LG Nexus 5 (2015) renders and video claim 5.2-inch screen, rear-mounted fingerprint scanner

LG Nexus 5 (2015) renders and video claim 5.2-inch screen, rear-mounted fingerprint scanner
Hang around this industry long enough, and you'll start picking up on things you simply weren't paying attention to before. Like rumors and leaks. Unconfirmed, often uncredited, and sometimes downright dodgy-looking/sounding. And yet, we've come to know that when there's enough smoke coming from one particular direction, there's usually fire simmering just beyond our grasp.

Such is the case with the Nexus line, which, rumors have it, is coming strong in 2015 with two whole devices. Indeed, word on the street is that both LG and Huawei have been tasked with creating one model each — the former a more traditional, 5.2-incher, and the latter a large phablet. We've been hearing a lot about these two, specifically the former, and today marks an important event: our first set of well-made renders and video of the device.

Courtesy of uSwitch, who partnered with serial leakster @OnLeaks, "the renders are based on detailed factory schematics provided to accessory-makers". Since these are used to ensure compliance with products such as cases, which have to account for various slots, openings, and buttons, these are obviously highly valuable as they tell us quite a lot about the smartphone in question. That is, as long as they're legit, which we just don't have a way to confirm right now, so keep that saltshaker handy.

Anyways, the works available right below reveal (and confirm) several key specifics concerning the Nexus 5 2015, including a 5.2-inch display, a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, and even a set of front-facing stereo speakers. The blueprints also show a reversible USB Type C port on the bottom, along with dimensions of 5.78 x 2.87 x 0.31 inches (146.9 x 72.9 x 8 mm), growing to 0.38 / 9.8mm at the thickest part — the protruding camera. The source notes that the schematics used reveal nothing concerning the build materials used with the construction of the phone, though a previously rumored metal-frame-on-plastic-body was suggested once again. 

Traditionally, Nexus devices have been announced in the latter half of October every year, and if Google is planning on sticking to that schedule, that gives us exactly 2 months until an official reveal could happen at any moment (Nexus announcements are a quiet affair). 

source: uSwitch



1. CoastCity

Posts: 257; Member since: Mar 07, 2014

Is that a usb2 masked to look like a usb type c, as we have seen before? Or it's the real deal?

14. vincelongman

Posts: 5696; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Type-C is just the connector USB 2.0+Type-C+QC would still be far far better than using USB 2.0+microUSB+QC Unfortunately there's no SoC right now that supports USB 3.1 Gen 2 If its the 810/808 it COULD be USB 3.0 OR 2.0 If its the 620, then it will be USB 2.0

19. buccob

Posts: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

I agree, but right now having "microSD" has a lot of commonly used standards, such as USB OTG, MHL, etc... and even though they CAN and WILL be implemented in Type-C connectors, the current crop does not have those features... So I will patiently wait for it to become more ubiquitous... I recently started using my MHL 3.0 adapter...

29. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

They could add support for USB 3.1. I'm sure it would be fairly difficult, but it could be done. Intel's X99/Z97/Z170 chipsets don't support native USB 3.1 either, but manufacturers are giving them support by adding an ASMedia controller to the motherboards.

31. vincelongman

Posts: 5696; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

True, they could do that But pcb space is much more limited in phones Also extra costs, since the Nexus 5 is rumored to be cheap again So I don't think that's likely unfortunately

2. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2264; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

a infrared sensor next to color spectrum & LED that's a plus....sale sale!

3. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

Release ittt!!!! If it has lg g4 camera and or Camera api2 I'm sold. (either rip lg g4 camera app via xda or just manual camera app)

4. mr2trce

Posts: 56; Member since: Apr 27, 2015

I loved the nexus 6 and tho I like what this is offering, I can't go back to having smaller screen

8. CoastCity

Posts: 257; Member since: Mar 07, 2014

Huawei will build the bigger screen version

23. Niva.

Posts: 440; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

I haven't gotten the Nexus 6 due to the big screen. So glad to see Google coming back to a Nexus phone rather than a phable Don't get me wrong, I like the 6 too, just not my idea of a daily driver.

5. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

I really hope it has no curved back. The camera looks ugly.

6. a_r_s_e_n

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

Waiting patiently!!

7. carlemillward unregistered

Not sure I like this type of plastic, looks generic.

9. devon613

Posts: 127; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

its thick and ugly 6 in please

10. Feanor

Posts: 1367; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

One thing that harms the Nexus line is the lack of design identity and the fact that they are always so generic looking. Google realised that they needed a design identity for Android UI (and we got Material Design) but they are far from achieving something similar with their Nexus hardware. All Nexus devices have always been design nobodys suited mainly for developers. I think a good idea would be to try and get some Material Design hardware, with sharp edges and similar colour palette and a feeling of two-dimensionality.

20. surethom

Posts: 1698; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

The main thing that harms the Nexus line is poor Battery & untill the Nexus 5 The cameras were rubbish The designs have never been a real issue.

11. osbert

Posts: 125; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Yaaaay useless stereo speakers taking up sh#tloads of room and creating huge bezels....

12. vincelongman

Posts: 5696; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Agreed I wish they squeezed the 5.2" screen into the 2013 Nexus 5's body Or kept it at 5" and squeezed it down to the Nexus 4's size

21. buccob

Posts: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Well I do like Stereo Speakers... and my phone has a decent 71% of stb ratio... It gives a slightly better experience for music, a much better experience for casual movies or shows and a vastly better experience for Gaming, since having stereo allows you to know where the noises/shots/sounds come from and you can react accordingly...

27. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Google hasn't learned. If both Apple and Samsung think front facing speakers is a bad idea saleswise, then that's most likely the case. Sure Apple is cheap and outdated but Samsung would have included it in one of their handsets by now if it was a smart thing to do.

13. tokuzumi

Posts: 1907; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

If it really is only a 5.2" screen, I'm going to get one. "Normal" sized phones are now in the 5.5-6" range, which is huge, and hard to manage with one hand. I have a nexus 6, and while I like using it, I hate carrying it around. I'm not a skinny jeans type person, but trying to carry this thing around is very difficult. I actually prefer to carry my Galaxy S4 around.

33. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

You do know those dimensions are 5.5 inch size and up right?

15. Cyberchum

Posts: 1068; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

"Reversible USB Type C". Please is there a USB Type C that is not reversible or do they enjoy making redundant remarks?

16. Af1rPA

Posts: 712; Member since: Jun 12, 2014

I was really hoping it would look a bit like the original nexus 5 with the slight top and bottom curve.

17. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

dear LG, now is the perfect time to make "Nexus 5 note" with spec slightly better than LG G4, bigger screen, and something like S-pen (and dont forget about microSD, bigger and removable battery, IRblaster, and maybe snapdragon 820) with that u can beat samsung

18. jessyi

Posts: 327; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

Just make the bezels thin all around..LG hurry to bring out the G4 pro/note.

26. yonith

Posts: 228; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

You can kiss that dream goodbye...look at the size specs. It's nearly the same size as the LG G3 which has a 5.5in screen. Very disappointing.

22. Swordylove

Posts: 209; Member since: Jun 27, 2015

Doesn't look too thin, but still bulging camera? -.-

24. darkkjedii

Posts: 31101; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

No more such thing as leaks, simply pre previews.

25. Mass88

Posts: 58; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

If they're going to have two different phones this year, why not have one that's 4.85-4.9 and then the other be 5.5-5.7?

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