Feeds

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

Rivals get an eyeful as LG wrestles with stable door

Gartner critical capabilities for enterprise endpoint backup

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. ®

Boost IT visibility and business value

More from The Register

next story
Kate Bush: Don't make me HAVE CONTACT with your iPHONE
Can't face sea of wobbling fondle implements. What happened to lighters, eh?
Apple takes blade to 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display
Shaves price, not screen on mid-2014 model
iPhone 6 flip tip slips in Aussie's clip: Apple's 'reversible USB' leaks
New plug not compatible with official Type-C, according to fresh rumors
The agony and ecstasy of SteamOS: WHERE ARE MY GAMES?
And yes it does need a fat HDD (or SSD, it's cool with either)
Steve Jobs had BETTER BALLS than Atari, says Apple mouse designer
Xerox? Pff, not even in the same league as His Jobsiness
TV transport tech, part 1: From server to sofa at the touch of a button
You won't believe how much goes into today's telly tech
Apple analyst: fruity firm set to shift 75 million iPhones
We'll have some of whatever he's having please
Apple to build WORLD'S BIGGEST iStore in Dubai
It's not the size of your shiny-shiny...
NVIDIA claims first 64-bit ARMv8 SoC for Androids
Mile-High 'Denver' Tegra K1 successor said to rival PC performance
prev story

Whitepapers

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup
IT departments are embracing cloud backup, but there’s a lot you need to know before choosing a service provider. Learn all the critical things you need to know.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.
Rethinking backup and recovery in the modern data center
Combining intelligence, operational analytics, and automation to enable efficient, data-driven IT organizations using the HP ABR approach.
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.