By Stephen Schenck | December 13, 2013 12:03 PM
Don’t look now, but there’s a new Nexus phone on the loose. Well, sort of. While we’re far from ready to start talking about a Nexus 6, it appears that a slightly revised version of the Nexus 5 hardware has been cooked-up, one that addresses a number of little issues with the phone. So, what’s new?
Well, based on reports from owners of the hardware, this updated Nexus 5 takes steps like fixing the SIM tray so it fits fully flush with the phone’s edge when closed, and tightens up the hardware buttons so they don’t rattle quite so easily.
Audio quality has always been a big complaint surrounding the Nexus 5, and this new hardware revision appears to attempt to do something about that, as comparison shots clearly reveal that the holes making up the speaker grille have been slightly enlarged. Does that really make a big difference? We can’t say just yet, but the fact that LG took the time to make the change sure implies that there was a good reason for doing so.
This whole thing reminds us of those little Nexus 4 design changes, when in March we saw the introduction of some protrusions on the phone’s back to (once again) help with audio output. Of course, that was five months following the initial release; this time our revision came a whole lot sooner, and we wonder if more than a few owners might be trying to swap out their Nexus 5s for these new ones, kind of miffed that they just dropped all this cash on what now seems like “beta” hardware.