Monday, May 20, 2013

Nexus 5 Speculation

     Lets not beat around the bushes here, lets get right into it.

 What will be the Nexus 5? 

     For starters we know or believe it to be produced by LG so that can give us some information about a few of the components but first, when will we see it?
     Google is celebrating Android's 5th birthday (as a relesed OS) in September and since Key Lime Pie is Android 5.0 and we are talking about the Nexus 5 well you can start to see how the number 5 becomes significant here. We also belive that the LG / Google Nexus 5 will have a 5in display which we will talk more about in just a few moments. Not to mention this is the fifth generation Nexus to be released giving us sound reasoning as to why it will be called the Nexus 5 and when to expect it. To sum it up:
  • Android's 5th birthday is in September
  • Key Lime Pie is Android 5.0
  • Nexus 5 is fifth gen Nexus with a 5in display.
     So expect to hear something at or around the celebration of Android's 5th birthday in September!

*(Yes the true birthday of Android is in  November of 2007 as a Beta. It was not released until September of 2008 as Android 1.0)*

 What kind of hardware will we see in it? 

     LG gives us a few hints into the area. LG themselves are one of the top LCD manufactures in the world so it would be safe to assume that 'if' LG is making the Nexus 5 then we would most likely get and LG lcd display. Currently LG has produces some very nice displays such as the flexible 5in OLED panel that they have designed specifically for mobile devices. Does this mean we will be getting one of those nifty hit-it-on-your-wrist-and-it-wraps-around-phones? Doubt it as cool as that would be. But the other more likely option is LG's Oxide TFT display which can be encased in as little as a 1mm bezel creating an edge to edge display allowing for a smaller overall device that would hold that 5in screen. LG is also one of the top 3D display manufactures so it is very possible that we could end up with and edge to edge 5in full HD 3D display.

Lg Display Co.

     CPU is a different story and becomes more like a prediction then and educated guess. Just for the sake of pure doubt I'm not going to include Samsung's Exynos just because I don't think it will be up to the level of performance of other chips like the Tegra 4 and Snapdragon 800 at the time of production. Do I think we will get a Snapdragon 800? I'm not too sure. Nvidia's Tegra chip is quite powerful but at the same time power hungry and in order for it to perform at peak capacity and beat out the Snapdragon 800 it will need lots of juice. Now if we see a lower power display that reserve power could be used to run the Tegra 4 but I truly don't think so. The Snapdragon 800 provides not only sufficient computing power for a five inch Android device but it does it at lower peak power and it comes with integrated true 4G world LTE meaning when it comes to cost alone the Snapdragon 800 would be the right choice.

     Now the only reason I am even talking about such high end CPUs is because we are talking about a phone that wont be announced until around October and probably not available until early December, right in time for the Christmas shopping season in North America.

     As for RAM I see a standard 2GB because there is just no need for anymore to run the Android OS despite the amount of apps you have. More is always better but I highly doubt the Nexus 5 will have 4GB of LPDDR3 800Mhz RAM.

     Standards like USB 3.0 (which are becoming standard now), Bluetooth, NFC and all the other typical goodies are well, certain.

     The camera is an area that Google could improve with its Nexus devices. That's not to say that the cameras have been bad, they could just be better. I'm thinking a typical 13mp camera and nothing special.
     Storage will most likely be starting at the 16GB mark and could go up to 64GB with the reason being that Google will probably try to keep a starting price of $249-$299usd.

Now lets see what all this sounds like in order,
  • 5in full HD edge to edge display (possibly 3D)
  • Snapdragon 800 CPU with world LTE support
  • 2GB LPDD3 RAM @ 800Mhz
  • 13MP Camera
  • 16/32/64GB storage
  • Bluetooth, NFC, USB 3.0 and all the other goodies
Now remember, this is just guess work but it is sound and educated guess work and the Nexus 5 should come equipped in close order. As for the design, we believe the Nexus 5 will hold similar to the other Nexus devices being a slightly rounded rectangle and of plastic construction. Google does what it can to keep the cost of their devices to a minimum so they can appeal to a larger audience.