A few images portraying Nexus-branded concept devices show us what some fans may be expecting from future-generation Nexus products.

Since it’s the weekend, and we’re just a few days away from Google I/O 2013, these concepts are a great pastime while we wait to see what new products Google will unveil. Designer Bob Freking has imagined what future Nexus smartphones and tablets could look like, and in what follows you’ll be able to see renders for various devices including the Nexus 5, Nexus 8 and Nexus 11. And their listed specs look rather reasonable.

LG Nexus 5

The Nexus 5 has been recently said to be, like its predecessor, awarded to LG. While that’s not yet a fact, we’re not surprised to see Freking offer viewers an LG Nexus 5 design.


In addition to the Nexus 5 render, the designer also mentions potential specs and features for the handset. We’re looking at a 5-inch smartphone with 1920 x 1080 True IPS+ display, 1.9GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 CPU, Adreno 330 GPU, 13-megapixel camera, 2-megapixel front-facing camer and the “latest version of Android.”

Pricing would start at $299 for the 16GB model.

Asus Nexus 8

Instead of a second-generation Nexus 7, like the one we saw recently in an analyst’s report, Freking imagines a slightly bigger tablet: the Asus Nexus 8.


The Nexus 8 render also comes with specs and features: 8-inch 1920 x 1200 IPS LCD display, 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 CPU, Adreno 320 GPU, 3-megapixel camera and 2-megapixel front-facing shooter. The “latest version of Android” will obviously be found on board.

The 8GB model would cost $199, according to the designer.

Samsung Nexus 11

Finally, we have a Samsung Nexus 11 concept – after all, Samsung is rumored to work on such a device. The Nexus 11 would offer us an 11-inch Super PLS display with 2560 x 1600 resolution, 1.8GHz quad-core Tegra 4 processor, 72-core NVIDIA GeForce GPU, 5-megapixel camera, 2-megapixel front-facing camera and – you’ve guessed it – the “latest version of Android.” We’re looking at a starting price of $399 for the 16GB version.


While we did say the specs were reasonable for these three imagined products, we’ll also have to say that Tegra 4 doesn’t look like it belongs here, especially considering that Samsung has its own chip for such products. Replace that with an Exynos CPU, maybe the Exynos 5 Octa, and you’d have a device that could be closer to reality – in such a case the GeForce GPU would have to go too.

In case you want to see more concepts while you wait for Google I/O 2013 to kick off, check out the Motorola Nexus+ or the Nexus smartwatch renders we’ve previously covered.

  • ddas

    I really love the look of the phone and 11″ tablet. the 7″ is not very eye pleasing. it looks like a stretched xperia…

  • Big tablets need a bigger bezel… Why some people don’t realize this is beyond me.

    • aa

      bc they want a more compact tablet…if you need any more bezel, i think you need to workout your forearms

      • It is not about strength; you simple cannot hold on to a large tablet with the tips of your fingers (without touching the sceen.)

      • Cole Raney

        How the heck did you get so many good ratings for your comment? You need some room to hold your device without touching the screen. It isn’t about strength.

    • marhensa

      bigger bezel is too… ugly.

      • Yes, but necessary (currently)

        • hunterman

          no it’s not.. they can do what the ipad mini did and cancel the finger you are using to hold it.

  • Jarrod Davis

    All of these look really stupid. The bezels are all.. wrong.

    • marhensa

      why? so the nexus 7 ugly bezel is better eh?

      the smaller the bezel the more beauty of it.
      but it will cost more damage when dropped.

  • Nexus 420, IMO.

  • I call that some poor design with no thoughts about usability applied. Those bezels are a usability nightmare, esp on the tablets. And the Nexus 8 top and bottom curves just look wrong.

  • Jim Preis

    I’ll take DEFINITION OF RENDERING for $50 Alex.

