Newly Published FCC Images Show Clearest Look At Purported Nexus 5 Hardware To Date

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Newly published documents on the FCC website show us what could be the clearest look at the upcoming “Nexus 5” to date. It’s still speculation that this device is in fact the next-generation Nexus, but for the most part there’s plenty of agreement across the tech world that this is a Nexus smartphone.

The listing, first spotted by Phonescoop was submitted as a “class 2 permissive change” of the LG G2 smartphone. Like the Optimus G to the Nexus 4, the Nexus 5 is now suspected to be a variant of the G2 hardware. The listing itself calls for “some hardware changes (antenna/PCB adjustments)” to the device. However, the images themselves do show a device that appears quite different from the G2, with a look that more closely resembles the Nexus 4, save for the different camera design. It’s hard to tell however considering the quality of the images is still a little blurred.

As for details on the hardware, the listing states the device is 5.19 inches in height and 2.69 inches in width. That’s comparable to the Nexus 4 which was 5.27″ in height and 2.7″ in width featuring a 4.8″ display.

As October gets closer and closer on our calendars, our expectations and excitement for a new Nexus device continues to increase. Let’s hope Google and LG don’t keep us waiting much longer for a “surprise” announcement.

Phonescoop via FCC; The Verge

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  • ceegii63

    wow that back is hideous

    • kliu0x52

      I will take soft touch over fragile glass.

      • ChristianMcC

        Totally. Love the N7 back, and this back, just hope that camera lens has a larger aperture than what is showing there.

        • Chris

          How can you tell?

        • ChristianMcC

          The camera picture, looks kinda small, but that could be the effect of the camera.

    • Thomas Vinos

      Your hideous!

      • Jeepers Creepers

        It’s “you’re” hideous, if you’re going to insult someone……at least do it with proper grammar…..

        • Danny Lewis

          May be ceegii63 has a “hideous.” I’m not sure what that is, but it must be the opposite of Gollum’s “precious.”

        • Thomas Vinos

          “You’re” mom!…… Is that better Nelson?

        • Jeepers Creepers

          Sure, I’m not afraid of my feminine, nurturing side…

    • gentleman559

      Um No. That looks amazing actually

  • peharri

    So far the N in Nexus N has been the screen size. Seems unlikely to be a Nexus 5 unless they’ve made the phone bigger…

    So I’m curious to know what Google’s naming scheme will be for successors to the existing series.

    • kliu0x52

      The new Nexus 7 provides a good
      template to how they will name each refresh.

      That said, while the new Nexus is physically smaller, it does have a larger 4.96 inch screen by reducing bezel space. 4.96 is close enough to be called 5.

      • Eric Schmidt

        Whats so difficult to understand here? The Nexus phones are numbered by generation (when numbered) and the tablets use the nexus n where n=screen size format. The nexus 4/5have nothing to do with screen size and the nexus 7 offers no insight into the naming scheme of nexus phones. Dammit. Lol

        • kliu0x52

          What’s so difficult you ask? Gee, I dunno, maybe it might have something to do with “logic” and “evidence”.

          In your favor: Nexus One. Maybe Nexus 4.

          Against: What will happen after 5 and 6? Will we then have a Nexus 7 (size) tablet and a Nexus 7 (generation) phone? And what happened to the 2 and 3? The ONLY time Google definitely named a phone after the generation is the first time with the One. It’s never done so again, so why assume (with such bravado, no less!) that 4 refers to generation and not size? Also keep in mind that Google is marketing the Nexus devices as a single, coherent family. They had ads featuring all three devices. The 4, 7 and 10. Together. In a single ad. Why on earth would it make any sense for Google to consider two of those as size names but the other as a generation name?

