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Is this a press shot of the Nexus 5? No.

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Is this a press shot of the Nexus 5? No.
Like anything in life, once a crack or leak appears in a barrier, invariably, more cracks and leaks will emerge and it seems that we might be on the cusp of all sorts of rumor and innuendo.

Having said that, a tipster slipped us what he or she called an “unofficial” press image of the yet-to-be announced Nexus 5. We have already heard rumors of LG building the next Nexus handset, and like most rumors there is conflicting information.

Nonetheless, we feel comfortable passing along the image and the information that came with it because, while some information is conflicting, the differences really only add to the discussion overall of what might be in the works. LG’s own Senior Vice President is on the record saying that the Nexus 4 is “the first of many devices to come” so rumors about the next Nexus device coming from LG are not too much of a stretch.

Specifications are another story, we have received tips that we shared with you earlier today, indicating a 5-inch 1080p display, 3,140mAh battery and Snapdragon 600 CPU and Nikon branding associated with the camera. The specifications that arrived with this press shot say a 5.2-inch IPS display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 at 2.1GHz, 16MP camera, 2,900mAh battery and 3GB of RAM. We have shared our skepticism about the 3GB RAM rumor, but we are just passing it along to you.

On to the press image, it looks like a cross between a Samsung Galaxy Nexus and the LG Nexus 4. The “X” in the “nexus” logo on the bottom of the device will apparently blink as a notification light when messages coming (just like the Galaxy Nexus does). What is telling about the image is the date and time on the display, May 15 is day one of the Google I/O developer conference. We can only speculate about the time, but 8:45 in the morning (Pacific time) would be a fine time to unveil some new technology for all of North America to see, be it in person or via live stream.

Another thing to consider is that the Nexus 4 has only been available for about four months, so it is worth reflecting on how rumor-hype can self-perpetuate. However, a new piece of hardware to ring in a new version of Android seems perfectly appropriate to us. How about you?

UPDATE:  Alas folks, sorry, the image is a fake.  The image is a shopped Caesar smartphone, model A9600, a Chinese 3G handset that has some up-to-date specs, but it is certainly no Nexus. 
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posted on 18 Mar 2013, 15:32 12

1. galanoth (Posts: 426; Member since: 26 Nov 2011)

Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 4 had a baby?

posted on 18 Mar 2013, 16:10 2

22. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2707; Member since: 26 May 2011)

Got most of its genes from the Nexus 4 though. The only differences are the placement of the speaker, and front camera.

posted on 18 Mar 2013, 16:12 2

23. umadddd (banned) (Posts: 29; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)

no. it looks completely like the galaxy nexus

posted on 19 Mar 2013, 16:17

45. robcar (Posts: 110; Member since: 18 Jan 2011)

Nexus 4 lines.

posted on 18 Mar 2013, 16:25

28. Maxwell.R (Posts: 217; Member since: 20 Sep 2012)

Proof that it does look like something else, a common thread with a lot of Chinese products unfortunately.

posted on 18 Mar 2013, 16:15 6

24. Oxygen (Posts: 125; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)

more like the s4 and the nexus 4

posted on 18 Mar 2013, 16:20

27. LonghornTech (Posts: 50; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)

A Chinese 3G smartphone...sad that we get worked up for that, it sure is a nice design though. Why aren't we seeing device that look like that? (although the Nexus 4 is sexy)

posted on 19 Mar 2013, 07:43

44. DHILLON_ARSH (Posts: 66; Member since: 11 Mar 2013)


posted on 18 Mar 2013, 15:32 11

2. Ninetysix (Posts: 2622; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)

3,140mAh! Now that would be awesome.

posted on 18 Mar 2013, 15:34 5

3. ajac09 (Posts: 1482; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)

Might be the first nexus Id consider

posted on 18 Mar 2013, 15:34 4

4. user312 (Posts: 68; Member since: 21 Aug 2012)

I really hope this Nexus is on more than just T-Mobile.

posted on 18 Mar 2013, 15:41 4

6. nuclear (Posts: 1; Member since: 18 Mar 2013)

Nexuses are best relished contract free.

