Rumor: Nexus 5 based on LG G2 coming in October with Nexus 4 pricing

August 13, 2013
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A new rumor says that LG may be the chosen Nexus 5 maker this year, with the next-gen Google Nexus smartphone expected to be largely based on the LG G2 and to offer Nexus 4-like pricing.

The news apparently comes from South Korean media, according to MyDrivers, but the Chinese publication doesn’t offer any details about the sources of this particular rumor.

MyDrivers says that the Nexus 5 will be as affordable as its predecessor, with prices starting at $299.

However, in order to be that affordable, the new Nexus 5 will not be entirely similar to the LG G2, with LG’s most recent flagship apparently being the phone the Nexus 5 will be based on.

According to the publication, the LG Nexus 5 would arrive in October running Android 5.0 and packing a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor, 2GB of RAM and a 10-megapixel camera. The device will also have an 1080p display, although it’s not clear if it’s going to be a 5-inch screen.

Comparatively, the LG G2 features a 5.2-inch Full HD display, Snapdragon 800 SoC and a 13-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization.

Furthermore, it’s not clear whether the button layout of the LG G2 – all keys moved on the back under the camera – will remain in placed or not.

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Considering that LG made the Nexus 4, it’s only logical to wonder whether the Nexus 5 will be based on the LG G2 or not – in fact we already asked ourselves that question the other day.

This isn’t the first time we hear that LG will make the Nexus 5 this year, although nothing is clear at this time. At one point LG seemed to deny any interest in building the following Nexus handset, although that particular denial was then quickly denied by the company, which wouldn’t say no to making a Nexus 5.

For what it’s worth, a completely different rumor that’s currently floating around says that Motorola will make a Nexus smartphone this year.

Today’s report is just a rumor, so take it with the appropriate amount of salt for now. In case the LG will indeed make the new Nexus smartphone, then we expect to see a large assortment of leaks for the handset in the coming months – after all, the Nexus 4 was hardly a secret last fall.

What company would you like to manufacture the Nexus 5 smartphone? Why?

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