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Is HTC phablet actually the Google Nexus 5 smartphone?

Google is said to be planning to launch not one, but five Nexus branded devices by the end of 2012, with HTC rumoured to be at the helm of its Nexus smartphone incarnation.

Although the existence of these devices remains strictly in the realm of speculation, it’s logical that Google would want to capitalise on the success of the flagship model in the range, the Nexus 7 tablet.

Instead of the 5-inch ‘phablet’ that we thought was in the pipeline for HTC, which has had a multitude of names including HTC One X+ and HTC One X5, HTC is actually said to be creating the Google Nexus 5.

Google Nexus 5 specs and features

The Google Nexus 5 is expected to be shipped with Android 4.1.2, an OS that is either an improved Jelly Bean, or an altogether new system.

What is more likely is that it will be an enhanced version of Jelly Bean, with the so-called ‘Project Butter’ set to give the OS some key updates to ensure that it is fast, fluid and smooth.

The Nexus 5, as its name implies, is set to boast a 5-inch 1080p resolution display and run on Qualcomm’s powerful S4 Pro quad-core chip. It is also expected to include 4G LTE connectivity and be powered by a 2,500mAh battery pack.

Onboard memory will also match the iPhone 5 at 64GB and the device will include a 12MP primary camera and a 2MP front-facing snapper.

Exciting time for HTC

HTC has recently said that it is going to be “extremely bullish on Windows 8” devices and recently unveiled the 8X and 8S to prove that it was true to this word.

Partnering up with Google is definitely a sure-fire way to continue strengthening its brand, and will no doubt put it firmly on the map.

With only a few months to go until the festive season, we won’t have long to wait until we can confirm or deny the existence of the Google Nexus 5 smartphone.

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