nexus 5 official

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.