Nexus 5 specs comparison with iPhone 5S, Galaxy Note 3, LG G2, Moto X, Xperia Z1, Galaxy S4, HTC One and others

by: Chris SmithNovember 1, 2013

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The Nexus 5 is finally official, so it’s time to compare it to some of the existing flagship smartphones out there, including Android and non-Android devices.

The specs of the new Nexus have not been a secret for quite a while, and Google only confirmed yesterday what we already knew from the many leaks that preceded the announcement – much like with the Nexus 4 a year ago.

The Nexus 5 is largely based on the LG G2, but the device is not an exact replica of LG’s current flagship that’s simply running Google’s latest Android operating system. The handset is smaller in size and therefore packs a smaller battery, but that’s not the only difference when compared to the LG G2.

But the Nexus 5 marks an important jump from the Nexus 4, and we expect it to offer a significant overall performance improvement boost, especially considering the heavy optimization in KitKat – to see our Nexus 5 vs Nexus 4 comparison, check out this post. Not to mention that the Nexus 5 appears to be ready to stand the test of time in a much better fashion than the Nexus 4.

Nexus 5 vs “regular” Android smartphones

That said, in what follows you’ll get to check out some of the most important specs of the Nexus 5, in comparison with current flagships from other Android device makers including the Xperia Z1, LG G2, Moto X, Galaxy S4 and HTC One.

 Nexus 5Xperia Z1LG G2Moto XGalaxy S4HTC One
Size (mm)137.84 x 69.17 x 8.59144 x 74 x 8.5138.5 x 70.9 x 8.9129.3 x 65.3 x 10.4136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9137.4 x 68.2 x 9.3
Weight (g)130170143130130143
Resolution1920 x 10801920 x 10801920 x 10801280 x 7201920 x 10801920 x 1080
CPUSnapdragon 800Snapdragon 800Snapdragon 800X8 SystemSnapdragon 600 or 800 / Exynos 5 OctaSnapdragon 600
Second camera1.3MP2MP2.1MP2MP2MP2.1MP
Wi-Fi802.11 a/b/g/n/ac802.11 a/b/g/n/ac802.11 a/b/g/n/ac802.11 a/b/g/n/ac802.11 a/b/g/n/ac802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth4.0 LE4.0 LE4.0 LE4.0 LE4.0 LE4.0 LE
Battery standby300 hours880 hours790 hours576 hours370 hours480 hours
Wireless ChargingYesNoYesNoYesNo
Fingerprint scannerNoNoNoNoNoNo
Infrared sensorNoNoYesNoYesYes
OSAndroid 4.4 KitKatAndroid 4.2.2 Jelly BeanAndroid 4.2.2 Jelly BeanAndroid 4.2.2 Jelly BeanAndroid 4.2.2 Jelly BeanAndroid 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
PriceStarts at $349 off-contract$649.99 off-contractStarts at $199 (w/contract)Starts at $199 (w/contract)Starts at $199 (w/contract)Starts at $199 (w/contract)

Naturally, more models could have been picked for this particular comparison, as this year we’ve seen quite a few OEMs release some very interesting devices, but we decided to stick to some of the most recent and/or most popular devices of 2013.

Nexus 5 vs the “phablets”

As you can see in the table above, we have not included extra-large devices into the mix, focusing on handsets with displays between four and five inches – the sole exception is the LG G2, the Nexus 5’s older brother, which has a 5.2-inch display.

But in case you want to compare it to the current generation of flagship “phablets” from leading device manufacturers, check out the following table, to see how the Nexus 5 fares against the HTC One Max Galaxy Note 3, Xperia Z Ultra, and the newly announced Nokia Lumia 1520.

