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Second-Gen. LG Nexus 5 Confirmed, Outrageous Rumors Put to Rest

Is this the LG Nexus 5?

[Photo Credit: CNET]

It is often said that so many rumors circulate across the web that it is hard to know which ones are true and which ones are false. That is the case with smartphone rumors, since so many individuals want to have “the latest news” or “breaking coverage” as to some new piece of information that they believe others do not know or are not aware of. Rumors abound with smartphones in general, but the more famous ones (such as the Galaxy S4, iPhone 5, and Nexus 4) face increasing rumors.

It was said just last week that the new Nexus 5, to be announced in May, would come with the following outrageous specs:

* 5.2-inch display
* 16-megapixel rear-facing camera
* 3GB RAM
* Gesture controls
* 3300mAh battery
* 2.1-megapixel, front-facing camera
* Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor

Well, if you bought into these rumors, it is unfortunate that I have to tell you this: they are not true. An informant has provided accurate details that seem to confirm what most manufacturers look to create this year.

Google will not go with the above outrageous specs this year, but will instead produce specs that match those of other 2013 smartphones, such as 5-inch display (not 5.2), 1080p video recording, Snapdragon 600 processor (not the 800 processor), 2GB of RAM instead of 3GB RAM, 3140mAh battery instead of 3300mAh, and the usual 8 to 16GB of internal memory storage (instead of Apple’s or Samsung’s up to 64GB of internal storage).

The informant provides us with not only these standard specs from Google’s new Nexus phone, but also gives a tidbit of new info to hang on to: the Nexus 5 will come with a Nikon-branded camera, considered to be a more efficient camera than Google’s current cameras. Google seems to be stepping up in the smartphone wars, as Samsung’s cameras are impressive in both the S3 and now the S4.

Since May 2012 was the month in which Google announced the Nexus 4,  May 2013 seems to be the perfect time to announce the Nexus 5. It is certain that the informant specs above as to the 5-inch display and 1080p video are true. After all, these numbers are typical for 2013 and are expected in smartphones. What the false claims above demonstrate is how quickly spec distortions can make their way across the web. The same thing happened with Google and LG with regard to the Nexus 4 backing. At some point, someone “cropped” a photo to show and claim that LG was using plain backs instead of the sparkly backing it used on other Nexus 4s to increase the speed of production — to imply that LG was not manufacturing new phones fast enough. What was the perceived impression of this rumor? That LG watered down its model smartphone in order to have faster sales and additional profits. In the end, the so-called “plain back” claim wasn’t true, but was the result of photo cropping and pasting to places over the Internet.

In times like these, you have to take rumors such as those above with a grain of salt. Before you believe them, corroborate the claims with those found elsewhere on the web by trusted tech sites.

Alongside of the Nexus 5 rumors, it seems that there is soon to arrive two new Nexus tablets — a Nexus 7.2 and Nexus 10.2. We can expect that these tablets will have Android 5.0 (Key Lime Pie), as well as better screen resolutions and processor chips. It has been confirmed that Google will not use the NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor in its tablets but instead, a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. The reason for Google’s switch from NVIDIA most likely pertains to the 4G support provided by Qualcomm’s processor chips than it does anything else. These rumors are interesting as well, but time will bear out the truth or wish fulfillment nature of these claims.