Rumours of an LG-made Google Nexus 5 return

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Following rumours that suggested that Motorola would build the Google Nexus 5 instead of Korea’s LG, a report today sent the ball back in LG’s court (where the majority of earlier rumours have also landed). According to Chinese language MyDrivers, LG will, like last year, base this year’s Nexus device on its current flagship smartphone. Just as the Nexus 4 was based on the LG Optimus G, the Nexus 5 will be based on the recently announced LG G2.

The report adds that the new Nexus smartphone will also follow in its predecessor’s footsteps when it comes to pricing strategy. Google is reportedly looking to offer it at the same price points as the Nexus 4. To do so, it will likely subsidize a portion of the cost but will also opt for a less expensive quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor over the G2’s Snapdragon 800.

As for other specifications, the report suggests that the Nexus 5 will come with Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie, a 5-inch or larger (5.2-inch perhaps like the G2) Full HD (1080×1920/423PPI) IPS display and 2GB of RAM. It also remains to be seen if the power and volume buttons will move back to the side. It’s like that LG would want to keep that as a selling point for its own flagship and Google may be inclined to move them back to their traditional position on the side. While specifications and the button layout may change, the overall look of the device is still expected to be very similar to that of the G2.

In keeping with Google’s pricing strategy, the new Nexus smartphone could very well once again sell for US$299, this time for the 16GB model with a 32GB model to sell for US$349.

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