By Alexandra Burlacu | Aug 14, 2013 05:15 AM EDT
Amid lots of speculation about who will make the next Google Nexus smartphone, focus is now again turning to LG as the chosen manufacturer.
Google's next-generation is expected to launch later this year. The handset is currently referred to as the Nexus 5, but the name is not official. Initial speculation suggested that the smartphone will come from LG, the same manufacturer that made the popular Nexus 4 smartphone last year in collaboration with Google. The new Nexus 5 was expected to be based on LG G2, but recent rumors suggested that Google may turn to other manufacturers such as Motorola to make its next Nexus smartphone.
The focus seems to be back on LG now, as the manufacturer is again expected to be the chosen one for the new Nexus handset. According to a new report from Chinese site My Drivers, LG and Google are reportedly working on something at the moment. The publication speculates that it could be the next Nexus smartphone.
My Drivers says the news comes from South Korean media, but gives no other details about the specific sources of this claim. The publication further notes that the LG G2 and the new Nexus smartphone will look alike, but sport different configurations because the Nexus 5 needs to accommodate an affordable price point. The Nexus 5 will reportedly be as affordable as its predecessor, the Nexus 4, with a starting price of $299.
According to the source, the new Nexus 5 will make its debut in October with the upcoming Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie on board. The handset will reportedly pack a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor, 2GB of RAM, a full HD (1080p) display and a 10-megapixel camera. It remains uncertain at this point whether the display will be 5-inch or larger.
The LG G2, the smartphone on which the new Nexus 5 will supposedly be based on, sports a 5.2-inch display, a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor and a 13-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization (OIS). It also remains unclear at this point whether the next Nexus smartphone will sport the button layout of the LG G2, i.e. the new "Rear Key" concept that moved all keys on the back of the handset.
Keep in mind, however, that Google has yet to confirm which manufacturer will make the next Nexus smartphone, so take such rumors with a pinch of salt. LG seems to be a likely candidate but nothing is set in stone just yet.
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