Korean report: “Nexus 5” to be based on LG G2, to come in early October with Android 5

by: Bogdan PetrovanJuly 10, 2013

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It’s looking more and more likely that the next Nexus smartphone will be manufactured by LG. The latest report that supports this prediction emerged today on the Korean tech site Daum.

If the report is accurate, the successor to the Nexus 4 is currently being developed based on the hardware platform of the LG G2, the follow up to the Optimus G.

The device is reportedly going to be launched in early October and will come with a new version of Android on board – Android 5 Key Lime Pie. Moreover, Daum specifies that the name of the smartphone co-developed by Google and LG will be Nexus 5.

Full specs of the LG G2 

In the same report, Daum clarifies a few of the remaining unknown details about the LG G2. In addition to the Snapdragon 800 processor, which is the only officially confirmed spec, the device will feature either 2GB or 3GB of RAM (the site claims that the decision isn’t final), a 13MP camera with OIS, which is supposed to snap greatly improved images, a 2700 mAh battery, a 5.2-inch display Full HD IPS display, and LTE-A support.

The LG G2 is said to come with Android 4.2.2 out of the box, which is a bit questionable, considering that the release of Android 4.3 is widely believed to be imminent.

How credible is this report?

Getting back to the upcoming Nexus, the report claims that the LG G2 and the Nexus 5 are being developed in parallel, and that the two phones will share specifications. Last year, the Nexus 4 and the Optimus G shared the same specifications, and the two companies may be following the same strategy.

We can't be sure this isn't some speculation presented as fact. With that said, the report seems plausible.

How credible is this report? To be clear, this might be a piece of speculation presented as fact or simply an inaccurate rumor. With that said, the report is quite plausible, given the previous rumors we’ve heard, the fact that the Nexus 4 was developed in the same way, and the fact that we haven’t heard any reports so far about a Nexus device from another manufacturer.

In May, an executive apparently denied that LG wants to make the successor to the Nexus 4, but the Korean company’s PR department was quick to issue a clarification to the statement, saying that LG is open to continue the collaboration with Google. Just days later, Korean media reported that LG already presented Larry Page, the CEO of Google, with a prototype of the Nexus 5. The WSJ has recently confirmed that the “K release” of Android is coming this fall, which seems to corroborate with today’s report from Daum.

We expect to see more details about the LG G2 emerging in the next weeks, and, if what happened last year is any indication, perhaps even some early leaks on the upcoming Nexus.

  • Luka Mlinar

    If they go over 5 inches i’m out.

    • Daniel Nasim

      5.2 would actually be perfect, considering the software keys take up screen space.

      • emanuele_zanetti

        5.2″ + CM/PA + Pie Controls = awesome.

      • Luka Mlinar

        Maybe 5.3 considering the top status bar takes some space. Maybe 5.5 since………… Where does it stop? Just end it at 5.

        • Wolverine

          It’ll never end (evil laughs)

        • Justin Rebar

          Thank Samsung for creating this monster. 4.7″ is perfect for a phone.

          • Chirabrata Bhattarjee

            too small

    • kevin

      also remember the bezels can shrink. the nexus 4 could of easily been a 5in phone if they cut the bezel they had on the top on bottom. I swear to god you can land a plane on that bezel haha. But look at the s4 vs s3. Same physical size yet s4 is 0.2 inches bigger screen. Im sure LG will do something similar

      • 5isperfect

        but i want a 5 inch screen phone in a galaxy s2 body, that would be beautiful

    • Vallhalen

      True! we need phone not phablet :/

    • mobilemann

      that’s what she said?

      • JB

        Awesome LOL

      • Luka Mlinar

        haha nice :D

    • Themba Allen

      6” is going to be t standard next year, get used to 5.2 buddy

      • kascollet

        That’s plain ridiculous. Android makers, give US the choice dammit !
        I absolutely don’t want a big phone.

      • Luka Mlinar

        No F’ing way i am buying a 6″ micro tablet and calling it a phone. If i can’t put it in my pocket i don’t want it.

        • John Kiser

          The nexus 7 is surprisingly pocketable so…

        • Rhino”

          sony z ultra :D

          nice…and its only 6.4″ :D

          within a year its all going to be go–large or go-home :D

        • Chirabrata Bhattarjee

          I think 6.5″ is better for smartphones

        • Jake

          Good time for mobile companies to start making pants. I can already visualize a “Samsung Jeans” that can fit anything

          • Luka Mlinar

            nice 1 :D

    • newsjunkieintl

      If they had gone under 5″, I was going to the Xperia ZL or Galaxy S4. I want at least 5″ 1080p.