          The evidence strongly suggests that Google has reset the Nexus marketing when it introduced the tablets and started to market Nexus not as a developer toy, but as something for general consumers. The ads for the Nexus 4 are all about things like games, music, magazines, photo sphere, etc. Think back to when Intel reset (again) their CPU marketing. People were trying to shoehorn “Core i7″ into some kind of generational meaning since every single CPU before (Pentium I, II, III, 4, then Core, Core 2) were generationally named. Well, guess what? Things change when marketing resets, and “Google did this once, with their very first phone, and never again” is not NEARLY enough to convince me that 4 means generation while 7 and 10 means size.

        • peharri

          They’re not numbered by generation! Where’s the Nexus 2 and 3 if that’s the case? Are you under the impression the seventh Nexus phone will be the Nexus 7?

    • lold

      True. The Nexus One had a one inch screen size, the Nexus S had S inches, the Galaxy Nexus had Galaxy inches, and finally, the Nexus 4 had exactly a 4 inch screen. Good call.

      • peharri

        Oh ha-de-ha.

        I’m talking about their current naming convention. The Nexus One isn’t a current or recent Google phone.

    • NinoBr0wn

      But the screen IS bigger, not the bezel on the phone.

    • Napster87

      so the nexus one was an inch, right? the nexus s was s inches, right? the nexus 4 was 4 inches, right?

  • NinoBr0wn

    GTA, new Nexus, and PS4. Is this real life?

    • areallytallguy

      I wonder if the Nexus will be out before the PS4(have mine preordered)…so excited for both!

      • NinoBr0wn

        I’m thinking it probably will, but not that much earlier.

        • areallytallguy

          With Google already announcing 4.4, putting up the Kitkat statue, and these leaks, you’d think the announcement would be coming sooner rather than later.

        • NinoBr0wn

          My man, if any of us understood how Google works, we wouldn’t be sitting here on disqus haha

    • http://Facebook.com/jayrello JayRello

      They should go ahead and let us pre-order…. We already know its coming

  • Jeremy Gross

    i just hope they will have a 64 gb storage size

    • ChristianMcC

      Doubtful, but you never know. I’m surprised they didn’t bump up the memory on the N7.2.

  • Chris L

    The nexus 4 is the perfect sized handset. I’m very excited to see a 5″ screen crammed into the same size package. Announce that piece, already!

    • ChristianMcC

      Seriously:-) Probably will have an 18:10 screen ratio on it, since they can’t really shorten the body width and increase the screen width.

      • g2a5b0e

        18:10 (9:5)? I’ve never heard of that. What devices have that aspect ratio?

        • ChristianMcC

          The iPhone 5/5s/5c have that aspect ratio, and this is my assumption based on the knowledge of the reduced width of the phone, and my assumption they would not increase or reduce the screen width. I’m hoping they make the resolution, if it is this ratio, 1430 x 794 at max, to get the highest noticeable PPI, 330ppi, without wasting energy on invisible pixels, which is what would be done at 1080p for this size phone.

        • g2a5b0e

          Not exactly. If you want to get technical, the 1136×640 resolution on the iPhone 5 series actually translates into 71:40. But, it’s close enough to 16:9 to where that’s what it’s officially recognized as. 18:10 is not an officially recognized aspect ratio. The Nexus 4 is 1280×768 which is 5:3. The Nexus 5 will more than likely feature the same resolution. Otherwise, it will be a normal 16:9 ratio at 720 or 1080.

        • ChristianMcC

          If they maintained the 5:3 you’re suggesting then the would have a width of 65.4 mm and thus the bezels being 1.7mm maximum on the sides, which I don’t see occurring. I did see the error in my calculations though and have since corrected, as I was taking the N4 screen size to be 4.7″ with a 16:10 ratio when the better measurement is 120mm and has a 5:3 ratio. Now based on that the ratio could be 16:9 thus making the width of the screen the exact same as the N4, 61.8mm, and the height of the screen 109.8mm:-) based on that my hopes are for a nice 1426 x 802 screen, to hit that sweet 330ppi max rez!

        • g2a5b0e

          I hear ya, but there’s pretty much no chance they would pick such an unorthodox resolution.

        • ChristianMcC

          I agree, more likely they might stick with the previous resolution width and lengthen the height.

