Nexus 5 didn't get a refresh, but that doesn't mean it's dead

Nexus 5 didn't get a refresh, but that doesn't mean it's dead
So, the Nexus 6 phone and Nexus 9 tablet were announced yesterday, leaving some Nexus fans disappointed, as Google's flagship phone for 2014 is... well, huge.

There was a rumor floating about, suggesting that Google may be working with LG in order to bring a refreshed, up-to-date version of its 2013 Nexus 5. Unfortunately, this rumor was apparently just wishful thinking, which only gained momentum because some consumers prefer their Google-branded device to be one-hand-manageable.

But hold on, the fact that Nexus 5 is a year-old device does not mean it's obsolete or dead. At least Google doesn't think so, and for a device that sports a Snapdragon 800, 2 GB of RAM, and a 445 ppi 5" screen, so shouldn't you.

Back to Google – the search giant updated its Nexus web page to include the new devices, together with info about Android L. And lo and behold – the Nexus 5 is still in the lineup. So, it appears that Google will still sell it, and maybe, just maybe, will drop its price a bit? That may be another bout of wishful thinking, so we will disregard it for now.

Of course, there is one hardware spec that we all would love to see upgraded in the Nexus 5, and that's the battery. Hopefully, Google kept their promises and upgraded the phone's battery life / fixed the camera battery drain issue in Android Lollipop. That'd definitely keep it in the race, even if it's soon going to be regarded as an upper-midrange device.


source: Google via Phandroid

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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)

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26 Comments

1. Af1rPA

Posts: 712; Member since: Jun 12, 2014

The front and rear camera was the only reason I didn't buy this Nexus 5. A refresh would have been so good.

7. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

I can tell you that battery life is the bigger issue with the phone. Cameras are OK, may not be the best on market but quite passable. But the medium size non-remplazable can be an issue... I have run out of juice once already. If the model needs anything is a bigger battery.

12. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

It's a software problem. When I first got my Nexus 5 I could easily go 2 days between charges with 3-4 hours screen on time. Pretty much the only battery drain was the screen - as it should be. The phone could literally last weeks in standby. Then along came Android 4.4.4 and my battery life got destroyed. My number one battery use is AndroidOS. It keeps the CPU awake for hours and hours and then I couldn't even get one day. TLDR: battery problem will likely go away with android 5.0

13. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

Let's hope so, because the main users of the battery for me are also all related to the OS: Android OS, Google Play Sevices and phone Inactive :(

21. kcombs

Posts: 275; Member since: Dec 15, 2010

Yeah I remember those days. I hope they can bring back the battery life, and maybe fix some of the image processing to upgrade the camera a little.

19. surethom

Posts: 1691; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

I agree i am quiet happy with the rear camera on the Nexus & I am picky about camera phone cameras. its the batter for me aswell. Hopefully Lollipop will increase the battery live

22. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Yeah the hype around the cameras being poor started when it first came out then they fixed the issue, but damage was done. I went to Waikiki with my wife and kids and took around 3000 pictures with my HTC One M7, then a buddy of mine went there right after me with his Nexus 5. His pictures were WAY better than mine. Clarity, focus, color reproduction. In pretty much every way his pictures were superior.

24. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

Several of my friends (myself included) we have the Nexus 5, and I have never hear a complain about the cameras. Battery, that´s a different one... every now and then someone complains about it.

2. vincelongman

Posts: 5693; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

A Nexus 5 (2015) in Q1 2015 would be awesome Hopefully with a 64-bit 810, 32GB for ~$450 Would be perfect to compete with the iPhone 6, S6, M9, Z4,G5,...

3. Anterv

Posts: 178; Member since: Jul 09, 2014

LG G2 is simply better for same price.

5. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Indeed, at least in my country, the Nexus 5 costs 320€ while the LG G2 costs only 274€...

4. hunted

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 21, 2011

maybe off topic. Can you someone tell me whether Android L and Lollipop/Android 5 are same?

6. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

They're same.

8. hunted

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 21, 2011

thank you :)

9. terabyteRouser

Posts: 457; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

The new Nexus 5 is the Moto X. Just look at the Nexus 6 and it's obvious.

10. S.M.Talha

Posts: 70; Member since: Aug 27, 2014

Wht about samsung galaxy s4 instead of nexus 5?it has better camera.

11. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Better camera, but WORST updates....

14. Bondurant

Posts: 781; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

The Huawei Honor 6 beats the crap put of this Nexus 5 for much better pricing.

23. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

I agree with you on specs. However the fact that it doesn't have USA compatible HSPA or LTE bands makes it not a competitor imo. But if it did I would totally refer people to it. It's only $391 for the 16GB model with free shipping on Amazon.

16. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

Would spring for a Nexus 5 but no expandable memory....

18. Professor

Posts: 223; Member since: Aug 02, 2013

Upgrading the battery will be too difficult (it practically means designing a new phone for it)... But what can probably be done without major surgery is making a 64MB version or changing the processor for the faster Snapdragon 805... Either one or both of those upgrades can make the upgraded Nexus 5 a huge hit! Or a home run!

20. threeline

Posts: 313; Member since: Sep 11, 2011

I would definitely like to see a Nexus 5s upgrade sort of speak. Snapdragon 805 or 64-bit, 3gb RAM, 3000maH maybe 5.2" 1080p as QHD is overrated and 16mp rear and 5mp front cams. This would be a beast of an upgrade.

25. HildyJ

Posts: 338; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

My hope is that the 5 wasn't refreshed because Google didn't want to remove the focus from the 6 which, unlike previous Nexi, is a full blown, all carrier, US release. This would leave open the possibility of a 5 (and 7?) refresh at CES with February/March availability. But I'm probably dreaming. I'll just have to look into bionic hands so I can join the phablet tsunami.

26. AndyYan

Posts: 84; Member since: Feb 10, 2014

The problem I more eagerly want answered is why Google decided to drop Nexus 7 (2013) altogether. APQ8064 1AA (underclocked Snapdragon 600) is no slouch today, and with a bit of price drop this thing could easily flood the sub-$200 market in weeks. As a Google and Android fan I just can't understand Google's moves this time. First a 6-incher, then a 4:3 tablet, and this. If Android L fail to be a pushing force (and from the preview, some small quirks are disappointing), then I guess I'll grant myself a chance to experience some other ecosystems.

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