Google Announces Nexus 5, Now Available!

Google Announces Nexus 5, Now Available!

Oct 31, 2013

Put your hands down. Exhale. Relax. Sit down.

The Nexus 5 is here!

Google is mastering the fine art of creating demand and finding ways of meeting it, and the latest iteration of its handheld Nexus line underlines this fact.

The main rumor holds true; like its immediate predecessor the Nexus 4, the 5 is Android OS 4.4 wrapped in LG hardware, and shares a bit of design similarities with the LG G2. Further to the specs, the Nexus 5 will be sporting a manageable 4.95-inch 1080p Gorilla Glass display. Under the hood, it’s CPU is a 2.3 Ghz Snapdragon 800 unit to go with the included 2GB of RAM. Per camera, the front end piece is 1.3MP, and the 8MP in the rear also has “Optical Image Stabilization” which will help with an unsteady picture hand.

Of course, wireless connectivity is as to be expected, with 4G LTE (a notable improvement on the Nexus 4), Bluetooth 4.0, wi-fi (a/b/g/n/ac) and NFC/Android Beam. It will also be able to ditch the wires with regards to replenishing the device’s 2300mAh internal battery, as it comes prepped for wireless charging. Google claims 17 hours of regular talk time and 300 hours of standby time.

And all this goodness comes in under 130g, with stated dimensions of 69.17×137.84×8.59 mm.

Additionally, all major networks bands are supported, and the device will debut in 16 GB ($349) and 32 GB ($399) memory flavors. Black and white finishes are available, and the device can be ordered now from Google Play (though at the time of this article, it looks like the 16 GB Black version is already out of stock).

Not to be lost in all this is the simultaneous debut of KitKat. Android 4.4 has been eagerly expected for a while now, and Google also announced that it will be coming to Nexus 4 handset and both Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 tablets.

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