Nexus 5: 4.5-inch 720p display, 2800mAh battery, 9MP CCD camera, says new rumor

by: Chris SmithMarch 25, 2013

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A new Nexus 5 rumor claims that the handset could be smaller than predecessors, skip this year’s Full 1080p screen “craze,” offer “huge battery life” and a great camera.

Phone Arena seems to be on a roll today when it comes to rumors featuring two of the most anticipated handsets of the coming months, the Google X Phone and the Google Nexus 5.

After looking earlier at a report that offered details about a high-end X Phone, it’s now time to check out a Nexus 5 story that claims the phone won’t necessarily be the high-end device you expect.

Apparently the new Nexus device will be smaller than its predecessors (Nexus 4 and Galaxy Nexus,) featuring a 4.5-inch 720p IPS screen that will “take up 88% of the front of the phone, the most of any phone.”

In addition to a slimmer bezel, the device is said to also feature a 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor, a 2800mAh battery and (as expected) no microSD slot.

But what’s really puzzling is that the Nexus 5 is now said to feature a 9-megapixel CCD camera. An earlier report said that the Nexus 5 will come with a Nikon-made camera, while an even earlier Google+ comment from Google’s Vic Gundotra confirmed Google’s interest in improving the camera of its future Nexus handsets.

But will the Nexus 5 move from CMOS, the imaging technology used in current phones to CCD?

Today’s Nexus 5 rumor is definitely on the wild side considering what this particular insider has told Phone Arena, so we’ll definitely pack a lot of salt to go with it. As for availability details, today’s report doesn’t tell us who is making the handset or when it will be launched.

We’ll just have to wait to see whether “compactness, huge battery life and great camera” will indeed describe the fifth-generation Nexus smartphone. And I can’t help but notice that we’ll see some sort of strange X Phone vs Nexus 5 rivalry in the coming months, since both phones will be Google’s. What would you choose?

  • BlueAce127

    720p display isn’t so hot. But a “huge battery life” would definitely be a nice change.

  • Guest

    720p display isn’t so hot. But a “huge battery life” would certainly be a nice change.

    • Kassim

      At 4.5″, I would say 720p is ideal – no need to waste valuable juice on powering double the pixels just for the hell of it without an appreciable difference. And anyways, as far as I’ve heard, no one’s mass producing 4.5″ 1080p panels at the moment so, that’s another milestone for next year methinks…

  • thomaso del kuzmano

    nexus5. (unlocked)

  • I’m thinking Google is doing something new on the software end which forces them to use uneven Megapixels. Example, perfect image stabilization. or maybe pixel compression to produce a higher quality photo.

  • Lerrk

    Hope it will have some decent amount of internal storage.

    • Kassim

      If only the base model would finally start at 16GB (32 would be better but 16 seems a natural progression for now)…

      • Stereotypical Evil Archer

        16gb is too small. One HD movie takes up A LOT of space.

        • Kassim

          Of course it is! But, big companies make products catering for the lowest common denominator first and frankly, there aren’t nearly enough people who would actually use that space for HD movies and so, Google will make the cheapest solution they can get away with and then add higher tiers onto that!

          My logic is that once this “base” limit for the LCM is raised, then the top tier will also have to increase to say 64GB…which is what I personally want/need in my smartphone right now :)

    • anywherehome

      exactly, these points are a must:
      1) very very good camera
      2) very very good battery
      3) 64GB (for camera!!!) 16GB is stupidity!

      don’t care about other muscles…..

  • Please, please, PLEASE MAKE IT FOR REAL, GOOGLE! Somebody needs to stop that stupid race on inches… and on FullHD as well!

    • Faiz

      FullHD is nice. But the industry should stop at that. Any higher is just plain ridiculous. Unless it’s for specific purposes.

      • Kassim

        We can hope, but I would honesty think they won’t though – maybe for a year or two. Then, they’ll start banging on about 1600p or god-forbid, UHD…

        • Ivan Myring

          By then we won’t have phones, just implants.

      • Yes, but as I said to itznfb just below, I’m afraid the industry won’t stop there.

    • itznfb

      4.7″ is such a perfect size and 1080 screens are amazing. Plus native res playback is a huge plus.

      • Yes, 4.7 is good and 1080p is very nice… but I’m afraid the industry won’t stop there, and that’s my concern.

  • everyday a new rumour!

  • I want something better than my Nexus 4! Non of Sony’s and Samsung’s new devices impressed me yet!

    Better battery!
    Faster than the speed of light!
    Even more sexy and beautiful design than Nexus 4!
    Brighter screen!
    Micro SD slot!
    Removable battery!
    Full HD screen!
    Key Lime Pie???? That would be sexy!

