
the average is 6.5 oz (184 g)
4.90 oz (139.0 g)
the average is 6.5 oz (184 g)
4.59 oz (130.0 g)
the average is 6.5 oz (184 g)

Materials

 
Back: Glass
 

Features

Notification light
 
 

Buyers information

Price

 
 
$ 399


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Nexus 5

PhoneArena Score:

9.5

User Score:

9.4
  • Display 5.0 inches 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera) 1.3 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 2GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB,
  • Battery 2300 mAh
  • OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Nexus 4

PhoneArena Score:

9.0

User Score:

9.5
  • Display 4.7 inches 1280 x 768 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera) 1.3 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro 2GB RAM
  • Storage 16GB,
  • Battery 2100 mAh
  • OS Android 5.1 Lollipop
GALAXY Nexus
  • Display 4.7 inches 1280 x 720 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP (Single camera) 1.3 MP front
  • Hardware TI OMAP4460 1GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB,
  • Battery 1750 mAh
  • OS Android 4.3

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