Rumours of Google Nexus 5 have flooded the web this morning. The new device, details of which were apparently leaked by an over zealous Google employee, is said to pack a 5.2-inch screen, 16 megapixel camera and storage up to 64GB, far heftier than any Nexus device to date.
The leaked prototype is made by LG, but Google is said to be asking other manufacturers to show them what they can do, working towards an October release.
Here are five things we want to see from the Big G’s next reference Android device.
A no-brainer. The lack of 4G in the Nexus 4 is one of the big reasons Google is able to sell the phone so cheap off-contract.
But with every major mobile released in Europe now packing 4G LTE, it has no choice but to include the super-fast tech.
Without it, any major technological advancements will feel pointless and rivals such as Samsung and Apple will happily ram home the fact.
2 More storage
In the past, Google has suggested that lots of local storage isn’t necessary.
Its Nexus phones top out at 16GB, the intimation being that services like Google Music and Google Drive mean users don’t require space for stashing files.
Today’s gossip points to the Nexus 5 having space up to 64GB.
At a time when mobile games are becoming increasingly large and watching movies on-the-move is de rigeur, this extra room is essential.
The cloud is no replacement for having all your files, all the time.
3 Galaxy S4-baiting tech
The Samsung Galaxy S4 is undoubtedly the phone that all challengers want to take on.
This is especially true of Google, which is being usurped by Samsung despite Android being the OS of choice for the S4.
So, the Nexus 5 will need gesture controls and eye scrolling at least in order for it to look and feel like a truly cutting edge device.
4 Forget the screen wars
Chatter suggests the Nexus 5’s screen will be 5.2-inches. But Google could use this opportunity to say it’s not getting sucked into the increasingly stupid game of bigger screen sizes.
Tales of six inch-plus smartphones abound and it needs one major player at least to say enough is enough.
Five inches is reaching the edge of acceptability and Google doesn’t need to play this game in order to win.
5 The same low price
Call us crazy, but Google has set a precedent with the price of the Nexus 4 that it simply cannot go back on.
That means the cost of the Nexus 5 will have to be similarly low.
With 4G and improved camera tech, chances are it’ll be a touch higher, but any more than £300 will surely eat into its popularity.
The Nexus 4 is an amazing phone. But the Nexus 5 has the chance to be even better.