Despite rumors of a Motorola Nexus 5, new speculation calls for an LG Nexus 5 with Nexus 4 pricing

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Earlier this month, we heard from someone who is considered to be an “insider” in the Motorola camp, passing along information about a Motorola built Nexus 5 coming in the fourth quarter. But on Monday, a published report out of South Korea has a different story to tell, about an LG built Nexus 5 patterned after the LG G2, but priced like the Google Nexus 4.

Before we refresh your memory with the pricing structure, let’s talk about the rumored specs for this new Nexus handset by the Korean OEM. Using the LG G2 as a template, the LG built Nexus 5 will feature a 5.2 inch screen with resolution of 1080 x 1920, and a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 SoC powers the phone. 2GB of RAM will be on board and there will be two different variants, one with 16GB of native storage and the other with 32GB of native storage. A 13MP camera will be on back and a 3000mAh battery keeps the lights on.

As you can see, LG had to make some changes in order to bring the phone down to a build cost that will allow it to be sold on the Google Play Store for just $299 off-contract. That is the same pricing for the Google Nexus 4. But the manufacturer had to use the Snapdragon 600 instead of the Snapdragon 800 found on the LG G2. Additionally, we probably will see the volume and power buttons put back on one side of the handset by orders of Google. The latter doesn’t like too many changes on the model that is supposed to be the gold standard for stock-Android fans and Android developers.

Despite the slight changes compared to the LG G2, those specs priced at $299 sound quite enticing, yes? But it looks like the question will be whether we see this Google Nexus 5 made by LG or one produced by Google’s wholly owned subsidiary, Motorola. Which one would you prefer?

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