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Google Nexus 5 2015 vs Nexus 5 – Which One Wins The War?

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Google collaborated with LG two years in a row, to create the Nexus 4 and 5 devices, but the model that came last year was carrying the signature of Motorola and because of its exaggerated dimensions, it wasn’t very successful. Maybe it was nostalgia or just a wise decision, but Google decided to give LG another chance to use its imagination, in order to work on a successor for the Nexus 5. The phone is expected to be released in October or November, but its specs haven’t been confirmed yet. Thankfully, more leaks are surfacing and now we know more about its screen, processor, cameras and battery. 

Displays

The Nexus 6 was enormous and many considered the 6inches screen a little bit too large compared to the Nexus 5 – which came packed with a 4.95inches True HD IPS+ display supporting a normal resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels with 445ppi. Limiting the screen to Full HD resolution was a great idea, because the battery on this device didn’t have a generous capacity and it would have drained faster with a Quad-HD resolution.

The screen of the new Nexus 5 will be a bit larger at 5.2inches, but it will keep the Full HD resolution. We don’t know if the pixel density will suffer, or it will be set at 424ppi (as it is normally on other handsets). From what we’ve heard, LG will use its own P-OLED technology, which means that the Nexus 5 will be slightly curved and resistant to scratches.

Designs

The Nexus 5 2013 had a simple design, being made of matte plastic and featuring a boring back, while the power and volume keys were made of ceramic. The device came in color variants of black, white and red and had a thickness of 8.6mm. The successor will be overhauled, or at least it will receive an aluminum or metallic frame to run around the slightly curved edges. The back will still made of matte plastic, but the rumors say that LG will place here the power button and a fingerprint scanner.

Hardware

The first Nexus 5 is powered by a powerful 32bit quad core Qualcomm MSM8974 Snapdragon 800 processor clocked at 2.3GHz – it was the fastest Snapdragon CPU released in 2013. The device supports Adreno 330 graphics and 2GB of RAM, but its internal memory can’t be expanded, so you need to choose between the variants with capacities of 16 or 32GB.

The next Nexus 5 will be a bit upgraded, but the chipset won’t be Snapdragon 810, as many expected, and instead it will be a 64bit 620 (MSM8976) with eight cores and 4GB of LPDDR3-1866 RAM. There will be two variants of internal memories of 32 and 64GB of eMMC 5.1, but it isn’t sure if they will support expansion or not.

Cameras

The original Nexus 5 came with an 8MP camera on the back, which supports optical image stabilization, LED flash and HDR, while the secondary camera wasn’t very awesome because of its low resolution of 1.3MP. The 2015 model will feature a 13MP camera on the back with OIS, dual-LED flash, Laser Autofocus, an f/1.8 aperture etc., while the front camera will be 4MP (OV4682 RGB-IR sensor).

Batteries

The Nexus 5 is powered by a small 2300 non-removable battery and it can offer up to 17 hours of talking time over 3G. The Nexus 5 2015 will house a much bigger 3,180 mAh battery, which will be charged via wireless.