It’s been a breathless month for new mobile hardware, but one thing we haven’t seen announced recently is a new Google Nexus handset – and it’s been fairly quiet on the rumour front too.
But today, whispers of the word “Nexus” are once again being heard down the mobile grapevine, with HTC being tipped as the manufacturer behind a Google Nexus 5.
The name would be significant on two levels: firstly, it would be the fifth device in the Nexus family (after three smartphones and a tablet), but secondly, it would be a reference to the rumoured HTC handset’s 5in display.
GSMArena is quoting an unnamed source as claiming the HTC X5 we’ve heard a few rumours about recently will actually be released as the next Nexus, and will run a revised version 4.1.2 of Android Jelly Bean, which will allegedly deliver a broad range of tweaks and bug fixes.
On the hardware front, we’re being promised the tantalising prospect of a full HD 1080p panel, a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 64GB of internal memory and a 12-megapixel camera round the back. LTE support is a given.
So how plausible is the whole scenario? Well, past Nexus releases have generally accompanied a high-profile new version of Android, which this clearly wouldn’t. That said, it would be groundbreaking to some extent on the form-factor front, giving Google an own-branded presence in the 5in-and-up market.
But with all those devices running Android already, and HTC itself having several large-screened smartphones that a potential Nexus 5 would come up against, we do wonder what the point of it all would be.
We’ll be watching this space, but in the meantime feel free to chip in with your own thoughts in the Comments below.