I have two prevailing thoughts on the next Nexus phone.
- The Nexus 4, despite being a year old, is still great. A lot of Normal People would love to have a Nexus 4. The sign of that is in the 2013 Nexus 7: its processor is almost the same, the memory is almost the same and the screen quality might as well be the same. The Nexus 7 of this year was the Nexus 4 of last year. When the Nexus 5 launches later this fall, the Nexus 4 will be kept on the line with a lower price point while at the same time the Nexus 5 will have a higher initial price point to compensate for its specs and features.
- The Nexus 4 was an aberration in price versus specs and features. Google’s aggressive price point with the Nexus 4 could have sucked enough of us into the Nexus Experience that regardless of the price (around $500 or so), we would probably be willing to buy to get that experience again1.
There are rumors that the LG G2 is a candidate for the Nexus 5. And while it is great, it seems a little obscure hardware wise2. There are rumors of a Motorola built phone becoming the next Nexus too. Undercutting the Moto X with a $400 phone with similar features and extremely better hardware will destroy its edge and render the entire Moto X branding and purpose moot3.