Google will certainly launch a new own-branded smartphone this year, although we don’t know exactly when it’s going to happen. In any case, the latest rumors about this suggest that the new handset, most probably called Nexus 5, will have a 4.5 inch display.
Phone Arena has received some tips from an anonymous source, claiming the Nexus 5 will not follow the 1080p display trend, instead keeping a 1280 x 720 (720p) resolution on its 4.5 inch screen. Reportedly, the screen takes up “88% of the front of the phone” – hence the new Nexus is smaller than the 4.7 inch LG Nexus 4 (pictured below).
Furthermore, it’s said that the Google Nexus 5 will feature a quad-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor, 2,800 mAh battery, and an unusual 9MP CCD rear camera (for a detailed view on the CMOS vs. CCD matter, you can read this article).
Assuming it will be introduced in the second half of the year, the Nexus 5 is probably going to be the world’s first smartphone to run Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie. It is still not clear what company will manufacture the device. We’ve heard it might be HTC – which did a pretty good job with the HTC One – but that remains to be seen.
HTC has also manufactured the very first Google Nexus phone – released in January 2010.