Feeds

Tech specs wreck: Details of Google's Nexus 5 smartphone LEAKED over interwebs

Rivals get an eyeful as LG wrestles with stable door

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

A leaked manual for Google's next flagship phone, the Nexus 5, shows a filled-out screen, a faster CPU, more memory and full 4G support, but no shocks, in the ongoing evolution of Android.

The manual, leaked to Android Police, is an engineering tome packed with technical specifications and debug procedures, enough to show that despite being the same size as the Nexus 4 the new handset adds quarter of an inch to the screen and takes the Snapdragon processor up to 2.3GHz.

The screen's resolution gets pushed up too. It's listed as 1920x1080 and measuring five inches across the diagonal, but beyond that there's not much to say. LTE support arrives, in bands suitable for EE's 4G deployment as well as the 800MHz and 2.6GHz bands which are now being rolled out across the UK, offering the potential for 100Mb/s download should the networks permit it.

There's also support for the usual Wi-Fi standards and Bluetooth 4, and “wireless charging”. Exactly which flavour of charging is unspecified, but can safely be assumed to conform to the Qi standard already embraced by Google.

But the leak is more damaging than letting fandroids know what's coming, as it shows the board layouts and block diagrams for the handset – invaluable to competitors struggling to solve the same problems. The manual wouldn't let someone build a replica Nexus, but it does show engineering tricks and techniques LG has used to efficiently wire everything together, which is of enormous interest to those heading in the same direction.

LG has apparently requested Android Police remove the document itself, to stem the tide, but the nature of the internet means the leaked manual is easy to find with the right search string. One can be certain that engineers from every other phone manufacturer are already delighting in the insights offered. ®

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
Oi, Tim Cook. Apple Watch. I DARE you to tell me, IN PERSON, that it's secure
State attorney demands Apple CEO bows the knee to him
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Will BlackBerry make a comeback with its SQUARE smartphones?
Plus PC PIMs from company formerly known as RIM
Apple's iPhone 6 first-day sales are MEANINGLESS, mutters analyst
Big weekend queues only represent fruity firm's supply
Hey, Mac fanbois. HGST wants you drooling over its HUGE desktop RACK
What vast digital media repository could possibly need 64 TERABYTES?
Soundbites: News in brief from the Wi-Fi audiophile files
DTS and Sonos sing out but not off the same hymnsheet
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
The next step in data security
With recent increased privacy concerns and computers becoming more powerful, the chance of hackers being able to crack smaller-sized RSA keys increases.