Here’s everything we know about the Nexus 5

Nexus 5 Rumor Report: Which were true? 

The Nexus 5 has now been announced and we know exactly which rumors are true and false. Below is our rumor roundup, intact, for archival purposes. You can see all the rumors about what we thought the Nexus 5 would be. As it turns out, all the rumors were pretty much true. We’ve marked them as true and false.


October arrival (TRUE, OCT. 31 UNVEIL)

Ever since talk of the Nexus 5 began, October has been touted as the month of its announcement. Back in March, Android and Me claimed to have a source close to the project, saying the phone will be officially announced during October. DigiTimes has subsequently also mentioned October as the month for the Nexus 5. Since then, the date has been narrowed down, with October 14 mentioned as the possible date for the launch event, while case manufacturer Spigen has put up an order page for a Nexus 5 screen protector with a shipping date of October 30, suggesting the phone could go on sale that day. This will make it almost a year since the Nexus 4 was revealed. 

While October 14 is still a possibility, a rumor has thrown October 15 into the mix. The date comes from talk at a recent Google business conference, and would coincide with the announcement of Android 4.4 KitKat.

Nexus 5 leak whiteAs neither October 14 or 15 gave us the Nexus 5, the next rumors have suggested it’ll becoming at the end of the month. A case manufacturer will start selling a Nexus 5 case on October 30 in Italy, while Google is busy putting up cryptic ads for Android 4.4, all of which have been connected to several dates in October. These include October 18, October 26, and October 28. What do they all mean? We’ve honestly no idea, as all the links and references are something of a stretch. 

The latest possible announcement date is November 1, which was leaked alongside an image of a white Nexus 5, while a Swiss online retailer has a placeholder for the phone with an October 31 date attached. After all these false starts, it surely must arrive soon.

Snapdragon processor (TRUE)

When it was released, the Nexus 4 had a mid-to-high-end spec sheet, but the Nexus 5 looks to be more advanced, at least according to a supposed leaked manual for the phone, which provides an almost complete feature list. It says the screen will measure 5 inches (well, 4.95 inches) and have a 1080p resolution. The processor will be a 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 with 2GB of RAM. The camera is less exciting at 8 megapixels, and there’s no mention of the Nikon branding we heard about earlier this year.

There were rumors of the Nexus 5 using DigitalOptics Mems|Cam technology, but our sources have told us this won’t be happening.

The Nexus 5 should have an internal memory boost over the Nexus 4, with both 16GB and 32GB versions being mentioned in the leaked manual, plus there’s good news on the connectivity front too, as the phone should feature 4G LTE this time around. Other features include a 2300mAh battery and NFC (near-field communication, the tech behind all that “bump your phone” and phone wallet stuff).

A series of images said to be of the Nexus 5 have been leaked by a Reddit user, who also dropped the hint the phone will have a similar microphone setup to the Motorola Moto X. If so, it could have the same open mic feature which enables owners to wake the phone without actually touching it, and add voice commands for certain features. 

It will look like this (TRUE)

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Thanks to Google, we were given a quick preview of the Nexus 5 in a YouTube video covering the Android KitKat statue at Google’s headquarters recently. Despite the video being removed, screen captures had already been taken of the device, which was easily identifiable thanks to the massive Nexus branding on the back. 

The image, provided it does show the final version of the Nexus 5, confirms it won’t break any boundaries when it comes to its design. Despite denying it earlier in the year, LG will be manufacturing of the Nexus 5, but as the picture shows, it won’t include the LG G2’s rear-mounted buttons. As is the trend this year, the Nexus 5 may also come in a variety of colors. The model seen in Google’s video was black, as was one the spotted in an FCC filing – which also confirmed LG’s the company in charge of production – but the leaked LG manual showed one in a fetching mauve. (Fellas, mauve is a pinkish purple color.) 

Can I see it in action? (TRUE)

Why, yes, you can. A video has been posted on YouTube showing what’s believed to be the Nexus 5 in all its glory. The silent, seven-minute recording demonstrates the phone running a version of Android Key Lime Pie, which indicates it could be an older prototype, now KLP has been revealed as Android 4.4 KitKat. Still, it provides a good look at the phone’s chassis, larger, high-def screen, and a little about the new OS. 

It will come with Android 4.4 KitKat (TRUE)

Up until recently, Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie was the prime candidate, but that has now changed. Google revealed the Key Lime Pie name was a cover for KitKat, and the official Android website shows this will be version 4.4 of the software. Its features are unknown, but as it’s not reaching version 5.0, we shouldn’t expect anything too drastic over Jelly Bean.

Special 32GB version? (TRUE)

A new rumor has suggested Google and LG will cook up something special for the 32GB version of the Nexus 5. Instead of using the 2300mAh battery expected to be found inside the 16GB model, it may feature a much larger 3000mAh battery, which should considerably boost the standby time. Given Motorola’s love of making a Maxx version of its phones, with an equally extended battery, this move may not be that surprising.

How much is it going to cost? (TRUE, $350)

A large part of the Nexus 4’s success was because of its affordable $300 price (that’s without a contract). Will Google subsidize the Nexus 5, or at least the versions sold through Google Play? We’re certainly hoping so, but the higher specification may mean it’s not so cheap. The 2013 Nexus 7 is $30 more expensive than its 2012 counterpart, and it had a similar spec boost. Australia’s International Business Times reported that the expected price for the Nexus 5 would be comparable to the current Nexus 4 price, and a Google Play leak showed the 16GB Nexus 5 with a $350 price tag, matching that of the 16GB Nexus 4.

It’s looking like a good phone (TRUE)

Thanks to all these leaks, we’ve got a good idea what the Nexus 5 will be like, and if the timeline is correct, there are only days to go before its official unveiling.

Update Log

Updated on 11-01-2013: Added a totally new page detailing the actual known things about the Nexus 5 now that it’s announced.

Updated on 10-31-2013 by Andy: Added links to another set of Nexus 5 images, plus hints it may come with multiple microphones, just like the Moto X.

Updated on 10-30-2013 by Andy: It’s October 30, and so far, the new Nexus 5 hasn’t been announced. That also means the leaks haven’t stopped, and we’ve seen various new images of the phone, plus further confirmation of the price. Next stop, November 1.

Updated on 10-17-2013 by Andy: We now know the October 15 launch didn’t happen, and the next date being suggested is October 30.

Updated on 10-15-2013 by Andy: As we wait to see if the rumored October 15 announcement date comes true, you can take a look at an extensive seven-minute video showing what’s said to be the Nexus 5 in all its glory. Scroll down to find it.

Updated on 10-10-2013 by Andy: October 15 is now being rumored as the Nexus 5’s launch day, where it should be joined by Android 4.4 KitKat.

Updated on 10-9-2013 by Andy: We just added in a new rumor about a special 32GB version of the phone that will have a much larger battery.

Rewritten on 10-8-2013 by Andy Boxall: The March/April version of this rumor roundup was so out of date that we’ve started from scratch. Here are the latest Nexus 5 rumors.

Article originally published 3-25-2013.

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