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Phone will reportedly feature Snapdragon 800, 3 GB of LPDDR3, and 1080p OLED screen

Android and Me is reporting on an interesting rumor about a supposed prototype for Google Inc.'s (GOOG) next generation Nexus phone (the fifth generation model).  Supposedly, LG Electronics, Inc. (KSC:066570) is competing for the contract with a model called "Megalodon", which appears to have a truly monstrous spec.

The Google-branded smartphones have been a tradition for Google since the 2010 Nexus One by HTC Corp. (TPE:2498).  The Nexus One was succeeded by the Nexus S (Dec. 2010), Galaxy Nexus (Nov. 2011) from Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (KSC:005930), Nexus 4 (Nov. 2012) by LG Electronics

LG will have to work hard to win another contract from Google.  While its Nexus 4 was well received and a hot seller, it was set back by troubling supply shortages during the 2012 holiday season.  A Google rep. described the supplies as "scarce and erratic" -- not exactly a glowing recommendation.

But the spec sheet on the Megalodon (if accurate) is hard not to love:
  • 5.2″ OLED Display with 1920×1080 resolution
  • Qualcomm Inc. (QCOM) Snapdragon 800 @ 2.3 GHz
  • 3GB LPDDR3 Ram
  • 16/32/64GB of internal storage
  • 16MP rear camera by OmniVision (4k video recording @30FPS, 1080p video recording @60FPS, Real Time HDR & HDR video recording, optical image stabilization, BSI 2.0)
  • 2.1MP front camera (1080p video recording @30FPS)
  • 3300 mAh Lithium Polymer battery
  • Front positioned stereo speakers
  • Qualcomm RF360 (LTE 150 Mbps & HSPA+)
  • Integrated DVB-T / ATSC-antenna
  • Gesture like controls (navigation, zoom, etc)
Nexus 5
A supposed picture of the "Megalodon" prototype. [Image Source: Android and Me]

The gesture control makes sense; it would put the device in line with Samsung's just-released Galaxy S IV.  The 1080p screen resolution is also pretty predictable; both the HTC One and the GSIV pack 1080p.  The surprises are the inclusion of OLED -- a technology LG is indeed pursuing hard -- the large battery, and the super-powerful Snapdragon 800.

The Snapdragon 800 won't be sampling till early next quarter, making the rumor a bit hard to believe.  If LG can pull off the device by the expected October launch date for the Nexus 5, it will have to snatch up much of the early production of Qualcomm's most prized upcoming high-end chip.

An image (above) also leaked, but it's hard to see whether the case will be metal or plastic (it looks like the rim is either metal or metallic toned plastic, at least).

Not all past "leaks" of Nexus products panned out; Sony Corp. (TYO:6758) was rumored to be working on a 5-inch Nexus prototype for holiday season last year; instead Google went with the 4.7-inch device from LG.

Source: Android and Me

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too big
By MadMan007 on 3/18/2013 1:54:54 PM , Rating: 3
The current Nexus 4 is just about the biggest size I want in a phone to maintain some semblance of one-handed use and portability. A 'phablet' Nexus phone is a bad idea, I hope this design doesn't win and there is a ~4.5-4.7" design. Lots of built-in memory is nice though.

Or, if there are two Nexus phones, one ~4.5" and one 5.5", that would be fine too.

RE: too big
By hughlle on 3/18/2013 2:22:28 PM , Rating: 2
Have to agree. 5.5" is just too large for me. I'm still on my old HTC desire, without an issue other than a desire for a better camera. For a phone, its 3.7" is more than sufficient. Although granted i am no doubt very much a minority. I have absolutely no desire to watch video's or play games on my phone. If i'm out and about, then i just consider it a bit sad to be spending my time on my phone in that manner, and if i am at home or such and fancy that kind of use, then i have my computer or a tablet. 5.5" is just not of any use to me.

RE: too big
By Breakfast Susej on 3/18/2013 3:26:19 PM , Rating: 1
The Nexus 4 already is kind of cumbersome in my pocket, and the sharply defined edges of it are quickly gnawing their way through the denim in the shape of the phone.

While that photo, assuming it's real, looks amazingly beautiful. I'm kind of put off by this never ending screen creep.

RE: too big
By retrospooty on 3/18/2013 3:38:20 PM , Rating: 5
"the sharply defined edges of it are quickly gnawing their way through the denim in the shape of the phone"

Dood, your jeans are WAY too tight.

RE: too big
By FITCamaro on 3/18/2013 3:45:23 PM , Rating: 5
Hipsters ftl.

RE: too big
By Visual on 3/20/2013 4:56:23 AM , Rating: 2
faster than light?

RE: too big
By Breakfast Susej on 3/18/2013 5:41:27 PM , Rating: 3
Really they aren't tight at all, but the 4 basically drives into my hip when I sit because it's so big that the pocket is barely big enough for it.

I'm not a hipster at all, these are like a relaxed fit 34/34. I couldn't be any more anti fashion if I tried.

I just spend way too much time sitting at a computer because, well, I'm a geek.

RE: too big
By retrospooty on 3/18/2013 6:15:51 PM , Rating: 3
I dunno, I wear jeans and sit on my ass in front of a computer all day too and have never seen that happen. Driving into your hip? I have my hand in my pocket now, maneuvering my phone around and I cant get it to happen. Why are people walking by my office and laughing?

