Upcoming Nexus 5 to be based on the LG G2 minus the back buttons

Upcoming Nexus 5 to be based on the LG G2 minus the back buttons
From the deep confines of the Vietnamese blog, which has leaked correct info on numerous flagships from Apple, Samsung, LG and Motorola before, now comes the latest rumor about a Nexus 5, which it turns out is still possible this year, and will have nothing to do with the Moto X

The thread that leaks these claims gave us first encounters with phones like the iPhone 4S, Galaxy S III and recently the Moto X, so the source has been pretty credible before. 

The true origin of these leaks are likely the assembly factories of said companies in Vietnam, one of which you see below, and LG just pumped a billion and a half more for two new plants over there, so where's smoke there might very well be fire, too.

Smartphone assembly factory in Vietnam

Smartphone assembly factory in Vietnam



The Google Nexus 5 is expected to land from LG for a second year in a row, and be loosely based on the G2 flagship. We say loosely, since it won't have the bold stuff like back buttons, yet will borrow the top-notch specs like a 5.2" display and a Snapdragon 800 processor (not 600 like we heard before). The design should actually jibe with the second edition Nexus 7, say the sources, with very thin bezel on the sides, and camera unit moved closer to the edge of the phone.

A glass back will make its way onto the Nexus 5, in line with the tradition started last year, for what sounds like a killer Android phone, especially if Google again releases it at cost or with slightly subsidized pricing like the last Nexus. 

We don't know if the superior audio quality and OIS tech of the G2 will make it into this purported Nexus 5, but if all of this is true, more leaks shouldn't be far behind, as the summer is almost over, and we all know the onslaught that will follow on the way to the holiday shopping craze.

source: cuhiep (Tinhte.vn)

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60 Comments

1. scriptwriter

Posts: 396; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

The Glass back better be gorilla glass 3, other wise google have lost a faithful nexus fan. I seen so many cases of glass backed phones shattering because the phone gets hot, then the user puts it down on cool (room tempreature) surface and the glass shatters!!! Other than that, the specs sound good.

13. atsamman

Posts: 74; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

I always thought that the glass back is very sexy My only concern is whyyyyy Google why didn't you keep the 4.7inch display ?!!!!

23. scriptwriter

Posts: 396; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

Its not upto google what the phone has in terms of hardware specs. Google only make the software. It the OEM (LG) who decides.

34. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Actually, Google can request the screen size and shape they want on a Nexus, but they're limited to what the OEM has in its supply chain. Case in point, the Galaxy Nexus used a much bigger and higher density screen than the Galaxy S2, but Samsung made it work because Google requested an HD screen.

51. puckhead

Posts: 81; Member since: Jan 13, 2013

Are you kidding me? You dont think google has imput on the hardware? Im sure LG works with them on what they want.

29. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

In their defense, if the Nexus 7 is 7", why shouldn't the Nexus 5 be 5"?

35. scriptwriter

Posts: 396; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

i rufuse to follow this logic. if it were true, then the nexus 7 2 would have a 49 inch screen

36. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

But that isn't my logic. They don't market it as the Nexus 7². They just call it the New Nexus 7. I wonder if they'll continue selling the Nexus 4. Then they can cover as many sizes as they want - 4, 5, 7, 10, maybe wedge an 8 in there.

44. atsamman

Posts: 74; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

Okay then bring us the new nexus 4 I don't care what ever the hell Google wanna call it as long as its a nexus with a reasonable size that's my new phone I just feel 4.7 is more than big enough I mean 5.2 that's just a .3 inch short of note 2 screen

57. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Um that is the logic. It is a fact. Nexus One(a number but not written numerically), Nexus S, Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 7 2012, Nexus 4, Nexus 10, and Nexus 7 2013. Since the nexus 7, the numbers were based on screen size. That is a fact. The each sequel being a higher number system immediately fails because then the Nexus S would have been called the Nexus 2, the Galaxy Nexus the Nexus 3, and the Nexus 7 2012 would have been called the Nexus 4. Of course the number is based on the screen size, there is no other answer. The fact that you somehow got two thumbs up for being not very smart actually boggles my mind. I knew Phonearena commentators were bad but not this bad..

58. najariner

Posts: 24; Member since: Oct 31, 2012

actually the nexus 4 is called that because its the 4th Nexus PHONE, it woulda been the Nexus 4.7 otherwise. Tablets are named by screen size, phones are named by generation

28. Professor

Posts: 223; Member since: Aug 02, 2013

I have a Nexus 4 (glass back as you know) and it has already fallen a few times to the floor. In 2 occasions because of its slippery surface since I have one of the first Nexus 4. The second version of the Nexus 4 corrected that problem with 4 raised corners that stop the phone from slippping and from the shattering you are indicating. So basically that problem was corrected with the second generation of the Nexus 4. So I don't think LG is going to go back to the original design of the 1st generation without the raised corners. You can be sure that if they make the Nexus 5 the back will be like the one on the 2nd generation Nexus 4.

