Nexus 5 price concerns considering rumored specs

By Peter Chubb - Apr 5, 2013

While we still do not know if Google plans to release the Nexus 5 later this year, there is growing speculation that we will hear something at next months I/O event, so for now we have to just take what we see with a grain of salt. We say this because we have already seen a multitude of concepts, renders and also rumored specs.

This is what concerns us, because if you were to believe these Nexus 5 specs, then what sort of price do you think we will pay? The Nexus 4 has a decent amount of features, but Google and LG have had to make a few sacrifices in order to keep the cost of the handset down. Okay, we know if you buy from a third-party the price is a lot more, but it’s still lower than some of the smartphones from key rivals.

Let’s take some of the most recent rumors into consideration; some sources would have you believe that LG will put their name to the Nexus 5 and offer a host of top-tier specs, such as a 5.2-inch Full HD display and a 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor.

This also sounds like the same hardware that a HTC built Nexus 5 would come with, if this recent concept is anything to go by. However, the screen is a little smaller than the one above and looks a lot like the BlackBerry Z10.

There have also been rumors of a Nexus 5 coming with a massive 4GB or RAM and a powerful 5,000 mAh battery. If all or some of these were to come true, then we would have some Nexus 5 price concerns, as Google and whoever will manufacture the handset will have a tough job at keeping the price at a competitive level, which has been the key success of the Nexus 4.

Thanks to Phones Review.

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  • John Kiser

    I would like to ask you just what sacrifices were made? LTE? You are aware of the reasons the Nexus 4 didn’t include LTE right? It gives carriers far too much control over the devices and unless google starts slapping the carriers around massively we’ll end up with another Galaxy Nexus LTE version fiasco… Google doesn’t want the carriers to have that much control. Also these specs are easily doable at the current price range of the nexus devices….. The s4 pro when the Nexus 4 hit was pretty much high end, the phone being made of glass on both sides, that sparkle pattern on the back, 2 gb of ram and all it wasn’t “cheap” by any means (it could have a better camera but one of the big rumors for the n5 is a better camera)

    The thing to bring up here is the price of fabrication for these newer chips isn’t as bad though it might end up using the snapdragon 600 this year though an 800 may end up being plausible. Also I do hope some design changes are made for better heat dissipation and all that. I just find “concerns” a bit silly to say they will be a lot more…. At most it’d probably be like a 50 dollar price difference…

  • Most rumor information isn’t true. It’s not 100% fake but you shall think first.

  • Richard Yarrell

    Can’t help but laugh at these rumored specs. This definitely won’t happen that’s for sure. The BEST handset later this year into July of 2014 will be the Galaxy Note 3 period. That device will have the Exynos 5 Octa processor clocked at 2.3 or 2.4 ghz, 3gb of ram, 128 gb of storage, and 4200mAh battery. Nothing will ever be better.

    • squiddy20

      Can’t help but laugh that you actually believe ANY rumor you hear. Oh that’s right, you “knew” the Galaxy Nexus would be available early November, then mid November, then late November, then finally early December because that’s what the RUMORS were saying. You “knew” the Evo 3D would be available June 4th because that’s what the RUMORS were saying. You “knew” the US version of the S4 would have the Exynos 5 Octa, 128 GB of RAM, a flexible display, and “a pad” on the device to measure blood pressure and blood glucose levels. What a moron.