The Nexus smartphone has been leaked for months, but we are only starting to see solid information come through in the past few weeks, pointing at the release date being close. Between Googlers internally using the Nexus 5 and Google sending out test units, we can see the release date closing in on October 15.
We know quite a lot about the Nexus 5 even before the official launch. It will be manufactured by LG, the same as the Nexus 4 and will have some high-end specs, including a 1080p display, quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16/32GB of internal storage, 2400/3000mAh battery, NFC, wireless charging and LTE.
According to recent reports, Google will be making the 32GB Nexus 5 a little special, adding a 3000mAh battery into the smartphone. This is similar to how Motorola launched the Droid line, with the MAXX having two day battery life.
On the software side, Google will be adding Android 4.4 KitKat into the mix. We still don’t have a lot of information on the new update, apart from some recent screenshots showing a new Holo Light theme and lock-screen, pointing at a small redesign.
Functionality-wise, KitKat is reportedly all about conserving battery life and finally cracking fragmentation on Android, by offering an update so small and simple it can run on almost all devices.
Apart from the LG Nexus 5 and Android 4.4 KitKat, we may also see the ASUS Nexus 10 make its first appearance at the October 15 event, alongside the successor to the Nexus Q, Google’s failed TV project, this time it will come with gaming capabilities.