As expected, until we see the actual device, or at least until all voices start singing in unison, leaks about upcoming devices will always fluctuate from one detail to the next. The latest victim? Why, it’s none other than LG‘s second Nexus 5 smartphone. You know, the Nexus that isn’t made by Huawei. According to the latest “reliable source”, the device will bear a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 instead of an 820 or, worse, an 810, which might be for the best considering the present mobile processor landscape.
The choice of an 808 might be an odd one, but on further thought, it isn’t, especially If this Nexus 5 is really being made by LG. The Korean manufacturer, after all, put the same chip inside its LG G4, which is its current champion. It also safely straddles the fine line between performance, having two Cortex-A57 cores and four Cortex-A53s, and overheating, like the octa-core 810. Why not the Snapdragon 820 then? Perhaps it was too much a risk. Besides, even Qualcomm isn’t expecting devices to ship with the 820 until next year.
The rest of the specs of the alleged Nexus 5 are also on the safe side. Though larger than the previous (or current) Nexus 5, the 5.2-inch screen retains the 1080p resolution, making it more battery friendly. The battery, on the other hand, had a slight bump, from 2,300 mAh to 2,700 mAh. Not exactly the biggest, but the Nexus 5 isn’t really competing there anyway. RAM is a good 3 GB. Again, not the highest in the field. The cameras are also noted to be 12.3 megapixels on the back and 5 megapixels on the front.
If those specs sound almost mediocre for a Nexus device, which in theory should be the reference for all other Android devices, it’s probably because it’s meant more as a half step forward from the existing Nexus 5. Perhaps Google will be showcasing Huawei’s version as the more “premiere” Nexus smartphone for this year.
When that will happen, however, is still something up in the air. IFA 2015 is around the corner, but Google hasn’t made a habit of making its Nexus announcements around that time.
VIA: Android Police