Does a bear take a leak in the woods? I assume so. And probably with about the same frequency as details of the Nexus 5 leak all over the Web. Following the FCC approval of a very Nexus-like handset from LG, a purported technical manual of the still-unofficial Nexus 5 has hit the net.
The document was leaked to Android Police, which reported on the deets of the probably soon-to-be-unveiled handset. Despite LG's insistence that they definitely certainly have nothing to do with Google's next gen Nexus phone, the Korean manufacturer acted quickly to remove traces of the document from the Web. Still, here's what we know from the now-redacted document:
According to the manual, the Nexus 5 will sport a 4.95-inch 1080 p display, which is slightly larger than the Nexus 4's 4.7-inch screen. The Nexus 5 will also include 32 GB of internal storage and 2GB of RAM, all powered by a 2.3Ghz Snapdragon 800 processor. It will also sport 8MP rear camera, and 1.3MP front camera.
While we loved most of what the Nexus 4 had to offer, one of its biggest faults was a lackluster battery life. Fortunately, the Nexus 5 ups its predecessor's 2100mAh battery to 2300mAh. While it's not an apples-to-apples comparison, the battery would match with the similarly sized HTC One's battery, but fall short of the 4-inch Galaxy S4's 2600mAh battery or the 3000mAh power pack on LG's G2 phone.
Aside from a smaller display, battery, and camera, the Nexus 5 appears very similar to LG's flagship G2 phone, which we really liked from a hardware viewpoint but not so much from a design angle.
A mystery spot
As you can see, there's nothing in the leak that is particular exciting or groundbreaking, with one exception: The phone's schematics show a strange engorged circle on the back of the phone above the rear camera lens. According to Android Police, this is a probably a uniquely-designed speaker grill. However, it happens to take up real estate near the smaller-lensed 8MP rear camera, and could hint at beefed-up camera tech. The manual also says the Nexus 5's camera will pack optical image stabilization tech missing from its predecessor.
If history is any guide, all remaining questions will likely be answered in the coming weeks. Google unveiled the Nexus 4 around this time last year, and the fact that they are clearing out their inventory of old Nexuses leads you to believe the newest model will make its debut very shortly.
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