Google's LG Nexus 5 is real as confirmed by a service manual of the upcoming stock Android device that was leaked out over the weekend, basically defining the phone's form and capabilities prior to its rumoured October 2013 release date.
Courtesy of Android Police, the Nexus 4 successor is given a definite shape and features, which according to analysts, further boost the handset's growing reputation as a strong iPhone 5S killer, probably even better than the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One combined.
The same report, which pointed to unnamed sources, also provided images and sketches of the Nexus 5 that pretty affirmed the earlier visualisation that numerous blog reports have been issuing in the past weeks.
Thanks to the new details, it is virtually confirmed that Google and LG are pushing out a phablet-size hardware that is loaded with powerful specs, it sleek build and inner muscles poised to overwhelm the competition - both in the iOS and Android worlds.
Below are 10 of the killer features that will touchdown with the Nexus 5, likely before October ends:
4.95-inch IPS TFT display screen
This screen dimension is in line with the leaked FCC filing that alluded to an LG-assembled Nexus 5 though the device hit the tape at 4.96-inch. The slight disparity, however, pointed to a viewing window that is undoubtedly at par with the best phablets out there, which is a smartphone segment currently ruled by Samsung's Galaxy Note series.
Quad-core Snapdragon 800 CPU at 2.3GHz
The LG G2 sports this beastly monster of a processing chip and the leaked manual only put to rest questions on whether Google's 2013 flagship phone will mirror the powerhouse capabilities of the G2.
2GB of RAM
This year marked the upsizing of RAM provisions for high-end gadgets and naturally, Google would not allow its hero phone to be left behind. From the Nexus 4's 1GB, it will be 2GB for the Nexus 5, ensuring that the vanilla Android running the show is sufficiently equipped to deliver snappy and error-free performance.
Insane camera mix of 1.3MP on front and 8MP on rear with IOS
Since the start of the year, rumours have been wildly swirling of killer camera features for the Nexus 5, which a Google executive fired up more by hinting that the phone shooter will indeed be endowed with insanely great camera features. Now we know the tech giant is true to its words.
16GB and 32GB internal storage
The manual also revealed that Google is upgrading the memory configuration of its Nexus baby, ditching the claustrophobic 8GB for a more decent starting space of 16GB, and 32GB for those who tend to move around with a big library of digital files.
Higher battery rating of 2300mAh
As a toy, the power packed with the Nexus 5 would for naught if battery life is mediocre. Good thing, the handset is getting a major bump for its power juice, which should serve many more hours of amusement and productivity in a single charge.
Google thought it wise for the Nexus 5 to reflect the same wire-free charging that was introduced by its predecessor. It was rumoured that for this year, users can use any wireless charging it with the device so long they conform to Qi standard.
More device sensors
The Galaxy S4 made use of sensors to power its numerous smart features and other handsets followed suit, the iPhone 5S including. With the new Nexus, Google is making full use of Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass and Proximity/Ambient Light, the latter to trigger the phone's new Notification functions.
Fresh connectivity menu
The Nexus 4 skipped out on LTE and NFC so its maker made sure that the two will make it on the next iteration, which is the Nexus 5. With these chips on board, users will enjoy more ways of connecting with the Internet, wirelessly of course. It is believed too that Bluetooth 4.0 is part of the package, providing a more stable and energy-efficient connection-pairing option for Android fans.
KitKat OS or Android 4.4
That this candy bar is coming out real soon via the Nexus 5 is an open secret that Google has implied many weeks ago. Apart from the high-end inner components and the gizmo's relative affordability, showcasing the latest Android sweet is one of the core attractions attached with the whole Nexus narrative.
The actual Nexus 5 release date remains an answered question but for many Android watchers, D-Day would be in the immediate weeks or days after the rumoured Oct 14 Google event, with some analysts touting the fireworks to explode between Oct 20 and 31.
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