If you’re into rumors, this latest quip from our beloved rumor mill might have already caught your attention. According to an article from Android Pit, a source claims that a 2015 remake of the Nexus 5 is under consideration by manufacturer LG.
Alright, so that source is about as obscure as you can get; clearly there’s no legitimacy to the claim. However, the mere idea of a 2015 remake of the Nexus 5 isn’t too shabby of an idea. I honestly thought that the Nexus 5 had a lot more oomph to its pitch than the most recent Nexus 6 does, and if LG was able to fix the biggest problems that were reported with the device it could have a real shot of being a hit with prospective Nexus users.
There was already a lot that was “right” with the Nexus 5; the 5-inch, 1080 x 1920 HD display was at a sweet spot for smartphones both in size and display quality. In a smartphone world where the primary goals seem to be to make the phone larger, thinner, and have a better display, I feel that the Nexus 5 “got it right”. It’s not nearly the size of a tablet, the screen quality is more than enough with a 445 ppi, and the phone has a little bit of heft to it because it’s not as thin as a credit card.
However, the Nexus 5 does still have its issues. Despite the fact that the phone isn’t “thin” by any means, the battery life doesn’t really reflect that, especially after the Lollipop update. This would be the first thing that I would recommend fixing, given that battery life is such an important part of smartphones. I mean, it’s the thing that powers your phone, so it makes sense that people want it to last through a single day’s use, in the very least. Since battery life is probably the one complaint I see the most regarding the Nexus 5, this is an important thing to improve.
The next upgrade would be with cameras – preferably both of them. The 8-megapixel camera on the back of the Nexus 5 isn’t bad, especially considering that it features the all-important OIS (which even the HTC One M9 doesn’t have, bless its heart), but a couple of improvements could be made. A 13-megapixel camera with a larger sensor would be a good step-up. For the front-facing camera, it would seem that anything 5-megapixels or more will suffice. It’s important for both cameras to have good quality. People need to be able to take good pictures of themselves and of the food they’re about to eat.
Then you have the internal specs that need an upgrade. I would say that a Snapdragon 810 processor should be used here, but given that it’s given a few phones a bit of an overheating problem, I think a Nexus 5 remake would suffice with a Snapdragon 808 instead. This would also help keep the cost down (which I also think is a super important thing for the next Nexus to go back to). 2GB of RAM is still good, but 3GB seems to be the new norm. Finally, there’s the internal storage. For this, I think that making 32GB the new base size is a good idea at this point; either that, or include a microSD card slot.
Finally, there’s the matter of the price. I think a big reason that people didn’t take to the Nexus 6 as well as the 5 was because it was so much more expensive than we expected it to be. The Nexus should have remained an affordable option. Android Silver, a rumored program for true flagship pure Android devices, seems to have been put on the back burner (or might even be non-existant). I think that Android Silver (or whatever that type of program might be called) has its place, but so does Nexus. Nexus devices being affordable and unlocked was a big draw, and I hope to see the program revert back to what it was like when the Nexus 4 and 5 were for sale.
Even if a 2015 Nexus 5 doesn’t happen, I do hope that these things will at least be taken into account for the next gen Nexus either way. It's probably worth mentioning that I think the Nexus 6 is a nice enough device in its own right, but I find that it's way too big (even for the general consumer) and too expensive from what we expected of a Nexus device.
Readers, what are you hopes for this year’s Nexus? Would you want to see a 2015 remake of the Nexus 5, or did you prefer the way Google made the Nexus 6? Let us know in the comments below!