10 Things You Should Know About Google’s Nexus 5

Nexus 5

Google’s Nexus 4 sold well.  It didn’t sell gangbusters crazy like the Samsung Galaxy S4. But that comparison is something akin to comparing the box office sales of an indie flick to that of a $100 million stinker.

That comparison in mind, the Nexus 4 isn’t a bloated and hyped piece of hardware.  As it stands right now the smartphone is about 1-year old and can hold its own.  The camera, as I’ve stated before, leaves much to be desired.  But aside from that I have no major qualms with the device.  Wireless charging is present, the OS is clean and free of useless software, and design wise the Nexus 4 leaves little to be desired.

But that doesn’t mean Google is resting on it laurels.  And we know this because we’ve seen the next Nexus, the Nexus 5, leaked a handful of times.  Specs, thanks to a BGR who got their hands on a leaked manual, we’re published two days ago.  And yesterday Phone Arena, who claims to have an inside source, says that the Nexus 5 will cost just $299 or $399 depending on which model you choose.  So before I bore you any more, here is what I know about the Nexus 5.

1. 5-inch 1080p display

The type of display is still TBD.  But since Motorola has been using Super AMOLED in their handsets of recent, it stands to reason that the Nexus 5 will also use this type of panel.

2. 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 chipset

This is Qualcomm’s latest and greatest (and most powerful) chip to date.  Owners of a Galaxy S4 likely won’t notice a big leap in speed in terms of day to day use, but things should be zippier, especially for those that game or using demanding applications.

3. 2GB of RAM

Nothing too crazy here.  2GB has quickly become the standard amongst the latest gen smartphones today.

4. 16-32GB of storage

Capacity will be reflected in price and is said to be mutually exclusive to battery type. So if you get the 32GB Nexus 5, you’ll end up with the 3,000mAh battery.  Get the 16GB Nexus 5 and you’ll be relegated to the smaller battery.

5. 8MP camera with IOS

Apple and HTC has become the poster child for: more megapixel doesn’t mean a crisper or better image.  I’d have to agree. However, OIS (optical image stabilization) can improve photos, especially in choppy scenarios.

6. 1.3-megapixel front facing camera

Presumably there will be nothing new fangled here.  But perhaps will see some software from the company that takes better advantage of this particular camera.

7. 2300mAh battery or a 3000mAh battery

As stated in the capacity section, the 16GB Nexus 5 will ship with a 2,300mAh battery.  The 32GB Nexus 5 will ship with the 3,000mAh battery.  This news comes by way of a Phone Arena source.

8. NFC

Not a shocker here, and perhaps finally Google will get folks to finally use Google Wallet as well as exchange photos simply by tapping their handsets together.

9. Android 4.4 Kit Kat

This is Google’s latest iteration of the mobile OS.  In fact, it was the unveiling of their new OS that leaked the first image (video to be truthful) of the Nexus 5.   KitKat promises a flat design much like Apple’s iOS 7, but that seems to be mostly speculation right now.

10. Wireless Qi Compatible Charging

This was standard on the Nexus 4, and I’m happy to see it make its way to the Nexus 5.  Let’s just hope the device doesn’t get too fat, which is the case of the Samsung GS4 once you add the wireless battery.

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Christen Costa

Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."

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