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

In this specs battle we compare the Nexus 5 with Android flagship devices, including supersized handsets, and non-Android smartphones. Check it out!
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November 1, 2013
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
Maker
Nexus 5
LG
Xperia Z1
Sony
LG G2
LG
Moto X
Google
Galaxy S4
Samsung
HTC One
HTC
Size (mm)
Nexus 5
137.84 x 69.17 x 8.59
Xperia Z1
144 x 74 x 8.5
LG G2
138.5 x 70.9 x 8.9
Moto X
129.3 x 65.3 x 10.4
Galaxy S4
136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9
HTC One
137.4 x 68.2 x 9.3
Weight (g)
Nexus 5
130
Xperia Z1
170
LG G2
143
Moto X
130
Galaxy S4
130
HTC One
143
Display
Nexus 5
4.95-inch
Xperia Z1
5-inch
LG G2
5.2-inch
Moto X
4.7-inch
Galaxy S4
5-inch
HTC One
4.7-inch
Type
Nexus 5
LCD
Xperia Z1
TFT
LG G2
LCD
Moto X
AMOLED
Galaxy S4
Super AMOLED
HTC One
LCD
Resolution
Nexus 5
1920 x 1080
Xperia Z1
1920 x 1080
LG G2
1920 x 1080
Moto X
1280 x 720
Galaxy S4
1920 x 1080
HTC One
1920 x 1080
PPI
Nexus 5
445
Xperia Z1
441
LG G2
424
Moto X
312
Galaxy S4
441
HTC One
469
CPU
Nexus 5
Snapdragon 800
Xperia Z1
Snapdragon 800
LG G2
Snapdragon 800
Moto X
X8 System
Galaxy S4
Snapdragon 600 or 800 / Exynos 5 Octa
HTC One
Snapdragon 600
RAM
Nexus 5
2GB
Xperia Z1
2GB
LG G2
2GB
Moto X
2GB
Galaxy S4
2GB
HTC One
2GB
Storage
Nexus 5
16/32GB
Xperia Z1
16GB
LG G2
16/32GB
Moto X
16/32GB
Galaxy S4
16/32/64GB
HTC One
32/64GB
MicroSD
Nexus 5
No
Xperia Z1
Yes
LG G2
No
Moto X
No
Galaxy S4
Yes
HTC One
No
Camera
Nexus 5
8MP
Xperia Z1
20.7MP
LG G2
13MP
Moto X
10MP
Galaxy S4
13MP
HTC One
4MP
Second camera
Nexus 5
1.3MP
Xperia Z1
2MP
LG G2
2.1MP
Moto X
2MP
Galaxy S4
2MP
HTC One
2.1MP
Wi-Fi
Nexus 5
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Xperia Z1
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
LG G2
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Moto X
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Galaxy S4
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
HTC One
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth
Nexus 5
4.0 LE
Xperia Z1
4.0 LE
LG G2
4.0 LE
Moto X
4.0 LE
Galaxy S4
4.0 LE
HTC One
4.0 LE
LTE
Nexus 5
Yes
Xperia Z1
Yes
LG G2
Yes
Moto X
Yes
Galaxy S4
Yes
HTC One
Yes
NFC
Nexus 5
Yes
Xperia Z1
Yes
LG G2
Yes
Moto X
Yes
Galaxy S4
Yes
HTC One
Yes
GPS
Nexus 5
Yes
Xperia Z1
Yes
LG G2
Yes
Moto X
Yes
Galaxy S4
Yes
HTC One
Yes
Battery
Nexus 5
2300mAh
Xperia Z1
3000mAh
LG G2
3000mAh
Moto X
2200mAh
Galaxy S4
2600mAh
HTC One
2300mAh
Battery standby
Nexus 5
300 hours
Xperia Z1
880 hours
LG G2
790 hours
Moto X
576 hours
Galaxy S4
370 hours
HTC One
480 hours
Wireless Charging
Nexus 5
Yes
Xperia Z1
No
LG G2
Yes
Moto X
No
Galaxy S4
Yes
HTC One
No
Fingerprint scanner
Nexus 5
No
Xperia Z1
No
LG G2
No
Moto X
No
Galaxy S4
No
HTC One
No
Infrared sensor
Nexus 5
No
Xperia Z1
No
LG G2
Yes
Moto X
No
Galaxy S4
Yes
HTC One
Yes
OS
Nexus 5
Android 4.4 KitKat
Xperia Z1
Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
LG G2
Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
Moto X
Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
Galaxy S4
Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
