The Nexus 5 has arrived, and this isn’t just another flagship. As the Nexus handset of the year, this is the phone that best reflects Google’s vision for Android, both where it is now, and where it’s going form here. And as you’ve no doubt seen from our heavy coverage of rumors and leaks leading up to today’s launch, that means the Nexus 5 is finding itself simply getting a boatload of attention.

There’s a lot to like about the Nexus 5, and while a solid chunk of that is thanks to the latest Android 4.4 code the phone will arrive running, we can’t just ignore the underlying hardware platform driving it all. Last year’s Nexus 4 was a great phone, but didn’t really push many limits when it came to hardware; the Nexus 5, on the other hand, is more than ready to go toe-to-toe with the competition. But precisely how does it stack up?

We wanted to make it real easy for you to see just where the Nexus 5’s hardware falls within the current assortment of devices out here. Let’s start things off with a comparison to some other flagship Android models:

Nexus 5 LG G2 HTC One Sony Xperia Z1 Samsung Galaxy S 4
(US version)
Samsung Galaxy Note 3
(US version)
Motorola Moto X
System on a chip Snapdragon 800
4x core
@ 2.3GHz
Snapdragon 800
4x core
@ 2.26GHz
Snapdragon 600
4x core
@ 1.7GHz
Snapdragon 800
4x core
@ 2.2GHz
Snapdragon 600
4x core
@ 1.9GHz
Snapdragon 800
4x core
@ 2.3GHz
Snapdragon S4 Pro
2x core
@ 1.7GHz
Display 4.95-inch
1080p IPS LCD
(445ppi)
5.2-inch
1080p IPS LCD
(423ppi)
4.7-inch
1080p Super LCD 3
(468ppi)
5-inch
1080p LCD
(440ppi)
5-inch
1080p OLED
(440ppi)
5.68-inch
1080p OLED
(388ppi)
4.7-inch
720p OLED
(316ppi)
RAM 2GB 2GB 2GB 2GB 2GB 3GB 2GB
Internal Storage 16GB, 32GB 16GB, 32GB 32GB, 64GB 16GB 16GB, 32GB, 64GB 32GB, 64GB 16GB, 32GB
Cameras 8MP w/OIS rear, 1.3MP front 13MP w/OIS rear, 2.1MP front 4MP UltraPixel rear, 2.1MP front 20.7MP rear, 2MP front 13MP rear, 2MP front 13MP rear, 2MP front 10MP ClearPixel rear, 2MP front
Battery 2300mAh 3000mAh 2300mAh 3050mAh 2600mAh 3200mAh 2200mAh
Thickness 8.59mm 8.9mm 9.3-4mm 8.4mm 7.9mm 8.3mm 5.7-10.4mm
Mass 130g 143g 143g 167g 130g 168g 130g

For as very different as all these phones feel, a lot of them sure do share some very similar components. But then again, we’d sort of expect Android devices from the same tier, released within several months of each other, to be hitting a lot of the same spec notes. Will expanding our view to cover other mobile operating systems help mix things up a bit? Let’s check out how the Nexus 5 looks in the light of some iOS, BlackBerry 10, and Windows Phone 8 models:

Nexus 5 Apple iPhone 5S Apple iPhone 5C Nokia Lumia 1020 Nokia Lumia 1520 BlackBerry Z30
System on a chip Snapdragon 800
4x core
@ 2.3GHz
Apple A7
2x core 64-bit
@ 1.7GHz
Apple A6
2x core
@ 1.3GHz
Snapdragon S4
2x core
@ 1.5GHz
Snapdragon 800
4x core
@ 2.2GHz
Snapdragon S4 Pro
2x core
@ 1.7GHz
Display 4.95-inch
1080p IPS LCD
(445ppi)
4-inch
1136 x 640 IPS LCD
(326ppi)
4-inch
1136 x 640 IPS LCD
(326ppi)
4.5-inch
WXGA OLED
(334 ppi)
6-inch
1080p IPS LCD
(368ppi)
5-inch
720p OLED
(295 ppi)
RAM 2GB 1GB 1GB 2GB 2GB 2GB
Internal Storage 16GB, 32GB 16GB, 32GB, 64GB 16GB, 32GB 32GB, 64GB 16GB 16GB
Cameras 8MP w/OIS rear,
1.3MP front
8MP rear, 1.2MP front 8MP rear, 1.2MP front 41MP PureView w/OIS rear, 1.3MP front 20MP PureView rear, 1.2MP front 8MP rear,
2MP front
Battery 2300mAh 1560mAh 1500mAh 2000mAh 3400mAh 2880mAh
Thickness 8.59mm 7.6mm 8.97mm 10.4mm 8.7mm 9.4mm
Mass 130g 112g 132g 158g 206g 170g

That’s a pretty darn impressive showing for the Nexus 5, and this isn’t even factoring-in one other key spec: price. When we think about just what the Nexus 5 costs compared to the rest of these guys, and what it is you get for that money, the Nexus 5 sure seems like a tough value to beat.

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