These October launch thingies are all over the place, with HTC unveiling the One Max sooner than expected yesterday, while Apple has seemingly pushed the iPad 5 and iPad mini 2 launches back to next Tuesday, which just so happens to coincide with Nokia World. Phew!
The fourth big October event is the Google Nexus 5 launch, and with it tipped to go down as early as today (or as late as October 31), I figured I’d churn out a quick preview detailing what we know so far. Which is a fair bit, as it happens.
Starting at the top, the Google Nexus 5 will apparently be made by LG (not Google’s own Motorola), which comes as somewhat of a surprise following the Google Nexus 4 supply issues last year. Google appeared to blame LG, while the South Koreans said they’d simply met Google’s forecast.
Demand was perhaps higher than expected on account of the surprisingly wallet-friendly pricing, with the Google Nexus 4 offering entirely decent specs from just £239 – less than half the price of many of its peers.
The Google Nexus 5, incidentally, is expected to be priced similarly to its predecessor, perhaps starting as low as £239 again.
Over the past month or two, the Google Nexus 5 has been spotted in the wild several times, including an “accidental” leak on Google’s part. An employee was “accidentally” filmed using his Google Nexus 5 handset at a launch event for the latest version of Android.
A few weeks later, a Google employee “accidentally” left his Nexus 5 on charge in a bar while he nipped to the loo, and a bar employee just happened to realise it was a top-secret prototype, at which point he set about taking pictures and video for the world to see. Funny that.
Google Nexus 5 specs will seemingly include a 4.96in 1080p display, quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, a 13MP rear camera, 2MP front shooter, and wireless charging (with wires, presumably).
Of course, being a Nexus device, don’t expect the Google Nexus 5 to have a microSD slot. On the plus side, it’s expected to touch down in 16 and 32GB flavours, which is a step up from last year’s 8 and 16GB.
On operating system duties, it’ll be the debut of KitKat Android 4.4, though don’t expect too much in the way of fancy new features. It’ll likely be an iterative update, as suggested by the numbering (Jelly Bean goes as high as Android 4.3; the next major version will probably be Android 5.0).
Google says: “It's our goal with Android KitKat to make an amazing Android experience available for everybody”, so we can probably look forward to a decent experience even on devices with modest specs.
The other candidate for launch at Google’s event is the Google Nexus 10 2013 or “second generation” or whatever you want to call it.
The first Google Nexus 10 was manufactured by old Nexus favourite Samsung, but rumour has it this year’s Google Nexus 10 will be made by Asus, which of course handles the Google Nexus 7.
And that’s the story so far. It’s looking increasingly unlikely that the Google Nexus 5 event will go down today (we would’ve expected to see some sort of formal invite doing the rounds by now), but in any case, we’ll write lots of words when it happens.