November of 2013 was a great month for the tech world; Google had released its successor to the popular Nexus 4. Google trusted LG to top the previous year’s phone and boy did they do just do that. They packed this beauty with some pretty great specs including a Snapdragon 800, 2 GB RAM, 32 GB storage, a 2300 mAh battery and a 5 inch 1080p display. The phone, being a Google device, was the first in line to get updates for the Android OS and all of this came with price tag of $400! It was crazy as the Nexus 5 easily held its own in front of its $700 rivals ( keep in mind this was before people even knew what OnePlus was). This was easily in the top rankings for best phone in 2013.
Fast-forward to 2015 and we have…the Nexus 6. After the great Moto X, everyone was expecting big things when Motorola stepped up to the plate to manufacture the new Nexus. It was hyped very well and it got people talking. But when it came out in October 2014, I wasn’t very impressed. Don’t get me wrong, its a great phone and I’d certainly buy one if I had the option, but it was nothing like the Nexus 5 everyone loved. Although this thing came fully loaded, with a Snapdragon 805, 3 GB RAM, 13 MP camera and a 3220 mAh battery, it was too big and lost the easy one handed use of the Nexus 5. They made the Nexus 6 with a 6 inch QHD display which is beautiful, but too big for most users coming from Apple, or everyone else who didn’t have a Galaxy Note. But that’s not the biggest disappointment, no, that award goes to the price tag they decided to put on this beast of a phone. Instead of staying true to the previous Nexus tradition, the Nexus 6 came in at $700 off contract. Yes, $700 for the 64GB model. Please make a note of the fact that that is double the price of a 16GB Nexus 5. Hence, Nexus 6 sales weren’t very good and to add to their problems, many users complain about the back panel coming off and exposing the battery ( I guess they did include a removable back cover 🙂 ).
You maybe wondering, if the Nexus 6 didn’t do too good, why would I care about the next Nexus then? Only three words are required to answer that question, LG is back! Yes, many reports claim that LG will be making this year’s Nexus and it is going to be a revamped Nexus 5 (*cheering*).
None of these specs are confirmed but most of these could be on the Nexus once released. Other sources claim that there could be a Snapdragon 810, 2K display and fingerprint scanner would be involved. Although very unlikely (I’m adding it to see what people think), some sources are claiming the Nexus 5 2015 will have a retinal scanner. Like I said, very unlikely but it would be very cool to have your phone scan your eye to unlock it.
In picture above, we can see a leak of the Nexus 5 (2015) case. The back has two circular cutouts which can mean one of two things.
- The Nexus 5 (2015) will feature a dual lens camera or
- The Nexus 5 (2015) will have a fingerprint scanner on the back.
The fingerprint scanner is more likely as Android M does make use of fingerprint scanners and they seem to be everywhere now so LG probably wont want to miss out. As we can see, there also is a square cutout which probably contains the flash and maybe LG’s signature laser focus sensor. Its great to see some improvements in the camera department as it was never the Nexus strong point. The camera seems to haunt all the previous Nexus devices. The phone should be released alongside Android M in October and should be running Android M out of the box!
If LG can pack the specs we saw and keep the price below $500, the Nexus 5 will be a must buy and surely be a serious contender in the Flagship Killer contest. For those of you who liked the Nexus 6’s large design don’t worry, as Huawei is reportedly making a larger 5.7 inch Nexus also! Let me know which one you would pick an why in the comments below.
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