This afternoon we are seeing our first look at the upcoming LG Nexus 5 smartphone, as long as recent rumors and the tipster both are correct. We’ve heard a Moto Nexus 5 is coming, from a very reliable source, but before that it was all talk about LG. The folks from TechTastic, who have been accurate with many Samsung and LG rumors in the past are delivering the first photo today.

TechTastic was one of the first ones with accurate details about the backside buttons on the LG G2, not to mention countless other leaks, but we’ll still be taking this odd photo with a grain of salt. Before we dig in, lets rewind.

We can’t confirm LG is making the Nexus 5, but it could be based on the G2 just like last year was based on the original LG Optimus G. We’ve heard countless rumors and “confirmed” leaks stating it will be, so it’s only a matter of time til we know. Second, the rumors have continued to go back and forth between having the same specs as the G2, and lower specs to hit that Nexus $299 price point. This states the latter of the two.


Apparently the image above comes from an LG tester and the description for the device reads “Nxs5”, so we’re just going to assume here. The rear battery cover appears to not be on all the way, suggesting a removable back, which the previous Nexus didn’t offer. And our last leak states the camera will be in the top corner, again, like the Nexus 4 and new Nexus 7.

So far it sounds like leaks and reports are all over the place, with specs still wavering as well. It looks like a G2 and has the same bottom speaker grills, but there’s not enough info here. What do you guys think? For now we’ll just have to wait for more information, which surely is coming soon. And again this leakster states it will arrive with Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie, but we’ve heard that before.

VIA: TechTastic

  • Edward Smith

    Looks like an S4, doubt thats it.

  • newsjunkieintl

    Not the Nexus 5. Does not have Google nor Nexus logo on the back. Have no idea what it is, but don’t really care. LG does make other cellphones you know, besides the G2 and the Nexus 5. As the Nexus 5 will not be released until November, it’s still way to early for pics.

    • yea.. The last one didn’t have it initially either, but I see your point.

  • Manuel Salcedo

    stupid fools, its a render image…..its obviously a fake.

  • Cal Rankin

    I hope this isn’t the final prototype. I hope the back has a material like a textured plastic or carbon fiber on the back. I don’t want a crack over the Nexus logo

  • Ray

    Fake! Next…

  • Richard Yarrell

    All I will say is Note 3 rules period.

    • neo

      I am a note 2 user and I have to say after 6 months of use, the battery life is pathetic. No software updates from Samsung. Still on 4.1.2. Power button takes its own to time to activate the screen. Lesson: stick to stock android phones.. Samsung premium phones – not worth it. Period!

      • Thomas C Montano

        That’s what XDA is for my friend, my customized, stock-based build was beyond impressive in speed, battery life, and performance. Was racking up the high 9500+ on quadrant and getting 2+ days of battery life.

    • squiddy20

      And you know this because you know the exact specs and/or features (both hardware and software) of the Note 3, and can predict the future?
      Yeah, that’s what I thought.

    • j7.deville

      samsung knows how to load smartphones with great specs and beautiful screens but their software Touchwiz needs a lot of work, it still lags and has a lot of gimmicky waste of space features, I have a Gs4 but I am rooted and running a stock android rom with Nova Launcher on top and it’s way better no lag issues and way more freedom than touchwiz offers.

      I think the Galaxy Note devices are the only devices where touchwiz is useful otherwise I think samsung needs to scratch it and completly revamp it’s software giving it a fresh new look and taking away all the useless features.

  • andrew

    Another blog that I read recently suggested that in order to keep the price affordable a Qualcomm 600 processor would have to be used. Might be ok if a SoC Adreno 330 GPU is used and both ‘Key Lime Pie’ plus the hardware is optimised vertically 100%.
    Graphics are supposed to be doing most of the heavy lifting, so who cares if the quad core is running at 1.7 or 2.3Ghz.

  • Ethan Bissette

    I’m going to say no on this one. If you compare the nexus 4 to the lg optimus g they had very similar designs on the back. The shape was different though so there was only so much you could reference from the optimus. The back of this phone doesn’t even look to have the same texture as the LG G2’s back. And the front looks identical to the G2. The nexus 4 has its very own shape, suffice it to say I don’t think the nexus design will flat out copy the G2’s because 1. It didn’t do it last time, and 2. Google wants their nexus phones to be stand alone products and not look so much like another’s regardless of partnerships or design preference.