  • D Velasquez

    i had the feeling the new Nexus could be a variant of an existing phone like the Optimus G – Nexus 4 , let’s see what LG have in store this time and if it can catch my attention, im looking to upgrade from my Droid Razr MAXX to the Xperia Honami or the international version of the Droid Ultra, im confident with any skinned version of Android now as it has reach a level of stability from the base (Vanilla Android) to the top, i also looking into leaving Android for a while to fully get into Windows Phone; Reading a past article it doesn’t seem like is going to have an SD card slot, anybody can confirm that?

    • ChristianMcC

      No SD slot again, as it has been for the last 3 years with nexus devices.

      • dtam

        google has pretty much said they think the SD slot is the past and the cloud is the present/future

        • D Velasquez

          well it’s true but we should still have that option, not everybody relies on the cloud at least i don’t like to put my personal stuff out there so an SD slot for documents and pics would be nice.

        • dtam

          my sentiments are with you, I’d much rather have external memory as an option. Just regurgitating what Google said so you don’t hold your breath on them ever adding an SD slot

  • zx6guy

    Battery size people

    • dtam

      I hope it’s 3000 mah like the G2….

      • Jeremy Gross

        prob will, lg models the nexus 4 after the optimus g ( in some ways in design)

  • tomnewtn

    5″ in the same size body as the N4? Very nice. I love the size of the N4.

    • tomnewtn

      I’ll be happy with 4.7″ too…probably happier.

  • Paul Robertson

    You mofos can’t read 4.8 inch screen

    • ChristianMcC

      What does this matter?

      • Paul Robertson

        You don’t see how many people think its 5 in screen therefore its a nexus 5.

        • ChristianMcC

          The 4.8″ that was referred to in the article was the screen size of the N4, or 120mm(though that actual translates to 4.72″, so that is a typo). The next Nexus, tentatively called N5, on the other hand has a screen size of 126mm which is 4.9606″ or for all intents and purposes rounds easily to 5″, hence why the belief, besides generation, that the next nexus will be the N5. Sorry you got confused.

        • Paul Robertson

          I don’t see the 120 mm reference I know my n4 has a 4.7 in screen And I know we reference tablets by there screen size not phones or the last three would have been n4 it will be the nexus 5 because its the 5th generation just like the s5 will be Samsung’s next hero phone and the g3 will be LGS next hero phone

        • ChristianMcC

          120mm is the actual size of the N4 screen, which when rounded off to one decimal place is 4.7″, contrary to the article reference of 4.8″. I agree that in the past to iterations of the nexus phones they weren’t by screen size, but it is the general belief that the future phones will be determined by screen size, otherwise in 2 years there will be a problem when it reaches the 7th gen.

        • NinoBr0wn

          So what about when the 7th one releases?

        • J-Hop2o6

          Nexus 5 (2015/3rd gen)?

  • David

    It is seriously annoying to read this ridiculous argument on every Nexus 5 related story.

    Google has obviously thought about the problem. If Google named each new phone after it’s screen size, we would reach a problem in the future. I doubt Google will ever go higher than 6 inches on their smart phones, so that would leave reissued names for the Nexus smartphone line. Though we have seen it with the Nexus 7 2, I doubt Google would ever do that with the smartphone line that they are trying to make mainstream. It would cause too much confusion if there was a Nexus 4 2. Smart phones are NOT named for their screen size (99.99% of the time) while tablets are usually named for their size (Nexus 7, 10, Gal Tab 10.1, Note 8.something). Naming a phone after its generation (like every other smartphone line ever) while having the tablet line named after its screen size is the most effective way to combat these potential problems.

    Yes they may and most likely will increase the screen size of the N5 to 5 inches. But this doesn’t mean the phone is named for its screen size. And they have a unified line…..it is called the Nexus line. That doesn’t mean that all of them are named for their screen sizes.

  • Taylor White

    Sucks it hasn’t gotten any bigger

    • dave

      thats what she said