Rumor: LG Nexus 5 release date set for October

September 18, 2013

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A new report for Taiwan says that Google and LG are “likely to partner” for a Nexus 5 smartphone that will be launched at some point in October.

The news comes from DigiTimes, an online publication that has a hit and miss track record with such rumors, but it’s not exactly surprising considering the recent Nexus 5 rumors.

Not many details are offered on the Nexus 5 at this time by the website, and an actual release date is not given. However, DigiTimes says that the phone will target the mid-range segment, at least according to unnamed sources from “Taiwan-based supply chain makers” – thus implying mid-range prices for the device.

The report also notes that the handset will be similar to the LG G2 and says the phone will have a 5-inch Full HD display, quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, LTE support and run Android 4.4 KitKat.

This isn’t the first time we hear the Nexus 5 will be made by LG, not to mention that a recent report also claimed that the phone will be unveiled in mid-October. In fact, we already have an unannounced LG smartphone that’s a serious candidate for becoming the next Nexus handset – so far FCC, Bluetooth SIG and Wi-Fi certification documents back up the LG Nexus 5 rumor.

We’ll be back with more details about the handset in the following weeks, as we wouldn’t be surprised to see even more Nexus 5-related leaks hit the web, especially considering the plethora of Nexus 4 rumors we saw last year before the phone was launched.

Comments

  • http://www.thinkingbrian.com/ ThinkingBrian

    Keeping in mind of I will believe it when I see it on sale. I do like the idea of the Nexus 5 returning to a plastic back rather than the Nexus 4 with a glass back. I know that its described as feeling cheap, but I like the feel of the plastic back and I mean that. One of the problems of an LG Nexus 4 was you could crack the glass on the back pretty quickly under normal usage. But sad that it doesn’t have a removable battery.

    • Spencer Walker

      If the batter was 3000mah like the g2 it wouldn’t matter if it wasn’t removable

      • leo98918

        I’ve been wanting a Nexus device, but hearing that the battery life isn’t that great doesn’t sit well with me… IDK, i’ll just wait and see.

        • Joshua Hill

          Definitely wait and see, Yes. The G2 battery life is phenomenal based on early reports so the N5 could still have good battery life with smaller capacity.

          I am a little anxious although personally apart from the capacity I haven’t heard anyone claim anything battery life related especially ‘battery life isn’t that great’. Do you remember which source claimed this?

          • leo98918

            I’ve seen it from like 2-3 different people. IDK if they are just extremely heavy users or what. I was going to get one either way, but I’m still gonna wait a couple of months just in case they decide to improve on something visually, like the little nubs on the back that were added to later models of the Nexus 4

          • Joshua Hill

            I assume given your response you are talking about the Nexus 4’s battery life. @Shadiwstewie and I both thought you were talking about the Nexus 5 given this is an article about it and you haven’t specifically said you were talking about the 4.

        • shadowstewie

          Where in the world did you hear that the battery life wasn’t great? Because of the 2300maH battery?

          It takes 3 things combined to create battery life. Hardware, Software, and the size of the battery.

          If the Snapdragon 800 works very well with Android 4.4 then the 2300maH battery will do just fine.

    • smokebomb

      I’ve had my nexus 4 since launch, dropped it twice on linoleum from desk height and there are no cracks.

  • MasterMuffin

    How is it targeting the mid-range segment with those specs o.O

    • Balraj

      Guess guess :-P

    • Bjajjull

      Because of the price. A mid-range phone shouldn’t cost 549$ *cough* apple *cough*

    • turdbogls

      I think they meant price wise…..its obviously a spec beast at a mid range price just like the N4 was when it was first released.

  • Balraj

    Another 11 days or 20 days if it’s mid October
    I’m waiting

  • theconsumerinme

    I am certain they could get 500 out of consumers if they upped the specs. The non developer users that like the Simplicity of the Nexus would really enjoy a great camera with Stock Android.

    • gameraddikted

      Upped the specs to what? Not much better out there at the moment. And 500?!?

  • mbkarki

    Oh no, I am not done with my Nexus 4 yet!

    • Ryan G. Coutu

      I’m just about done with my Galaxy Nexus, almost time for an upgrade.

  • smokebomb

    How could it be similar to the G2 with all those high end specs but be aimed at mid range?

  • Clarkkent113

    1) Snapdragon 800 – check
    2) 5″ 1080p screen – check
    3) Reasonably priced given rumor of “mid-range” – check

    The trifecta is nearly complete.

  • ProudToBePinoy

    If this is cheaper than the Sony Xperia Z1 i think i’ll get this one.. because I don’t want to waste my savings hehe because I’m just a student . :)

  • Moonister

    as much as I like my nexus 4 I will not buy nexus 5 if it has such poor battery life as nexus 4. What’s the point of having all the bells and whistles if the phone is dead for half of the day? My money will still go to LG though (G2 that is) :-)