|Will LG get another chance? Image: Google|
Build quality & design
Google and ASUS stuck to roughly the same design as last year for the new Nexus 7, and I expect the same will hold true for the new Nexus phone, assuming LG are chosen to make it. ASUS kept the same basic design and made some improvements to the device like making it narrower, thinner and lighter. The back of the tablet was also made of a slightly different material. Dual speakers instead of mono is another welcome improvement. I both hope and expect the new Nexus phone to be marginally thinner, narrower and lighter as well. The Nexus 4 is a bit wide in my opinion. I also hope the glass back of the Nexus 4 is replaced with something else a bit more durable. The overall design of the phone will still be sexy, with curves in all the right places. Oh and front facing speakers! I'd like them to be included, but I don't see it happening.
Arguably the most important component of modern smartphones. If the new Nexus 7 proved anything, it's that Google take screen resolution seriously. Not only did they bump up the resolution of the Nexus 7, they made it the highest resolution tablet in the 7" category. It even has the highest ppi among all tablets. So for the new Nexus phone I expect it to be at least 1920x1080 resolution. It might stay 4.7", could be bumped up to 5". I hope it stays 4.7". IPS LCD technology, not AMOLED preferably.
|Can we expect a similar resolution bump for the Nexus phone? Image: Mobiles Pie|
The thing that has divided the tech community into two very vocal parties ever since the launch of the Moto X. Are specs the most important part of the device? Well for Nexus devices, they never were; it was always more about the stock experience. But that doesn't mean that Google skimps on the specs sheet. Last year's Nexus 7 was the industry's first quad-core tablet, the Nexus 10 had (still has) one of the highest resolutions in the market, and the Nexus 4 had everything to make it a flagship phone (except LTE). The new Nexus 7 keeps the ball rolling and I expect the next Nexus phone to be just as well powered as we can expect it to be; which means a Snapdragon 800 SoC, at least 2GB of RAM, a non-removable battery with a capacity around 2500 mAh, 16/32GB storage (no SD card as usual) and LTE support.
A bump to 13MP and some image stabilisation perhaps will be the most notable improvements. The new camera app was already released in 4.3, with improvements to photosphere as well, so I don't expect any major improvement software wise in the new Nexus. Maybe some kind of new camera technology to go with the MP bump? Something like HTC's Ultrapixel or Motorola's Clear Pixel camera. Something to get the mobile photographers excited.
|How important will KLP be? Image: GSM Nation|
UPDATE 4/9/2013: Well, looks like Android 5.0 KLP is actually Android 4.4 KitKat. At least it's not another flavour of JellyBean. I'm excited!
I am 99% certain that I will be getting the next Nexus phone to replace my One X. Unless the "cheaper" Moto X variant is something spectacularly amazing, which I doubt. Nexus fans should pay special attention to the LG event coming up. The Nexus 4 has a lot in common with the Optimus G, and if LG do indeed make the next Nexus phone, chances are it'll share a lot with the G2 as well. Of course, I could be completely off base here and nothing I predicted comes true. Which I'm OK with. I'll probably still get the Nexus no matter what. The Nexus brand has my trust.