LG Nexus 5 specs confirmed by leaked manual

The LG Nexus 5 is probably going to be unveiled by Google alongside Android 4.4 KitKat before the end of this month (perhaps as early as next Monday, in fact). This smartphone has been leaked many times so far, and bits and pieces of its specs have been rumored for quite a while now.

None of those, though, was purported to come straight from the handset’s service manual. Over the weekend, the folks over at Android Police received a copy of such a document, and were able to extract all the important specs of the Nexus 5 from it.

Obviously, that service manual could have been faked, but LG has since asked Android Police to take it down – which the company may not have done for a document that wasn’t authentic. So this takedown request only solidifies our perception that the following specs are in fact real.


According to the manual, the LG Nexus 5 should have a 4.95″ 1080p Full HD IPS touchscreen, an 8 MP rear camera with optical image stabilization, a 1.3 MP front camera, a 2.3 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16 or 32 GB of internal storage, wireless charging, NFC, Bluetooth, 4G LTE support, and a 2,300 mAh battery.

There may be other storage capacity versions, and the phone will obviously also sport Wi-Fi. The rest of the specs are in line with what’s been leaked before, and unfortunately the tradition of Nexus smartphones coming with laughably small batteries seems not to have changed. That makes absolutely no sense if you consider the fact that most of the people who buy (or even know about) Nexus devices are power users, who’ll clearly need to charge this handset more than once per day. Sure, if the Nexus 5 is going to be rather affordable, some corners understandably had to be cut, but why is battery life always an afterthought for Google? Do the people working on Nexus devices over in Mountain View even use them?

If you also consider Google’s hate for microSD card slots and removable batteries, you might think the company feels that the ‘average Joe’ is the perfect customer for the Nexus line. But the people most concerned with the Nexus ‘purity’ in terms of software are power users, who will know to use a microSD slot without getting confused, and who would appreciate longer battery life or at least a way to swap batteries.

This leads to a strange situation, in which most of the people buying a Nexus smartphone aren’t the ones it seems to have been designed for.

Author: Vlad Bobleanta

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