    *Obs: I don’t care about how high or low megapixel camera will you give us, once pictures are transferred to PC, it’s not looking like what i expect to look!

    I rather us my DSLR camera to snap a photo!

    • chris

      You just described the Galaxy S4 minus the keylime pie numbnutz lol

      • Tabo

        Except for the even more sexy and beautiful design

  • I want “slimmer bezel”.
    Dream about bezelless devices.

  • joseph pastor

    Yeaah, this would really be a disappointment. Nexus should always be top of the line. Google could seriously get rid of samsung completely if they actually wanted to put the marketing money we all know they have into it. Call it unnecessary, but I want revolutionary specs, up the game and have it seamlessly integrate with google glass.

    • Ivan Myring

      Exactly my thoughts. Not stepping up size and resolution would be stupid

    • Nicolo’ Brentan

      As much as I would like to see Google compete with Samsung head-to-head (and on hardware alone between the nexus line and upcoming x-phones I believe they will), you can’t just look at Google’s enormous cash reserves and expect them to just throw it at marketing for their phones.
      Google’s revenues come almost entirely from search and while Android with the Play store are surely viable revenue streams, it is obviously the software side that matters to them, not hardware.

      Their margins on Nexi devices must be tiny if not non-existent, given their low prices and that the actual manufacturing firms must take the larger chunk of profits. Ultimately, to Google, it doesn’t matter that much if people are consuming their services and feeding them data through a cutting edge smartphone or a budget one (as long as the experience is seamless), but that more and more people actually use them.

      Now Google Glass, that’s a different story. If they manage to bring to market a compelling game-changing device with reasonable profit margins by all means market the hell out of it. But for the Nexus line IMHO it wouldn’t be very sensible business-wise to either match specs just for the sake of it (FHD on 4.5″, 13 MP sensor, etc., which would just inflate their costs and therefore the price) or allotting a huge marketing budget to an activity with low returns.

  • Jornie Rinia

    Rather 4.5 inch 720 than 5 inch 1080.

    Altough the saphire glass and 4000mAh of the X-phone rumor sound nice.

    Idealy for me a HTC one styled nexus phone with about 4.3 / 4.6 inch, and curve the screen and ends slightly.
    And to top it of with the tegra 4i soc with around 6-9 megapixel low light camera.

    but thats just wishfull thinking.

  • mali

    4.5 in.. I won’t buy.. Keep it at least 4.7.. Full HD would be nice.. But not on a smaller screen.. That’s just stupid in my opinion.. I’ll ditch nexus sadly if they do this

  • hoggleboggle

    Except that Nikon don’t make small camera modules and are planning to either. In fact their own sensors are largely made by Sony. Choosing 720 over 1080 is very sensible especially when using a 4.5″ screen. to be honest 1080 on a screen smaller than 7″ is utterly pointless. Shame they will spoil the whole thing by excluding a microSD card slot as usual.

  • Robson Augusto

    Super Amoled??

  • fixxmyhead

    smaller screen = no buy!!!!!!

  • Ivan Budiutama

    4.65″ or 4.7″ is pretty ideal IMHO. Even the 5″ with minimum bezel, like the one in ZL (tried one of the demo unit myself) still bearable and feel compact. big screen surely has its own benefits. But if N5 will be anything with “moar battah”, cool and awesome new features, long leap over the battery life, then I am sold. Well you might want to go with full folded screen that can be expanded by unfolding, so you can make all happy (if you want bigger screen just unfold the screen but you can stay compact with full folded screen, well might be a distant future technology but one can dream about).

  • Ivan Myring

    No way will the nexus 5 have 720p screen. Gonna be FHD

  • nishantsirohi123

    improved camera means … xenon flash
    and at least 32 GB internal memory if you cannot give it an SD card slot
    and please at least keep the battery removable.

    Why not the white version with the similar glass back

    I don’t mind the 720p screen. Maybe the motorola X might get the 1080p screen and shall be placed higher

  • Ivan Myring


  • That sounds like a terrible phone. I’m sorry but the next Nexus has to be pretty Damn good.. Otherwise people will just get an s4… I’m sorry but 4.5 inch screens are so small. It would sell badly, and the X phone will even be a lot better

    • Well go buy a samsung phone you sheep. 4.5-4.7″ is perfect. No need for a 5″ phone.

      • I have a Samsung phone, thank you.

      • Ismail

        For me its the neglection of a micro sd card slot. I need space, as do alot of my peers. I cant see anyone I know buying a phone that has no micro sd. I dont mind the screen size or the 720p display.

  • Hmm… That would make since. 4.5″ is supposedly the best size for a device. I’m not really a fan of phablets anyway.