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Google Nexus 5 prototype featured in image and spec leak

In the wake of the slightly surreal Samsung Galaxy S4 launch (opens in new tab), the Android rumour mill has been quick to find itself a new object of infatuation, with speculation turning to the next Google Nexus handset - thought to be dubbed the Nexus 5.

Kicking things off, an anonymous source claiming to work for Google has fed an image (see top) purportedly depicting a prototype Nexus 5 smartphone to popular fan site Android and Me (opens in new tab).

Like 2012's Nexus 4 (opens in new tab)handset, the Nexus 5 is allegedly manufactured by LG, with a release date apparently set for October, according to the mystery tipster.

Codenamed 'Megalodon,' the device pictured is apparently one of several templates for the forthcoming product, so even if the photo is legit, it may not bear any resemblance to the Nexus 5 that eventually comes to market.

The potential image leak was accompanied by a host of rumoured Nexus 5 pecifications. The LG-manufactured handset is being linked with a 5.2in Full HD OLED display, which may support gesture-based navigation much like the recently unveiled Galaxy S4.

Under the hood, the Nexus 5 is rumoured to feature a Snapdragon 800 SoC clocked at a hefty 2.3GHz and supported by a whopping 3GB of RAM. The device is expected to made available in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB iterations and will come with front-facing stereo speakers, like the HTC One. (opens in new tab)

Elsewhere, the Nexus 5 is being tipped to sport a 16-megapixel OmniVision rear camera, complete with 4K video recording at 30fps, and 1080p video at 60fps.

The mythical handset is highly likely to run the next instalment of Google's Android operating system, version 5.0 Key Lime Pie, and will also pack a beefy 3,330 mAh battery if the latest rumours are to be believed.

Such a specification line-up would be wildly impressive , especially if the Nexus 5 came a modest price point like its predecessor, the Nexus 4. However, it's important to stress that these early rumours are far from reliable, and many industry insiders have been quick to denounce them as a well-polished hoax.

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