LG Nexus 5 with 4K camera? If you say so

LG Nexus 5 with 4K camera? If you say soIt's LG Nexus 5 rumour time again, and while ridiculous talk of an MWC unveiling last month proved the non-starter we all knew it was, there are still some pretty fanciful rumours knocking about the place.

Like the Nexus 5 being codenamed the Megalodon, and coming with a 5.2in screen, a 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 processor and a 16MP camera with 4K video capabilities.

The codename may well be true (even if it does sound like a... um, male enhancement product), but as for the rest, well, it could just as easily be the product of an overactive imagination as a serious leak.

The image Android and Me has surfaced supplied by an anonymous source who claims to work at Google looks smart enough, but it's worth noting that previous rumours suggest Google opened up the rights to build the next Nexus to multiple manufacturers, so this could just be LG's design.

As for the specs, the 5.2in 1080p OLED display isn't too hard to believe, and the processor and 3GB of RAM... well, it's possible, as is the 16/32/64GB storage option and 3,300mAh battery.

Possible, but on the upper end of possible.

But the line has been crossed when it comes to the camera. Sorry, but a 16-megapixel camera capable of 4K video recording at 30fps and 1080p @60fps stretches the elastic past breaking point for us. Maybe you disagree - check out the full list of claimed specs for yourself at the original source and see for yourself.

The image may be real, the Megalodon name – actually the name of a giant prehistoric marine predator – could be true as well, but those specs sound like someone's idea of what the Nexus 5 should have, rather than what it does. If it's real at all.

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JanSt / MOD  Mar. 18, 2013 at 11:08

Ridiculous... The file size, folks.... Even a downscaled 2-minute clip still comes in at 500MB.
There's a 4k trailer for the "Amazing Spiderman"...repeat, a trailer, that weighs 500GB!

That is just one aspect. Then there's performance: there some very expensive high-end digital camcorders overheat when recording full HD for more than a couple of minutes. Full HD. Now imagine the hurdles to record 4K with the cam crammed into a phone!
If at all, it'd be some pseudo 4k - limited to 5 seconds for uploads to the likes of Vine or something (no idea what size Vine supports, doubt it's 4k hahahah)... probably heavily compressed etc...

Pondlife  Mar. 18, 2013 at 12:12

Well they did up the storage to 64gb ;) :p

Haven't they all been named after sharks before?

mightyforest  Mar. 18, 2013 at 12:51

stop with the new phones, will never decide on my next upgrade

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 18, 2013 at 12:58

stop with the new phones, will never decide on my next upgrade

I'm beginning to think we could all use a 12 months moratorium. A lot of the interesting stuff is software based anyway; or about online services.
The 'excitement' of tweaking an iPhone 4S for a couple of hours with some Cydia stuff far outweighs the joy of using the iPhone 5 upon launch. Well, that's me... And lets be honest: the vast majority of 'ordinary' consumers wouldn't notice any significant difference between an SGS2 and SGS3 (size aside) - or even an Xperia S and T...

mightyforest  Mar. 18, 2013 at 13:03

im all for a moratorium, or the removal of these silly 2 year contracts

Stelph  Mar. 18, 2013 at 13:10

Nothing wrong with a 4K video camera, look at the discussiions around for the GoPro3 black. Yes the file sizes would be mahussive but with a good video editing software you would be able to crop the video and yet still keep a high quality image.

That being said, its not the megapixels its the quality of the lens

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 18, 2013 at 13:15

I don't get how we can go to super-duper HD-4K-yada-yada, while (thanks, WTO) digital cams are still capped from recording more than 30 mins of video at a go.... That's what bothers me. 1080p is still perfectly fine.... heck, often 720p, too. But being told how long my clip can be by a bunch of elitist crapsacks.... o_O Oops, offtopic. spank me.

Pondlife  Mar. 18, 2013 at 13:23

Well that's in rather more space than the camera will get in a phone, is "just" 15fps in mono, with a battery used for nothing else (80mins) and storage used for nothing else that is easily swappable.
I don't even want to think of the power you'd need to edit the footage.
I think the size of the sensor is just as important as the lens and a phone will not match that toy in either.

Pondlife  Mar. 18, 2013 at 13:27

I don't get how we can go to super-duper HD-4K-yada-yada, while (thanks, WTO) digital cams are still capped from recording more than 30 mins of video at a go.... That's what bothers me. 1080p is still perfectly fine.... heck, often 720p, too. But being told how long my clip can be by a bunch of elitist crapsacks.... o_O Oops, offtopic. spank me.

I'd though that was more due to companies wanting to avoid paying/charging more tax than them actually being prevented from doing so?

Seems odd that personal video recording standards are outpacing screen standards anyway, definitely had 1080p screen before I would have thought of recording it, and yet potentially there will be 4k recorders in peoples homes before the screens.

Pondlife  Mar. 18, 2013 at 13:57

Besides with 4k30 you'd run out of storage before hitting 30 mins anyway...

SpeedyG  Mar. 18, 2013 at 19:09

Youtube clips often don't go beyond 360p lol

HD recording and 13mpx is expected at least from the Nexus 5 tho

Good size battery won't go amiss either

Pondlife  Mar. 18, 2013 at 19:13

That's still much more than most of them are worth..

A better camera than the n4 would be a good idea, regardless of mp

I'd like a nexus but it'll have to be smaller than the n4 and that isn't likely, mind you they do two sizes of tablet so maybe...

SpeedyG  Mar. 18, 2013 at 20:18

I guess this guy was realistic not to demand a micro sd slot at least :p

@Pondlife Ultrapixel 8mp just to show up HTC oO

Looks like all flagships bar a few will be 5 inches or more for the foreseeable future

Pondlife  Mar. 18, 2013 at 20:31

True, though with 4k it damn needs it or maybe an ssd slot ;)
lol.
Does look that way. :(

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