After months of leaks and rumors, the Nexus 5 is finally official. The device will be available starting today, and costs $349 for the 16 GB version.
Google’s latest Nexus offering, the Nexus 5, is also manufactured by LG, and like the Nexus 4 last year, shares a lot of design elements with one of LG’s flagship, the LG G2. It however does not have any irregular button placement, and the volume and power buttons are located where you would usually look for.
The Nexus 5 includes a lot of firsts. It is the first full-HD Nexus mobile device, and is the first one to include LTE connectivity off the bat. The mobile comes with a 4.95-inch full-HD screen that packs in a pixel density of 445 ppi. The screen is protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3. The Nexus 5 weighs 130 gms, and although the device has a 4.95-inch screen, it does not look gargantuan thanks to extremely thin bezel size. The device has ceramic power and volume buttons.
Under the hood, the Nexus 5 has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 mobile SoC. And this version of the Snapdragon 800 includes the higher-binned 2.3 GHz quad-core Krait 400 CPU, along with a 450 MHz Adreno 330 GPU. Also included is 2 GB RAM, an 8MP camera with Optical Image Stabilization along with a 1.3MP front shooter, LTE connectivity (Bands: 1/3/5/7/8/20), Wi-Fi ac, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, 2,300 mAh battery and Android 4.4 KitKat. A new feature that is being touted by Google is the HDR+ mode, which is essentially a burst mode that allows you to take a lot of images in one go.
Google announced that the Nexus 5 will be available in two storage variations, with the 16 GB model costing $349, while the 32 GB variant will set users back $399. The Nexus 5 is available to order from the Play Store today in countries like the U.S., Canada, U.K., Australia, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Korea and Japan, and will be available in India soon. Google also announced accessories for the device, which includes the likes of LG smart covers and wireless charging pads.
Retailers like Sprint, T-Mobile, Amazon, Best Buy and RadioShack will be stocking the Nexus 5 in shelves in the coming weeks.