The Nexus 5 has only been shipping for just over a month, but it appears that hardware revisions have begun hitting the flagship Google device already.
A user with the screen name infa89 has apparently posted some information on an Italian forum and outlined the issues with the initial Nexus 5 and the differences with the new model that was received as a replacement. The defects listed with the original phone were : ‘dancers and noisy buttons’, ‘SIM tray protruding’ and ‘”cutting edge” display frame’, and according to shinral – the XDA member who posted the information – these have all been resolved with ‘fixed buttons’ as well as ‘larger microphone and speaker holes’. shinral also included some pictures which show the slightly modified design compared to the original :
There are apparently some issues though, with the Original Poster(OP) advising that the new phone had ‘more yellow display’ and ‘green stuck pixels’.
Android ROM developer Andrew Xie, better known by his screen name ‘bigxie’ also tweeted out that it appears that Nexus 5′s with serial numbers greater than 311,000 are the new model :
Turns out my Nexus 5 is one of the 'revised body' models. Check your box. If SN starts with 310K, it's old. 311K is revised.
— Andrew Xie (@bigxie) December 13, 2013
However, other posters in the XDA forums argue that it would be more prudent to check the HW Version in your boot loader(Volume Down + Power) to check which hardware revision you have received, although mine which was ordered on the morning of the announcement is HW Version rev_11.
While I and the other team members here at Ausdroid have not experienced any of the issues listed with the first batch Nexus 5′s received here in Australia, there may be some people out there who have and it’s great to see the issues being addressed. That said, I’m not sure anyone would want a ‘more yellow display’ or ‘green stuck pixels’ in exchange for some newer hardware.
Have you had any of the issues listed with your Nexus 5? Do you have a newer model Nexus 5? What is your serial # and HW Version?