There could be a long line of gadget lovers willing to buy the Nexus 5 at a discounted price despite the release date of its successor, the Nexus 6 aka Nexus X drawing near.
Google's Nexus 5 smartphone is still going strong despite its age, but going by the tradition the company has been following all these years, it could be discontinued with the arrival of the upcoming flagship device.
It may be recalled that Google Inc. had resorted to clearance sales of its latest smartphone before discontinuing it ahead of the launch of its new device.
The Samsung Galaxy Nexus was discontinued in October 2012 before the launch of LG Nexus 4 on 1 November. The Nexus 4 was also pulled off from Google Play Store ahead of the arrival of Nexus 5. So, it is likely that Google discontinue the current smartphone before the Nexus 6 aka Nexus X is unveiled.
However, the Nexus 5 should be available on several carriers even if it is pulled out from Google Play Store when its successor is released. The fact is that some carriers are still selling Nexus 4 long after Google discontinued it.
Google hasn't cut its price of Nexus 5 and it sports a 4.95-inch display with 1080x1920 pixels (445 ppi pixel density), powered by Qualcomm MSM8974 Snapdragon 800 chipset and runs on Android OS, v4.4 (KitKat), upgradable to v4.4.4 (KitKat). It comes packed with 16/32 GB internal memory and 2 GB RAM, non-removable Li-Po 2,300 mAh battery, and 8MP camera with autofocus, optical image stabilization, and LED flash.
Meanwhile, Nexus 6 aka Nexus X is expected to see the light of the day this fall though Google is yet to announce its release date. Vice president of Google, Sundar Pichai had earlier said at the Mobile World Congress 2014 (MWC 2014) that the device would be announced in October. Meanwhile, Inferse website went ahead and reported that the next-generation smartphone would be unveiled on 31 October.
Google has been keeping mum on the specifications of its upcoming Nexus 6 aka Nexus X but several of them have been leaked to the media. It is reported that the device will sport a 5.2-inch screen with 1440x2560p resolution and run on Android L. It may also house a 3,100 mAh Li-Polymer battery and come with several interesting features, including a curved LCD display and a lightweight, polycarbonate body.
In terms of connectivity, the device may boast of Wi-Fi, 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC and micro-USB connectivity slot.
According to the Antutu benchmark listing, the new device is expected to be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 chipset with CPU speed close to 2.5GHz, and come packed with 3GB RAM and 13MP rear camera and 2.1MP front snapper. However, G4Games website reported that the device might be powered by either Quad-core MT6732 64-bit chip that clocked at 1.5GHz, or the octa-core MT6752 SoC running at a frequency of 2.0GHz.