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Nexus 5 Concept: If Sony Made a Nexus Z



The Nexus 5 release should come later this year alongside Android 5.0, but until then, we have a look at what the Nexus 5 could look like if Google tapped Sony to make a Nexus smartphone instead of LG or Motorola.

Sony surged back into the scene this year with the svelte Xperia Z and Xperia Z Ultra, which deliver a beautiful look and full set of features, despite limited carrier offerings.

Read: Nexus 5 Release Date & Rumor Roundup

With the Sony Xperia brand in mind, we get a look at what a Sony Nexus 5 would look like, complete with possible specs and a price that fits the Nexus line.

A Sony Nexus 5 concept from Ben Ling with a 4.6-inch display.

A Sony Nexus 5 concept from Ben Ling with a 4.6-inch display.

The Sony Nexus 5 concept comes from Ben Ling over on the xda-developer forums, where he shares a concept, specs and pricing for his version of the Nexus 5. The image above shows what a Sony Nexus 5 could look like.

This Nexus 5 concept includes a 4.5-inch 1080P HD display with X-Reality, a technology that can make video and photos magically look better with a collection of behind the scenes technology and Triluminos display tech that can deliver better looking colors. The video below shows the difference in  X-Reality, which is already on some versions of the Xperia Z.

The touchscreen is covered in Corning Gorilla Glass 3, which protects the touchscreen from drops and dings.

According to Ling, this Nexus 5 concept includes a camera that could stand with the Lumia 1020 and rumored Honami i1 smartphones. With a huge sensor, large aperture and a Sony lens, this Nexus 5 would be an attractive option for camera lovers.

  • 20.7 Mega Pixels HDR With LED Flashlight
  • Exmor RS™ Sensor For Mobile
  • Sony G-Lens
  • 1/2.3inch
  • BIONZ for mobile
  • 16x Digital Zoom
  • Full HD Video Recording 1080p
  • 4K video recording
  • Front Camera 2 Mega Pixels Exmor RS HDR 1080p
This Nexus 5 concept features a huge camera upgrade.

This Nexus 5 concept features a huge camera upgrade.

Inside Ling suggests we would see a Snapdragon 800 processor, removable battery, 2GB RAM, NFC, MicroSD card slot and a 3050 mAh battery to keep a Nexus 5 running all day long. As for dimensions, it is 131 x 67 x 8.5 mm and it weighs 122 grams.

This Nexus 5 concept is close to current Nexus pricing, even though it is arguably packed with higher cost parts. Ling suggests we should see a 16GB model for $349, 32GB model for $399 and a 64GB model for $499.

Read: 10 Things the Nexus 7 Tells Us About the Nexus 5

This is a nice looking Nexus 5 concept, though the back is busy with logos compared to a traditional Nexus device. Even though it would be great to see what Sony could do with a Nexus device, chances don’t look good for a Sony Nexus 5 in 2013.

The latest rumors suggest LG or Motorola will make the Nexus 5, which we expect to see in late fall alongside a new version of Android called Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie.



  1. chazzmatt

    08/16/2013 at 12:46 pm

    Why only 4.5″ when all the Xperia Z and Xperia ZL are 5″ 1080p?

    4.5″ is SMALLER than both the Gen 3 and Gen 4 Nexus phones.


  2. Richard Martin

    08/17/2013 at 3:28 am

    The Xperia Z was one of the most disappointing phones of all time.

    No remedy for the back glass coming apart due to the heat of the processor and the cheap adhesive used:

  3. daniel

    08/18/2013 at 10:14 am

    i would recalll that the nexus 5 or nexus z might be water proof because the sony z is waterproof

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