Rumor: the LG Nexus 5 (2015) will not be based on the LG G4

Rumor: the LG Nexus 5 (2015) will not be based on the LG G4
By now, most Android fans probably know that Google is rumored to launch two Nexus smartphones this year, one manufactured by LG, and the other manufactured by Huawei. According to insider sources quoted by German tech blog AndroidPit, the LG-made Nexus will not be based on the LG G4 in terms of internal hardware, as some previously believed. Instead, LG and Google are said to design the upcoming handset from the ground up.

Up until the Motorola-made Nexus 6, all Nexus smartphones were based on popular Android flagships. The original Nexus One was based on the HTC Desire, the Nexus S was based on the original Samsung Galaxy S, the Galaxy Nexus was a modified version of the Galaxy S2, the Nexus 4 was based on the LG Optimus G, while the Nexus 5 was a modified version of the LG G2.

With the Nexus 6, Google broke the mold, as Motorola and Google designed the handset from scratch. If this new rumor is to be believed, this will once again be the case with this year's LG-made Nexus handset. The report also claims that the smartphone is currently referred to as the Nexus 5 (2015), although the name is said to still be subject to change.

Although each aspect of the updated Nexus 5 will matter towards the overall experience, the chipset of choice will surely generate a lot of discussion. When launched Last year, the Nexus 6 came with the fastest chip available to Android smartphone makers at the time, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 805. This time around, the Samsung Exynos 7420 is the fastest chip in the Android camp, but LG is not likely to integrate a chip designed and manufactured by its cross-town rival. In fact, the real question is whether LG and Google will make use of the Snapdragon 810, a chip that received a lot of bad press due to overheating issues, or the slightly toned-down Snapdragon 808, which is the chip that LG used in the LG G4.

Since all new Google Nexus smartphones get launched alongside new Android versions, we have little doubt that, if real, the Nexus 5 (2015) will be launched alongside Android M at some point this fall. At the moment, information is pretty scarce regarding what to expect from the new LG Nexus smartphone in terms of hardware specifications.


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43 Comments

1. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

The Nexus 5 was a cheap POS.

3. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

Not a bigger POS than you..

41. Niva.

Posts: 440; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

The guy blasphemes, the Nexus 5 is still one of the best phones out there, period.

9. Cod3rror

Posts: 142; Member since: Apr 06, 2013

Nexus 5 is an awesome phone IMO. If it only had microSD. The design was great, nice rubberized matte plastic.

17. b0wzer

Posts: 103; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

I love my Nexus 5. It's almost perfect. Don't care much about microSD, however a bit bigger battery would of been welcome.

23. fyahking

Posts: 1146; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

And a bigger battery.

12. diehardnokian

Posts: 147; Member since: Apr 27, 2014

wasn't the nexus 6 based on moto x 2014?! designed from scratch? ..really??

20. sgodsell

Posts: 6855; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

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29. matistight

Posts: 927; Member since: May 13, 2009

It is literally identical minus the 4 corner sensors and its bigger. It's actually kind of funny

36. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

never mind.

2. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

Really Interesting... Seems to be Project Zero for Nexus 5 2015!

4. g2a5b0e unregistered

I say good call. Base it off of a phone that doesn't suck.

5. calim

Posts: 40; Member since: Mar 09, 2013

Arn't we pretty certain the next Nexus phone will use the 810, or if it's released late this year then maybe the 820. Then it wouldn't really be based on the 808 running G4 would it? Sure, it could be identical in everything else.

6. Suo.Eno

Posts: 556; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

I for one wouldn't really mind sticking w/ 808 if it's a fallback plan just in case. Just that, fix hammerhead's batt life optimizations, large batt and decent enough cam we're set.

7. pp3k3jamail

Posts: 34; Member since: Dec 31, 2013

He said in this article that motorola Nexus 6 was made from the from the grown up. To me the Motorola 6 was just a big as motorola x 2014. I don't see how the nexus 4 was based of the lg g Optimus g the nexus 4 had a smoother look and round corners while the Optimus g had a genetic square shape. And the same can be said about the galaxy nexus and the Samsung S3.

16. wargreymon

Posts: 764; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

You could literally flash the nexus 4 firmware onto an optimus G, that's how close they were.

24. zachki17

Posts: 294; Member since: Sep 14, 2014

The nexus 4 has the same specs of the optimis g s600 i think Quad core 1,5 2gb ram ,,

8. pp3k3jamail

Posts: 34; Member since: Dec 31, 2013

The nexus 6 just a big motorola x too me .

10. legiloca

Posts: 1675; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

Not really new, the OG Nexus 5 wasn't based on the LG G2..

34. ericnichols1999

Posts: 53; Member since: Apr 21, 2014

Yes it was

11. willzzz

Posts: 36; Member since: May 27, 2015

When was it ever believed that the new LG nexus would be based on the G4? There was never any suggestion of that ever, we know the screen sizes are different at least.

13. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Optimus G design and a 1080p or QHD version of that screen. Plus Nexus 5/6 performance and I would be sold.

14. wando77

Posts: 1166; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

Galaxy nexus had more in common with the s3 that the s2

15. surethom

Posts: 1613; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Love my nexus 5, all I want from the replacement is 1. Resemble price. 2. BIGGER battery Please. 3. A couple more megapixels camera. 4. Finger print scanner. 5. 5.2" screen

18. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

For God sake once and for all times sort out the battery life. Is it so fukking difficult to do it ?!

31. T-rex unregistered

We will never understand certain things from these manufacturers

19. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

Nexus 5 was a great phone. I hope they remake it this year based soley off the 5 and take nothing from the G4..

25. zachki17

Posts: 294; Member since: Sep 14, 2014

2K display optimized Cpu s808 would be nice and lG G4 camera 3000 mah battery 5,3 display and that would be the best phone ever made and metalic chasis of corse with .eather back

40. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

No 808, horrible choice. It would have to be the 820 because the 810 is garbage.

42. Niva.

Posts: 440; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

Why do we want a 2k display on the Nexus 5? We don't, stick to 1080, at that point the SD808 might be ok. We also don't want the screen to be 5.3 incher, round up at that's a 5.5 incher and really starts getting close to the phablet territory. What would be the purpose of the Nexus 6 then? The one thing I would take from the G4 is the camera though... if that's even possible without completely jacking up the price.

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