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Nexus 5 round-up: 5 awesome new features, release date, price, specs and all we know so far

0. phoneArena 31 Oct 2013, 02:19 posted on

We’ve seen it all - the Galaxy Note 3, all new Android flagships, the new iPhones, and there is just one more big thing to surprise us this year - the Nexus 5…

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posted on 18 Sep 2013, 08:01

57. JavaTheHutt (Posts: 3; Member since: 16 Sep 2013)

Does the lg g2 get the 4.4 update when it comes out? Is it just for google devices?

posted on 29 Sep 2013, 21:52

64. munkyBeatz (Posts: 4; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)

No, because the G2 devices will have overlays from both the manufacturer and most likely the carrier will have addon's as well. So it'll take longer for them to fiddle with them if you don't have a rooted device.

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 10:28 1

61. vividblu2020 (Posts: 4; Member since: 23 Sep 2013)

by any chance does anyone know if battery can be removed so we can possibly put a bigger amp battery ?

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 07:54

133. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)

It is unremovable. Google does not believe in removable batteries or SD cards.

posted on 29 Sep 2013, 21:47 1

63. munkyBeatz (Posts: 4; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)

Some of these comments remind me of the comments made prior to the release of the N4. "If it doesn't have X...I'm not buying" or "How can they make a phone and not put X, when other phones have it". or "Phone B is better because..." We don't really care, the phone is still really going to be really good for the price as it won't have to be financed or subsidized to get that nifty price tag from a carrier, and I can guarantee it'll sell out it's initial offering. Quit your whining!

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 10:16 1

69. _Bone_ (Posts: 2154; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


posted on 03 Oct 2013, 14:24

91. lifeyourlive (Posts: 126; Member since: 23 Aug 2013)

Well the battery is terrible if it really will be 2300mAh... phone that fred flinstone used had bigger battery

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 10:17

70. isprobi (Posts: 656; Member since: 30 May 2011)

These specs will be outdated when the phone is released. There are already phones out with bigger screes, more RAM, possibly much better cameras, microSD slot and removable battery. All you really get here is to be a test rabbit for the latest version of Android.

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 11:24 1

76. DukeX (Posts: 327; Member since: 28 Aug 2013)

Useless comment. The nexus 4 is one of the fastest phones on the market. With stock android 4.4 this will be even better. How could you pass that up if your into a pure Google experience? Next time think before you bash because you're better off bashing your head instead!

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 07:58

134. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)

Bigger screen/resolution doesn't matter 5" at 1080p is overkill as it is.
My nexus 4 has never hit 2GB of ram and I have tried to make it, more ram is not a requirement on android right now but it is nice to have.
Nobody knows how good the camera is so just wait. It can't possibly be worse than the HTC One or Nexus 4.
microsd + removeable will never happen on a nexus.

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 11:32

77. jeevan28111992 (Posts: 23; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)

If Google is really trying to concentrate on usability features of the android then why are they allowing the nexus to run on quad-cores instead of Dual-cores??? Granted that stock Android works perfectly on Dual Cores and it's Other OEM's Making the nexus 5...then why Dual cores on MOTO X & Droid line-up???

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 11:49

78. LandLockedPH (Posts: 9; Member since: 01 Jul 2011)

Here I am... STUCK on Verizon still. :(

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 12:00 1

79. valapsp (Posts: 557; Member since: 12 Aug 2011)

Yo Google stop calling it nexus 4 2013 (not much of a big deal)
don't just put that shi#ty 2300mAh battery inside (A VERY BIG DEAL)
almost everyone expected a radical change with the kit Kat (A VERY BIG DEAL)

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 12:13

80. bwphotoguy (Posts: 18; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)

Will it have a removable battery? I hope so. I won't buy a phone that doesn't!

