Nexus 5 dreams: Snapdragon 800, 4GB of RAM, 13MP camera, LTE, full HD screen

Nexus 5 dreams

It is said that Google may launch Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie in October and we’re hoping that they’ll use the opportunity to unveil the next Nexus smartphone. And that’s the subject of this post – imagining, or rather wishful thinking, what the upcoming Nexus 5 could have under the hood.

Basically, we want it to have everything, including:

  • Super-fast Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor
  • 4GB of RAM – we’ve heard that phones with 4GB of RAM could be released by the end of this year
  • 13-megapixel camera on the back with *awesome* camera software (Nexus phones didn’t have the best camera software)
  • full HD screen with a diagonal of 4.7 or 5 inches, both will work just fine
  • LTE connectivity support
  • expandable memory (with microSD cards)

Perhaps more importantly, we want to see Google working with accessory makers and offer an array of cases, docks and other gear to help us protect and extend the capability of the Nexus 5.

As I already said, at this stage – this is just wishful thinking as we’re unsure what Google and its partners will come up with. We are, however, eager to know – what do you expect from the Nexus 5?

  • Michael

    What I would expect? I think that I’d like the latest Adreno GPU on it, and of course the Snapdragon 800. 4 GB RAM would be very cool, too, and improved camera will surely make happy many of the nexus “fans”.

  • misternobg

    Since Nexus 4 has 4.7 inch screen I expect Nexus 5 with 5 inch full HD screen, LTE of course, not necessary SD card, 32 GB of storage wil be enough.

    • Peter Barnett

      Well that’s not why they named it the 4. It was the 4th generation nexus. The Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 were named after their screen sizes, and the Nexus 4 just happened to fit the mold so they named it the Nexus 4.

      I think they’ll stick around 4.7 as well for the 5. 4.7 tends to be the sweet spot for MOST people (obviously there are those that like the Galaxy Mega).

      • misternobg

        I’m aware that they didn’t give the name Nexus 4 or 5 because of the screen size. I just think that they should continue to increase screen size with new generation. But that’s just my opinion. I have big hands so I think that 5-5.5 would fit for me. Galaxy Mega with 6.3 would be to much.

        • Peter Barnett

          I see what you’re saying. I could go for a 5-incher myself, but I doubt they will. They’ll stay under 4.9, just so they don’t have to say “5-inch screen” which would be a turn-off for many.

          • newsjunkieintl

            I don’t think it would turn off developers. All developers are using S4, Xperia Z, etc.which have 5.0″ screens. My 4.65″ Nexus 3 screen seems too small. 🙂

          • Peter Barnett

            Haha. You are right. I defered on your other comment. 🙂

  • John Salman

    In order of importance:
    Replaceable battery, Full HD screen, fast CPU, xenon flash. not much more really.

  • shon

    You don’t make the nexus5 with a 4.7 inch screen …if you want a 4.7 inch screen buy a nexus4….Im not saying the nexus6 should have a 6inch screen but we’ve been in the 4inches long enough

  • PeterSteinbeck

    4GB of RAM, Snapdragon 800 and 32GB of storage. Keep everything else the same if you have to. 🙂

  • newsjunkieintl

    Nexus phones have been competitive/or even slightly better with what’s already on the market. But they never PUSH specs to the next level. Look for specs similar to S4 and HTC One. Nexus will have 2GB RAM — maybe 3GB — but forget about 4GB RAM. Will probably have 5″ 1080p. Might have LTE connectivity — since the Sony Xperia ZL C6506 (not the Z, the ZL) is unlocked, has GSM and LTE bands. Nexus could do the same.

    Google has said they will NEVER give a Nexus phone expandable memory. So forget that.

    October is too early for actual Nexus 5 release. We’ll probably get an “announcement” about Key Lime Pie and Nexus 5 in October, but actual launch will probably be November.

    All past 4 Nexus phones were released in November, December, January. The last 3 Nexus phones have been released in November and December. So, look for it in November at the earliest.

    It’s now mid-June. In October you’ll get an announcement from Google, and hear how the Nexus 5 is based on the LG Optiumus G2 and will have Key Lime Pie. You’ll get a presentation on Key Lime Pie in October. In November it will start shipping, actually be “released”, “launched”.

