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Nexus 5 Rumours Point to Better Camera But No 1080p OLED

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Nexus 5 rumours suggest a lower resolution display but vastly improved battery life and an upgraded camera.

According to Phone Arena's tipster, Google is moving full steam ahead with some radical changes in its approach to the upcoming Nexus 5. Despite the phone's predicted release not being until October, some early information suggests that Google has done away with 1080p resolutions and is instead focusing on the camera.

The fact is, making a 1080p OLED and fitting it in a 4.7 inch device is quite hard, so Google might be opting for a 4.5 inch 720p IPS screen. This not only means that the screen to phone ratio would be higher than on most other phones, but also that the phone could be more compact and have a thinner bezel. Now, before the videophiles complain that this isn't even close to Apple's Retina display, stop and contemplate the fact the Google might be redeeming the smaller screen size by adding a Nikon branded 9-megapixel triple prism sensor to the device's camera.

That aside, device may also pack Qualcomm's Snapdragon 600, which has thus far shown itself to rival Nvidia's Tegra 4. It's also beaten Apple's A6 in every single test that CPUBoss has thrown at them. The OS will obviously be Google's own Android. While specifics are scarce, we can expect an Android update specifically for this phone. As a result, the device is thought to contain 3 GB of RAM, although non-expandable internal storage (as with the Nexus 4) douses the flames of excitement a bit.

Two conflicting rumors regarding battery capacity states either 2800 mAH or 3300 mAH. The Samsung Galaxy Note II, which has a 5.55 inch screen and an enormous 1280x720 resolution, can last up to 10 hours on LTE thanks to its 3100 mAH battery. If Google gives this smaller phone an even larger battery capacity you could probably reach the 15 hour mark without even turning off your 4G. Is the slightly smaller screen still bothering you now?

While the rumors sound incredibly juicy and point to a next generation of phones that can finally hold a charge on a busy day, remember that these are all rumors and Google has not confirmed any of it. What are your thoughts on this? Excited to get your hands on this new device, or do you think other companies will have surpassed these specification by the Nexus 5's release date?

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    Avus , March 26, 2013 11:42 PM
    i still don't understand why people need 1080p on a device which has a screen no larger than 5"??
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    echondo , March 27, 2013 12:24 AM
    Hmm, no price yet? Would be awesome to have that $300-$350 price point again, lets hope they have enough phones this time around!
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    slomo4sho , March 27, 2013 12:25 AM
    Avusi still don't understand why people need 1080p on a device which has a screen no larger than 5"??


    That's the wonders of marketing. Sell you things you don't need/don't provide any benefit.
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  • 25 Hide
    Avus , March 26, 2013 11:42 PM
    i still don't understand why people need 1080p on a device which has a screen no larger than 5"??
  • 17 Hide
    echondo , March 27, 2013 12:24 AM
    Hmm, no price yet? Would be awesome to have that $300-$350 price point again, lets hope they have enough phones this time around!
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    slomo4sho , March 27, 2013 12:25 AM
    Avusi still don't understand why people need 1080p on a device which has a screen no larger than 5"??


    That's the wonders of marketing. Sell you things you don't need/don't provide any benefit.
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    olaf , March 27, 2013 12:25 AM
    Finally someone not joining the 5" craze I still say anything above 4" is enough for a phone. As for the bigger battery all I can say is good hopefully the phone can last a day now. And as per usual the no SD card thing is vexing but not really a deal breaker for most at higher capacity's especially if its not sold at crApple prices. Lastly who cares if its not 1080p not like u notice on phones anyway wvga was enough already.
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    nitrium , March 27, 2013 12:35 AM
    Quote:
    Now, before the videophiles complain that this isn't even close to Apple's Retina display


    Obviously you haven't done the math!!! At all.
    Nexus 5: 1280x720 in a 4.7" = 312.47 ppi
    Apple iPhone 5: 1136x640 in a 4" = 325.97 ppi.

    How is that, quote, " isn't even close to Apple's Retina display"??? Basic math tells me it would be VERY close.
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    samwelaye , March 27, 2013 12:56 AM
    to all those complaining about screen size and resolution:
    it is most likely going to be $350. if you want something bigger and better, go pay more!
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    psykhe , March 27, 2013 1:01 AM
    nitriumObviously you haven't done the math!!! At all.Nexus 5: 1280x720 in a 4.7" = 312.47 ppiApple iPhone 5: 1136x640 in a 4" = 325.97 ppi.How is that, quote, " isn't even close to Apple's Retina display"??? Basic math tells me it would be VERY close.


    If the use a 4.5 screen as noted in the article it would be even 326.36 ppi, so a whole 0.39 ppi more ;) 
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    nexians , March 27, 2013 1:02 AM
    1080p just a marketing gimmick, do not see the use of such high resolution on a 5" or so devices, 720p is quite sufficient and am happy google is sticking to it, more happy since they are addressing the larger battery & decent camera!!! Nexus owners have always complained about less than average battery!! Current own a SGN and well the battery with the 2000mah is just a laughing matter!!

    So google lets see what and how you improve or else its goodbye for me from the Nexus Line, and frankly speaking I do not like any phone with the custom skins eg, touchwiz, sense etc etc though they do have a lot of features that I don't use. C'mon google give us a good one;
    ""One phone to rule 'em all""
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    calguyhunk , March 27, 2013 1:31 AM
    Avusi still don't understand why people need 1080p on a device which has a screen no larger than 5"??


