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Is this the next Google Nexus smartphone?

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The rear camera lens on the so-called Nexus 5 appears to be quite large.

Don't drink and beta test. A Google employee left what appears to be a Nexus 5 running Android 4.4 KitKat unattended at a bar where someone took a few photos and short videos. 

Not very much is known about this new Nexus device. After Google started selling stock Android versions of the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4, many experts were wondering if Google would ever bother to release its own smartphone again.

Now, it seems that a new LG-made Nexus is on the horizon. Some specs were spotted on a benchmark site, Google "accidentally" leaked the device in a promotional video for KitKat, and the Nexus 4 has been discontinued

If Google does release a Nexus 5, it will have to compete with the imaging optics of its stock Android competitors, like the 13-megapixel Galaxy S4 and 4-"ultrapixel" HTC One. Though still unconfirmed, rumors have been flying since March about the possible incorporation of Nikon imaging technology in the anticipated Nexus 5's camera. 

No matter what kind of camera the so-called Nexus 5 is packing, we will be here to report the specs and test the hardware. 

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Impulses
By Impulses (7 months ago)

That Nikon rumor seems pretty bizarre... It's not like Nikon even makes sensors anymore, do they? What exactly would they contribute, and why would they commit to developing tech for a device that needs open source drivers? No incentive for them.

Based on FCC docs I think it's pretty well established that the N5 is based on the LG2, which has a nice camera for a phone, the only mystery seems to be battery capacity... Not that I care much, huge Android fan here but when I really care about the photos I'm taking I'll reach for my LF1 or a M43 or...

In any case, the Nikon tipster got a lot of other details wrong so it doesn't seem very reliable. I'm much more excited about the possibility of this being the first Nexus that works across three major US carriers (AT&T, Tmo, and Sprint) on their respective voice, 3G, AND LTE frequency bands. That could be super disruptive to the market.

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Menneisyys
By Menneisyys (7 months ago)

"No matter what kind of camera the so-called Nexus 5 is packing, we will be here to report the specs and test the hardware. "

It seems it'll have the G2's camera, which is a VERY good news as, according to the tests published so far, it has excellent IQ (for a phone) and also has some (among Android handsets - Nokia has had stunningly good OIS for a year in their camera flagships) unique features:

- OIS - by far the most important feature
- 1080p60

Also, it has stereo audio recording. Almost all top Android phones do this (and, of course, the Nokias) but not even the iPhone 5S. Now, this is another reason for me to switch to Android after staying with Apple since 2007.

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christiangrunercom
By christiangrunercom (7 months ago)

I might be old fashioned (or simply not new-school enough) but I really can't see the lack of stereo recording capability would make one jump platform?

I also can't follow the mega-pixels race. Looking at the 41 mp from the 1020 they are noise-reduced into Hell and back again. 8 mp is quite enough for me at least when talking about something coming from a mobile. If I had to do a job the demands would be much higher. Also on handling and speed.

OIS, I can see that being useful for everyone, but 1080 60p ? Selling point, hardly useful for the majority of users.

My demands for Image Quality might be higher than normal, but I really wouldn't consider a mobile phone a production camera (yet... but I quite sure that will a good number of years).

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Menneisyys
By Menneisyys (7 months ago)

"I really can't see the lack of stereo recording capability would make one jump platform?"

I shoot a lot of family videos - basically, video recording is almost always on when meeting relatives. Stereo audio is a must when videoing, say, the meeting of many people.

And it's just one of the reasons I will switch to the G2 (or the nexus 5) for my smartphone - OIS, openness, screen size, screen resolution, stereo speakers etc. are also important factors.

"I also can't follow the mega-pixels race. Looking at the 41 mp from the 1020 they are noise-reduced into Hell and back again. "

It's still not known whether the 5s produces better IQ than the 1020 - or, for that matter, the IQ-wise better 808.

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Menneisyys
By Menneisyys (7 months ago)

"Looking at the 41 mp from the 1020 they are noise-reduced into Hell and back again. 8 mp is quite enough for me at least when talking about something coming from a mobile."

Well, those 41 Mpixel images are still better overall than those of the 5s, according to the just-published first reviews: http://www.engadget.com/2013/09/17/iphone-5s-review/ :

"Even so, our sample shots still showed more noise and less detail than the same images taken with the Nokia Lumia 1020. The 5s also does a good job of reproducing color, but it’s not the best performer in this category, either. Make no mistake, though: the iPhone has been – and continues to be – great as a simple grab-and-go camera. It may not be a best-in-class performer, but the vast majority of iPhone users will still be happy."

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tecnoworld
By tecnoworld (7 months ago)

Well, the "fans" of apple gadgets are very happy with everything coming from their favourite vendor :-)

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