  • Jim

    Geez those specs on the Nexus 5 for that price…. Shut up and take my money!!! :D

  • Arsenal™

    lol at the nexus 8 xD

  • danix180

    Nexus 8 looks really appealing. It would make me think twice before getting the ipad mini

  • Jusephe

    So nexus 6,9 and 12 will come next year ?
    And of course a Google smarthwatch- nexus 1.


    Wow now the nexus 8 is copying the iPad mini =

  • Ivan Myring

    I don’t like the back of the Nexus 5. I’d prefer black and the nexus logo to white.

  • stucrmnx120fshwf

    Nice to see a Snapdragon 800 and Tegra 4, both are Ultra Definition capable, I’d rather see a Nexus 11 as a UD tablet, I like the idea of a smaller bezel. 8 GB flash is small for a full High Definition screen, a full HD movie takes up 4GB, flash is cheap, I saw a 32 GB micro SD card for $20 retail, my Nexus 7 already has 32 GB. Frankly I am expecting 32 GB and 64 GB models only, as to RAM I’d like to see 3 GB LPDDR3, Note 3 has 3, Nexus 4 already has 2.5, 6 months ago. If we don’t start moving towards UD, Apple will beat us, as they did, before Nexus 10 out resolutioned them, by Christmas 2015 buying season, I want to see a Nexus 6″ UD 3D for $200, and 4 billion similar devices by 2018. Given going half HD to 1600p in 30 months, a reasonable progress projection, 4 Bn UD 3D in 2018, we may sell a billion smartphones, this year alone after all.

  • Bone

    By simply going bezelless like the Optimus G or Galaxy S4, these screen sizes are doable while retaining the Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 size. There isn’t much need for bezels on a small tablet though a big one should have some cause of the different holding, but the Nexus 10 has huge bezels so plenty of space to cut down.

    • zevral

      you need some bezel left to hold the device. Especially tablets NEED bezel.
      So either bezel or the technology to ignore palm-touches around the edges, like the iPad Mini – but better. The iPad Mini only does that on the homescreen.

    • Cole Raney

      Smartphones can deal with no bezel, big tablets need a bezel.

  • Chris S

    299 for a nexus 5 with those specs? This kid must be on crack. No, meth. Both

    • Cole Raney

      After the nexus 4, I can believe those specs for that price.

  • More storage space please make 32 gb option even if it is higher price some ppl welling to pay more for it.

  • Where is the microSD slot? What no slot? Give me a Hyundai T7s. I’ll sell my 8 gig Nexus 7. How much do 10 microSd cards weigh? Just need a convenient carrying case with labels. How about different colors? Music, video and business.

  • sameer somu

    its funny how anyone thinks, with the specs these devices have, well be able to buy them for those prices.. SD 800, 1080p, 13MP for 299?

    • Cole Raney

      The nexus 4 came with snapdragon S4 pro, and a 720p screen for that price.measuring how good a camera is by amount of megapixels is dumb.

  • Wildfire

    some people are waiting for a Snapdragon 800 ,1080p display and 16GB of space for $300
    Just lol

    • You do realize the Nexus 4 had the top of the line processor, screen and camera when it was released for 300$ right?

  • Nexus 8 would be a cool concept if it came with 2gb of RAM and 16gb of storage, it kind of doesn’t make sense to go back to 8gb of storage after they phased out that model of the Nexus 7

  • Daniel Terenyi

    OH MY GOD NEXUS 5 ALL THE WAY BABY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • FrillArtist

    What a load of crap. 5 inch. Get a tablet or “phablet”. Nobody wants to hold a table when they want to talk on the phone.

  • Jusephe

    What about an modified exynos octa with that nasty 8- core Mali 450 GPU for the nexus 11 ?

  • Rob

    Just what is the point of these fantasy-world concepts? Utterly pointless.

  • I will take nexus 11
    I love tegra…..

  • luc

    I love them!!

  • Duncan Jaffrey

    Give me 64 gb storage or at least 32 and both the 5 & 8 would get my cash

  • jack

    why dose the nexus 5 has better specs the the 8 and 11