Here's a rumor you can probably chock up to bad intel. We have supposed specs for the Nexus 5, and while some of them sound intriguing, they make no sense whatsoever. First, the anonymous source of this intel claims that Google does not plan to follow the trend of 5-inch 1080p displays and will instead stick to a 4.5-inch display for the Nexus 5. We are skeptical of this and will share why in just a moment, First, here's the full rumored specs,
- The primary focus of the Nexus 5 will be a compact and lightweight design with a large battery and a solid camera.
- 4.5-inch 720p IPS screen - Supposedly the screen will take up 88% of the front of the phone (which would be the most of any phone, and would also be a very minimal bezel)
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core chip downclocked to 1.5GHz
- 2800mAh battery
- No expandable storage (no surprise here if true)
- High Quality 9-megapixel CCD camera
There are a few bits of this intel that look intriguing, like the idea of a nearly bezel-free, compact phone, a largish battery, and a good camera. Unfortunately, there are some serious holes in this story. First, a 9MP CCD camera does not scream awesome by any stretch of the imagination. While it is true that large MegaPixels do not necessarily mean a high quality shooter, for sometime now smartphones have used a CMOS sensor over a CCD because it can process images faster. Unless there is some newly improved technology we are unaware, this would be a backwards step for the camera.
The second thing here that stands out as odd is the downclocked Snapdragon. This chip has already proven to be very efficient (with battery tests in the HTC One), so why bother reducing its power? Finally, here is the most obvious logical flaw in the intel: the Nexus 4 uses a 4.7-inch display, so why would they downgrade to 4.5-inches on the Nexus 5? This makes no sense. Our industry sources suggest the Nexus 5 will have a 5-inch display, which will fit nicely with the name of the device.
While we remain skeptical of this intel, some of the concepts sound intriguing, so thought we would share it in the name of "wishful thinking." Would you guys like to see any of this come true for the next Nexus?