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Nexus 5 Vs. Nexus 4 Tech Spec Shootout

by Sean P. Aune | October 31, 2013October 31, 2013 11:30 am PDT

Nexus 5 vs Nexus 4

The Nexus 5 is finally upon us, and while it clearly replaces the outgoing Nexus 4, it’s always fun to see how the latest iteration of a device stands up against what has come before it.

The Nexus 4 was an awesome phone, and was pretty widely loved, but how will the Nexus 5 compare to it? Beyond the operating system – which should be coming to the Nexus 4 as well – is it worth an upgrade? We’ve put the specs of each next to one another so you can figure that out for yourself.

Nexus 4 Gallery

Nexus 5 Gallery

Nexus 5

Nexus 4

Display Specs 4.95-inch, 1920×1080 pixel display (445 ppi) 4.7-inch, 1280 x 768 pixel display (318 ppi)
Display Type Full HD IPS. Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3 WXGA IPS. Corning(R) Gorilla(R) Glass 2
Operating System Android 4.4 (KitKat) Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean)
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon(TM) S4 Pro
RAM 2GB 2GB
Storage
  • 16 GB
  • 32 GB
  • 8 GB
  • 16 GB
External Storage No No
Main Camera (Back) 8MP rear facing with Optical Image Stabilization 8 megapixels
Secondary Camera (Front) 1.3 megapixels 1.3 megapixels
Network
  • 2G/3G/4G LTE
  • GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
  • CDMA: Band Class: 0/1/10
  • WCDMA: Bands: 1/2/4/5/6/8/19
  • LTE: Bands: 1/2/4/5/17/19/25/26/41
  • Unlocked GSM/UMTS/HSPA+
  • GSM/EDGE/GPRS (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
  • 3G (850, 900, 1700, 1900, 2100 MHz)
  • HSPA+ 42
Wi-Fi Dual-band Wi-Fi (2.4G/5G) 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.0 LE Yes
Battery 2,300 mAH 2100 mAh battery
NFC Yes Yes
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Gyroscope
  • Pressure
  • Ambient light
  • Hall Effect
  • Accelerometer
  • Gyroscope
  • Barometer
  • Ambient light
GPS
  • GPS
  • Digital Compass
  • Cellular
  • GPS
  • Digital Compass
  • Cellular
Height 5.43 inches (137.84 mm) 5.27 inches (133.9 mm)
Width 2.64 inches (67.17 mm) 2.70 inches (68.7 mm)
Depth 0.34 inches (8.59 mm) 0.36 inch (9.1 mm)
Weight 4.59 oz (130 grams) 4.90 oz (139 grams)
Colors Black, White Black, White

Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...

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