By Stephen Schenck | March 25, 2013 11:42 AM
For years now it’s seemed like an unstoppable force: as smartphones see each new generation of hardware, they inch ever so slightly larger and larger. Now we’re looking at five-inch displays becoming the norm. A new rumor suggests that Google might be the company to buck that trend, releasing a Nexus 5 that’s more compact than the Nexus 4.
Supposedly, the Nexus 5 could shrink the phone’s screen down to a 4.5-inch component, while keeping its 720p resolution. That would give it quite the sharp 326ppi density. This rumor also suggests that the phone would have a barely-there bezel, making the screen appear even larger than it is.
Like the high-end phones we’re seeing from HTC and Samsung, the Nexus 5 would run a Snapdragon 600 SoC, in this case at 1.5GHz. Also mirroring those flagships, camera quality would be a focus of the Nexus 5′s design, and the phone could feature a nine-megapixel CCD image sensor; we’re used to seeing CMOS sensors on phones, but CCD offers the potential for higher-quality pictures.
As a Nexus model, it’s not surprising to hear that the Nexus 5 wouldn’t support microSD, but for those of you underwhelmed by the Nexus 4′s battery life, the Nexus 5 may offer one change you find appealing, moving up to a 2800mAh cell.
All in all, this is an interesting set of rumors for the Nexus 5. We’re not bombarded with a bunch of top-tier specs, like we’ve seen with some rumors that accompanied fake renders, and it all sounds just odd enough to be plausible.