Nexus 5: first proper, leaks-based renders look exciting

Nexus 5: first proper, leaks-based renders look exciting

Although not the bestseller on themarket, Google's Nexus brand has now garnered an image of affordable,but quality, top of the line products that run the stock Androidexperience, just the way Mountain View intended it. And now, with abunch of newly-released contenders that shoved the prematurely agedNexus 4 into the mid-range, the hype surrounding the expected, purportedly LG-assembled, Nexus 5 is ramping up, turning the upcoming Googlephone into the next superstar we'll be anxiously expecting.

It all started with the usual rumors,but Google managed to light the fuse on the interwebs withtheir video showing off the unveiling of the customary Androidstatue, commemorating the upcoming launch of the KitKat-flavorediteration. Despite pulling the video off shortly thereafter, thingshaven't been the same since, and we have got to wonder whether thatwas one of them so-called controlled leaks – a practice companieshave been known to make use of.

Either way, now that we've also seenasuspiciously similar device make a round through the FCC,sporting a 5-inch diagonal and measuring in at 131.9x68.2mm, weactually have a good deal of information to go off on, as far asrenders in general, and the one below in particular, are concerned.Apart from the upgraded real estate, the upcoming Nexus (if all thisproves to be real) will feature a body that is both narrower andshorter than its predecessor, with really thinbezels – a trend we've already seen with the Samsung GalaxyNote 3 and the LG G2 (on which we've heard the Nexus 5 will bebased).

So what do you say, folks, excited?

UPDATE: We've added another two well-made renders for your viewing pleasure.

source: YugaTech, Droid Life, Reddit

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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. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Yeah it will be something like that, but with thicker bezels, also a bit bigger ring around the camera lens but otherwise this fan rander is the closest to the Google video so far.

2. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Not the biggest fan of the vertical "NEXUS" engraving, I have to admit.

6. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Yeah, you'll see a lot of ppl. on the subway turning their head sideways. :)

9. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

We don't have subways where I am, but I imagine the same effect can be attained by walking into a Subway restaurant (which we do have).

3. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Hope this the Nexus 5!. But i don't think Google going to approve this design for one reason kinda looks like IPhone 5.

4. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

The new Nexus 7 kind of looks like the iPad Mini but that didn't stop them. If anything, this just looks like a shrunken-down Nexus 7.

24. jan25

Posts: 470; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

because of the rectangular shape? really? Apple invented that too?

7. a_tumiwa

Posts: 393; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

Why LG again... please use a manufacturer that never release nexus phone before, like Sony

10. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Hope so. Nexus deserve better treatment.

12. TechBizJP08

Posts: 495; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

I think sony is not the nexus type. Sony makes premium built handset. But Nexus i think lets say not so premium. Afordable than Sony. So logicaly speaking it won't happen.

17. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Low-end Sony phones are not so premium... :) anyway yes, Sony wants to convey a premium image of the brand, so they\'ll never make a Nexus. Most important, they have their own services for music, movies, books and games, so it would be a suicide for them to sell a device that is made essentially to sell Google\'s services. I think that Sony is probably the first to hope that Nexus products will fail.

25. buccob

Posts: 2975; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Actually Google asked Sony to make one of the first Nexus devices and Sony declined the offer... after that Sony is the one that has been trying to convince Google to make a Nexus... but I think we have to wait... I actually like Sony skin the most among manufacturers... Dont get me wrong, it has less features than Samsung's, its less elegant than HTC's but it feels the most balanced for me... and it really adds some functionality to Stock Android... What should be done is to make Nexus edition (like S4 and One) for every manufacturer's flagship... G2 Nexus edition Z1 Nexus edition etc...

18. Professor

Posts: 223; Member since: Aug 02, 2013

My current phone is a Nexus 4. My prior phone was a Sony. I am not planning to buy a Sony phone again. If some people thing that LG phones are not good lets them try a Sony. My Sony was slow as molasses and the micro usb connector damaged (inside the phone) and stop working after a month or two. At least had a removable battery, so I had to use an external battery charger with 2 bateries to charge it and keep swapping batteries.

