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

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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  • killabanks
    sounds like a let down if its true.. everything is getting 1080p this year
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  • Avus
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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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