Google’s Nexus 5 superphone leaked, but sounds too good to be true

Nexus 5 Megalodon LeakCheck out our review of the Google Nexus 5 smart phone.

All rumors should be treated with skepticism, but this one concerning an image purported to be of the Nexus 5 is particularly suspicious. Why? It’s because of the long feature list it’s accompanied by, which reads like a bit of a fanboy wishlist. The picture apparently comes from a Google employee, and shows a phone in render form, complete with a few logos including LG’s.

As you know, the Nexus 4 was built by LG, and Samsung built two Nexus phones in a row, so it wouldn’t be a surprise for Google to choose LG to build another model. However, it’s supposedly only one of the prototypes which Google is examining, as the Nexus 5 may not be introduced until October.

The phone has the codename Megalodon, and here’s where things start to get a little unbelievable. Apparently it’s powered by a 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 processor and 3GB of RAM, plus a 16-megapixel camera which will record 4K video at 30fps, and 1080p at 60fps with HDR and image stabilization. The screen will measure 5.2-inches and have a 1080p resolution, plus it’ll come with a 2.1-megapixel camera, a 3300mAh battery, stereo speakers and 16GB, 32GB or 64GB of storage space.

We know Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 processor is coming after the summer this year, and it’ll have the ability to shoot 4K video and support high-megapixel cameras. There’s no question it’ll be able to do these things, but we’re not sure it’ll do them just yet. Specifically, it’s the 4K video feature which really makes us question this one. With 4K televisions still far from being mainstream thanks to massive prices, there seems little point in squeezing in the technology to shoot it when so few people have the means to replay files of that quality. Not only that, the files are pretty large, with the 52 minutes Timescapes 4K film coming in at 160GB. The idea of a 16GB phone with 4K video recording is quite amusing.

So, take all this as you will, but we’re not convinced at all.

Product Review

Nokia’s 3.1 Plus is an affordable phone that’s crippled by its camera

The Nokia 3.1 Plus is HMD Global’s first smartphone to be sold by a U.S. carrier in-store. It’s only available on Cricket Wireless right now, which underlines its focus on affordability. Should you buy a phone this affordable?

PS4 vs. Switch: After weighing the pros and cons, which one comes out on top?

Nintendo Switch versus PlayStation 4: Which one has better overall value? We break down the pros and cons of each platform to tell you which of these consoles is truly worth the money.

How do the revised Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles stack up?

Microsoft's new Xbox One S and Sony's PlayStation 4 "Slim" have bucked the generational gaming console trend. But which of these stopgap systems is worth spending your paycheck on?

Bag yourself a bargain with the best budget tablets under $200

The battle for your budget tablet affections is really ramping up. Which tablet, costing less than $200, should be commanding your attention? We take a look at some different options for the budget-conscious.

How to perform a reverse image search in Android or iOS

You can quickly use Google to search, and reverse search, images on a PC or laptop, but did you know it's almost as easy to do in Android and iOS? We explain how to do it here, whether you want to use Chrome or a third-party app.

The best Honor View 20 cases to keep your midrange beauty intact

With power to rival flagships, great looks, and a stunning camera, the Honor View 20 is an excellent phone -- but it still needs protection from hazards. Here are some of the best Honor View 20 cases.
Product Review

Fascinating Finney phone is crypto in a nutshell: Exciting, but also terrifying

The Sirin Labs Finney phone is to cryptocurrency what the iPhone is to Apple Pay. It facilitates the payment, processing, and exchanging of cryptocurrencies on a smartphone, and surprisingly does it in a user-friendly way.

Samsung's Unpacked draws near. Here's what we know about the Galaxy S10 so far

It won't be long now. With 2019 underway, the Samsung Galaxy S10 is almost here. Before it arrives, here's absolutely everything you need to know about all three of Samsung's next flagships.

It looks like Google may get rid of the back button in Android Q

Android Pie recently rolled out, but it's already time to look ahead to Android Q, the next version of Google's mobile OS. We've seen a number of rumors and leaks come out about the operating system -- here's everything we know so far.

The Huawei P30 will zoom into view on March 26 in Paris

The Huawei P30 Pro will be announced on March 26, 2019. It has already started to leak ahead of this date, and expectations are high that the company will improve even further on the P20 Pro's camera.

First phone specs reveal premium is the path for Vivo spinoff Iqoo

A new smartphone brand has launched. It's called Iqoo, and it's a sub-brand of Vivo, the Chinese device manufacturer owned by BBK Electronics. Excitingly, details about its first phone are slowly being released.

The name of Samsung's folding phone may have been revealed a day early

Samsung has been showcasing bendable display tech for a few years and now a folding smartphone might finally arrive. The Galaxy X, or perhaps the Galaxy Fold, may be the company's first example. Here's everything we know about it.

Vivo V15 Pro’s trick camera rises to the challenge of making us smile

Vivo knows it's onto a winner with the cool motorized camera seen on the Vivo Nex S, and has now incorporated a newer version of the technology into the V15 Pro. We've tried it out.

To avoid the notch, Vivo’s new smartphone has a secret selfie camera

Vivo has already experimented with a motorized selfie camera and now it's bringing the cool technology to a more affordable device -- the Vivo V15 Pro. Here's everything you need to know about the phone.