HTC One
Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
Price
Nexus 5
Starts at $349 off-contract
Xperia Z1
$649.99 off-contract
LG G2
Starts at $199 (w/contract)
Moto X
Starts at $199 (w/contract)
Galaxy S4
Starts at $199 (w/contract)
HTC One
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
Maker
Nexus 5
LG
One Max
HTC
Galaxy Note 3
Samsung
Xperia Z Ultra
Sony
N1
Oppo
Lumia 1520
Nokia
Size (mm)
Nexus 5
69.17 x 137.84 x 8.59
One Max
164.5 x 82.5 x 10.29
Galaxy Note 3
151.2 x 79.2 x 8.3
Xperia Z Ultra
179 x 92.2 x 6.5
N1
170.7 x 82.6 x 9
Lumia 1520
162.8 x 85.4 x 8.7
Weight (g)
Nexus 5
130
One Max
217
Galaxy Note 3
168
Xperia Z Ultra
212
N1
213
Lumia 1520
209
Display
Nexus 5
4.95-inch
One Max
5.9-inch
Galaxy Note 3
5.7-inc
Xperia Z Ultra
6.4-inch
N1
5.9-inch
Lumia 1520
6-inch
Type
Nexus 5
LCD
One Max
LCD
Galaxy Note 3
Super AMOLED
Xperia Z Ultra
LCD
N1
LCD
Lumia 1520
LCD
Resolution
Nexus 5
1920 x 1080
One Max
1920 x 1080
Galaxy Note 3
1920 x 1080
Xperia Z Ultra
1920 x 1080
N1
1920 x 1080
Lumia 1520
1920 x 1080
PPI
Nexus 5
445
One Max
373
Galaxy Note 3
386
Xperia Z Ultra
344
N1
373
Lumia 1520
367
CPU
Nexus 5
Snapdragon 800
One Max
Snapdragon 600
Galaxy Note 3
Snapdragon 800 / Exynos 5 Octa
Xperia Z Ultra
Snapdragon 800
N1
Snapdraong 600
Lumia 1520
Snapdragon 800
RAM
Nexus 5
2GB
One Max
2GB
Galaxy Note 3
3GB
Xperia Z Ultra
2GB
N1
2GB
Lumia 1520
2GB
Storage
Nexus 5
16/32GB
One Max
16/32GB
Galaxy Note 3
32/64GB
Xperia Z Ultra
16GB
N1
16/32GB
Lumia 1520
32GB
MicroSD
Nexus 5
No
One Max
Yes (up to 64GB)
Galaxy Note 3
Yes (up to 64GB)
Xperia Z Ultra
Yes (up to 64GB)
N1
No
Lumia 1520
Yes (up to 64GB)
Camera
Nexus 5
8MP
One Max
4MP
Galaxy Note 3
13MP
Xperia Z Ultra
8MP
N1
13MP
Lumia 1520
20MP
Second camera
Nexus 5
1.3MP
One Max
2.1MP
Galaxy Note 3
2MP
Xperia Z Ultra
2MP
N1
Camera rotates to the front
Lumia 1520
1.2MP
Wi-Fi
Nexus 5
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
One Max
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Galaxy Note 3
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Xperia Z Ultra
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
N1
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Lumia 1520
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth
Nexus 5
4.0 LE
One Max
4.0 LE
Galaxy Note 3
4.0 LE
Xperia Z Ultra
4.0
N1
4.0
Lumia 1520
4.0
LTE
Nexus 5
Yes
One Max
Yes
Galaxy Note 3
Yes
Xperia Z Ultra
Yes
N1
No
Lumia 1520
Yes
NFC
Nexus 5
Yes
One Max
Yes
Galaxy Note 3
Yes
Xperia Z Ultra
Yes
N1
Yes
Lumia 1520
Yes
GPS
Nexus 5
Yes
One Max
Yes
Galaxy Note 3
Yes
Xperia Z Ultra
Yes
N1
Yes
Lumia 1520
Yes
Battery
Nexus 5
2300mAh
One Max
3300 mAh
Galaxy Note 3
3200mAh
Xperia Z Ultra
3050mAh
N1
3610mAh
Lumia 1520
3400mAh
Battery standby
Nexus 5
300 hours
One Max
585 hours
Galaxy Note 3
420 hours
Xperia Z Ultra
820 hours
N1
N/A
Lumia 1520
768 hours
Wireless charging
Nexus 5
Yes
One Max
Yes
Galaxy Note 3
No
Xperia Z Ultra
No
N1
No
Lumia 1520
Yes
Infrared sensor
Nexus 5
No
One Max
Yes
Galaxy Note 3
Yes
Xperia Z Ultra
No
N1
No
Lumia 1520
No
Fingerprint scanner
Nexus 5
No
One Max
Yes
Galaxy Note 3
No
Xperia Z Ultra
No
N1
No
Lumia 1520
No
OS
Nexus 5
Android 4.4 KitKat
