Nexus Phone Rumors: HTC to Build Google Nexus 5?
With the Apple iPhone 5's launch behind us, the rumor mill is now focused on the next big thing in the mobile industry - Google's next Nexus phone. The latest rumor suggests that HTC will be building a 5-inch Nexus device to succeed the 4.65-inch Samsung Galaxy Nexus.
According to GSMArena, a tipster claims the 5-inch device that HTC is rumored to be working on will be the Google Nexus 5. The device is reportedly running on Android 4.1.2, which will bring bug fixes, Project Butter enhancements, extra lockscreen functionality as well as other minor improvements. Hardware specs include:
- 1080p display
- Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset
- 12-megapixel rear camera with a 2-megapixel front facing camera
- 2,500mAh battery
- Super sleek design
- Internal memory up to 64GB
- LTE connectivity
The 5-inch device, also known as the HTC One X 5, may sound familiar to some, as it has been reported previously by DigiTimes. Quoting information from sources, DigiTimes claims that the 5-inch device will have a 1080p display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.
Leaked benchmarks in July also reveal an unknown HTC device with a 1080p display and a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro 1.5GHz processor. Its benchmark scores surpassed that of the HTC One X and Samsung Galaxy S III.
The Wall Street Journal reported in May that Google is planning to launch up to five Nexus devices this year. A leaked roadmap of Japanese telco NTT DoCoMo appears to back that up as it shows at least three Nexus devices with each one coming from LG, Samsung and Sony.
Till date, Google has only unveiled one new Nexus device - the Google Nexus 7 built by ASUS. If the Wall Street Journal's report turns out be true, it is likely that HTC will be the fifth Android vendor to manufacture the Nexus phone.
After all, the Taiwanese company was selected to build the first Nexus device, the Nexus One in 2010. Having a second opportunity to build the Nexus phone is nothing new too, as Samsung has built the second (Nexus S) and third generation (Galaxy Nexus) devices for Google.