A source knowledgeable with mobile plans for some companies out there, suggests that the Nexus 5 may be a Motorola affair, which is what some recent rumors have claimed as well.
Moto Nexus 5 rumors
The source is the renowned @evleaks, whose mobile-related leaks have been mostly accurate so far. This time around, he posted an image of the unannounced LG Optimus L9 II on Twitter, mentioning the Nexus 5 in the process:
As you can see, the Motorola Nexus 5, details are scarce to say the least. So far, only @evleaks and Taylor Wimberly mentioned the possibility, without actually offering any details about such a phone.
Wimberly, who has had a great track record with Moto X rumors in the months preceding its announcement, did not elaborate on a statement he made on Google+ after the Moto X was launched, in which he said that Motorola’s Nexus will not be a Moto X device, but a different handset.
PSA: that "Nexus 5" is probably the LG Optimus L9 II. Nexus 5 (Nexus 4 v2?) looks to be a Motorola handset. pic.twitter.com/FJyRp47mHw
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) August 19, 2013
Even in this PSA announcement, @evleaks isn’t confirming anything. He only says it “looks” like the Nexus 5 will be made by Motorola.
Interestingly, he suggests the phone may be part of the Nexus 4 family, a “Nexus 4 v2,” which suggests Google could stick with the Nexus 4 name for at least one more model instead of moving directly to a Nexus 5.
What prompted him to make this particular public service announcement?
LG Nexus 5 rumors
The other day, an image claiming to show the LG G2-based LG Nexus 5 hit the web – the other Nexus 5 rumor going around says that LG will make the device, which will be fairly similar to the new LG G2 flagship smartphone.
The photo below shows the back of an LG-branded device, with TechTastic saying that it comes from an LG tester and that it has “Nxs5” as a description. We’ll also note that TechTastic is also pretty reliable when it comes to mobile-related rumors, although the publication didn’t seem to be convinced the device in the image really was the Nexus 5. And it looks like this is the Optimus L9 II, if @evleaks is to be believed.
We’re apparently looking at a plastic back curved towards the edges, just like on the LG G2, but that’s where the similarities end. The LG logo is moved up – there’s no Nexus branding in there, which would be expected on Nexus devices – and the camera seems to be placed a bit higher, with the flash found on its left side (right side of the phone) instead on the right side, as it is on the LG G2.
The back buttons found under the camera on the LG G2 are gone as well, and they appear to have moved to the left side of the handset.
The bottom side seems to show a micro USB port in the middle flanked by dual speakers and what looks like a headphone jack, just like on the LG G2.
TechTastic has not received any information about this device from the alleged LG tester, except for the image here, which made us question the picture in the first place.
Recent rumors have suggested that LG is indeed making the Nexus 5 based on the LG G2, but they’re offering conflicting details at this point. One publication says that the Nexus 5 will be based on the LG G2, but ditch the Snapdragon 800 processor and 13-camera in favor of a Snapdragon 600 CPU and 10-megapixel camera.
A different rumor says the phone will keep the Snapdragon 800 CPU in place, but will use front and back glass panels, just like the current Nexus 4.
Both rumors agree that the back buttons will not be present on the Nexus 5.
That said, LG has acted rather strange when asked about the Nexus 5. At one point one official denied such plans, but then he’s statements were denied by the company, which wouldn’t say no to making another Nexus smartphone.
So what about the LG Optimus L9 II?
While the phone has reportedly been spotted at the FCC, and in a previous TechTastic leak, the handset is yet to be confirmed.
The phone is said to pack a 4.7-inch display with 1280 x 720 resolution (312ppi), a 1.4GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, 1GB of RAM and Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean right out of the box.
We have no idea when the handset will be officially unveiled.
We would expect a fifth Nexus handset to be announced this fall alongside Google’s next-gen Android version, although this is just speculation based on Google’s way of doing things in past years.
No matter who’s making the handset and no matter what name it will have, we’ll be back in the near future with more rumors and leaks about it – in previous years the web was flooded with Nexus-related reports ahead of announcements, so we expect the same thing to happen with the fifth Nexus smartphone as well.