It seems beyond doubt now that Google and LG are working together on a new Nexus smartphone, after Android Police unearthed the official service manual for the device that is emblazoned with the LG D821 model number.
The 281 page document is packed full of diagrams, images, flow charts and technical information that details the nitty-gritty specs of the much-anticipated smartphone. Predictably, just like with any Nexus release, the Nexus 5 seems to have some of the best specs available for any Android smartphone at the moment.
Despite being described as an early draft which may have errors, at the very least the manual shines light – not to mention credibility – on recent rumours relating to the internal workings of the device. Here’s a quick rundown of what the leak revealed:
- 4.95in 1080p display (IPS TFT for those interested)
- 16 or 32GB internal storage
- 2GB RAM
- Snapdragon 800 at 2.3GHz
- 8MP OIS rear camera, 1.3MP front camera
- 2300mAh battery
- Sensors: Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass, Proximity/Ambient Light, Pressure
- Slimport compatibility
- Micro SIM slot
- Notification light
- Wireless charging
- Bluetooth 3.0 (Assumed to be an error – Bluetooth 4.0 appears elsewhere in the document, but according to the last page it's still a draft)
- UMTS/GSM/CDMA/LTE compatibility
Unfortunately the manual provides no clues relating to a price or potential release date, but it is hoped that the new Nexus will be launched soon at a cheaper price than its other high-end phone competitors.
It is also widely assumed that the Nexus 5 will mark the debut of the next version of Google's mobile OS, Android 4.4 KitKat.