60. KRONeage

Posts: 144; Member since: Apr 17, 2011

I guess you'll believe just about any lame thing you read then. Because Gorilla Glass is a distant cousin to Bubble Helmets Astronauts wore to the moon. Where it too underwent extreme temperature differentials both inside and out. Here's a part of the formula involved in the making of both Bubble Helmets and Gorilla Glass; "Heat a sheet of glass until it softens, then rapidly cool, or quench, its outer surfaces." This process is what made Aluminosilicate ideal for both situations, that also led to Corning Pyrex! To assume any type of Aluminosilicate Glass shatters with exposure to extreme heat or coolness is therefore preposterous! .....now sudden impact? Yes Gorilla Glass can shatter, but extreme heat to cold kind of flies in the face of just Gorilla Glass is made in the first place!

2. Kjayhawk

Posts: 294; Member since: Oct 07, 2010

As long as it comes with a 32 gig version.

3. Kurai unregistered

Why bother buying the lg g2 if you can wait for the nexus 5?

21. Kjayhawk

Posts: 294; Member since: Oct 07, 2010

because most likely the Nexus 5 isn't coming to verizon

22. sid07desai

Posts: 290; Member since: May 03, 2012

Because LG G2 is available worldwide. And Nexus only US. People in developing countries won't get the Nexus 5 till the Nexus 6 is already starting production

38. gagdude

Posts: 33; Member since: Mar 18, 2013

Nexus is not only US. Not quite as worldwide as the G2 but not as confined as your BS statement claims it to be. Do your research son.

4. konnor

Posts: 30; Member since: Apr 25, 2013

Glass back - again? After all the problems with the Nexus 4's back? It better be damn near impossible to break this time.

30. Professor

Posts: 223; Member since: Aug 02, 2013

I know I have been lucky but my Nexus 4 has survived falls that had me scare running to check the phone without not even a scratch or dent. And it does not have any type of bumper or protection because I like to see (and show its beauty) and use the phone the way it is. I don't like to buy a small and slim phone to later on put a 1/2" padding in the sides and the back making it to look and weight like a brick.

52. puckhead

Posts: 81; Member since: Jan 13, 2013

I did the same as you but with the LGOG, which is basically the same phone you have. The phone handled many drops, and then finally the back shattered from one drop. Then about a month later I drop it again, and on thin carpet no less, and the screen completely shattered rendering the phone useless. I got a new one with my insurance and now have a case. I got this case, it doesnt bother me at all.http://www.amazon.com/Black-Cruzerlite-Androidified-Case-Optimus/dp/B00AJ752J8/ref=sr_1_21?ie=UTF8&qid=1376691493&sr=8-21&keywords=lg+optimus+g+att+case

5. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Oh yes! I swore never to buy an LG device again years ago when they couldn't replace a battery nor any usable was available online, but this sounds like a deal I cannot pass. Plus it's a "Google phone" so my oath is kinda safe.

54. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

just so...you know. If you have a problem with your device, Google directs you the manufacture for warranty, and repairs. In my case, was the Galaxy Nexus, and believe me, Samsung has to be the worst when it comes to service.

6. skyline88

Posts: 697; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

so whats the point of getting a G2 now?

7. Qbancelli

Posts: 75; Member since: Mar 11, 2010

The back buttons?

8. Mr.Mr.Upgrade

Posts: 474; Member since: Aug 30, 2011

What the point if getting a lg g2. Moto x note3

9. JMartin22

Posts: 2327; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

LG is likely to leave out some key perks, as to not overshadow their flagship. I'm sure the the screen and audio quality won't be as refined on the Nexus model as the LG flagship. I'm sure that the former won't have a removable battery (some markets) and expandable storage either. There are visible advantages to having an LG G2 and LG accounted for this, surely.

10. papss unregistered

Sounds pretty exciting tbh.. I would love to see it glass back again.

31. Professor

Posts: 223; Member since: Aug 02, 2013

The glass back is what makes the Nexus 4 (and iphones) so beautiful. I prefer another glass back Nexus than a cheap looking plastic phone.

56. Trex95

Posts: 2358; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

I agree with you. I own the Nexus 4 and i drop it 3 times not even single scratch.

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