Google Nexus 5: smaller screen, premium camera?

Google Nexus 5: smaller screen, premium camera?We've been hearing rumblings about Google's next Nexus smartphone for a while now, but today has given us some of the most interesting musings on the so-called Nexus 5 we've seen to date.

An anonymous tipster has told Phone Arena the Nexus 5 will break convention by actually having a smaller screen than the current Nexus incumbent, but will come packing a high-end CCD camera.

The Nexus 5 will reportedly have a 4.5in display (versus the Nexus 4's 4.7-incher), and given its size it'll be limited to a 720p resolution rather than the newly fashionable 1080p. The screen will cover an impressive 88% of the front surface of the phone, the upshot being it'll be considerably smaller and lighter overall than the Nexus 4.

More interestingly, though, is talk of a premium 9MP CCD camera, which would certainly be an eyebrow raiser in that most smartphone cameras use CMOS sensors at the moment for their speedy processing.

The processor is tipped as being a down-tuned 1.5GHz Snapdragon 600, but the battery will be a meaty 2,800mAh unit, which should deliver impressive battery life considering the display size and resolution and mid-range processor. Like the Nexus 4 there'll apparently be no expandable storage, so we'd assume some decent internal storage options.

All told it's an interesting-sounding concept. Dedicated camera phones are enjoying a surge of popularity right now, so it'd be no surprise to see Google eyeing a piece of the action.

It's just a rumour at this stage, but for a change we're not just being promised a splurge of the highest-grade specs the “tipster” can think up, so maybe there's something in this one.

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JanSt / MOD  Mar. 25, 2013 at 18:53

Smaller screen, better camera? Someone listened? 4.5-in with a small bezel would be HTC HD2 size (-ish)... I'd take that. But "better" camera is relative. N4 was pretty abysmal in the comparisons I saw.

matt101101 / MOD  Mar. 25, 2013 at 20:16

Smaller screen, better camera? Someone listened? 4.5-in with a small bezel would be HTC HD2 size (-ish)... I'd take that. But "better" camera is relative. N4 was pretty abysmal in the comparisons I saw.
No Nexus device has ever had a good camera, has it?

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 25, 2013 at 20:19

Smaller screen, better camera? Someone listened? 4.5-in with a small bezel would be HTC HD2 size (-ish)... I'd take that. But "better" camera is relative. N4 was pretty abysmal in the comparisons I saw.
No Nexus device has ever had a good camera, has it?


True... Actually, no Android device :p They have improved, and HTC & Samsung added nice UI tricks and software features, but the actual photo quality is still a bit behind. Heck, the Galaxy Camera hardly delivers printworthy shots.
Video is a different matter - that has improved big time.

krogothnx  Mar. 25, 2013 at 20:25

i can see this being real info. except for the name. i hope they change back to another naming strategy, because if we get a nexus 5, then a nexus 6, and a nexus... 7. oh the tablet? no, the other one.

besides, it's a stupid naming strategy anyway. nexus 7 = 7". nexus 10 = 10" nexus 4 = 4.7"

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 25, 2013 at 20:29

Yeah... all naming has gone that way, though, hasn't it? Samsung Galaxy 3 Mini? Ahem... Nope. The shape aside it has nothing in common... etc etc... Just give them names: Peter, Paul, Mary (oh, yeah, the one with the chin... snigger)

Stelph  Mar. 26, 2013 at 10:14

This is a definate win in my opinion, a solid high specced phone which is compact and a good camera at the usual Nexus price? Sounds like a win to me, could they also add the samsung dual app feature as well please?

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 26, 2013 at 10:20

Yeah... Come on, there's already the floating browser in the PlayStore and videoplayers that run in a mini window. Clearly, like the iPad, those powerful Android devices with their big screens could offer more dual-window action?!?!
It'd be nice to play a youtube vid while reading the comments or accompanying articles; or compsing an email reply with the original message open in another "window" etc etc
Justify those big screens!

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