Google and LG aren’t due to reveal the new Nexus 5 until the end of October.
But that hasn’t stopped the rumour mill serving up a string of juicy morsels in recent weeks, with details about specs and pricing suggesting there won’t be much new info when the smartphone does finally get the official nod.
Want the inside line on Google’s forthcoming flagship? Then read on.
1 MEMS camera tech
Google is reportedly plotting a new MEMS camera for the Nexus 5, putting it right up against the likes of Nokia’s Lumia 1020, Sony’s Xperia Z1 and the iPhone 5s.
So, what’s the deal?
Well, a MEMS camera uses special tech to shoot in super fast bursts, allowing focusing to happen after a shot has been taken.
That gives users the option to have different focal points for the same pic - a real win on a smartphone.
A reference to such tech, which currently powers the ace Lytro camera, has been found on documents discussing the Nexus 5.
But before you get too excited, there’s no mention of it in a recently leaked manual. So it’s by no means set in stone.
2 A beefed-up screen
The display on the Nexus 5 is set to jump up a few notches, moving to 4.95-inches compared to the 4.7-inches on the Nexus 4.
That’s pretty much standard in the age of the phablet.
The resolution is also set to make a much-needed jump, from 1280x768 to 1920x1080.
However, there’s no tittle tattle as yet about what to expect in terms of ppi.
3 4G is go
The biggest differentiator between the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 is set to be 4G.
The old-school handset didn’t have LTE smarts, whereas the new effort looks nailed-on to work with next-gen networks.
How do we know for sure? We don’t. But endless references in that aforementioned leaked manual leave us in little doubt.
4G will mean the Nexus 5 can kick it with the very best smartphones on the market, something that the Nexus 4, for all its brilliance, was unable to do.
4 Snapdragon smarts
Google has plumped for the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor that’s currently ensuring rival Android handsets work at lightning pace.
That means that multitasking and flicking through the phone’s apps will be sharp and every bit as good as the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and LG G2.
All that remains to be seen is whether Google opts for the same benchmarking tricks as its competitors, who’ve been boosting speeds in order to gain an edge.
5 Low price
Rumours suggest that Google will once again be looking to keep the upfront cost of the Nexus 5 low, emulating the Nexus 4.
Word is a sub-£300 price tag for a SIM free device is being discussed.
That would doubtless stoke demand, which means Google and LG will have to do better with this phone than their last effort.
The Nexus 4 was sold out for months and accusations flew about who was to blame.