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 12:52

81. Saamic (Posts: 119; Member since: 20 Feb 2012)

If this thing has a screen that matches the g2 and a camera that matches the z1, it's upgrade time for me

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 12:57

82. ChrisG (Posts: 38; Member since: 22 Aug 2012)

Best news in this article, at least for me: LTE support for *Verizon*. Woo! Mind you, that probably means the Verizon Nexus 5 will be months behind every other Nexus 5 when it comes to updates, but I'm okay with that, since I plan to root it/flash CyanogenMod anyway. :-)

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 14:28

92. lifeyourlive (Posts: 126; Member since: 23 Aug 2013)

5" full hd display, quadcore processor, LTE and all that with 2300mAh? It will not survive the bootanimation without dropping 10% of the battery charge

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 19:17

99. Ubi2447 (Posts: 131; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)

Don't get your hopes up. This is the second [PA] article which says Verizon bands but in the first article they contradict them selves. Other than this article and the [other] one that PA has made, there has only been leakes of Verizon NOT getting the device. I'm bummed about this and pretty confused about PA's claims. I'm not holding my breath and have already started hoping that the new LG or Samsung devices with curved displays are interesting. If not Galaxy S5 or 'Galaxy F' series

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 15:33 1

94. mxyzptlk73 (Posts: 4; Member since: 03 Oct 2013)

A few questions; 1. Where do you guys work where as though you're on your phone the whole time? Do you ever get any work done?

2. Who stays up for 24 hours straight everyday? You can put your phone on the charger while you're sleep, unless you just walk in and drop on the bed without doing anything else.

Personally, I only need actually 8 hours of battery life while at work, anything after that, I can put it in the charger. So not having a big battery is not a deal breaker.

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 19:11

98. Ubi2447 (Posts: 131; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)

This is the SECOND article from PhoneArena that has said the Nexus5 Verizon bands. In one of those it contradicts it's self. I have yet to see any other evidence of it coming to Verizon. I don't know if they know something others don't or one or more of PA's editors is ill informed. I would give my left nut to have this device on Verizon (even with Verizon's SH*TTY support).

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 20:16

100. victory_zhou (Posts: 40; Member since: 03 Oct 2013)

Actually u may not need to worry about the battery, the android 4.3 can choose to close some background apps so the battery will not drain so fast or you can root or use the third party app to extend battery life

posted on 04 Oct 2013, 16:01 1

102. ChafedBanana (Posts: 381; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)

Only a 2300 mah battery? Why sub-par on one of the most important specs?

posted on 05 Oct 2013, 22:28

105. poping (unregistered)

super thin bezels... wow!
pls include...
1. envelope tracker for battery efficiency and avoid overheating.
2. nice audio... similar to wolfson audio...

pls... pls...pls...

posted on 07 Oct 2013, 00:42

109. phissith (Posts: 19; Member since: 22 Feb 2013)

If Nexus 5 is too much of a downgrade from LG G2, I don't..think I can wait for it. Already ordered Samsung Note 8.0. I might have to use it as a phone with smart watch from Kickstarter to hold me till S5, lol.

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 13:39

111. LuizFernando16 (Posts: 1; Member since: 08 Oct 2013)

I want this smartphone

posted on 10 Oct 2013, 16:16

112. Augustine (Posts: 1043; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)

While quad-band GSM and penta-band UMTS made a phone truly global, with LTE it's more complicated. Basically there are so many LTE bands around the globe that it's impractical to have a truly global LTE phone. However, there are some bands that are vastly more common than others.

In the Americas, the 700 and 1700MHz bands are more prevalent, while in Europe the 800MHz band is pretty common, though 1800 and 2600MHz are also common there and in many other countries. So, for an almost global LTE phone, these five bands (700, 800, 1700, 1800, 2600) should work in most countries, though likely not with all carriers.

When I read here that the Nexus 5 would support the major American carriers (700, 1700, 1900MHz), I hope that the most widely used bands at 1800 and 2600MHz are also supported, otherwise the Nexus 5 would fail to be a global 4G phone, since being a global 3G phone was a major feature of the Nexus 4.

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 11:14

179. Augustine (Posts: 1043; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)

I'm disappointed that the Nexus 5 is not a global LTE phone, but rather continent-specific. The version sold in the US supports LTE primarily in the US and Canada, period. The bands supported are 700, 850, 1700, 1900, 2100 and 2500TD MHz, missing the important 1800 and 2600MHz bands. The support of the bands of 850 and 2100MHz is puzzling because, though common in Asia, they're not as common as 1800 and 2600MHz there. I suspect that adding Sprint's 2500TD MHz spoiled the pot.

