We know that a number of readers were holding out for the announcement of the Nexus 6 before deciding what to get for their next handset. Some of these people were genuinely sold on the idea of a 5.9-inch handset, others weren’t so sure. Either way, if the size or price of the Nexus 6 has proven to be too much of a turn off, there’s some good news: you may still have a smaller Nexus phone to choose from. No, we aren’t saying a new Nexus 5 is coming anytime soon. Instead, it seems very possible that Google will continue to offer the Nexus 5 into the foreseeable future.
We had talked about the possibility of the Nexus 5 continuing to be sold long before the Nexus 6 was official. So what evidence do we have that this may be the case? While Google has yet to say anything one way or another, today they put up a brand new “Nexus” family page that showcases the Nexus 6, 9 and Nexus Player. Interestingly enough, they also have a link to the Nexus 5 but the same can’t be said for the Nexus 7 or Nexus 10.
The Nexus 5 really didn’t need a refresh, as its Snapdragon 800 CPU and 1080p display still hold their own against many of the early flagships of 2014
While a link to an old Nexus 5 page wouldn’t be much proof that the Nexus 5 is here to stay, the link actually takes us to a totally redesigned page with new images of the Nexus 5 running Lollipop. If Google was planning to shutdown sales of the Nexus 5 as soon as the Nexus 6 arrived, you’d think they wouldn’t bother. Again, this is all speculation at this stage, but honestly we can’t say we’d be too surprised.
The Nexus 5 really didn’t need a refresh, as its Snapdragon 800 CPU and 1080p display still hold their own against many of the early flagships of 2014 and even the latest flagships are merely a step above it and not a major leap. The only real issues with the Nexus 5 are the battery life and camera, but these were (arguably minor) problems from day one and not due to aging.
As a Nexus fan that isn’t sold on the idea of a 5.9-inch Nexus, I personally hold out hope that the Nexus 5 will not only continue to be sold but that it may even be refreshed sometime next year. Perhaps in the summer slot that the Nexus 7 used to occupy? By then, we could have real reasons to upgrade like a 64-bit processor, larger storage size and jumps in camera and battery. Considering how often Google releases new OS versions, it would also make sense to have another Nexus device released sometime in the middle of 2015 to greet Android 5.1 or whatever it ends up being called.