    • farewell

      I’m already out when they go over 4.3″

    • pat163

      if they reduce the bezel the size of the phone wont increase like the galaxy s4

    • Guest

      That’s what she said!

  • Bone

    So excited. Been holding out for a high-end spec but mid-range phone for a year as I wasn’t satisfied with the Nexus 4’s battery stats, hope this one or Motorola’s cheap offering will address the energy crisis.

  • newsjunkieintl

    Nexus 5 “announcement” will be in October, but actual release will probably be in November — just like the last two Nexus phones. October announcement, show-and-tell press conference, phone goes on sale in November.

    But this story has most of the fact right, unlike other sites that say the Nexus 5 is coming now. Q4, just like the last 3 Nexus phones.

  • MasterMuffin

    LG G2 really is the best phone (not phablet) to come this year, so it is a really good choice if they choose to make G2 to N5!

    • AsakuraZero

      nah i think the honami will be the best phone of this year

      • MasterMuffin

        I totally forgot about it >_< It's going to be a tough race!

        • AsakuraZero

          not your fault, it suddenly dissapeared from the radar

          • MasterMuffin

            We need moarh leaks!

      • 26

        Honami at least will be best phone if the price doesn’t too much far away from xz. Face it!

  • Mvrcel Lgt

    G2 is uglyimho , but based on hardware it’d be nice and defo my next phone. Too bad Im not into glossy PC and am judging design over specs (since phones are at their limit anyway today)

  • Micro Shaquer

    Is it just me NOT getting excited of LG products?

    • Wolverine

      Just you, go jump out of bed please.

      • Micro Shaquer

        I’m more excited of Nokia’s android line IF and only If it adopts Android OS.

  • companyemails

    I guess that explains why the LG Optimus G2 that leaked yesterday looks so much like a Nexus device. See for yourself: http://youtu.be/xRtCJmcw-6A

  • chuck

    if it doenst come to verizon im jumping ship. i want this as my next phone

    • deltsig77

      Lets cross our fingers!! Hanging on to good service and unlimited plan through Verizon…

    • Sox05

      Blame Verizon not Google.

  • Ivan Budiutama

    I hope they get rid the glittering effect. It looks like my auntie hand bags in some ways.

  • Shayne

    I’m tired of phones that require two hands to use. Let’s get some mid sized phone love back. I think the iPhone size is perfect for a smartphone.

    • SeraZR™

      good for you :P
      FYI i can use a 4.7 inch screen no probs with one hand

      • Shayne

        : D I currently daily a Note 2 but I got small hands! Hey can we do a hand transplant?
        ; )

        • SeraZR™

          lol no i like my hands xD xD

    • Laborin_HK

      I have a Gnex at 4.65 inch, quite honestly, I only struggle with the top left corner. I tried going back to my past phone the Nexus one, the one handed -ness is great, but then typing seems like a hassle in comparison.

      I’d settle for 4.5 with onscreen buttons and minimal bezels.

  • Simon Belmont

    Please don’t have another glass back. It looks pretty, sure, but it’s just double the fragility of a regular smartphone (since glass is on both sides).

    I’ll probably be grabbing one of these. I’m finally on a carrier where I can use one (rocking an unlocked Galaxy Nexus right now).

  • [email protected]

    yeah but is it LTE out of the box

    • Simon Belmont

      The Google Edition phones are LTE phones. Of course, their OS’ are controlled by their OEMs, so who knows.

      In 2013/2014, it would be kind of crazy for it to not have LTE, but who knows. We’ll see.

  • Clarkkent113

    The question is should I go for the high-end (spec wise) Nexus 5, or the “mid-range” (spec wise) w/innovative software features Moto X? hmmm

  • brendan soliwoda

    NO! Have Sony make the next nexus

  • 26

    Will it be Nexus 5 or G2 Google Edition?

  • Cal Rankin

    NOOOOOO!!!! I want an HTC Nexus!!!!!!!!!!

  • Cal Rankin

    The ideal specs are easy for me: Tegra 4 or Snapdragon 800 CPU, at least a 12-core GPU, 2 or 3 GB of RAM, 4.7″ 1920×1080 display, and 32 GB storage. And get HTC to do it. Sell it on all carriers, plus SIM-unlocked; push updates DIRECTLY to the phone