Nexus 5 To be Based on the LG G2?
With the release of the Nexus 7 tablet out of the way, rumor mill has started to churn out speculation about another one of Google’s upcoming flagship device; the Nexus 5. Last week, reports emerged pointing towards the possibility that the next Nexus phone might be manufactured by Motorola but that it would not be based on their Moto X smartphone and will instead by something entirely different.
But this week a new rumor has emerged according to which LG, not Motorola, may be the manufacturer chosen by Google to make the upcoming Nexus 5. LG also manufactured the previous Nexus smartphone, the uber-successful Nexus 4.
Citing South Korean media, the Chinese publication MyDrivers states that Google wants to price the Nexus 5 in the same range as the Nexus 4 i.e. $299 even though this will be based on the extremely high-edged LG G2; which just launched last week. However, in order to price the phone in this range, certain sacrifices have to be made when it comes to hardware.
The LG G2 packs a 5.2 inch Full HD display, 2GB RAM and 32 GB of internal storage along with Snapdragon 800 processor and a 13-megapixel camera. Google cannot feasibly replicate all this and still manage to price the Nexus 5 at $299. So potentially, Google will replace that Snapdragon 800 SoC with a Snapdragon 600 which is also a perfectly capable SoC(system-on-chip) to handle all your smartphone processing needs. Also, expect to see a bit of reduction in the megapixel count of the camera and a different design from the G2 whose back-end buttons may be too much a departure from norm for the Google phone.
Reports similar to this one emerged in May as well but the LG VP Europe, Won Kim, denied them by saying that the company has no plans to manufacture the Nexus 5 at the moment, though a later statement issued by LG said that the company, if given the opportunity, wouldn’t turn it down.
Frankly, this puts us in a fix. LG G2 is a great phone and its design and long battery life is something to be lauded but we can’t also ignore the stellar job that Motorola has done with the Moto X. So let’s just wait and see which one of its partners Google chooses to handle this highly anticipated phone.[Via: Android Authority]