HTC X 5 resurfaces as rumoured Google Nexus 5

HTC X 5 resurfaces as rumoured Google Nexus 5It’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.

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Pondlife  Sep. 25, 2012 at 19:38

Read a new rumour earlier of another Samsung Nexus too

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 25, 2012 at 19:51

I think 5 inch screen (as rumoured) is a bit much for a phone. Another phablet?

Pondlife  Sep. 25, 2012 at 19:56

Unless they can put it in considerably smaller handset then yep too big for my liking too. There isn't a Nexus phablet though I guess.

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 25, 2012 at 20:00

Unless they can put it in considerably smaller handset then yep too big for my liking too. There isn't a Nexus phablet though I guess. true. covering all bases, I s'pose. And the HTC One X felt easier to handle than the SGS3 imho... Maybe they can pull off a sleek 5-incher? Of course - ifNokia get their devices banned??? ;) :p

Pondlife  Sep. 25, 2012 at 20:12

I think ms will stop that if there is any legs in it anyway tbh.

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 25, 2012 at 20:31

I think ms will stop that if there is any legs in it anyway tbh.

Whoa... how did I not even think of that. Good point...

Pondlife  Sep. 25, 2012 at 20:58

Serious?

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 25, 2012 at 21:15

Serious?

Yeah... LOL It never occured to me that there is an obvious conflict ;)

Jim988  Sep. 25, 2012 at 21:36

Not sure why people think the HTC DIX is a nexus handset - Doesn't have connection to previous nexus designs and the specs wouldn't make sense. Its clearly a handset set for verzion as some kind of droid. Plus the render (if its actually real, had sense on it).

Pondlife  Sep. 25, 2012 at 21:38

The render wasn't real.

Why would it have to have connection to previous nexus designs?

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 25, 2012 at 21:39

Not sure why people think the HTC DIX is a nexus handset - Doesn't have connection to previous nexus designs and the specs wouldn't make sense. Its clearly a handset set for verzion as some kind of droid. Plus the render (if its actually real, had sense on it).
Ah... good points if correct. Tbh, I'm not interested either way. So I didn't dig very deep.
Interesting from a rumour-developmental POV :p

Jim988  Sep. 25, 2012 at 21:41

That said, i hope this rumor is true. As this sounds like my perfect phone (would be ruined somewhat if it had bloated sense instead of stock JB). Can't really think of any downside to the supposed specs of the htc one 5/dix.

Jim988  Sep. 25, 2012 at 21:54

The render wasn't real.

Why would it have to have connection to previous nexus designs?


No it wouldn't have to necessarily, but it doesn't really "fit" with the nexus 7 and galaxy nexus if you know what i mean.
Google want to have a similar unified design for their flagships, and the unsightly red on the sides doesn't fit with that.

My opinion anyway.

ultim8um  Sep. 25, 2012 at 22:42

The HTC One S has a big enough screen for me and is perfect for the pocket....can't understand why anyone would want a 5inch screen, buy a tablet instead. I like my phone to be a phone, even the One X was too large.

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 25, 2012 at 23:22

Yes, I preferred the One S, too. One X - like the SGS3 - put me off after the initial excitement.
I like phones you can use with one hand.

Jim988  Sep. 26, 2012 at 00:30

I can use my One X fine with one hand - granted its not the most comfortable phone to hold in the world but that's the price i pay for a bigger screen.

I don't buy a tablet because id rather not have 2 devices that do similar things, id rather save money and buy a phablet type phone that has the best of both worlds.

Pondlife  Sep. 26, 2012 at 01:05

Spork

mrew42  Sep. 26, 2012 at 10:08

The HTC One S has a big enough screen for me and is perfect for the pocket....can't understand why anyone would want a 5inch screen, buy a tablet instead. I like my phone to be a phone, even the One X was too large.

Because some people want both - something big enough but can still act as a phone.
A friend of mine is glued to his Note and he has a playbook and a phone, neither of which is used any more. Why anyone would want a 5 inch screen? vive le difference, Just becuase you don't get it doesn;t stop samsung selling millions of the beggers.

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 26, 2012 at 10:19

I can use my One X fine with one hand - granted its not the most comfortable phone to hold in the world but that's the price i pay for a bigger screen.

I don't buy a tablet because id rather not have 2 devices that do similar things, id rather save money and buy a phablet type phone that has the best of both worlds.


Perfectly fine. As mrew said - VIVA LA DIFFERENCE (YOU Bigpaw :p );)

Stelph  Sep. 26, 2012 at 11:00

A 5" phone? Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

Out of curiosity what is the top specc'ed smaller smartphone (say under 4.5"), is it still the Galaxy S2 with a 4.3" screen?

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 26, 2012 at 11:04

I'spose? Or one of the RAZRs? Or the HTC One S? Xperia S? Hell, I have no idea :p

Pondlife  Sep. 26, 2012 at 11:39

Razr M most likely if just talking android, though Matt will sneer at the screen.

Jim988  Sep. 26, 2012 at 12:10

It's the Sony xperia v as far as I know. Has a dual core snapdragon s4 and a 720p ips screen.

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 26, 2012 at 12:13

jim988, is that Xperia V out yet? I think he meant actually available phones. But I may have missed the launch tbh

Jim988  Sep. 26, 2012 at 12:22

Good point. It's probably the HTC One s or razr i/m then.

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