Nexus 5 Preview: 2100mAh, 2300mAh, 2600mAh, or 3000mAh…What Kind of Battery Will We See in this Year’s Nexus?

September 16, 2013 - Written By Alexander Maxham

There are two complaints we seem to have every year about the Nexus. One is the camera, the other is battery life. Last year when the Nexus 4 was announced with a 2100mAh battery, many of us were excited since the Galaxy Nexus had a 1750mAh battery. That was quite a jump, although looking back at it now, it doesn’t seem like one. We all thought the Nexus 4 would have amazing battery life. And well, it does…if you live on Wifi and never leave a WiFi area. People that have to leave the house, and go to work or travel, won’t be on WiFi all day long. Once you’re on HSPA+, the battery life is pretty bad. I was able to cope with it for a while, especially after rooting it and using Greenify. However, I want a phone that has great battery life out of the box. I hate to keep bringing this back to the G2, but since I have one in for review right now, it’s hard not too. If LG can model the Nexus 5 after the LG G2, I would be really happy. Especially with the 3000mAh battery. Of course we’re going to need some battery optimization in the software. But the G2 can last me all day on LTE, and a couple of days on WiFi. That’s all I want, something that can last me 12-18 hours without plugging it in.


There’s been rumors that the Nexus 5 would be only 2300mAh. Which would really disappoint a lot of us. Especially since the screen is getting bigger, with more pixels. Along with a faster processor, it’s going to make that battery die even quicker. I’m really hoping LG can cram the 3000mAh battery from the G2 into the Nexus 5. Or at least use their step technology, which allows them to cram more battery into a smaller device. What about wireless charging? I’m sure LG will throw that in as well, even though the G2 wireless charging is only on the Verizon version.

What kind of battery do you want to see in the Nexus 5? Maybe a 3500mAh battery like the DROID Maxx? Or a 2600mAh like the Galaxy S4? Let us know in the comments below.