    Not a question of "need". Just a question of "want". You don't need a million bhp Ferrari or a Hemi V8. But you want it.

    It's human nature to push the envelope and the limits of what's possible. If everybody though like you nobody would have explored the vast expanse of the space or the depths of the ocean ;)  Nobody ever 'needed' to do that. It's the inherent curiosity of the human mind that made us do that. :) 
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    killabanks , March 27, 2013 1:39 AM
    Avusi still don't understand why people need 1080p on a device which has a screen no larger than 5"??

    the way i see it , its gonna be the same device as the nexus 4 same processor same screen when everyone else is moving to a15 and 1080p just feels like they are trying to raise their margins alittle
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    slomo4sho , March 27, 2013 1:45 AM
    calguyhunkNot a question of "need". Just a question of "want". You don't need a million bhp Ferrari or a Hemi V8. But you want it.It's human nature to push the envelope and the limits of what's possible. If everybody though like you nobody would have explored the vast expanse of the space or the depths of the ocean Nobody ever 'needed' to do that. It's the inherent curiosity of the human mind that made us do that.


    Its one thing to have a sports car and drive faster or speed up quicker and another to have a display resolution which provides no discernible difference in image quality. I am sorry to tell you but the picture quality is always going to be limited by the fovia.
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    hp79 , March 27, 2013 2:36 AM
    slomo4shoIts one thing to have a sports car and drive faster or speed up quicker and another to have a display resolution which provides no discernible difference in image quality. I am sorry to tell you but the picture quality is always going to be limited by the fovia.

    I think higher resolution (1080p) will serve me well, especially looking at PDF files, or reviewing photos. If the screen can go even higher than 1080p on a 5" smartphone, then I'll probably need a magnifying glass at that point, and that would be when it's not that useful.

    The advancement of screen resolution is not as bad as the camera's megapixel war on smartphones. Camera megapixel bragging is the stupidest thing. Also, I hope the laptops manufacturers pickup on increasing the screen resolution. Most of the laptops, especially the crappy ones on the market still uses crappy 1366*768.
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    Bloob , March 27, 2013 3:55 AM
    echondoHmm, no price yet? Would be awesome to have that $300-$350 price point again, lets hope they have enough phones this time around!

    I don't think they'll ever have "enough" phones, it would likely cost Google too much on the short term.
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    house70 , March 27, 2013 5:08 AM
    No source of any of these "rumors"? What kind of article is this?
    Besides, the 3GB RAM sounds like an odd number to me, not that I would complain if such a phone would come out. The rumored specs are top, but they sound just too stretched.
    Nexus 4 screen is one of the best on the market, but HTC One's and arguably SGS4's are even better. Hard to believe the manufacturer would choose not to keep up in this case.
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    glitch20 , March 27, 2013 5:19 AM
    Avus :

    i still don't understand why people need 1080p on a device which has a screen no larger than 5"??

    YEsSS exactly crazy right? If your like me who plays games on a 23 inch screen cramming 1080p reso on a 5 inch screen is weird
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    InvalidError , March 27, 2013 6:33 AM
    glitch20Avus :i still don't understand why people need 1080p on a device which has a screen no larger than 5"??

    I can think of some simple reasons why people SHOULD NOT want 1080p on a 5" device:
    - higher resolutions = more pixels = more IGP/CPU processing power to redraw the screen = more power drain
    - smaller pixels = more overall area lost to row/column address lines = need stronger backlight/OLED drive to achieve the same brightness = more power drain
    - more pixels to refresh = more power to refresh them at a given rate

    So that's three simple reasons to favor not having a higher resolution than necessary when attempting to maximize battery life.
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    Chsmith , March 27, 2013 6:44 AM
    Nice, 1080p scriin, want, more energi to push so more, autonomy. Food porn.
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    hotice , March 27, 2013 7:43 AM
    720p would be fine at 5" = 294dpi is fine and even excellent for anything. There is no need for 1080p at that size or smaller. In fact, as pointed out, 1080p will cost battery life and performance. Stay away from 1080p at 5" and under.

    I wish people would stop acting like OLED is better than LCD. It's not on a mobile device. Yeah, it has a higher contrast ratio but on a mobile device seeing the screen is more important and LCD is brighter at any given power usage and OLED simply can't get anywhere near as bright as LCD. Sure, there are some use cases where most of the screen is black where you may save some power with OLED but for typical usage LCD is better.
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    ang1dust , March 27, 2013 8:00 AM
    720 vs 1080 unless ur blind, even on these small devices i see a difference. Stop trying to justify Googles mistake not to join the 5 inch craze. I think its a dumb move and i was waiting for this device up untill this info was leaked. I will still wait for the unveil May 1st but i will not be getting it if it is not over 400ppi.

    With some people, and this includes myself, if you have to use a descriptive word between NO and DIFFERENCE then there is a difference in the 2 screens. Meaning, if there was NO DIFFERENCE between 720 and 1080 then i would agree with you but the fact stands i can see it. Say what you want and thumb down it all day but i see alot of people here that probably DONT own a 1080 phone therefore are speculating that there is "no discernable difference" between the screens.

    Lastly, as we increas ppi exponentially we see less and less of a difference. But why stop because we cant see a difference now? Once we get to, lets say 4x the ppi and were at 1800ppi, i bet you will see a difference between 720 with your 300ppi and whatever 1800ppi is.... Your all just ifying this and its dumb.

    5inch 1080 or gtfo
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