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Google Nexus 5 specs leak via online PDF service manual

by Mark Tyson on 7 October 2013, 10:00

Tags: Google (NASDAQ:GOOG), LG Electronics (066570.KS), PC

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A document which is purported to be the service manual for the Google Nexus 5 (AKA LG D821) has leaked online and is available via Scribd. The draft document is incredibly thorough in its description of the new smartphone including details of the hardware and software, troubleshooting guides, circuit diagrams and disassembly guide. All-in-all the technical manual runs to 281 pages.

Nexus 5 diagram

Let’s quickly get to the meat of the sandwich and list the headline specs of the Google Nexus 5, as nicely condensed by the Android Police.

  • 4.95-inch 1080p display (IPS TFT for those interested)
  • 32GB internal storage (other capacities not specified)
  • 2GB RAM
  • MSM8974 aka 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
  • NFC
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • UMTS/GSM/CDMA/LTE compatibility

Remembering this is a draft document, there is probably an error or two within it or some information is incomplete. The smartphone is detailed as being the exact same physical dimensions and weight as its predecessor, which is a bit odd, but is an indication that this is a draft built up from the previous document content/layout.

pictures from the disassembly guide

The release of the new Google Nexus smartphone should not be so long off an official reveal. If the Nestle KitKat confirmation of a 14th October Android KitKat launch is correct this new Nexus is also a likely contender for unveiling at that event.



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If they managed to increase the screen size without increasing the phone size then this could be the perfect smaller phone. I wish they would increase the battery size though, I don't need a really thin phone but I do need good battery life. Mugen Power Batteries wouldn't be able to survive if manufacturers sold phones with decent sized batteries to begin with.
I'm also a little concerned over battery life in this. The Snapdragon 800 is supposed to be much better on power consumption than the S4 Pro in the N4, the bigger screen isn't going to help but I'd say with the extra 200mah it's going to be about the same battery life as the N4.

The LG G2 (which the N5 is based on) has a huge 3000mah battery in it with very similar insides, so hopefully Android 4.4 can also deliver some decent power management improvements.
What Noxvayl said. Everything looks good, apart from the battery, but hey, it's not even out yet, so I'm not going to knock something I haven't used... This WILL be my next phone providing they price it like previous Nexus models. GG Google :)
No it should do quite well on the battery front, do the maths between anandtechs benchmarks of the G2 and N4 battery life and realistically taking just the battery size into account it should be around 60% better in tests than the N4, in voice calls it should be ~130% I did the maths a bit ago lost it now but its pretty good and that doesnt take into account the fact that the screen size is 5" instead of the optimus G2 5.2" screen.

Its a shame it doesnt have the 3000mAh battery that the G2 has but it isnt doom and gloom because it really is much more efficient than last time so its not just a 200mAh increase!.

The specs could change, the manual has errors everywhere and is outdated... really hope this is true because the FCC or whatever spec the measurements as smaller than the N4 something like 3mm shorter and 0.7 mm smaller width and 1mm thinner, would be the "perfect" phone size for me then as I almost completely love the N4 size but it could do with a very small decrease in bezel size, I will certainly live with the same size but its a slight meh after I got excited for it being smaller! Albeit it is an impressive feat getting a bigger screen in the same dimensions :).

Should be brilliant, battery life and camera quality were the two main things on the N4 but they seem rectified and it also has LTE :).
This could well be the phone that tempts me to switch away from iPhone - probably to the amusement of many who have read my past venomous anti-android posts...

I need a new phone, ideally with 4G. Already got a very cheap 4G sim only contract (4gb data/unlim calls/texts for under £20 a month) and I want a phone to use it with.

An iPhone 5C is not an option (ugly, not at all "apple like" and basically a 5 with inferior casing), the 5S is ridiculously expensive..and I already have an iPhone 5 for work, so getting a second one just seems silly.

That leads me to the market - I have been down the windows route before, didn't get on with it, I strongly see it as a platform on its way out, just isn't worth considering. So you look to the Android market - I really can't stand the look of the Samsung phones (all far too toy like and they love cheap plastic!), HTC don't release their new phones until next year (shame as a HTC One with upgraded specs would be nice...), LG have a pretty nasty UI on top of plain android...so really for someone like me, who has spent years "having a go" at Android...the nexus 5 is the only one that fits the bill. Likely to retain a glass back, good specifications, plenty of storage, 4G and supposedly cheap.

I can cope with the extra security/usability/fragmentation issues if the nexus 5 really is under £400 for a 32gb phone - considering it's nearly £700 for an equivalent iPhone, i'd rather save that money and buy a PS4...

Looking forward to an official announcement soon - can practically gurantee that i'll buy an iPhone 6 next year but it's always fun to have these adventures "off piste", even if like with my Windows Phone experience it's not guaranteed to go well..