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

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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45 Comments

1. galanoth

Posts: 428; Member since: Nov 26, 2011

Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 4 had a baby?

22. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

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

23. umadddd

Posts: 29; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

no. it looks completely like the galaxy nexus

45. robcar

Posts: 110; Member since: Jan 18, 2011

Nexus 4 lines.

28. Maxwell.R

Posts: 218; Member since: Sep 20, 2012

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

24. Oxygen

Posts: 125; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

more like the s4 and the nexus 4

27. LonghornTech

Posts: 50; Member since: Mar 14, 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)

44. DHILLON_ARSH

Posts: 66; Member since: Mar 11, 2013

DOESN'T MATTER ,WHATEVER IT LOOKS LIKE... I JST WANT GOOGLE TO LAUNCH IT BEFORE THIS SUMMER...WITH THE NEXUS 4 PRICE.... :-)

2. Ninetysix

Posts: 2933; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

3,140mAh! Now that would be awesome.

3. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Might be the first nexus Id consider

4. user312

Posts: 68; Member since: Aug 21, 2012

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

6. nuclear

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 18, 2013

Nexuses are best relished contract free.

11. jcarrigan unregistered

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

12. jcarrigan unregistered

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

17. tedkord

Posts: 17132; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Verizon ruined the last nexus they had.

35. jcarrigan unregistered

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

19. dorianb

Posts: 617; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

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

33. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

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

39. Aeires unregistered

Yep, CDMA needs to die.

5. ebubekir26

Posts: 337; Member since: Dec 21, 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..

7. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 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..

14. darkkjedii

Posts: 30833; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Good post bro

21. gwuhua1984

Posts: 1237; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

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

31. Klamba92

Posts: 212; Member since: Jun 25, 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?

37. sum182

Posts: 229; Member since: Nov 19, 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.

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.

8. nexusalltheway

Posts: 69; Member since: Nov 28, 2012

OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! PLEASE GOOGLE MAKE THIS BEAST ASAP!!!

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 ?

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 30833; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I hope not

13. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 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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