The Nexus 5 specs and features are likely going to be based on the LG G2, which just recently was officially unveiled. The LG G2 is the new LG flagship and boasts impressive specs and features. It is a high-end flagship device and once we find out the US release date and price, we will likely have a fairly good idea of what kind of improvements we can expect for the Nexus 5 over the Nexus 4.
Lately there has been some uncertainty about if LG will still be producing the Nexus 5. Taylor Wimberly reported that Motorola was working on the Nexus device with some speculating that Motorola might be producing the new Nexus 5. Other possibilities were that Motorola could be prudcing the Nexus 4 2nd generation upgrade or creating an entirely new Nexus phablet. This was followed by word that Asus would be producing the Nexus 10 2nd generation refresh, rather than Samsung. Google does appear to be shaking up the Nexus line by releasing upgrades.
However, for now most of the evidence still seems to indicate that LG will be producing the Nexus 5 so we will assume that the LG G2 is the baseline when it comes to determining the release date, price, specs and features of the new Nexus 5.
The earliest we might expect the Nexus 5 release date to be is November of 2014, but at this point we are starting to think early 2014 is the more likely bet. The LG G2 released in South Korea on August 7, but the US and Europe release still hasn't been confirmed. We have heard late August or September as the most likely release date of the LG G2. The LG rep confirmed that it would be Q3 or Q4 of 2013. For the time being Google is focusing on releasing Nexus refreshes and upgrades for this year. Google may want to wait until 2014 before we see a Nexus 5, Nexus 8 or Nexus 11. Instead of a Nexus 5 in late 2013, we may get a Nexus 4 2nd generation refresh, just like we are getting for the Nexus 10 and got for the Nexus 7.
The Nexus 5 is likely to be a 5-inch tablet. The LG G2 is a 5.2-inch device that comes close to almost being a phablet. We can't see the Nexus 5 being more than 5-inches, particularly if Google is thinking about releasing a Nexus phablet. Google seems to like neat number, the Nexus 4 is an exception at 4.7-inches, while the Nexus 7 and Nexus 7 2 are 7-inches, and the Nexus 10 and Nexus 10 2 will be 10-inches. We envision the 4.7-inch Nexus 4 screen will be upped to a 5-inch screen on the Nexus 5.
One place where Nexus 5 specs will benefit from LG G2 developments is with the screen. The LG G2 has a 1080 x 1920 423 ppi Full HD IPS screen compared to the Nexus 4 1280 x 768 HD IPS 320 ppi LCD screen. The LG G2 display is leaps and bounds above what the Nexus 4 has, you can clearly see how much better it is in the side by side video comparison. The Nexus 7 2 and Nexus 10 2 are both getting improved screens; there would be no reason for the Nexus 5 not to use the LG G2 screen.
When it comes to Nexus 5 processor, it is difficult to say if it will use to Snapdragon 800 quad-core the LG G2 uses. Both the Nexus 4 and LG G2 use 2 GB of RAM so that may not be an issue, but the Snapdragon 800 is far superior to the Snapdragon S4 Pro that the Nexus 4 uses. There would be a correspondingly large increase in price which would dampen user enthusiasm. The Nexus 7 2 saw a price increase of almost $100, so we aren't sure if the Nexus 5 will want to use the Snapdragon 800 or the lesser Snapdragon 600. Aside from that we imagine there will be an improvement to the camera with a 13-MP LG G2 camera to the Nexus 4 8-MP camera. A larger 3,000 mAh battery on the Nexus 5 over the 2100 mAh on the Nexus 4 along with the power efficiency improvements would be welcome improvements. The Nexus 4 was a 15.3 hour talk time, an improvement to 24 hours for the Nexus 5 may be in the cards.
In terms of OS the Nexus 5 may come out late enough to run Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie, though the Nexus 4 will also get the upgrade when the time comes.
The biggest Nexus 5 feature that most users will be hoping for that wasn't on the Nexus 4 is LTE. The Nexus 4 was limited to 3G speeds. The Nexus 5 with LTE would be one of the most welcome developments. The Nexus 4 also lacked a removable microSD card slot, so we probably won't see that on the Nexus 5 either since the LG G2 US version won't have it either. The Nexus 4 has wireless charging which may or may not be on the Nexus 5. The Nexus 5 is likely to have a nanoSIM like the LG G2 and Moto X do, rather than a microSIM.
This is going to be the sticking point for the Nexus 5. The Nexus 4 is $299/$349 unlocked. If we accept that the Nexus 5 is going to be based on the LG G2 and will come with improvements to the screen, processor, have LTE and a better camera, then we imagine that the price will be $400/$550 for the Nexus 5. It's hard to imagine that it could be priced less than that. Any higher and people would shun the Nexus 5, any lower and Google would end up selling the Nexus 5 at a loss.
The Nexus 5 promises to be an exciting and powerful device, based off what we know about the LG G2. The main problem is the increased price that will come with the specs and features improvements. It is sure to be a large improvement over the Nexus 4 and any potential Nexus 4 upgrade.
What other Nexus 5 specs and features are you hoping to see improved over the Nexus 4?