Nexus 5 reportedly photographed in the wild

by: Chris SmithSeptember 30, 2013

Nexus 5 leak

A new purported image of the Nexus 5 has hit the web – this time the handset has been photographed in the wild by a user.

A MacRumors forum user has posted more details about his experience with the Nexus 5 alongside an image of the device. Here’s how he described the whole thing:

[quote qtext=”Got to handle the Nexus 5. It is smaller than the G2. Didn’t actually measure it, but holding it in the hand it is smaller. It does feel good holding it. The black back cover feels like my Nexus 7. The screen was ok, didn’t wow me like the Note 3. The bezel is very small.” qperson=”” qsource=”” qposition=”center”]

When asked to share more details about the device, he basically said he wasn’t able to do so, but he did post the image above:

[quote qtext=”I wish i could. Google is sneaky and has ways to see where the leaks come from. They are funny too. When the phone started up it needs to be updated. Some experimental software stuff and it says you need to guard it like a ninja.” qperson=”” qsource=”” qposition=”center”]

Nexus 5 at Android 4.4 KitKat statue unveiling

We have no way of knowing at this time whether the picture is genuine or not, but the device it shows seems to be similar to the Nexus handset seen in that KitKat promo video posted by Google (see second image above) and to that Nexus 5 handset that was reportedly photographed in a bar (third image) – check out the camera and Nexus logo in all three images.

LG Nexus 5 in bar

If real, this Nexus 5 leak is the clearest yet, although it’s yet to be confirmed. And yes, it appears there are two Nexus devices in the top image, one on top of the other.

  • _jliu

    Now, why exactly would a user on a forum called “MacRumors” post something about a Nexus? XD

    • DigitalBenny

      -because nobody looks there!

    • Jusephe

      Because even android fans are sick of writing on sites like this, where you can’t discuss your opinions, because of discussion/forums stuffed with trolls.
      And Mac rumors is a technology site not a troll site.

      • APai

        hold your horses gentleman! android has more diversity and prone to a lot of noise, unlike a monotheistic benevolent Apple god

  • Nexus_Lexus

    That’s Cool .. Can’t wait for Nexus 5 ..

  • Balraj

    The leak is real n I like the back of nexus 5..I hope it’s not fingerprint magnet
    Display not great as note 3
    Both are 1080p right?
    Low quality or is that guy a amoled fan…

    • PolarBear

      That’s an Apple fan… MacRumors right?

      • Balraj

        He said Notre note 3 display is better…not Apple’s

    • John-Phillip Saayman

      Maybe it means the Nexus does not have a full HD screen. I dunno.

      • Balraj

        It has full hd..maybe an lte n 3g variant..another two weeks

    • APai

      perhaps an amoled fan ? actually, anyone can get impressed by an amoled, although I think it’s kinda over rated. I had nokia E7 with an amoled on it – beautiful screen, but I’m not religious about it!

  • Relaxasaurus

    Looks like you can’t take the back off? No replaceable battery :(

    • Valtheus

      Why would you expect a replaceable battery? Nexus 4 doesn’t have it.

      • jasxgamer

        2300 mah and non replaceable,
        its gonna drain out fast. and this is fatal.

        • APai

          true. i hope the back cover is like a clamp that can be detached, at least people who can try should be able to pry it open. that said, these modern day phone with sealed batteries are a pain in the butt. the companies want to make it easy for themselves by keeping the warranty option till a year and profit when the battery actually needs a change in year two

        • Valtheus

          I don’t like the irreplaceable battery either. I am just saying that since N4 model doesn’t have one, i wouldn’t expect N5 to have it. Even G2 that N5 is supposed to share design ideas, doesn’t have a replaceable battery. Eventually thats not a deal breaker for me, since i probably won’t keep the same device more than 2 years.

        • Brandon Miranda

          Remember, Google MAKES Android so no doubt the Nexus’ version will be madly optimized for it and we will get gooooooddd battery. Not like MAXX but good enough.

    • James

      I have an HTC One X and thought that the non-removable battery would be awful. It just hasn’t been as big of an issue as I thought. Still rooted and flashed, rarely have problems with not being able to recharge and rather than having another battery to exchange I just use a battery pack instead. This is not a stumbling block to me getting the 5.

      • regbs

        Fandroids sounding like phanbois. Fail, Google. Not even your own Motorola bothers to fix fragmentation. This Nexus is months past its deadline. Nexus’s foundation has been respecting its end users instead of treating them like children as Apple’s “shut up and like it” approach does. Replacing drained bats with charged bats instead of having to mail the whole device in for a huge price, expanding mem with an SD card instead of paying 100s more for locked-down capacity. Freedom to change the OS and top specs were Nexus’s hallmarks. Now, the rumor mill says that Nexus will not have top specs or be on Verizon. I agree VZW are dicks who lied about honoring the Nexus platform, but it’s not the users’ faults who want real-life LTE as opposed to wannabe AT&T’s <50% availability or T-Mobile's lose-all-data-as-soon-as-you-cross-the-street.

  • consumerinme

    That looks like white and a black nexus to me…… Come google don’t let us down! I am not printing out a billboard so I don’t need 13 mp but the Camera needs to be solid!