For comparison, the iPhone 5c/5s sold in the US support 700, 800, 800TD, 850, 900, 1700, 1800, 1900 and 2100MHz. It's missing 2600MHz, but it adds 800MHz, common in Europe.

However, it's still a fine global UMTS phone at 800, 850, 900, 1700, 1900 and 2100MHz. With HSPA+ at 42Mbps, LTE might not be missed, especially for a few days abroad.

posted on 12 Oct 2013, 13:48 1

115. shahrooz (Posts: 742; Member since: 17 Sep 2013)

release the god damn phone already, I want it in my pocket NAOW

posted on 13 Oct 2013, 02:15

116. nando2do (Posts: 53; Member since: 10 Nov 2011)

i hope google and lg have plenty facturing this time, cause i dont i will have money at the time it launches

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 04:44

118. TediT (Posts: 41; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)

I'm f***ing ready! Bring it on Google

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 04:50 2

120. Mizraab (Posts: 26; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)

two things i dont like

Battery = 2300mAh (should have been atleast 3000mAh)
No SDCard option

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 09:11

135. marbovo (Posts: 658; Member since: 16 May 2013)

I don´t know if anybody noticed that, but the google search bar appears to be integrated in the notification bar which is transparent now

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 09:48

137. Android4Ever (Posts: 86; Member since: 12 Aug 2013)

I was pretty much sold until I found out that the battery is a tiny 2300mAh battery and its not removable. Oh well, ill wait for the Galaxy S5 or SJ or SF next year. Pretty solid phone for the most part but removable battery is a must for my lifestyle. It looks like its me and my trusty S4 until Q1 2014...

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 10:23

138. Alexgee (Posts: 2; Member since: 18 Oct 2013)

Okay can someone explain to me why is this phone 350 $ with the specs of a 700 $ phone? 5" screen 443ppi(galaxy s4) snapdragon 800 (galaxy note 3) (2.3ghz) & 2gb of ram (lg g2) and it will be the first device with android (kit kat 4.4). Im a current samsung s3 user and i beleive it time to move to a newer model. I love the specs of this one but the price is just not making me be go 100% on it.

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 11:20 1

139. dorianb (Posts: 599; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)

From an aesthetics standpoint I think the Nexus 5 is the most attractive of the last three in the series.

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 11:21

140. krzysiek100 (Posts: 8; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


posted on 18 Oct 2013, 11:41

141. sergiobr (Posts: 709; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)

Jus waiting for good camera samples to buy it.

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 11:48

142. freebee269 (Posts: 539; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)

i hope this 8mp ois camera isnt as bad at low light shots and low light videos as lg g2 is. i was disappointed with lg g2's low light capability, especially videos in low light. they are not good at all. hopefully the nexus 5 does better. but i doubt it will since it's an 8mp camera and the lg g2 is 13mp. but i'm keeping my hopes up. no sd card slot on nexus 5 is a negative to me also, especially if you get the 8gb version.

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 18:36

143. Allfonefan (Posts: 4; Member since: 06 Sep 2013)

Would love to get a nexus to ensure getting those speedy android updates but I gotta wait on the battery tests.

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 22:26

144. mgtico (Posts: 1; Member since: 18 Oct 2013)

I feel like if I'm going to spend over $300 I would just buy the note 3

posted on 20 Oct 2013, 07:00

147. victory_zhou (Posts: 40; Member since: 03 Oct 2013)

Hold on guys, what if there is another extra battery (maybe smaller size but at least 1500mah) in the pack? Then total will be 4000mah. I remember samsung has once done this and that phone's sale was very good. Well hope so.

posted on 21 Oct 2013, 07:21

148. Adana (Posts: 6; Member since: 15 Oct 2013)

I´m really excited about Nexus 5, especially because it comes with Android 4.4 KitKat. Can´t wait to try it :)

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 04:35

149. shahrooz (Posts: 742; Member since: 17 Sep 2013)

OH MY GOD GIVE ME MY NEXU5 ALREADY!!! why are you letting nokia and apple pollute my mind just announce it and release it then I will be done with mobile phones for some time...