 Nexus 5One MaxGalaxy Note 3Xperia Z UltraN1Lumia 1520
Size (mm)69.17 x 137.84 x 8.59164.5 x 82.5 x 10.29151.2 x 79.2 x 8.3179 x 92.2 x 6.5170.7 x 82.6 x 9162.8 x 85.4 x 8.7
Weight (g)130217168212213209
Resolution1920 x 10801920 x 10801920 x 10801920 x 10801920 x 10801920 x 1080
CPUSnapdragon 800Snapdragon 600Snapdragon 800 / Exynos 5 OctaSnapdragon 800Snapdraong 600Snapdragon 800
MicroSDNoYes (up to 64GB)Yes (up to 64GB)Yes (up to 64GB)NoYes (up to 64GB)
Second camera1.3MP2.1MP2MP2MPCamera rotates to the front1.2MP
Wi-Fi802.11 a/b/g/n/ac802.11 a/b/g/n/ac802.11 a/b/g/n/ac802.11 a/b/g/n/ac802.11 a/b/g/n/ac802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth4.0 LE4.0 LE4.0 LE4.04.04.0
Battery2300mAh3300 mAh3200mAh3050mAh3610mAh3400mAh
Battery standby300 hours585 hours420 hours820 hoursN/A768 hours
Wireless chargingYesYesNoNoNoYes
Infrared sensorNoYesYesNoNoNo
Fingerprint scannerNoYesNoNoNoNo
OSAndroid 4.4 KitKatAndroid 4.3 Jelly BeanAndroid 4.3 Jelly BeanAndroid 4.2 Jelly BeanAndroid 4.2 Jelly BeanWindows Phone 8
PriceStarts at $349 off-contractN/AStarts at $299 (w/contract)$679.99 unlocked and off-contractN/AN/A

Nexus 5 vs the iPhones, Lumias and BlackBerry

Finally, we have one more specs comparison for you, between the Nexus 5 and several devices from the competition – we’re looking at the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C, the Nokia Lumia 1020 and the BlackBerry Z30 in the following table.

 Nexus 5iPhone 5SiPhone 5cLumia 1020BlackBerry Z30
Size (mm)137.84 x 69.17 x 8.59123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6124.4 x 59.2 x 8.97130.4 x 71.4 x 10.4140.7 x 72 x 9.4
Weight (g)130112132158170
Resolution1920 x 10801136 x 6401136 x 6401280 x 7681280 x 720
CPUSnapdragon 800A7
A6Snapdragon S4 PlusSnapdragon S4 Pro
MicroSDNoNoNoNoYes (up to 64GB)
Second camera1.3MP1.2MP1.2MP1.2MP2MP
Wi-Fi802.11 a/b/g/n/ac802.11 a/b/g/n802.11 a/b/g/n802.11 a/b/g/n802.11 a/b/g/n
Bluetooth4.0 LE4.0 LE4.0 LE3.04.0 LE
Battery standby300 hours250 hours250 hours384 hours384 hours
Wireless chargingYesNoNoYesYes
Infrared sensorNoNoNoNoNo
Fingerprint scannerNoYesNoNoNo
OSAndroid 4.4 KitKatiOS 7iOS 7Windows Phone 8BlackBerry 10.2
PriceStarts at $349 off-contractStarts at $199 (w/contract)Starts at $99 (w/contract)Starts at $199 (w/contract)N/A

The best choice?

By no means, we’re implying that the Nexus 5 is the better choice here. It may very well prove to be the best phone in the world for some, while others may be disappointed and find comfort in a different device for different reasons – that’s the nature of things with every new piece of hardware. But it’s definitely one of the handsets to check out this holiday shopping season.

We’re going to remind you that the specs comparison alone doesn’t tell the whole story when deciding between various devices, especially when it comes to flagship handsets, so make sure to check our upcoming extensive Nexus 5 coverage to see how this beast performs in the wild.

Meanwhile, the Nexus 5 is selling like hot cakes, and it may not be available for purchase for several weeks, depending on model and market.

  • hei

    cant wait for this :)

  • Grman Rodriguez

    Could you guys be more specific in if the Nexus 5 has an IPS LCD display or SLCD3?

    • RojahUrban

      The N5 has a IPS LCD display.

  • z1 on T-Mobile usA

    my z1 still running 4.2.2 and I think that is the Latest firmware unless Sony just push out a new major update. that’s very unlikely to happen…

    • jasxgamer

      I think 4.3 is the last one for Z1

      • spade

        LOL. xD

    • Jav11 .

      sony xperia z1 getting update(and Z family) android kitkat 4,4 next week,says

  • Tran Nguyen

    No Nexus 5 for Verizon. That’s bad for holiday season 2013.

  • Oli72

    Nexus 5 owner.

    • poop

      Lucky duck.

  • Alu Zeros

    Want to see next nexus get to 3000 mah battery, would have took a slower cpu and lower screen quality for a bigger battery, but that’s just me.

