For the past few weeks, the mobile tech world has been buzzing with rumours and leaks of Google’s new flagship smartphone.
If the images and spec sheets doing the rounds are correct, then there isn’t really much left for Google to unveil.
But what exactly do we know about the new Nexus smartphone?
[title subtitle="Minimal, Clean cut"]Looks[/title]
Ever since the G1, Google’s flagship android smartphones have been well designed, with good build quality and sleek appearance. Last years Nexus 4 was minimal, with glass on either side- it was beautifully clean cut. It was designed by LG, who appear to have been given the task of creating this years flagship too. From the images we have on the Nexus 5- the first one being shown in the Kit Kat 4.4 unveil video- it look as though Google have decided to try and standardise the design of their products across smartphones and tablets. The images and videos appear to show a handset that is visually quite similar to the 2013 Nexus 7. On the back, last year’s glass has been replaces with a matt black look, whilst the ‘NEXUS’ logo has been flipped 90 degrees and is now positioned vertically. As with the last two nexus devices, the front of the handset has no physical buttons, with the home, back and multi-tasking buttons appearing along the bottom of the screen.
[title subtitle="High End, Not Cutting Edge"]Specs[/title]
The Nexus 4 was a high end phone. It may not have been right at the cutting edge, but in terms of performance, it was on par with other 2012 flagships. From various leaks, it looks as if this time out Google are doing the same again. A snapdragon 800 processor clocked at 2.3GHz, an 8mp camera with OIS, a 5 inch 1080p screen and 2GB of RAM. It’s all very high spec, but nothing that we haven’t already seen this year from Samsung or HTC. I’m sure running stock android, performance will be excellent, and while it would have been nice to see 3GB of RAM and a 13mp camera, it will hopefully still be more than a match for the likes of the S4 or HTC One.
[title subtitle="From $300"]Price[/title]
There have been a number of varying reports on the price of the new Nexus. Last year Google blew every other high end smartphone out of the water, being priced at around $300 for the 8GB model. At the time, that was around half of what an S3 might cost.
This year appears to be no different, with Google looking to provide an enticing off-contract price. Depending on what reports you believe, the base model will again cost around $300, this time for 16GB, whilst a 32GB model will also be available.
There have also been some suggestions that the 32GB model will also come with a larger battery, which would be an intriguing concept.
Notoriously, smartphone batteries generally last about a day, but the option to pay extra for an increased amount of juice is a new one.
It kinda makes sense though. We pay extra for more storage space, or a larger screen, so why not have 2 variants of the same handset with different battery options.
[title subtitle="By November"]Launch Date[/title]
The launch date is something that has been heavily discussed, but as yet there is no concrete date from Google. It is expected that the Nexus 5 will be unveiled at some point in the next few weeks with the device going on sale by late October.