Google has a Nexus 5 with a fingerprint scanner

The Nexus 5 is now officially discontinued and there is no way to officially buy a brand new one in the United States. And yes, we’re upset that there is no regular-sized phone to represent the best of stock Android, but if you look at some of the latest Android M promo videos on Google Developers, you’d think that the Nexus 5 is what most Googlers use to this day.

In this particular one about fingerprint support and payments with Android Pay, we see something even more interesting - a red Nexus 5 with a fingerprint scanner.

What? Does such a phone even exist? The answer to that question is ‘no’, at least - it's not for sale (and likely won't be). However, Google does have some of those fancy fingerprint-toting Nexus 5 on campus, and it's using them to test the new fingerprint features of Android M.

It's not the prettiest thing in the world (with the fingerprint scanner positions on the back, which goes against the current agreement among top-tier smartphones that the scanner should be positioned on the front, below the display), but it is an interesting little gadget for us, nerds, to ogle at.

Check it out in images and video below (Nexus moment starts at 2:56).

starting at 2:56

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Nexus 5
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Quad-core, 2260 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 2300 mAh(17h talk time)



1. TheGunnyPT

Posts: 252; Member since: Feb 12, 2015

Nexus 5 is still to date my favorite Nexus device. Google should make the next one based on Nexus 5 size with improved performance and design upgrades. Could also make a big variation for the 6inches enthusiasts

2. TheStanleyFTW

Posts: 252; Member since: Feb 20, 2013

Battery life and camera were the only thing that "bugged" me. BUT DAMN GOTTA LOVE THE MATERIALS + DESIGN + DIMENSIONS! :D

5. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

IMO camera and battery life was bad compared to the flagships But they were not fine for its $350 price (compared with other $350 phones at the time) Luckily both have improved over time Especially camera speed Now taking a HDR+ in M is faster than a normal photo in KitKat (takes about a sec for a HDR+ now)

3. WAusJackBauer

Posts: 455; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

The Nexus 5 is a pretty good all round phone except for battery and sound. Not sure if my model is just faulty but call quality is absolutely horrible. People say the camera is bad. It's certainly not perfect but it's definitely acceptable.

4. iusshpandeh

Posts: 250; Member since: Jul 23, 2014

Camera was actually terrible! But mine battery lasted quite enough for me! I'm a light user though!

11. Niva.

Posts: 440; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

Camera was excellent for it's time and the competitors. Phones that came out 6 months later oftentimes didn't have better cameras (like the 2014 Moto X for example, or the HTC M8.) If you don't use the phone of course the battery will last. The original batch of Nexxus 5s had low audio (both for phone calls and main speaker) which was remedied quite effectively by a revised hardware which came a few months after launch. I know because my wife's N5 had to be warranted out and the new unit she got has amazing sound volume.

17. WAusJackBauer

Posts: 455; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

I only bought my Nexus 5 like five months ago so maybe the place I bought it from still had some of the first models laying around.

6. Twayn

Posts: 18; Member since: Dec 16, 2014

A fingerprint sensor is a 1000 times more convenient if placed on the back of the device (if properly placed of course).

7. A.o.D

Posts: 17; Member since: Mar 12, 2015

Maybe this is the unreleased Nexus 5 (2015) everyone is talking about

8. greenelektron

Posts: 537; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

I still love my n5! They should retain the design. Things that I wish they will improve are as follows : dual sim, larger battery capacity, sd card, 5.5in screen, better camera (not higher pixel resolution), better sound, larger ram and faster processor.

9. titoandres

Posts: 17; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

Usually the top tier smartphones do a lot of things wrong, just because the rest are doing it. On the back makes more sense.

10. seh1984

Posts: 14; Member since: May 28, 2015

We need a Nexus 5.5!

12. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Nexus 5 hit all the right notes in the important areas for me. Battery was fine. I would have made the screen a little better but at least it was accurate and bright. The crutch of iphone displays. It's a shame about the double standards though. haha

13. nZk01

Posts: 5; Member since: Jun 01, 2015

Nexus 5 is perfect phone for me. Half price flagship with stock android and perfect size too. Wish the rumor is true about google making 5 inch nexus device with fingerprint scanner. I don't mind a sd card slot :)

14. offdayjb

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 01, 2015

I'm in love with my Nexus 6. It's more expensive for a reason. The front facing stereo speakers and six inch display creates a serious tablet experience that you can still fit in your hand... Had to be said.

15. kingEngine

Posts: 36; Member since: Mar 05, 2014

Don't forget the Galaxy Nexus on the 2nd slide.

16. andynaija

Posts: 1255; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

I wish Google would release a Nexus 5 refresh with the body of the Nexus 4, that's my wish for them at the moment.

18. KRONeage

Posts: 144; Member since: Apr 17, 2011

OMG'ssss..... Google Copied Apple just like Samsung did! ......and we can hear all bloviating Apple fan carcasses passing gas in crowded forum Worldwide about this. When actually Apple was not only NOT the first to have a fingerprint sensor in a mobile phone, but they weren't even the first to use one in any portable or battery operated computing or security device. That first smartphone with one installed privilege belonged to Motorola way back in 2010. First smartphone fingerprint sensor in Home Button belonged to Samsung in November 2011 for use in Galaxy S3. Which is why Apple flipped out and freakishly snuck in and bought AuthenTec out from under the entire industry. Including HTC... who also had a fingerprint sensor before any iPhone came out with one. The reality is just so Applewellian Thought Police and Prole Gangster style in it's underhandedness. But.... don't ever try to convince any Apple fan that Apple didn't invent it (actually Everything) Eons of Millennia..... Before the DAWN of TIME...... that they also claim to have invented as gOd All Mightier than Thou.... Cult of Appleholics. Who rule over the Non Elitist Peons in the bottom of the barrel of humanity.... all us Android FREE and LIVE REAL PEOPLE. You know... all us that grovel beneath them, who don't own any of Apple comically over valued stock shares and just wish we could afford to stuff all our money in some Wall Street Suit's pockets, like they do. lol..... We are just the huddled masses trying to escape their Perverted Applewellian Overlords Thermonuclear Weapons of Mass Destruction, Greed and Control.... that they fall down on bended knee to worship in the name of their Almighty Founder.... Saint Steve Jobs. While we simply use the inferior to them.... Android. Preferred by 85% of smartphone users smart enough to realize that no freaking has KrApple ever invented anything first ever! ;-P

19. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Last thing I want is to put fingerprints in the hands of fukn Google...if my phone has a fingerprint scanner, it better have an alternative to those spyware APIs.

20. surethom

Posts: 1662; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Put it on the front not the back. easier to use when ever payments via NFC come to the UK.

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