    • utilitybelt

      We don’t even know what the battery life on the N5 is yet.

      • Alu Zeros

        usually you can tell how much on screen time with the mah, but I’m getting one monday, or tuesday should be able to tell on screen time by then

    • Valnomien

      720p snap600 8mp ois and 3000mah would have been better maybe even oled cause ips drains battery too fast. but I still got my nexus 5 always and forever loyal to true Google Experience

  • Sky Baun

    On order

  • Bob

    When did The Nexus line become mid range? I thought they were supposed to represent state of the art.

    Also, your table shows the note 3 as not supporting wireless charging(you only need to replace the back to support it)

    • spade

      Those back cover comes in one package inside the box? If is not, they shouldn’t add because it’s just an accessories.. Btw, Xperia Z1 also doesn’t get 4.3 yet.

    • Arturo Carter

      The nexus has never been state of the art device in hardware. It was a developers device for software. The nexus line has always been about the latest software not hardware. With that being said, I would not call these specs mid-range. In almost every category its right up there in the top 2 or 3. Also look at the price. For what the nexus gives you for price, its clear that if this was a bang for your buck contest the Nexus would be a runaway winner.

    • Cole Raney

      1. These specs are not midrange. They might be midrange in mid-2014, but now they are High End specs.
      2. This is running pure android, so it will likely run a lot smoother than other devices of similar specs because there isn’t a UI to run on top of android.

      • Jayfeather787

        I would consider the Snapdragon S4 pro in the Nexus 4 to be mid-to-high-range still.

  • MasterMuffin

    That phablet section makes Lumia 1520 look pretty good! Just sayin’ :)

    • MadCowOnAStick

      the note 3 still looks more delicious c:

  • Guest

    TFT is not a display technology. Every panel, even AMOLED, uses a TFT layer. The Z1 has an LCD type display. Please correct.

  • Rushan

    Note 3

  • Gator352

    Note 3 does have wireless charging capabilities. You must purchase the qi add on for the battery but it’s there.

  • GigaCode

    Getting my beast on Wednesday, can’t wait lol

  • Vardan Nazaretyan

    HTC One and Nexus 5!!!!! Both are wonderful!!!!!!!!!!

  • 72goojman72

    Loving my new Note 3. Not looking back either.

  • poop

    On the table pitting Nexus 5 against the big tablets, the processor section lists the Oppo N1’s as “Snapdraong 600.” I read way too much into these things…

  • James Silva

    Moto X was made by Motorala.. Please correct…

    • deepen03

      Google owns Motorola Mobility buddy.

  • James Silva

    Oh and you can’t compare non-contract to contract pricing…

  • jamesinkorea

    No micro SD, small battery, non-removable battery, no infrared sensor?
    Nexus 5 is supposed to be a flagship?? REALLY???

    • Mohammed Sahib

      It isn’t priced as a flagship. If the things mentioned is worth $200-350 extra to you, then be my guest.

    • Sean Royce

      Nexus devices will never support microSD, when will you idiots get this?

  • Matthew Wypyszinski

    what was the point of releasing the iphone 5s? all the stats on it seem to be the same as 2 year old android phones, except maybe the ram and processor speeds

  • Blowntoaster

    waiting for the review to see if the battery n camera and other general stuff are any good. it’s all good that it’s running stock 4.4 and a Snappy 800, but what else does it do that’s good?

  • Valnomien

    Look more delicious if you can afford 299 on contact or $700+ off contract then be my guess get a samsuck. And loyal Verizon drones only wish Google gives them another chance they burned there bridges and phuked up again with nexus 7 what a big red douche. And idiots still bitch and moan about removable SD & battery that will never happen on nexus have you been living under a rock that is not the trend anymore.

  • Julieanna1972

    Got my white Nexus 5 on Sunday after trading in my tired iPhone 4S. Absolutely delighted with it. Impressive, 5″ HD display, pretty quick and operates smooth as silk. Decided to make the jump after buying the new Google Nexus 7 tablet, which is just fantastic too. Can’t believe what you get for your money on these devices after coming off Apple iPhone 4S and iPad 3.

  • ali

    4 normal size using this table the s4 g2 nexus z1 one in other first to last

  • Khalid Sayed

    well, yup its the best phone…but still, it haven’t got “otg”…why?