    • Peter Barnett

      Great analysis. One problem though is the RAM. It’ll either be 2 GB or 4 GB. The way current works in electronics is more powerful in pairs (that’s why it is always doubled…512 MB…1 GB….2GB….4GB). I’m guessing they’ll stick with 2 GB.

      Also, it won’t be a 5-inch screen, even though I would personally love that.

      Good point on the release date though.

      • newsjunkieintl

        For the RAM, I’ll defer to your judgement.

        But for the sceen, I can’t understand why not 5″. 5.0″ seems to be the new standard for top tier smartphones.

        The Galaxy S4 is a 5.0″ 1080p. The Sony Xperia Z (and the ZL) are 5.0″ 1080p. This year’s LG Optimus G Pro is 5.5″ 1080p — which is in the same “family” as last year’s Optimus G. In fact, I don’t know why HTC only did 4.8″ for the HTC One.

        The current 4.7″ 720p LG Nexus 4 is based on last year’s 4.7″ 720p LG Optimus G. For the new LG Optimus G2, coming in Q3 — which the Nexus 5 may be based on — I think LG will go bigger to 5″ and of course 1080p. Or if Google bases it on something from Sony, like the ZL, that’s also 5″

        The Nexus 3 (which I own) was 4.65″, 720p.
        The Nexus 4 is 4.7″ 720p.
        For Nexus 5, Google should go 5.0″ 1080p.

        • Peter Barnett

          Ok. I get your logic there. I owned the Galaxy Nexus and have the Nexus 4 now and think 4.7 is the sweet spot.

          But I do see how you could be right. Nexus has always been for developers, a natural clique following. To go to 5 inches probably wouldn’t kill the following, since most of the people that like Nexus branded phones can go for the bigger phone. It might actually boost it’s sales. I don’t see it going to 5.5″ though (at least not now…maybe the 6th or 7th Nexus phone). I think, as a Nexus device, it’s point isn’t to be huge, but to be great for developers.

          But I concede, you are right. A 5.0″ phone might in fact be the way the Nexus 5 should go. I hope they go that route. Good thinking, and great job actually bringing facts to the table unlike most.


  • Nick V

    I think that the Nexus 4 is a great phone, and I would make only evolutionary changes to the model, such as a better camera, better GPU, and a 5″ screen. Add in LTE and make sure that the chip running it can help slow the LTE drain on the battery.

  • vasras

    1. Google doesn’t like memory card slots. They have publicly stated their reasons for this.

    2. No mfg will give their topmost absolute best to be branded under Nexus phone. They always leave the best for their own product launches.

    3. 4GB is huge battery hog. Let’s see 3G devices first.

    • Nick V

      1. I agree with you. Apple and Google want people using their cloud services.

      2. You and incorrect. Samsung Galaxy S4 Nexus Experience and HTC One Nexus Experience

      3. 4GB is memory while 3G is network.

      3a. Unless you meant 3GB, then I am not sure how memory would be a memory hog.

  • moogoomonkey

    I think most of all I wish they will sort out the damned distribution!

  • Woodlands Runner

    I like my N4 on AT&T. Here in Houston it averages 6 down and 1 up. That seems to keep up with all my apps and Youtube videos. For N5, I’d like to see a slightly bigger screen, 32GB memory and about 10% bigger battery capacity. Hope not much else changes including the price.

  • Ryan Bassil Yousif

    Nexus is a developer phone they need to be inexpensive and powerful. We don’t need external memory slots to jack up the price and complicate things when it comes to rooting and flashing ROMS.

  • Blake Fasse

    I would really like the new version of android to come with an IR blaster support instead of having to rely on 3rd party software to do that for us

  • topgun966

    I don’t think people here quite understand Google, and the wireless industry in general. LTE is VERY expensive in that it has to get approved by the FCC. The FCC charges per device based on how many radio frequencies is has. To include all the bands needed for ATT and TMo in the US, not even including the rest of the world, is just cost prohibitive when they are trying to keep the phone at the current price point. Second, NO Nexus device will EVER have SD cards support. Actually, Android was never designed to support SD cards. It was hacked in. Google hates them because its a massive security concern among other things. The rest seems a fair bet. 5in 1080p screen would make sense, along with higher storage 16/32. 4gb of ram wouldn’t surprise me.

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