We walked down the memory lane with Google’s Nexus lineup in a previous article. With the sheer number of models the company put out, the coverage warranted a second article, where we’re covering all devices from the beautiful Nexus 4 onwards. Let’s dive in!
Launch: The LG-manufactured Nexus 4 released in late 2012. As the current Nexus handset, it’s fueled by a quad-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro SoC with an Adreno 320 GPU and 2GB of RAM. It’s also the first handset to come with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean right out of the box.
Design and Hardware: The Nexus 4 handset was powered by a quad-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 CPU, with an Adreno 320 GPU and 2GB of RAM. It was also the first handset to come with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean right out of the box.
The Nexus 4 launched with some issues, it was so popular that it quickly sold out at launch and new devices didn’t come in on time because of the lagging manufacturing pace. Although, LG claimed that there were no issues with the Nexus 4 supply chain.
The Nexus 4 hardware also seemed to be giving trouble to the users. The device is covered completely in Corning Gorilla Glass 2, which made it highly susceptible to scratches and cracks. Also, those who had broken their back panel, replacing it became an expensive ordeal. The device also faced heating problems, which was due to the lacking power management settings, which featured in the LG Optimus G.
Also Check out: The Android Lollipop Review, on the Nexus 5
Launch: The Nexus 5 was released in October 2013.
Design and Hardware: The Nexus 5 undoubtedly among the best phones there are as of now. Powered with a 2.3Ghz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 Processor, 2GB RAM, a 5 inch display, with full HD 1080p capacity. It has a 2700 mAh battery and also a 13MP camera and a 2MP front camera.The phone comes with the Android 4.4 KitKat version. Additionally, the Nexus 5 has 4G LTE connectivity, Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC. The phone has candy bar design with a matte finish polycarbonate shell with a relatively good battery life. The phone is available in a 16GB and 32GB variant.
Launch: October 2014
Design and Hardware: This time, Google partnered with its ex-acquisition Motorola for the Nexus 6. The Nexus 6 is clear sign of Google venturing into the phablet category with its massive 6 inch QHD AMOLED display. Running Android Lollipop, the phone has a 2.7 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 805 CPU along with the Adreno 420 GPU. It has 3 GB of RAM, a 3220 mAh Battery, 13 MP camera, 5 MP front facing camera and is available in 32 GB and 64 GB variants. This phone also incorporates Qualcomm quick-charge 2.0, which claims that the phone will last for 6 hours after a mere 15 minute charge!
Launch: October 2015
Design & Hardware: One of the last 2 Nexus devices (before the Pixel lineup took over), the Nexus 5X was an instant success. Made in collaboration with LG (again), it shipped with amongst the best cameras on a smartphone at the time, the 5X was the younger cousin to the Nexus 6P. It featured a polycarbonate, yet premium build, and ran smoothly even on just 2 GB of RAM. The Snapdragon 808 powered the device, and it gave you both 16 or 32 GB of storage. The stunning rear camera was a 12.3 MP shooter, and of course, it had a fingerprint sensor right at the back.
Launch: October 2015
Design and Hardware: The other final nexus, the 6P was the 5X with bigger proportions. This time, the manufacturing partner was Huawei, the first time a Chinese firm had been roped in on the Nexus project.The specifications were essentially the same as on the 5X, but the 6P gave users a bigger 5.7 inch screen. An all metal build replaced the polycarbonate on the the 5X, while the battery was slightly larger too, at 3450 mAh.