22. rgxVOiD

Posts: 440; Member since: Aug 30, 2012

What was your last Sony phone though? That's the question. I own both N4 and Z. Both are good

33. Professor

Posts: 223; Member since: Aug 02, 2013

Sorry for not answering before. I was working and just came home now. My Sony phone was a (black) Sony Ericson Xperia Pro. The one with a slide out keyboard. And by the way the phone still works. Is just that the battery has to removed and placed in an external charger because the phone don\'t recognize the micro-usb cable as being connected and due to that it don\'t charge the battery.

26. buccob

Posts: 2975; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Yeah buddy, at least tell what Sony device you were using... because, just as Samsung, Sony has a wide lineup of phones from cheap small and basic Android phones, up to the very best high end ones... In my family there has been recently: SE Xperia Pro (incredibly reliable, though low on RAM and ROM), Xperia Advance (or Go, good entry level waterproof for my clumsy dad), Xperia Acro S (two of them because of the great experience I had with mine, I got the second for my wife)... Xperia U (good entry phone for mother in law)... Xperia TX (excelent SGS3 Contender) All of those of great quality... even the entry level ones...

27. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

because they want to make the nexus phone affordable

8. scriptwriter

Posts: 396; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

dont like this render. it looks like an iphone in terms of rounded corners. I hope it looks like the G2 when it comes out

11. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

I don't like the G2, it looks like a Samsung, which in turns still looks like the old iphone 3gs (the Mother of all Samsung phones... :) ). This looks like a mini Nexus 7, instead, and I like it a lot!

13. taojj

Posts: 33; Member since: Aug 01, 2013

That is a real ugly device. Nexus phones have always been so bad when it comes to design.

32. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

No, Samsung Nexus phones have always been bad when it comes to design. The Nexus One and Nexus 4 are beautiful in my opinion. This looks ok, but the vertical Nexus logo is unattractive.

14. veer.d

Posts: 89; Member since: Jul 12, 2013

apple is again going for sue them rounded corner

15. a_merryman

Posts: 749; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

I think the renders from TheVerge were the most realistic

16. valapsp

Posts: 565; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

That\'s super sexy. Hope the battery is 3100mAh+. I\'m somehow sure that 2300mAh is not right.

19. Professor

Posts: 223; Member since: Aug 02, 2013

I liked more the Nexus 4 design and beauty. Looks like a cheap plastic phone.

20. blingblingthing

Posts: 978; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

About the nexus logo being vertical when held landscape. Remember the only real time you would be able to read the back of the phone is when the owner in taking a picture. Sure you can read it making a phone call but no one really does that none.

21. virtuallypete

Posts: 7; Member since: Jul 24, 2013

With the diztronic case on my nexus 4, I have trouble using the swipe-from-edge features. If the bezel of the nexus 5 is thinner, it had better be constructed well enough that I feel comfortable carrying it w/o a case, like my nexus one. I carried it for two years with no cover or screen protector, and never had a problem, despite careless daily use and several drops.

23. 1701nino unregistered

I must say recently i purchased the nexus 4 and it is the best phone i ever had,can't wait to see what the next nexus has in store.

28. TechBlue

Posts: 81; Member since: May 06, 2010

@nino N4 is the best phone you had? sure if you like a phone with a very fragile glass design. NO SD Card, No removable battery, crappy Battery Life, crappy Camera, NO LTE then yea by all means this phone is for you. enjoy.

31. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Some people like glass and are willing to risk the chance of breaking it for higher build quality Not everybody needs a SD card slot Not everybody needs removable battery Battery life is dependent on the user, not your opinion The Nexus 4's camera is perfectly suitable for the average consumer who just posts it on social networks LTE isn't available everywhere, plus HSPA+ gets similar speeds (in all practicality) and is less of a battery hog. Why don't you think about the possibilities of the consumer's needs before bashing them for liking a phone, otherwise you look like a jerk.

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