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Nexus 5 could be the Holy Grail

Unfortunately, if the rumors are true, like the Nexus 4 before it, this one will again be made by LG. I was hoping for HTC, or Motorola, or Sony.

Clinton Stark
03.18.2013 | View Comments
Is this the Nexus 5?

Is this the Nexus 5? If so, it will be made by LG, feature a 5.3-inch and specs that will melt your mind.

When it comes to Android news, there’s no shortage of rumors. Amazingly, over the years I’ve learned that most of them are actually spot on. As many are saying these days, there’s no secrets in tech anymore. Sad that. Samsung’s launch of the Galaxy S4 last week was another good example of us knowing almost everything about a device before being officially launched.

Now here we go again, this time a full six months in advance of the purported unveil of Google’s Nexus 5 flagship.

The inside word (via Android and Me): the Nexus 5, codenamed “Megalodon,” will land October 2013.

Unfortunately, if the rumors are true, like the Nexus 4 before it, this one will again be made by LG. I was hoping for HTC, or Motorola, or Sony.

Spec-wise, this would be the perfect Android in my books:

  • 5.2-inch OLED Display, 1920×1080 resolution
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 @ 2.3 GHz
  • 3GB Ram
  • 16/32/64GB internal storage
  • 16MP rear camera by OmniVision, 1080p
  • 2.1MP front camera, 1080p
  • 3300 mAh battery
  • Front positioned stereo speakers
  • HSPA+ only (no LTE)
  • Gesture like controls

The lack of 4G LTE of course will sour the deal for many. I’m on T-Mobile and find HSPA+ around San Francisco and the region to be quite good, so don’t have any complaints about that.

If history is any indication the N5 will not have a microSD slot. Too bad, Samsung offers one with the S4.

But, man oh man, is would be one killer Android. If it pans out. It’s not hard to imagine an uber Android fan wishlisting their top features, and unfurling the dreaminess upon the masses under the guise of a “Google insider.” Yet, as I mentioned earlier, despite the occasional red herring, most of these rumors and inside tips do find a way of becoming reality these days.

What about Google I/O and Key Lime Pie?

If Google does indeed plan to bring the Nexus 5 to market in October (which makes sense as all previous Nexus launches have happened in Q4) than what about Google I/O? Key Lime Pie (Android 5) is widely expected to make an appearance. A new device almost always accompanies a major Android upgrade. Phone-wise the swag bag might just include a Nexus 4 running KLM. Or, maybe, just maybe, a Google X Phone will make an appearance?

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Clinton Stark
Clint writes about Silicon Valley (Churchill Club Academy member), film, California wine, theater (ATCA member) and tech including his trusty Canon EOS 70D and, much to his wife's chagrin, his new Pebble smartwatch. A would-be NHLer if it weren't for the clarinet, he tries in vain to direct Loni on Stark Insider TV. He's held executive marketing roles at Cisco, EMC and Salesforce.com, and is active with start-ups across the valley. Clint's story...
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