posted on 18 Mar 2013, 15:54 3

11. jcarrigan (unregistered)

yeah but people on verizon and sprint want them too. if you want better sales then release it on all carriers.

posted on 18 Mar 2013, 15:55 2

12. jcarrigan (unregistered)

i totally woudlve gotten the Nexus 4 if it was on Verizon

posted on 18 Mar 2013, 16:01 6

17. tedkord (Posts: 13776; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

Verizon ruined the last nexus they had.

posted on 18 Mar 2013, 17:14 3

35. jcarrigan (unregistered)

verizon ruins every phone they touch, sucks they are the only carrier that works in my town

posted on 18 Mar 2013, 16:03 1

19. dorianb (Posts: 612; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)

and suffer thru a 3.5:1 GSM:CDMA update ratio???

posted on 18 Mar 2013, 17:06 3

33. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)

CDMA can go away, I am never touching a carrier that uses it.

posted on 18 Mar 2013, 19:13 2

39. Aeires (unregistered)

Yep, CDMA needs to die.

posted on 18 Mar 2013, 15:35 1

5. ebubekir26 (Posts: 333; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)

now people are going to arrgue and discuss before it gets released.. I hate that
some people need to learn to not curse, and trolls like " Mxyztl " or something should leave..
those are some nice specs..

posted on 18 Mar 2013, 15:49 6

7. gallitoking (Posts: 4721; Member since: 17 May 2011)

usually Nexus devices are all about having the latest Android OS, not soo much on specs.. The Galaxy Nexus had a 5 mp camera when 8mp is the standard, and the processor was on par to what is on the market and the Nexus 4 did not had LTE and the specs were nothing to jump to. only the price was. so base on that I doubt the Nexus 5 will have any of those specs other that screen size.. specs like

ps. specs like that are saved for flagship devices..

posted on 18 Mar 2013, 15:57 3

14. darkkjedii (Posts: 24332; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

Good post bro

posted on 18 Mar 2013, 16:08 1

21. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)

Wait a min... I thought Nexus 4 had LTE, but was locked away by the update?

posted on 18 Mar 2013, 16:34 1

31. Klamba92 (Posts: 210; Member since: 25 Jun 2012)

The nexus 4 had a great processor at the time and still I find it very smooth with no lag. The specs on the nexus 4 are great for future proofing with slightly higher than 720p screen, quad core processor and 2gb of ram. LTE does not bother me here because LTE has just started in the UK and will take time to get better service where I am still about to DC HSDPA+. Also wasn't the galaxy nexus the first phone with a 720p HD resolution that started a trend?

posted on 18 Mar 2013, 17:51

37. sum182 (Posts: 229; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)

I'd have to agree with you for the most part. Though a lot of it (for those of us in the US) is about having a true Google experience, without all the bloatware and add-ons from the various carriers and manufacturers.

posted on 18 Mar 2013, 19:17

40. Aeires (unregistered)

Nexus isn't about making the most powerful phone at the time, it's about the stock experience where updates are guaranteed and the OS runs super smooth. I've owned every Nexus except the S and the N4 is by far the best phone I've ever used. The build quality is incredible and it's just a beautiful device that impresses on every level (maybe more internal memory, but I never run out).

No matter what you make, it'll be topped in three months, maybe less.

posted on 18 Mar 2013, 15:49 4

8. nexusalltheway (Posts: 69; Member since: 28 Nov 2012)


posted on 18 Mar 2013, 15:51 2

9. cse.vicky (unregistered)

Now I cannot buy Nexus 4 :( Why technology , why u no wait 1 year atleast ?
Has Google confirmed Nexus 5 release in Google IO ?

Say it releases in Google IO ? When will it be available for buying ?

One more suggestion request. If nexus 4 still a value for money !? As in the differences between Nexus 4 and 5 will not be that much ?

posted on 18 Mar 2013, 15:54 1

10. darkkjedii (Posts: 24332; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

I hope not

posted on 18 Mar 2013, 15:55

13. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1635; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)

Awesome specs but really maybe Samsung are spreading there design ideas....really it just looks almost identical to the nexus 4

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