In 2013 Google released the Nexus 5 to huge acclaim: The handset was sufficiently powerful, had a nice form factor (with a 4.95-inch screen) and best of all ran Google's vanilla version of Android, rather than a version of the operating system infested with manufacturer bloatware. It was basically the perfect Android device.
Since, Google has gone ahead and released the Motorola-built Nexus 6 and HTC-built Nexus 9 tablet (in Google nomenclature the number refers to the size of the screen rounded to the nearest whole number) - but the company is yet to announce any update for its 5-inch device. This all looks set to change though as since Google pulled the original Nexus 5 from sale, rumours have continued to swirl with information about a purported update. So here's a compilation of everything we know about the Nexus 5, 2015 edition.
Could There Actually be Two New Nexus Devices?
We all know that Google is pretty good at making websites, but it doesn't know so much about making hardware, which is why manufacture of all of the company's own Android devices has actually been contracted out to other companies. The first Nexus 5 was manufactured by LG following its success with the Nexus 4, and the rumours suggest that the Korean company will once again be making this year's Nexus 5 iteration with a 5.2-inch screen (so slightly larger than last time).
The key thing is not to get confused with the rumours around a different device: There are also suggestions of another 5.7-inch Nexus device coming this year that will be manufactured by Chinese company Huawei, and will likely take charge of the larger Nexus 6 size that Motorola introduced last year.
What are the Rumoured Nexus 5 2015 Specs?
According to Android Headlines the Nexus 5 2015 specs will include 3GB of LPDDR3 RAM, with the phone powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 hexa-core processor - which the site notes is the same processor that sits inside the flagship LG G4.
Screen-wise, as above we're expecting the 2015 Nexus 5 to sport a 5.2" screen, which will apparently run at 2K (same as the Galaxy Note 5 et al).
The same leak, which is sourced from China's Twitter-like Weibo service also reckons the new device will also contain a 13MP camera, complete with LG's laser-focusing optical image stabilisation technology.
What Will the Nexus 5 2015 Design Look Like?
According to the usually reliable OnLeaks, the new device will switch out plastic for a metal body and also come with front facing speakers (perhaps a little like the HTC One line?). It'll measure roughly 146.9x72.9x8/9.8mm.
BGR also reminds us that OnLeaks has revealed a plastic cover for the Nexus 5, perhaps giving some alternative hints at what we can expect. One hole is for the camera, of course, is the second for the fingerprint sensor?
OnLeaks has also partnered with uSwitch (yes, the utility price comparison website) to publish these renders of what we expect the device to look like:
Charging could be a pain on the new device as (in line with earlier rumours) the phone looks set to switch to the new USB-C standard, which means you'll need to replace your Micro-USB leads to charge the new device - the supposed leaks don't mention anything about wireless charging. And in line with the forthcoming "M" release of Android's baked in support for fingerprint readers, it appears the new device will come with a fingerprint sensor on the back.
MobileBurn also reckons the fingerprint sensor is a dead cert, as it will coincide with the launch of Android Pay this autumn.
What Android Version Will the 2015 Nexus 5 Use?
We will be stunned if the new device doesn't launch running the next version of Android, which will be called Marshmallow (following on from Lollipop and KitKat).
The new version of Android will add a number of new features to the OS, including pick-and-choose app permissions, baked in fingerprint authentication and an improved Google Now.
Any Word on the Nexus 5 2015 Edition's Release Date and Price?
Google hasn't yet confirmed any release dates (it hasn't even publicly admitted yet that the phone exists), but we can do some informed speculation. Specifically, every Nexus device of recent years has been released in either late October or November, so it seems as though we'll most likely get the new Nexus 5 (and maybe the new Nexus 6 too?) around the same time this year.
This would be well timed too for the release of Marshmallow, which is expected in October, so having the new phones hit just after would be a perfect one-two Google mobile onslaught.
Guessing the price is trickier, but the original Nexus 5 ended up being good value in terms of power vs costs - so perhaps we can expect it to be around £300 - like the 2013 version. But we won't know for sure until the official announcement.
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