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Nexus 5 – Rumors vs. Facts

Nexus 5 – Rumors vs. Facts

The Nexus 5 is really really close and we all know it. After leaking out on Google Play last night, we now have a few thing confirmed both on the Nexus 5 and KitKat. I covered what was confirmed on KitKat here if you would like to see that.

With the Nexus 5 we now know a few things that had been rumored. First we know that it will have a good camera. Nexus devices have always had great specs for their time, but their camera suffered. The Nexus 5 may be different. When leaked in Google Play it included a small description reading “Capture the everyday and epic in fresh new ways” We also know that the device will start at $349 with 16GB of memory. The last confirmed  thing is that it will be made by LG.

That’s pretty much all we officially  know about the Nexus 5. Everything from this point down is based on rumors, so none of it will be official until Google announces it. 


One of the things that is supposed to be great about the Nexus 5 is that it is supposed to pack in high-end specs at a low price. Rumors have stated that the Nexus 5 will have a Snapdragon 800 with 2 GB of RAM and a 1080p display. Several sources have said that the phone will also sport either an 8 MP or possibly 13 MP camera that may include Optical Image Stabilization (OIS). Since this phone is loosely based on the LG G2, that rumor has a pretty solid foundation. 

Carrier Availability

FCC filings show that the device may also work on some networks other than just GSM carriers. Leaked filings show compatibility with Sprint and possibly Verizon’s 3G network. Considering Google’s dealing with Verizon in the past, it is unlikely that the phone will be fully compatible with their network. If you are however on Sprint or other CDMA carriers, you may have a chance of seeing a Nexus 5 that you can use. 

Release Date

Several Amazon accessory listings point toward a release date at the end of October. This falls in line with some previous rumors. We may however see an announcement much sooner. KitKat has also had fun sending out carefully prepared posts on Google+ and Twitter that may point toward an announcement on October 18th or 28th. 


Nexus devices have had a good reputation of being inexpensive off-contract when compared to other smartphones in their class. Even with the specs it is rumored to have, the Nexus 5 will still be priced low, starting at $349.. Rumors have also stated that we may see a refresh of the Nexus 4 bringing LTE compatibilty. If we see that we may have an even more affordable Nexus that could cost as low as $249. 


Rumors have said in the past that the Nexus 5 may have a unique pricing premium  in that it may have a price difference based on the battery rather than the memory. The base model may have 16GB of memory and a 2300 mAh battery at $349. The other model, which could start at $399, may have 32GB of memory and a 3000 mAh battery. On the other hand this could support the rumor of a Nexus 4 refresh in that we will see a 16GB, 2300 mAh Nexus 4 and a 32GB, 3000 mAh Nexus 5.


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Ben Schoon

Ben is a tech geek who co-founded YourTechExplained in 2016. Constantly switching between devices that literally surround him, he can be found reviewing the latest smartphones around the web.