LG Nexus 5 rumors surface, set to compete with Nexus 4 pricing

August 13, 2013
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LG may have just revealed their new LG G2 smartphone, but that isn't all they have in the works. With countless reports and rumors surrounding the next Nexus, some stating it will be from LG, previous reports claimed they have no part in the device. That, and today's new rumor comes just days after reports surfaced that Moto is up next for the Nexus 5.

The VP of LG Europe recently stated that the company is in fact not working on the "Nexus 5" smartphone. The VP Won Kim went on to mention “The Nexus 4 was a great success despite the production problems for us and Google,” and continued that with comments that they'd do it again, but don't "need" to. This isn't the first time we've heard those comments either, and now they seem pointless if these rumors are correct.

According to MyDrivers things are certainly in the works by LG and Google, and we could be seeing the next Nexus soon. While we've already speculated that LG and Google would partner on the G2 and make it a Nexus just like the did with the Optimus G and the Nexus 4, today's addition is that the price will be the same, even with the huge increase in specs.

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However, not all the specs will make it into the Nexus 5 if they want to keep the pricing the same. This rumor states we'll still enjoy the 5.2-inch 1080p display, 13 megapixel camera, and countless other impressive features, but lose the 2.3 GHz Snapdragon 800 processor. Instead aiming for something like the Snapdragon 600, which is fine, as well as moving the buttons back to the side of the device. The G2 buttons are all on the rear.

I don't know about you guys but if we could get the LG G2 with normal buttons, maybe at the cost of not being as thin, yet keep that massive 3,000 mAh battery all inside a Nexus 5 priced the same as the 4 with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, I'd be all for it. That's what this rumor is stating. We'll keep our eyes out for details and report anything else that creeps up.

VIA: SlashGear


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  • samizad

    “We’ve heard that a few times, and that it may of been misinterpreted,… “.

    This contains my absolute pet hate grammatical mistake. Please correct so I can read the rest of the article.

    p.s. I’m allowed to make mistakes, not you.

  • Justin Swanson

    Dunno why the Nexus 4 (2013) or 5, whatever name they go with, would ship with 4.3. They would almost certainly ship with 4.4 or 5.0.

    • Matt

      Doesn’t matter what it ships with. Always gets the latest software when that releases anyway. Would be the first service to get the latest version.

      • stucrmnx120fshwf

        Yup my N7 FHD and N4, are right up to date, software wise.

    • teqnick

      The newest Nexus always ships with the latest version Android. I think the Jellybean mention was an error on the OP’s part

  • T.J.

    I think when they said they weren’t working on a “nexus 5,” they weren’t lying. It must have a different name; Nexus G2, maybe?

    • newsjunkieintl

      LG refuted that quote, saying it was a mistranslation — so why do ignorant bloggers keep repeating it? LG never denied they were making the Nexus — a VP made a statement LG immediately corrected. But as the project is top secret they could not officially confirm or deny they had the contract. All they could say was they were not NOT making it.

      But the media keeps repeating the quote LG said was WRONG.

      • Justin Swanson

        I didn’t see this confirmed, but I suspected that.

  • Terrence Chin

    I’d be quite happy with a Snapdragon 600, as long as it has that 3000mah battery and LTE at the Nexus 4 price.

    • shadowstewie

      Hell yeah! Me too! Hopefully it’s true and I can upgrade my Verizon Galaxy Nexus to this phone on T-Mobile

      • Cal Rankin

        You will more than likely be able to use it on T-Mobile, since every Nexus device has a version compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile.

    • stucrmnx120fshwf

      I’ve got the N4 so they’d have to throw in a 1080p screen, to tempt me in 6 months time.

  • Brian Utne

    After all the Moto X hype, I am believing ZERO price rumors.

    • El_Big_CHRIS

      same here

  • DustoMan

    Please come to Verizon.

    • Matt

      Never going to happen. They aren’t going to increase cost by adding cdma radios. Plus look at the disas

    • Crucifixion Cruxi

      screw verizon!

    • newsjunkieintl

      The v2 of the Nexus 7 tablet is coming to Verizon, so the Nexus 5 may also. Looks like Google and Verizon have kissed and made up.

      • Justin Swanson

        They did for LTE, not for CDMA.

      • newsjunkieintl

        Ah, for data plan only. OK, I missed that. I was just thinking they had a relationship with Verizon again.

    • CPPCrispy

      Probably won’t have CDMA but if it has Verizon’s LTE frequencies then we can hope on using the phone on Verizon when they release VoLTE.

      • shadowstewie

        The next generation Nexus 7 comes with Tri-Band LTE which works on Verizon, T-Mobile, and AT&T. I think it’s possible.

