Though its Nexus 9 tablet wasn’t exactly a roaring success, might its Nexus 5 (2016) have what it takes to impress? And does this guarantee a metal unibody for the upcoming phone? Here is what we know so far about the Nexus 5 (2016) price, release date, specs and rumors. HTC has become the frontrunner to produce the 2016 version of the Nexus 5, which now also has a detailed specs list.
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In late June, a detailed specs leak gave a comprehensive rundown of what we can expect to see from the Nexus 5 (2016). The device is said to be pitched as a successor to the Nexus 5X.
Here’s a full list of the specs:
- 5-inch 1080p display
- Quad-core CPU
- 4 GB of RAM
- 2,770-mAh battery
- 32 GB of internal memory
- 12 MP rear camera and 8 MP front camera
- Rear-mounted fingerprint scanner
- USB Type-C
The specs – aside from screen size, resolution and battery size – are identical to those rumored for the Nexus 6 (2016). This mirroring of specs aligns the forthcoming Nexus devices with the way Apple does things with the iPhone.
Google Nexus 5 (2016) price and release date
Google tends to release its Nexus devices towards the end of the year alongside its new operating system – just as it did last year with the Nexus 5X and Android Marshmallow. We expect the Nexus 5 (2016) to follow this pattern once again.
As for the Nexus 5 (2016) price, this would likely be in the region of US$350, like its predecessors, and would act as a counterpoint to the more “premium” Nexus 6 (2016).
Google Nexus 5 (2016) design
If HTC is on board to create the Nexus 5 (2016), as was suggested by a post on Chinese blogging site Weibo, this would presuppose a metal unibody design. HTC has a history of creating such smartphone bodies, though its flagship handsets have tended to be quite expensive.
Could HTC produce a wonderful metal handset for around US$200 less than its flagships typically launch for? It can, and has, with the likes of the HTC One A9, but I doubt many Android fans would wish for a similar-looking phone.
Renowned leakster Evan Blass took to Twitter to announce that a pair of Android N devices are on the way, dubbed M1 and S1. Android Police expanded upon these names, providing the codenames Marlin and Sailfish, based upon three pieces of evidence, including a Qualcomm engineer referring to a device named Marlin.
HTC is building a pair of Android N devices for Google internally dubbed M1 and S1 #nexus
— Evan Blass (@evleaks)
April 27, 2016
Google Nexus 5 (2016) display
The Nexus 5X houses a Full-HD display but it’s something of a sore point among fans of this series because the original Nexus 5 arrived with a screen of the same resolution back in 2013.
HTC is yet to go beyond Full-HD with its flagships, but now would seem to be the time for a Nexus 5 handset to get the QHD treatment, and we think the 2016 model will make the leap.
Nexus 5 (2016) software
At this point, all we can say with any degree of certainty is that the Nexus 5 (2016) will launch with the next major Android software version – what we are currently referring to as Android N. Read more about that at the link.
That’s all we have on the Nexus 5 right now, but please bear in mind that the idea of HTC’s involvement in this project is just a very early rumor. Nothing has been confirmed, but we’ll keep you posted as we learn more.
What are your hopes for the next Nexus? Let us know in the comments.