One Max
Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
Galaxy Note 3
Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
Xperia Z Ultra
Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
N1
Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
Lumia 1520
Windows Phone 8
Price
Nexus 5
Starts at $349 off-contract
One Max
N/A
Galaxy Note 3
Starts at $299 (w/contract)
Xperia Z Ultra
$679.99 unlocked and off-contract
N1
N/A
Lumia 1520
N/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
Maker
Nexus 5
LG
iPhone 5S
Apple
iPhone 5c
Apple
Lumia 1020
Nokia
BlackBerry Z30
BlackBerry
Size (mm)
Nexus 5
137.84 x 69.17 x 8.59
iPhone 5S
123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6
iPhone 5c
124.4 x 59.2 x 8.97
Lumia 1020
130.4 x 71.4 x 10.4
BlackBerry Z30
140.7 x 72 x 9.4
Weight (g)
Nexus 5
130
iPhone 5S
112
iPhone 5c
132
Lumia 1020
158
BlackBerry Z30
170
Display
Nexus 5
4.95-inch
iPhone 5S
4-inch
iPhone 5c
4-inch
Lumia 1020
4.5-inch
BlackBerry Z30
5-inch
Type
Nexus 5
LCD
iPhone 5S
LCD
iPhone 5c
LCD
Lumia 1020
AMOLED
BlackBerry Z30
Super AMOLED
Resolution
Nexus 5
1920 x 1080
iPhone 5S
1136 x 640
iPhone 5c
1136 x 640
Lumia 1020
1280 x 768
BlackBerry Z30
1280 x 720
PPI
Nexus 5
445
iPhone 5S
326
iPhone 5c
326
Lumia 1020
332
BlackBerry Z30
294
CPU
Nexus 5
Snapdragon 800
iPhone 5S
A7

iPhone 5c
A6
Lumia 1020
Snapdragon S4 Plus
BlackBerry Z30
Snapdragon S4 Pro
RAM
Nexus 5
2GB
iPhone 5S
1GB
iPhone 5c
1GB
Lumia 1020
2GB
BlackBerry Z30
2GB
Storage
Nexus 5
16/32GB
iPhone 5S
16/32/64GB
iPhone 5c
16/32GB
Lumia 1020
32/64GB
BlackBerry Z30
16GB
MicroSD
Nexus 5
No
iPhone 5S
No
iPhone 5c
No
Lumia 1020
No
BlackBerry Z30
Yes (up to 64GB)
Camera
Nexus 5
8MP
iPhone 5S
8MP
iPhone 5c
8MP
Lumia 1020
41MP
BlackBerry Z30
8MP
Second camera
Nexus 5
1.3MP
iPhone 5S
1.2MP
iPhone 5c
1.2MP
Lumia 1020
1.2MP
BlackBerry Z30
2MP
Wi-Fi
Nexus 5
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
iPhone 5S
802.11 a/b/g/n
iPhone 5c
802.11 a/b/g/n
Lumia 1020
802.11 a/b/g/n
BlackBerry Z30
802.11 a/b/g/n
Bluetooth
Nexus 5
4.0 LE
iPhone 5S
4.0 LE
iPhone 5c
4.0 LE
Lumia 1020
3.0
BlackBerry Z30
4.0 LE
LTE
Nexus 5
Yes
iPhone 5S
Yes
iPhone 5c
Yes
Lumia 1020
Yes
BlackBerry Z30
Yes
NFC
Nexus 5
Yes
iPhone 5S
No
iPhone 5c
No
Lumia 1020
Yes
BlackBerry Z30
Yes
GPS
Nexus 5
Yes
iPhone 5S
Yes
iPhone 5c
Yes
Lumia 1020
Yes
BlackBerry Z30
Yes
Battery
Nexus 5
2300mAh
iPhone 5S
1560mAh
iPhone 5c
1500mAh
Lumia 1020
2000mAh
BlackBerry Z30
2880mAh
Battery standby
Nexus 5
300 hours
iPhone 5S
250 hours
iPhone 5c
250 hours
Lumia 1020
384 hours
BlackBerry Z30
384 hours
Wireless charging
Nexus 5
Yes
iPhone 5S
No
iPhone 5c
No
Lumia 1020
Yes
BlackBerry Z30
Yes
Infrared sensor
Nexus 5
No
iPhone 5S
No
iPhone 5c
No
Lumia 1020
No
BlackBerry Z30
No
Fingerprint scanner
Nexus 5
No
iPhone 5S
Yes
iPhone 5c
No
Lumia 1020
No
BlackBerry Z30
No
OS
Nexus 5
Android 4.4 KitKat
iPhone 5S
iOS 7
iPhone 5c
iOS 7
Lumia 1020
Windows Phone 8
BlackBerry Z30
BlackBerry 10.2
Price
Nexus 5
Starts at $349 off-contract
iPhone 5S
Starts at $199 (w/contract)
iPhone 5c
Starts at $99 (w/contract)
Lumia 1020
Starts at $199 (w/contract)
BlackBerry Z30
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.