Monday, October 07, 2013

Nexus 5 specs revealed in purported service manual

A purported Nexus 5 service manual was leaked to the Internet on Saturday, followed up by a removal on Sunday at the request of LG. Those two moves, documented by Android Police, seemingly validate the authenticity of the manual.

Notably, although Android Police took down the manual, there is still a copy of it on Scribd, available here.

The fact that LG was behind the takedown request indicates that the company is involved in developing Nexus 5; there had been rumors spread that were contrary to that. It also means that in all likelihood this is a valid documentation leak.

Here are some of the specifications of the LG Nexus 5, as revealed by the service manual.
  • 4.95-inch 1080p IPS TFT display
  • 32GB of internal storage (with another mention pointing to a 16GB version)
  • 2GB of RAM
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 at 2.3GHz
  • 8MP rear-facing camera, 1.3MP front-facing camera
  • Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass, Proximity/Ambient Light, Pressure sensors
  • Slimport compatibility
  • microSIM slot
  • Wireless charging for its 2300mAh battery
  • NFC
  • Notification LED
  • Bluetooth
  • UMTS/GSM/CDMA/LTE compatibility
The document says it is a draft version. That makes sense as it mentions Bluetooth 3.0 and 4.0 is the standard appearing in most handsets, if not all, high-end handsets now. In addition, the dimensions of the Nexus 5 are identical to the 4, which wouldn't seem possible with the expansion in screen size, alone.

It's still unclear when Google will release a new Nexus handset, but considering the Nexus 4 is now out of stock at the Play Store, and that sources say it will never be in stock again, it would seem that it would be soon.

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