  • Jesús G. Pinto González

    . . .
    “And yes…” you’re mistaken, once again.
    They’re not “two” Nexus devices.
    The one on top looks like and is said to be a Moto X.
    Double check before spoofing inaccurate news all over.

    • Raul Velasquez

      The moto X has the volume bottoms on the others side of the phone so it can’t be and also the from camera is on the other side they are two new Nexus

      • Jesús G. Pinto González

        I stand corrected. After checking those descriptions and looking closer to the picture, I realized you’re right.
        Also, the shape the Moto X has on the back plate is more rounded than this phone appears to be.
        So… Maybe Black and White Nexus coming out together at once?
        That’d be a nice treat to us, Google Nexus lovers.

        • Perv Bear

          Maybe you should double check before you post a misinformed comment.

          • Jesús G. Pinto González

            Haha … Well, I guess I got that coming. Is only fair.

        • Oli72

          Disagree. Its LG. Motorola have developer edition s phone already. Good try though.

          • Jesús G. Pinto González

            Did anyone ever talked about a Moto Nexus here?

            Am I missing something…? … … Didn’t think so?

  • Clarkkent113

    Give me that.

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  • dara_parsavand

    “screen … didn’t wow me like the Note 3″

    I haven’t seen the Note 3, but I own a Note 2 and have read reviews of the G2 and used an Optimus G Pro. I much prefer the LG screen over my own (of course it’s higher resolution, but I prefer the color too). I’m not sold on the AMOLED at all – the battery consumption advantage is there, but it doesn’t seem that amazing and I I don’t like the colors or sunlight visibility.

    So given the Nexus 5 is rumored to be close to a G2, that would be disappointing if the screen isn’t as good.

    I really don’t understand the big circle around the lens. This has to be the year that Google gets the camera right – I sure hope they did.

    Form factor size, anything between 5″ (Galaxy S2) and 5.2″ LG G2 works for me (5” is the rumor). The Note is too big, and an HTC one is too small (for me).

    • APai

      Amoled always wows people on first glance, because it is so much more vivid, others are not so bad really. viewing angles sometimes are bad in LCD/ TFTs IPS improves it – but they are all pretty okay. we make too much out of it, unless one works outdoors, amoleds are over rated.

  • Give me that. Please

  • APai

    “Nexus 5 reportedly photographed in the wild”
    woah! they should catch this endangered beast, breed more of it in a captive facility and let us keep it as pets! can’t wait!

    • Balraj

      Just few more weeks.get ready for pre booking..
      For me next year only…. :-(

      • APai

        staying with your current device is a good idea actually, ideally, I’d love to keep my phone for at least 2 years, for various reasons I’ve had to change it much more frequently, my current main phone is borked, so I am forced to upgrade :( oh, all those fleeting $$

        on the bright side of things – nexus 5, can’t wait!

        • Balraj

          My phone is too old..right now using cyanogenmod 10.2
          Lg g2 is 43.5k so I’ll stick with nexus 5& rhino shield..ihope piepricewwill be around 30 to 33k for 32gb version

          • Sanath Kumar

            But won’t it hit Indian shelves after 6-8 months?

          • Balraj

            Lol.. That was year by feb..I’m sure..

          • Sanath Kumar

            Even if it comes early, it won’t be subsidised as the ones you get in the US.

          • Balraj

            If lg launches it won’t be but what if Google launches it? Let’s wait n see :-)

  • Oli72

    Word. I can’t either. Regardless of who said or see the nexus I’m in like Flynn.

  • Rishu Agrawal

    That protruding camera lens just spells one thing, TROUBLE! Unless of course, it is Gorilla Glass.

    • thereasoner

      It looks like the rim around the lens is protruding and therefore offering protection to the lens , or atleast, the glass above the actual lens.

      • Rishu Agrawal

        But it still isn’t the safest bet! Looks very fragile.

        • thereasoner

          Perhaps, time will tell. That said, it looks very similar to my HTC ONE if only a bit larger and mine shows no sign of any problems.

  • Tiago Alves

    “two Nexus”? I am pretty sure the plural of Nexus is “Nexi”. Just saying…

    • John-Phillip Saayman

      Isn’t it Nexii

  • Dusan

    Looks generic. And also smaller than G2. I’m glad I didn’t wait.

  • joser116

    What don’t we know about this phone.

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  • needa

    a squared off huge slab of plastic and glass. no ergonomics, no time used for design, full of the cheapest parts they could find to increase profits, and will most assuredly be defended by 98% of those that purchase one. stating that it has tremendous build quality and is the best phone in the land.

    • Jeff

      A, so you’ve already used the phone in hand, that’s good, otherwise I’d just think you’re making a bunch of assumptions.

      • needa

        dont have to have the phone in hand. its a nexus. that is what they are.

  • Bryan Z

    I was really expecting the new nexus in something like george of the jungle type of scenario… lol

  • Bryan Z

    Gonna miss my nexus 4 when this one comes out

  • Cecil

    If it’s 300 bucks I could care less if it has a 2300 mah battery. It would still be a steal.