Anyhow, it only touches my hip if I put it at the very top of the pocket and all the way to the inside. Maybe you need deeper pockets? OK that one wasnt a pun, Levi's have plenty room in the pocket to go really deep. Damn, I cant describe this and not feel dirty. =(

RE: too big
By Breakfast Susej on 3/18/2013 6:43:30 PM , Rating: 2
The genetic betrayal that is my turkey like legs, (thanks for that by the way Dad), means that jeans which are a fit in the waist, and baggy in the lower leg, just fit in the thigh.

Also I am kind of high waisted, so for example, right now my pocket traverses the joint of hip and leg at about the 3/4 mark. So about 3/4 of the pocket is on my leg, 1/4 on the upper body. So yes I suppose deeper pockets would be nice in this respect, or to start wearing my pants like Justin Bieber.

So if you can imagine a large smartphone in the lower half of that pocket as you sit, the edge of it is being pressed into the hip joint. I would just leave it on my desk, but I am also exceedingly forgetful, and that means I am going to forget it at work 60% of the time.

RE: too big
By retrospooty on 3/18/2013 6:49:06 PM , Rating: 2

Problem solved ;) Lumpy space FTW!

RE: too big
By Captain Orgazmo on 3/18/2013 8:19:50 PM , Rating: 2
I have two pairs of Levis that have pockets my SGS2 can't properly fit into, and when I sit it drives the phone into my hip bone. Also, my thumbs are somewhat short, so I can't use phones bigger than about 4.5" anyways.

RE: too big
By cjc1103 on 3/19/2013 8:41:11 AM , Rating: 2
With 4.5-5" phones they are getting to big to fit in your pocket comfortably. I have a Moto Bionic (4.3"), and I usually keep it in a belt holster. The holster works great, stays out of the way, doesn't restrict me moving around, and the phone doesn't get scratched up. However I have a buddy with a Samsung Galaxy Note 2 (5.5"). He keeps it in a belt holster and that looks weird. Phablets are getting too unwieldly. 5" screen form factor (Galaxy S4) may be the biggest size that most people can deal with.

RE: too big
By Reclaimer77 on 3/18/2013 5:08:44 PM , Rating: 2
I have to love every time a new handset is announced on Daily Tech, some Luddite responds with "too big". Why are you wasting our time with an opinion that has nothing to do with the product?

A 'phablet' Nexus phone is a bad idea

Says who? There's tons of phones to choose from. If this one isn't your style, don't buy it. But lots of people DO buy larger phones and love them.

Also this is only 5.2". That is NOT into "phablet" territory. It's not really that much bigger than 4.7" anyway. With it's thin bezel and edge-to-edge display, it will fit just fine in a pocket.

I hope this design doesn't win

Right because you don't like larger screens, everyone else can just go pound sand and not have the option to buy one.

Personally I'm thrilled that LG, a handset maker that most people don't even know exists, is coming out with both guns blazing on this design. It makes a bold statement!

And kudos to them for finally getting a clue and going OLED. LCD is an outdated panel technology (especially for mobile devices) and I do not understand why it's continues to be utilized to the point it is.

RE: too big
By MadMan007 on 3/18/13, Rating: 0
RE: too big
By Reclaimer77 on 3/18/13, Rating: -1
RE: too big
By MadMan007 on 3/18/2013 8:43:23 PM , Rating: 2
Dude, it's an opinion, relax. It doesn't need some kind of factual support (? - I'm not even sure what you're looking for honestly, aside from an argument) because it's an opinion so it's inherently subjective. Or, if it does, an opinion preferring bigger screens has no more merit than the one for smaller screens. Who says the only relevant discussion of an item has to be supporting it?

The reason I think it's important for the Nexus is because I currently own a Nexus 4 and I think the Nexus program, especially without the phones being $600 like all other unlocked phones, is a great push by Google to break the stupid subsidy business model and carrier phone version lock we have in the US. I would like to continue to buy Nexus phones and hope that a product which suits me is available. Surely a Randian like you can appreciate that ;) I even wrote the last sentence in my first post, which you entirely ignored, stating that a small/large phone split would be fine. That way everyone can get what they want.

When you grow up, you'll come to realize that people can have different opinions and preferences about things and that's OK. How you discuss those differences is what matters, you aren't very good at making people sympathetic to your opinion - attacking other people's opinions is not the way to do that.

RE: too big
By Reclaimer77 on 3/18/13, Rating: -1
RE: too big
By althaz on 3/18/2013 9:42:41 PM , Rating: 2
It's no less interesting a thread than "It's not too big, waaaa!".

RE: too big
By TheJian on 3/19/2013 6:58:31 AM , Rating: 2
How thread worthy is it to argue with someone over them actually having an opinion on a forum for...wait for it...opinions...

I hate thread police as much as grammar/spelling nazi's. You've wasted more of my time than him. Every comment on a thread doesn't have to be backed by insurmountable evidence.

His opinion is no different than yours, and if you don't like his opinion move along and get over it. Your post amounts too "I want it big, waa and shutup". WTF? What makes you think we all wanted to hear your opinion OF his opinion?...LOL.

Somehow you interpret his opinion as taking something from YOU personally? Thanks for making me waste my time responding to this. Please take a your pill now. :)

RE: too big
By MadMan007 on 3/19/2013 10:34:25 AM , Rating: 3

Reclaimer77 said:
Actually growing up is about knowing that everyone doesn't always want to hear your opinion. And that you don't ALWAYS have to share yours.

btw thanks for writing this classic paragraph. It will now haunt you for years...I hope you can take your own medicine :D

RE: too big
By Ramstark on 3/21/2013 12:57:42 PM , Rating: 2
OMG Please tell me how can I bookmark this post.
Never mind, Reclaimer will find a way to "backup" his "opinion" nevertheless.
Thank you for your research!

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