posted on 28 Oct 2013, 08:46

153. E.S.1 (Posts: 297; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)

Still, my only concern is the battery. I guess we will see soon.

posted on 28 Oct 2013, 09:16

155. seanjohnusa91 (Posts: 31; Member since: 01 Nov 2011)

I just want this phone to come out for Verizon and not 6 months later...

posted on 28 Oct 2013, 09:20

156. sonisoe (Posts: 411; Member since: 06 May 2009)

2300 mah battery is a no no.... am skipping this device...

posted on 28 Oct 2013, 09:40

157. siraj989 (Posts: 17; Member since: 27 Oct 2013)

Let them release it quickly because I am really sick and tired of waiting.

posted on 28 Oct 2013, 09:59

159. GrapeEyes (Posts: 248; Member since: 01 Sep 2013)

I am so disgusted with Google!!!

Even if the Nexus 5 was sold off contract for $99 I would not buy it, why, well a 2300mah, 16GB internal storage with no external storage and the crappy kitkat 4. whatever!!. What are Google playing at?

Android phones are a joke!! Give it 6 years and Android will just have 2% market share.

Windows phones will rule 92% of the market by 2019.

R.I.Pooh Android!!!!

posted on 28 Oct 2013, 10:07

160. JDogg5281 (Posts: 64; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)

Windows phones...92%??? So by 2019 there will be 2 percent Android and 8 percent Iphone....not going to happen

posted on 28 Oct 2013, 10:24

163. bnick25 (Posts: 38; Member since: 05 May 2013)

Small battery yo keep the price down how about a way bigger battery and add 50 bucks to the deal,makes way more sense.sometimes you wondervwhat companies are thinking, dont give too much now so you have nothing to improve on next year

posted on 28 Oct 2013, 12:38

164. Esteban4u (Posts: 66; Member since: 15 Oct 2013)

As we get closer to the 31st, I expect we'll see more leaks. I just wished Google made an announcement of the unveiling date already. There may not be any more surprises left in store for us by the time they unveil this bad boy. I'm also mentally preparing myself to disconnect from Verizon's matrix of carrier control. The grandfathered unlimited data was great but there's no guarantee I would have it for that much longer anyways. My old GNex, poor thing that never got updates on time and still doesn't have 4.3 (officially), will be able to pass the rest of it's useful years as a media streaming device. It will always have a special place as my first Android device.

posted on 29 Oct 2013, 03:58

166. Kiiro (Posts: 7; Member since: 05 Sep 2013)

Looking good! I'm happy with my Galaxy S4, but changing the 13 MP camera for a beefier chipset is a trade I would not mind to do. Also, the stock android will take better advantage of all that power.
Any word on memory expansion through external memory?

posted on 29 Oct 2013, 16:10

167. phissith (Posts: 19; Member since: 22 Feb 2013)

If you get 32gb version its more than 2300mAh, right?

posted on 29 Oct 2013, 17:34

169. Zeeya (Posts: 308; Member since: 17 Mar 2013)

BlackBerry Z30 Rocks! :D

posted on 03 Feb 2014, 12:18

180. COZMAN (Posts: 99; Member since: 28 Nov 2013)

Had this phone. Horrible washed out screen. G2 blew it away as did even the MOTO X. Iphone 5, Note 3. Was not impressed by NEXUS and Google shuld have stayed focused on MOTOROLA instead of selling them in bankruptcy. Lenovo? LOL. The N5 was also to light. Felt cheap. Sold it.

posted on 04 Feb 2014, 07:18

181. munkyBeatz (Posts: 4; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)

Kinda funny since the G2 is the same phone pretty much. I think my Nexus 5 is great. Plus you've got to remember the price point, much cheaper for this phone.

posted on 05 Feb 2014, 17:31

182. Esteban4u (Posts: 66; Member since: 15 Oct 2013)

I totally agree. The N5 is awesome. Its also fast and free of all the samsung touchwiz crap and HTC non-sense. As nice as the touchless and other features the Moto X has as they are, those features are now known to drain its battery before a whole day has passes.

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