The Nexus 5, or at least the phone widely believed to be the new Nexus is leaking in full force after showing up first in a Google promotion video and then making a stop at the FCC where photo after photo of the Nexus 5 revealed key details about Google’s new flagship.
Google remains silent on any Nexus 5 event date or confirmation that it is working on a new device, but the leak with Android 4.4 KitKat looks like a controlled leak that attempts to steal the spotlight from Apple’s iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c announcement.
Then, this week the Nexus 5 stopped at the FCC and showed off a new design and a lot more. Again, this looks less like a mistake or leak and more like a timed FCC filing designed to arrive as Apple’s new iPhones are in the spotlight.
While many companies make Android smartphones and Samsung is one of the best known, Google also delivers a branded experience with the Nexus devices. The Nexus is Android’s iPhone in the sense that it runs the latest software designed specifically for the device and gets fast access to updates.
It looks like Google is partnering with LG again, but is moving away from the glass back to a design that mirrors the Nexus 7. The Nexus 5 design wasn’t all we saw in the photos. Thanks to smartfan.pl we know a few more key details about the Nexus 5 that recently traipsed through the FCC to bare all for the cameras.
Better Camera with Optical Image Stabilization
It looks like the Nexus 5 will use the same camera as the LG G2, which uses a 13MP sensor with optical image stabilization. The camera module shown in the FCC matches one posted by Anandtech, which means we could see a boost in camera performance on the Nexus 5. The video below showcases the technology on the LG G2.
With Optical Image Stabilization the lens will move inside the Nexus 5 when the phone senses movement so it can react to a shake and hopefully negate the shake of the phone in your hand. This is a HTC One feature and something we are seeing come to other smartphone cameras as well.
No Removable Nexus 5 Back, Battery or Micro SD
If you were holding out hope that Google and LG would reverse course and offer a removable back on the Nexus 5, it’s time to accept reality and the fact that like the Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 the Nexus 5 will feature a sealed design.
Aside from no visible way to remove the back, the photos of internal parts show no access for a Micro SD card and a battery that is connected with motherboard tape, which means it is not removable. If there is no ability to add storage or a new battery, there is no reason for a removable back.
Bigger Nexus 5 Battery
The Nexus 5 battery shown in the FCC filing is rated at 2,300mAh, a boost of 200mAh from the Nexus 4. The size of the battery and efficiencies of Android 4.4 KitKat are important considering users won’t be able to pop a new battery in mid-day.
This battery is smaller than the LG G2’s which clocks in at 3,000mAh. So while the LG G2 is apparently the inspiration for the Nexus 5, it is looking like the devices will have less in common than previously thought.