Yes it is finally here, we have moved from just rumors and speculations to fully detailed Nexus 5 renders and images of the actual device being leaked everywhere. We had images of the back at the FCC filing, the more images of the device showing every possible dimension, and then the biggest break through, pictures of the actual working device.
Nexus Visit FCC #1
It all started when Google unintentionally leaked the Nexus device in its unveiling of the Kitkat mascot video. Then after a week we had the images of a new phone by LG called the LG D820 at the FCC filing whose back looked strikingly similar to Nexus device we had seen in the video. And it was not just the images, the details revealed there were one of the biggest clues. The phone had been running firmware version “M8974A” and software version “aosp_hammerhead-userdebugKyeLimePieFACTORYeng.sangjoon84.lee.20130618.015154.”, and these two provide a few interesting details.
- The firmware seems to indicate a Snapdragon 800 SoC
- And the software clearly mentions Key Lime Pie (now Kitkat) as the android version (ignoring the weird typo)
- The device is code named as Hammerhead
The documents also mention that the device has a 5-inch display (4.96-inch, to be exact), and measures 131.9mm x 68.2mm. It also features 7-band LTE, being compatible with AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint (bands 2/4/5/17/25/26/41), CDMA / EVDO rev A, pentaband DC-HSPA+ and quadband GSM / EDGE, Bluetooth 4.0, dual-band 802.11 b/g/n/ac and lastly NFC & wireless charging (for which the image were actually taken)
Nexus Visits FCC #2
The second visit to FCC showed a fully assembled device with each and every minute detail, along with a scale for measuring the dimensions. The device was also shown to have a 2,300mAh battery as well. The phone was submitted as a “class 2 permissive change” for the LG G2, and which is exactly what was speculated, the Nexus 5 being based on the LG G2, just like the Nexus 4 and LG Optimus G. But this time the device was named as the LG VS980, and not the LG D820 like the previous post. It shows that it supports LTE band 13, which is used primarily by Verizon in the US, not supported by the D820. We can assume that it is just a model for Version support and so the all the four major carriers could get it.
Nexus Amazing 3D Render by fan
Renders of the phone just started the day the phone was caught on video by Google. But this one made by Redditor Annihilia just takes rendering to the next level. It based on the images that we saw on FCC visits, and includes all the details in 3D. You can zoom in, zoom out, and check out all the clues at a single place, including the absence of the earpiece. Do check it out on SketchFab.
Nexus Visits a Bar
The time it wasn’t a certification or a regulation site but an actual bar, its said that a Googler accidentally left the device for charging in a bar. Someone at the bar realized that it was a Nexus 5 (it clearly shows Not for Sale and the Nexus Branding). Fortunately, decent images and videos of the device were taken in time. The person did try to unlock the device but couldn’t. Still we are happy with the front and rear images we have. The boot animation is also similar to the Google Edition phones.
Nexus 5 Case by SPIGEN
Smartphone casemaker SPIGEN has made an Amazon listing of a case for the yet-to-come Nexus Device and points to October 31 as its release date. Previously the company was true about the Apple iPhone 5C and Samsung Galaxy Note 3 renders, in addition to confirming the 5C’s name.
Nexus Press Shot leaked with Specification
Benchmarking website GFXBench has leaked almost the entire specifications list and also a press shot of the device. The press shot looks exactly like the previous leaks and renders, confirming the exterior. Even the specifications seem as expected, which are as follows :
- Snapdragon 800 chipset – 2.3GHz Krait 400 cores
- Android 4.4 KitKat OS
- Resolution of screen: 1794 x 1080 pixels
- 2GB of RAM
- 13-megapixel rear camera
- No MicroSD card slot.
Nexus 4, bye-bye
Google Play Store officially sold out all its current stock for the Nexus 4 16GB on Monday while the 8GB version was sold out with the start of this month. Chances are both the devices aren’t coming back, but a new one is. The recent 100$ price cut on both the phones reveal the Company intentions to clear all the current stock, which they have finally achieved. The Nexus 4 was launched in November last year sporting a 4.7-inch display with a 1280 x 768 resolution, a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2gb of RAM, an 8 MP rear camera and 1.3 MP front one.