Google Nexus 4 Slowly Disappearing, Is a New Phone on the Horizon?

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Google's mighty popular Nexus 4 device is still considered by many to be the best Android smartphone on the market, but it might also soon become old news. The Nexus 4 is becoming slightly less easy to find at various retailers, especially in the U.K. where Carphone Warehouse and Phones4U have both stopped selling the device, leading some to speculate that a new Nexus handset is on the horizon.

Android Headlines surmises the disappearance of the Nexus 4 in parts of the U.K. this close to Google I/O signifies the impending release of the Nexus 5. Alternately, Google could launch a slightly altered version of the Nexus 4 with 4G LTE connectivity, a trick the current generation handset lacks.

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Here in the U.S., CNET's Erik Mack reported that searches for the Nexus 4 on Best Buy's website returned a "Page Not Found" error, though our own search for the device didn't prove as fruitless. We've also found a number T-Mobile stores selling the Nexus 4, so this could be much ado about nothing.

However, this isn't the first we've heard of the Nexus 5. Two months ago, supposed first images and specs of the LG-built handset popped up on the web. Based on those specs, the Nexus 5 is said to sport a 5.2-inch OLED display with a Full HD 1080p resolution, Qualcomm Snapdraong 800 processor clocked at 2.3GHz, 3GB of LPDDR3 RAM, 16GB/32GB/64GB of internal storage, 2.1MP front-facing camera, 16MP rear-facing camera, 4G LTE support, and a 3,300mAh battery.
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dushyanth replied on Sat, May 11 2013 11:49 AM

Nexus 5's display sounds too large and awkward.

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AjayD replied on Sat, May 11 2013 10:24 PM

Those specs sound a little too good to be true. Although, it would be great if they were. I am in desperate need of a new phone, and the GS4 didn't wow me like I was hoping it would.


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As fanboys and those leakers that like to tease them are wont to do, those specs are a bit overblown. Android wouldn't even benefit that much if at all with the move from 2GB to 3GB of RAM. 5.2" display would just seem both awkward and blurring of what a phone is. Google's vision seems to stop short of the 'phablet.' I could go on but yeah those specs are fanboy's dream, not a believable leak. That said I'd love to be wrong. Well please G don't make a 5.2 inch phone. My thumb gets strained at 4.7 inches. :(

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