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LG to Launch Nexus 5 on October 5 with Android 5?

By - Source: PhoneArena | B 19 comments

There are a whole lot of fives going on.

Daum reports (via PhoneArena) that LG may launch the Nexus 5 smartphone on October 5, 2013. Even more, it will supposedly sport Android 5.0 "Key Lime Pie", creating an interesting 5-5-5 pattern. Seriously, it would not be surprising to see advertisement pop up in the coming months using some kind of "5.5.5" theme. The whole July 4th theme worked for Motorola, right?

The Nexus 5 from LG will supposedly be based on the upcoming LG "Optimus" G2 smartphone. The latter phone's name is in quotes because LG may drop the Optimus branding – it's unknown if this device will be called something else, or simply sport the LG G2 name. Regardless, it's expected to make a full reveal at an event in New York City on August 7 thanks to an obvious hint in a recent invitation.

"Great 2 Have You," it reads with the "G" and "2" in fonts three times the size as the other letters. G2, get it? Good. Here is a video from LG to go along with it, showing New York City and lots "G" popping up around town. "To me, you are perfect. From G…" Is that a love note to the G2? Probably. So clever.

According to a press release from Qualcomm and LG in June, the successor to the original LG Optimus will sport a quad-core Snapdragon 800 SoC with LTE-A connectivity up to 150 Mbps. Rumors have indicated that the unannounced G2 phone may have a flexible, Full HD OLED screen measuring 5.2 inches (there's that five again) although one LG executive said a phone equipped with a flexible screen won't arrive in 2013. The upcoming LG G2 will also supposedly pack power and volume buttons on the back, a 13MP camera with OIS software, 3 GB of RAM, a super-slim chassis, a removable 2700mAh battery and dual speakers for true stereo sound.

At one time sources claimed that the Nexus 5 would be based on the LG Megalodon. This phone was said to have a 5.2 inch screen (another five), a quad-core Snapdragon 800 clocked at 2.3 GHz, 3 GB of RAM and a 2.1MP front-facing camera. That's rather close to the rumored specs in the LG G2 if not identical.

"With a powerful combination of LG’s core smartphone technologies and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, we are taking a significant step forward in the mobile experience," said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company, in June. "The result of this collaboration will in many ways be the industry’s best smartphone by which all other devices will be measured."

Guess we'll find out what LG is up to next month. In the meantime, find a pair of socks and have them ready to be blown off if the hardware rumors are true.

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    slomo4sho , July 11, 2013 12:08 PM
    Doesn't seem like a worthwhile upgrade from the Nexus 4
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    Johmama , July 11, 2013 2:18 PM
    Even though I REALLY want to buy this, I did just get my Nexus 4 a few months ago. I might have to skip this one and grab the next one, if there will be one after the Nexus 5.
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    X-Nemesis , July 11, 2013 2:35 PM
    And then let's watch LG and Google only put 16GB into this beast. Pathetic if true.
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    blackjackedy , July 11, 2013 3:00 PM
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    Doesn't seem like a worthwhile upgrade from the Nexus 4

    Aparat from buying the latest model because it's fashionable to, there's pretty much no reason to upgrade with every generation at the rate they release them
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    chazzmatt , July 11, 2013 3:49 PM
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    Doesn't seem like a worthwhile upgrade from the Nexus 4


    Snapdragon 800 with 5.2 1080p display is tons better than the Nexus 4. I skipped the Nexus 4 because it wasn't a worthwhile upgrade from the Nexus 3. THIS Nexus 5 I will get.
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    chazzmatt , July 11, 2013 3:51 PM
    Will be ANNOUNCED in October, will probably be RELEASED in November -- just like the last two Nexus phones.
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    TechnoD , July 11, 2013 3:52 PM
    Android 5.0?? my phone is running 2.3 (Gingerbread) and still works just fine
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    chazzmatt , July 11, 2013 3:56 PM
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    And then let's watch LG and Google only put 16GB into this beast. Pathetic if true.


    Well, you're making that up. It's not going to be released until November (announced in October) so until then you don't know what storage choices there will be.

    Just as the Nexus 4 had 8GB or 16 GB choices at 2 price points, the Nexus 5 will probably have 16 or 32GB choices. Lots of people chose the Nexus 4 8GB configuration, but they did so willingly as it was the lowest priced. If my guess is correct with the 16/32 choices, many will choose the 16GB willingly.
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    Van Perl , July 11, 2013 4:29 PM
    Can you say, no CDMA , to operate on Version or Sprint .

    to bad.
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    Van Perl , July 11, 2013 4:31 PM
    Removable battery, gee Whiz, concept
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    Van Perl , July 11, 2013 4:31 PM
    Removable battery, gee Whiz, concept
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    Van Perl , July 11, 2013 4:34 PM
    Google, no CDMA .
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    vern72 , July 11, 2013 4:40 PM
    Quote:
    Quote:
    Doesn't seem like a worthwhile upgrade from the Nexus 4

    Aparat from buying the latest model because it's fashionable to, there's pretty much no reason to upgrade with every generation at the rate they release them


    The main reason I bought my Nexus 4 was because they weren't updating the Nexus S anymore. So I too probably won't get a Nexus 5.
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    killerclick , July 11, 2013 4:52 PM
    What is the practical limit for the screen size and resolution of smartphones? Will we see 7" phones with 4K resolution soon? 5" is a bit too big for my pockets and I can barely tell the difference between 720p and 1080p. I'd prefer they work on the battery and display/peripheral connectivity, so that I just pop it on the desk and it automatically connects with my monitors and keyboard/mouse.
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    slomo4sho , July 11, 2013 5:32 PM
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    Even though I REALLY want to buy this, I did just get my Nexus 4 a few months ago. I might have to skip this one and grab the next one, if there will be one after the Nexus 5.


    Actually, I would buy the next generation product if it had mSD expansion and a removable battery.
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    016ive , July 11, 2013 7:46 PM
    And here I thought that LG wasn't going to make the nexus 5!!
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    bluekoala , July 11, 2013 8:59 PM
    I currently have a galaxy nexus. I will definitely buy the Nexus 5. One, because it's a Nexus. Two, it has a 13 MP camera. The rest is good already good enough for me.
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    dns7950 , July 11, 2013 11:00 PM
    Sounds great, but i`m gonna have to skip this generation. My first phone was a Nexus S. I skipped the Galaxy Nexus and just got a Nexus 4 a few months ago. No sense upgrading when my current phone is perfectly fine.
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    chazzmatt , July 12, 2013 2:25 AM
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    And here I thought that LG wasn't going to make the nexus 5!!


    LG never said that. An LG VP's comments were mistranslated and everyone ran with it -- even though

    1) LG immediately pointed out it was a mistranslation and offered a better translation themselves. But LG cannot confirm or deny they are making the Nexus 5 -- that's up to Google to say. Basically all LG can say is "no comment". It's up to Google to make announcements about their phone. LG can make announcements about the G2.

    2) LG showed a prototype of the Nexus 5 to Google's Larry Page when he vistied LG headquarters in South Korea in early May. < THAT was the real evidence. And for some reason, most in the media ignored it. But I saw that as the smoking gun.