The Nexus 4 launched about four months ago, but Google and LG may already be working on the flagship’s successor. A purportedly leaked image and list of specifications made its way online Monday morning, sparking rumor that the next-gen Nexus could come with a larger display and a speedier Qualcomm processor.
The news comes from Android-themed blog Android And Me, which claims to have received confirmation from a Google employee that the alleged leaks are legitimate. The website didn’t name its source, but reportedly learned that the Nexus 5 is slated for an October 2013 launch and is currently codenamed “Megalodon.”
The Nexus 5 is rumored to come with a 5.2-inch OLED display with a 1920 x 1080-pixel resolution, a 2.3-GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU, 3GB of RAM, a 16-megapixel rear-facing camera and 2.1-MP front-facing camera, a 3300mAh Lithium Polymer battery and gesture support for controls such as zooming and navigation. The phone is expected to launch in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB configurations, unlike the current generation Nexus 4 that comes in 8GB or 16GB. Judging by these reported specs the Nexus 5 will also lack 4G connectivity, and instead will support HSPA+ using Qualcomm’s RF360.
There’s no way to know if these specifications are legitimate, but the alleged leaks come just after Samsung announced its flagship for 2013: the Galaxy S4. The Nexus 5 is expected to come with a slightly faster processor and larger screen than the S4, which features a 1.9-GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 and a 5-inch Super AMOLED display, but Samsung seems to have set the bar when it comes to gesture-based controls in smartphones. The S4 is the first handset to debut with support for non-touch navigation, and if these Nexus 5 leaks prove correct this could be a trend for 2013 flagships.