Inside the Nexus 5

Inside the Nexus 5

Summary: The Nexus 5 might have Google written on the outside, but on the inside the first Android 4.4 KitKat-powered handset is a big win for Qualcomm.

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Google has unveiled the replacement to the Nexus 4 smartphone – the new Nexus 5 – and the iFixit team has taken one apart for our edification (and enjoyment).

Inside the Nexus 5
(Source: iFixit)

The Nexus 5, which is manufactured for Google by LG, sports a 4.95-inch full HD 1920 by 1080 display with a pixel density of 445 pixels-per-inch and is the first handset to feature the new Android 4.4 KitKat operating system.

On the inside the Nexus 5 is a huge win for Qualcomm, who supplied the quad-core, 2.26 GHz Snapdragon 800 SoC, the WTR1605L LTE/HSPA+/CDMA2K/TDSCDMA/EDGE/GPS transceiver, the PM8841 and PM 8941 power management ICs, and the WCD9320 audio codec.

Another feature of the Nexus 5 is NFC, the technology behind the Google Wallet payment system. However, this is also a feature that's normally blocked by carriers. This time around Google has kitted out the nexus 5 with a Broadcom BCM20793M NFC controller, which is rumored to remove the carrier's ability to block it.

As far as repairability is concerned, iFixit declares that the Nexus 5 is relatively repair-friendly, giving it an 8 out of 10. The modular design means that repair costs are kept down, and the use of screws and only a minimal amount of adhesive makes it easy to disassemble and reassemble.

On the down side the plastic back is held in place with plastic clips which are hard to remove, and the glass and LCD are fused to the display frame, making repairs expensive.

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Topics: Mobility, Android, Google

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  • Blocking NFC

    Not really on topic, but why would carriers block NFC? Do they have some competing technology they're trying to push?
    jred