Google Nexus 5 Smartphone Debut Appears Imminent: 10 Things to Expect

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2013-10-08 Print this article Print

Google's Nexus 4, a device designed by LG to be the search giant's flagship smartphone offering for Android, is out of stock. When customers head to the Google Play marketplace, they find that the device's 8GB and 16GB options are unavailable, and Google doesn't say when they will be back in stock. Of course, there's a good reason for that: As reports around the Web have said time and again, the Nexus 4 will soon be replaced by the Nexus 5. Although Google has yet to confirm that the Nexus 5 is even in the works, all of the rumors surrounding the product suggest it's ready for its unveiling. Recently, a leaked manual hit the Web that outlines features in a new smartphone from LG. The manual doesn't actually mention the Nexus 5 by name, but all of the features, design specifications and support text in the manual indicate it's a Nexus smartphone. So, what exactly is Google up to? If all of the rumors that have hit the Web over the last few months are any indication, Google will soon be introducing a new Nexus handset that might hit store shelves in time for the holiday shopping season. Take a look at the evidence in this eWEEK slide show.

  • Google Nexus 5 Smartphone Debut Appears Imminent: 10 Things to Expect

    By Don Reisinger
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  • LG Is Definitely Behind the Device

    Although LG was the vendor behind the Nexus 4 and Google likes to swap device makers for its Nexus line, it's believed that LG is once again developing the Nexus 5. The leak of a manual for a new LG handset lends credence to that view. Furthermore, earlier leaks from the company's supply chain also indicates that Google hasn't switched vendors for the next Nexus generation.
    1-LG Is Definitely Behind the Device
  • Big, High-Definition Screen

    According to numerous reports, the Nexus 5 will be so named because it'll launch with a 4.9-inch display. The Nexus 4, on the other hand, came with a slightly smaller 4.7-inch screen. Why LG didn't go all the way to 5.2 inches like it did in its Optimus G is unknown. Apparently LG wants to make clear to customers that the Nexus 5 can't overshadow its own flagship handset.
    2-Big, High-Definition Screen
  • The Familiar Notification Light Will Stay in the Nexus 5

    Don't expect any major upgrades in the Nexus 5. If the rumors are true, the device will come with the same support for wireless charging and near-field communication. The Nexus 5 will also come with the notification light that Nexus 4 owners seemed quite fond of when they bought the device last year.
    3-The Familiar Notification Light Will Stay in the Nexus 5
  • The Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, of Course

    Any Android smartphone worth its price these days will ship with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor. Therefore, it's no surprise that the Nexus 5 will feature a 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 with 2GB of RAM. Expect the handset to show notable performance improvement over the Nexus 4.
    4-The Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, of Course
  • No Surprises on Design

    If the leaked manual is to be believed, the Nexus 5 will come with the same basic design as the Nexus 4. That means the handset, save for a bump in screen size, will have the same rounded corners, the same sleek finish and identical buttons on the front surrounding the screen. The Nexus 4's design was well-received by reviewers, so it makes sense for LG to stick with what works.
    5-No Surprises on Design
  • Thankfully, LTE Support

    Customers' biggest issue with the Nexus 4 was its lack of LTE support. LG plans to address that problem with the Nexus 5. That should address concerns that the Nexus line is falling behind in the increasingly competitive smartphone market.
    6-Thankfully, LTE Support
  • Is It Time for a KitKat?

    This is still up in the air, but there is considerable talk that Google will launch its next Android version, KitKat, in the Nexus 5. Recently, Google accidentally leaked a video showcasing KitKat on a device that appeared to be the Nexus 5. Whether the software will actually launch with the handset, however, is unknown at this point. Here's hoping.
    7-Is It Time for a KitKat?
  • More Storage Than the Nexus 4

    The Nexus 4 was a nonstarter for those who needed a lot of storage for video and audio. The Nexus 5, however, promises to double the storage found in the Nexus 4 by delivering 16GB and 32GB versions. Sure, it'd be nice to have a 64GB option, but doubling onboard storage is a good move by LG.
    8-More Storage Than the Nexus 4
  • Following Apple's Color Move

    There has been considerable talk in the online forums from people who claim to have knowledge of LG's plans that the company will offer multiple colors for the Nexus 5. LG and Google didn't offer color choices last year. But they might have been convinced that this is the right time for such a move, given Apple's recent decision to offer the iPhone 5C in multiple colors. Like the KitKat release, this one might not happen when Google first rolls out the Nexus 5.
    9-Following Apple's Color Move
  • A Relatively Reasonable Price

    The popularity of Google's Nexus line has been due in large part to the devices' affordable prices. The Nexus 4, for example, costs customers $199 and $249 for unlocked versions of the 8GB and 16GB models, respectively. That's not likely to change much for the Nexus 5 considering Google has maintained a consistent pricing policy for its handsets. If so, it won't be a bad deal.
    10-A Relatively Reasonable Price
Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at

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