2LG 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.
3Big, 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.
4The 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.
5The Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, of Course
6No 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.
7Thankfully, LTE Support
8Is 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.
9More Storage Than the Nexus 4
10Following 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.
11A 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.