Report: New LG Nexus 5 to launch by end of September with Snapdragon 808 and 1080p display

A new Nexus 5 may be coming very soon.

The latest rumor is courtesy of Android Police, which offers the first detailed specs and a potential launch window. Its info comes from a "trusted source" which is kept anonymous, though the site has a pretty good reputation with its crystal ball.

According to the report, the LG-built phone (it may or may not be named the Nexus 5) will have a 5.2-inch screen with a 1080p resolution, a Snapdragon 808 processor (a step down from the flashy, hot-running, Snapdragon 810), 3GB of RAM, a USB Type-C port, and a 2,700 mAh battery. On the camera front, we’re looking at 12.3MP on the back and 5MP on the front.

In all, the specs sound definitely below the "flagship" line. Historically, Nexus devices have specs a step below top-of-the-line, but lower prices to match. Not everyone wants the maximum number of pixels in the screen or a glass-and-metal build. A solid, pure Android device is what makes sense for a lot of buyers out there. What's more, the lean pure Android software tends to make Nexus phones feel more responsive than many phones with more impressive specs.

The report says it may be here by the end of September, but there’s not much else to go on. There could be more leaks and rumors as we get closer to an announcement, so we’ll stay tuned to what else pops up.

The story behind the story: The summer’s running rumor has been that Google is working on two Nexus devices: a larger device manufactured by Huawei and a refresh of the popular Nexus 5 from LG. Google may have learned one size doesn’t fit all, especially when that size is a Nexus 6 that’s just way too big.


Derek Walter

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