      • Cal Rankin

        For phones, I think it’s possible for them to throw in a CDMA radio. If not, I don’t really care, because I’ll probably take it to AT&T GoPhone since they allow LTE access to prepaid users

  • lion7718

    I don’t think they’ll come out with a Nexus 5 this year, I think they’ll wait till next year with a Moto X.

    • newsjunkieintl

      Nexus 5 is coming. Announcement in October, actual release in November — just like the last two years.

    • teqnick

      Why would they skip a generation of nexus?

  • googlre10

    thats a direct win for LG+Google.

  • SangHan

    fast operation, long battery, high resolution, waterproof

  • Mesa Softic

    If this is true, then all my wait for a N5 will flush down the toilet, i will then get a Xperia Z

    • teqnick

      unlucky

  • gcornwallis

    I don’t see anything spectacular here, given it basically has the same specs as the HTC One or S4 but 9 months late. That bigger battery would be nice but thats about it. I am sure I’ll be able to install android 5.0 on my HTC One when it becomes available.

    • Thomas Decker

      But off contract and about $300 less than the One, I’ll take it! I’ve never signed a phone contract and never will.

      • gcornwallis

        I can’t argue on the price, and I’ll probably buy it anyway. I’m really just saying its late IMHO.

        I’m not on contract either, haven’t been for many many years now. You can save buying the phones outright!

      • stucrmnx120fshwf

        I’m thinking that they mean, that the N5 will be the same price, as the N4 was before they discounted it by US $100, or I’ve just done my money, still very good phone.

    • teqnick

      Exactly, it’s the price and simplicity that are “spectacular”

    • teqnick

      Also, smartphone specs are free to plateau now. The hardware has way overtaken the software requirements. You don’t need an 8 core flippin chip in a smartphone. You DO need a good screen, decent processor with good software optimisation, dedicated graphics with open GL 3.0 support. Low power BT, big battery, and guess what…

  • vcarvega

    If the Nexus 5 gets a Snapdragon 600, I’d still consider it… but the Sony Honami would certainly be a lot more attractive.

    I hope Google does not go this bargain route with the new Nexus 10… Although I will likely buy it regardless simply for the stock Android support and experience, it really deserves to be driving the latest and greatest cpu/gpu package. The only issues I’ve ever had are when streaming HD content… while this could be a problem w/ the antennas in the Nexus 10, I suspect the gpu may be partly to blame as well. Considering that my g/f’s iPad and my laptop have no trouble streaming the same content… I know the problem isn’t a bandwidth issue.

    • samantha657

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  • Abhinand

    what wallpaper is that?

  • pushbroom

    I really hope they put a better DAC and headphone amp in the new one…the nexus 4 downright blows in this respect

  • http://somewhere.com/ Marsh

    As long as it’s NOT Motolora that gets the Nexus 5 contract I’ll buy one… I’ve always bought Google flagship devices; since the G1. But that tradition will end if Motorola makes it. Motorola makes crap, and not even Google can fix that… Motorola will never recover from the horrible Razr (flip) several years ago.

    The Moto X sold under the “Made in the US” hype… Frankly, most Americans are lazy. They go to work not to make a quality product but to ONLY get a pay check. Most take no pride in what they build. At least when things are made in Asia they work hard for that $.50 an hr. I’ve worked in the assembly industry, and the supervisors were more concerned with pushing quantity over quality. If it looked good enough then it passed, nevermind the partially damaged spring.

    • william Bonneau

      you sir are a hero, since i’m canadian

    • teqnick

      That horrible razr flip was one of the best selling “feature” phones of all time.

      • http://somewhere.com/ Marsh

        That’s because it was sold on hype and because it was the only phone of it’s kind at the time… Sold as “The thinnest phone available.”

        I worked for AT&T at the time the Moto Razr was being first sold. I was part of the Tech Support/Warranty department. 60% of our daily calls were due to the Moto Razr. Many users calling in for the 2nd or 3rd time (which we swapped out the Razr for another comparable [by price] device after the 3rd call – It got to the point when people called in with a Razr, after doing what we could to fix it then, we would offer to switch their device to something else, even if it was the first time they called in because we knew if we sent another Razr they would be calling back soon after receiving it.)

        So regardless of how well the phone sold it was still a piece of garbage that was horribly manufactured. (Literally the wires that connected the screen to the board in the base of the phone were made cheap and were known to break after so much use by opening and closing the phone)

  • Mrgwaps

    I’m sold, the Nexus 4 is just a elegant device and it’s a developers phone so none of the bloat ware packaged with most devices on the market, like years past should be a clone of the LG G series or LG G2 currently, I hope they release the Nexus smartwatch and Keylime Pie 5.0 when they release the Nexus 5 in November.

    Also an IR sensor to control other IR devices would be cool also, like the S4. All in all, it just makes sense to get onboard with the Nexus series, the fact that it get’s firmware updates before other devices is just icing on the cake, and a true Android experience without brand pushing and labeling is awesome.