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Rumored 5-inch HTC Phone Could Be The “Nexus 5″

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HTC’s rumored 5-inch smartphone could be more than just HTC’s shot at the Galaxy Note II, it could be the first phablet Nexus device.

According to GSM Arena, the 5-inch HTC smartphone could come to market as the Google Nexus 5. Previous rumors said the phone will come to market as the HTC One X 5 or come to Verizon Wireless as the HTC Droid Incredible X.

The anonymous source that gave the Nexus 5 name said the phone will ship with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. Android 4.1.2 would bring bug fixes, improvements to Project Butter, and “extra lockscreen functionality.”

We haven’t heard of any of these improvements before, but it does make sense for Google to release a Nexus phone with a new version of Jelly Bean instead of the version currently available on the Galaxy Nexus.

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The HTC Nexus 5 (or whatever it’s called) will have a 5-inch 1080p display, and likely use a Snapdragon S4 Pro processor like the LG Optimus G. It could also have a 12MP rear-facing camera, and a 2MP front-facing camera. Other rumored specs include a large 2500mAh battery, up to 64GB of internal storage, and 4G LTE.

With all the rumors circulating this device we expect to see some sort of announcement sometime in the coming weeks. Last year Google unveiled the Galaxy Nexus in mid-October, we might see this phone and potentially a lineup of other Nexus devices around the same time this year.

We just hope the new Nexus devices have better support than the Verizon Galaxy Nexus.

Shawn is a tech junkie who spends most of his time reading and writing about it. You can follow him on Twitter, @shawn_i.

7 Comments

  1. Nick

    09/24/2012 at 3:06 pm

    This doesn’t make much sense if the previously leaked press render is indeed official. That render shows the phone running HTC’s Sense, not pure JellyBean as a Nexus device would.

    Either way, this is the phone I am forcing myself to give a day in court before I pull the trigger on the GS3. This whole Thunderbolt ICS update mess is screaming for me to walk away from HTC but it’s tough with this thing now…

  2. trob6969

    09/24/2012 at 5:08 pm

    As great as it’s specs are and even if it is a Nexus, if it doesn’t have a microSD slot I won’t be interested.

    • Nick

      09/24/2012 at 5:48 pm

      You’d need more than 64GB of storage?

      • trob6969

        09/28/2012 at 3:08 am

        It’s not that I need more than 64gigs of storage, its just that I have already accumulated 17gigs of media on my 32gig SD card and I’d like the convenience of just sliding it into future phones that I purchase.

    • LMK

      09/25/2012 at 4:16 am

      Google has already came on record to say that most future Nexus devices will NOT have an SD slot. http://www.androidcentral.com/why-nexus-devices-have-no-sd-card

      • trob6969

        09/28/2012 at 3:11 am

        …then I hope its not a Nexus. I couldn’t care less about regular software updates because I buy smartphones the same way I buy everything else; for it’s out-of-the-box features and functions.

  3. Cody

    10/18/2012 at 6:24 pm

    It’s the “J Butterfly” officially! Hoping it comes West as a Nexus!!

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