Google’s Nexus range of smartphones may soon no longer be the flag bearer of the Android nation, amid reports that the next handset will be short on cutting-edge tech.
With virtually every major smartphone release this year boasting full HD resolution, it’s almost a given that the next Google-branded kit will also feature a 1080p screen. Think again, says an insider abreast of matters at Mountain View.
According to an unnamed source cited by Phone Arena, the Nexus 5 (unofficially at least) will skip the 1080p craze and will stick to a 720p display instead, presumably to keep costs down.
The handset will reportedly feature a marginally smaller 4.5-inch IPS screen (the Nexus 4 has a 4.7-inch panel) that’ll occupy 88 per cent of the phone’s surface area thanks to thinner bezels. That means it will be substantially smaller than its predecessor.
To make up for what’s arguably a very modest display by current standards, the Nexus 5 will pack a ‘great camera’, the tipster added, along with a 1.5GHz Snapdragon 600 quad-core from Qualcomm, powered by a 2,800mAh battery.
A lower price point has been one of the major selling points of the Nexus 4. So it’s understandable that Google might want to ensure its successor isn’t hugely expensive.
For a long time, the Nexus brand’s purpose has been largely to set a high standard for Google’s Android manufacturing partners to emulate.
However, with increasingly powerful handsets from the likes of Samsung, Sony and HTC, competing in specs may no longer be possible, or even a priority, for the search giant.
Unfortunately, the source did not reveal which manufacturer will be given the remit to produce the Nexus 5. However, it seems unlikely LG will have another turn after supply shortages blighted the release of the Nexus 4.
Rest assured, as soon as we know more, you will too.