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

Nexus 5 round-up: 5 awesome new features, release date, price, specs and all we know so far
The Nexus 5 is now available! Read about everything there is to know about the Nexus 5 here.

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.

Google has let it slip just recently, "accidentally" posting the Nexus 5 on its Play store with a very official press image and more details, so we know almost everything about the upcoming device. Let's take a look.

1. 8-megapixel OIS camera with Sony sensor


Camera sample shot on a different device with the same Sony sensor as in Nexus 5

Camera sample shot on a different device with the same Sony sensor as in Nexus 5

The camera always was one of the weakest parts of a Nexus device. The new Nexus 5 will likely fix that as Google briefly posted the device on its Play store with the following tagline: "Capture the everyday and the epic in fresh new ways." This obvious reference to the camera makes us think the company might have a secret ace or two up its sleeve, but here is what we know almost certainly for the Nexus 5.

The rumor about the new Nexus 5 getting a MEMS camera has crashed into the ground, after the device's service manual revealed the Sony sensor it uses will actually be put in use in an 8-megapixel auto-focus camera. Good news is that this 8-megapixel camera will support optical image stabilization giving it an edge in video recording and low light image capturing.

In terms of the actual numbers, the Nexus 5 camera should come with an aperture of f/2.4 and the sensor size will not be very large (1/3.2"), and instead the sensor will be more or less on par with other Android smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One.

2. Android 4.4 KitKat will make a debut


Nexus 5 round-up: 5 awesome new features, release date, price, specs and all we know so far
The Nexus 5 is the perfect device for stock Android lovers since it will be the first one to launch with the newest Android 4.4 KitKat, and is likely to be in the frontlines for updates in the next two years or so.

But what will the new version of Google’s platform be? Android 4.4 KitKat new features will include a slightly reworked looks with flatter icons, but the bigger change should happen under the hood. Google is expected to bring huge optimizations and possibly make 4.4 available to lower-end and legacy devices. The company might release it with a new better-optimized kernel that will smoother performance for devices with less RAM.

3. More compact than Nexus 4, very tiny screen bezel


Good news is that the Nexus 5 will have the largest screen on a Nexus phone ever at nearly 5 inches. The screen is expected to be sharper, with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels, and with on-screen buttons, just like on its predecessor.

Yet, despite the larger display, the Nexus 5 will be a bit more compact than the 4.7” Nexus 4. The slight difference in size comes from the narrowed down side screen bezels that are almost non-existent now. And looking at its actual size, the Nexus 5 will be a hair narrower and a bit more comfortable for single handed use.

4. Top notch hardware - Snapdragon 800 and Adreno 330


This year again, Google will not seek compromises with what's under the hood. The Nexus 5 will have the latest Snapdragon 800 quad-core chip, 2GB of RAM and Adreno 330 graphics. That’s pretty much as powerful as smartphones get today, definitely on par with the latest Android flagships like the Sony Xperia Z1 and LG G2, and definitely a more potent performance package than what the Galaxy S4 offers.

Nexus 5 round-up: 5 awesome new features, release date, price, specs and all we know so far
Digging further down, we find that the processor cores are clocked at up to 2.3GHz, and the Adreno 330 graphics deliver astounding results, proven by the leaked benchmark test results on the right. The Nexus 5 will thus be a great device for gaming, easily on par with its latest rivals, and beating all else. We have provided you with the first Nexus 5 benchmarks in the slideshow right at the bottom of this article.

5. Wireless charging and a 2300mAh battery


So far, the Nexus 5 has all it takes to please even the most demanding geeks out there. One area where it might not completely live up to some people’s expectations is battery. The Nexus 5 should arrive with a 2300mAh battery. That’s definitely good, but it’s not stretching any limits. We’re yet to see the actual longevity of the device, so we’ll abstain from saying whether that’s a small or large battery.

Good news is the Nexus 5 will keep the tradition started last year, and also support wireless charging via the Qi standard. Wireless charging is a convenient and easy way to juice up your devices without having to deal with wires, plus with Qi support you can pick among various offered chargers.

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


Display: 4.95-inch Full HD display, 442 ppi (potentially 4.97-inch)
Dimensions: 137.84 mm x 69.17 mm x 8.59mm
Processor: 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 (MSM8974)
GPU: Adreno 330
RAM: 2GB
Internal Storage: 16GB/32GB
Camera (rear): 8MP auto-focus camera with OIS
Camera (front): 1.3MP
Sensors: accelerometer, magnetometer, gyroscope, proximity, light, barometer, orientation
Battery: 2300mAh with support for wireless charging
Other: Multiple LTE bands - support for Verizon (not confirmed), AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile; Pentaband HSPA+ (works across the globe), NFC
Nexus 7-like design, ceramic physical buttons

Nexus 5 release date and price


The Nexus 5 release date is allegedly set for the last week of October and the latest teasers point to the end of October/beginning of November for the announcement date. We've lastly heard the dates October 31st for the announcement and release date, so there's definitely a lot of smoke and there must be fire.

Best of all, Google is expected to keep the extremely low price of its Nexus smartphone line and the Nexus 5 will cost $350 off contract. This is the price for the basic 16GB model in black, and black will likely be the only color available at launch. That's nearly "half the price" of other flagships like the iPhone 5s, and just as earlier rumors promised.

With only a few days until its goes official, we’re very excited about the Nexus 5. Are you? If so, we only hope, Google’s Play store works better this time, a lot of people might end up clicking on the Buy button.


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posted on 13 Sep 2013, 08:50 13

1. amiaq (Posts: 321; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)


what about that guy...get him to spill the bean

posted on 13 Sep 2013, 12:26 6

35. kanagadeepan (Posts: 590; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)


Now that guy is more famous only behind Eric and Larry in Google...

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 11:02 12

72. rodneyej1 (Posts: 2873; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


My new Nokia Lumia 1520 is going to have better specs than this.. How is this innovative❔... Looks like Windows Phone can't be called the devices with 2 year old specs anymore, and the 1520 is the first device to actually surpass a Android device in terms of raw specs, and innovation.. My Lumia 920 has more innovation than this Nexus..
I'm sticking with Windows Phone....

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 11:11 55

73. vandroid (Posts: 243; Member since: 04 Sep 2012)


The 1520 doesn't exist and you're already saying it surpasses an android device? You're retarded

posted on 24 Oct 2013, 15:48 1

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


Now it exists and it looks like the bedt phone ever made, ever... except that OS :D

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 10:35

173. shreyas.s666 (Posts: 80; Member since: 24 Aug 2012)


1520 Lumia exists. And nexus 5 don't.

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 11:17 34

74. wrm2013 (Posts: 121; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


No nexus phone ever had top of the line specs. Why are you so disappointed this doesn't either? All this for 300$ off contract is a great deal. Stop crying

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 09:13

136. 123Andy (Posts: 7; Member since: 25 Jun 2013)


If it's as fast as the Nexus 4 , loads more features, then I will be getting it, hopefully, before the month is out.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 10:57

176. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 5637; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Exactly Google wants to build a phone for consumers to afford WITH A PURE GOOGLE EXPERIENCE W/KITKAT on board.

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 11:17 27

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


The day you get banned will be my day.

posted on 05 Oct 2013, 11:58 10

104. jimgeo (Posts: 1; Member since: 05 Oct 2013)


stfu, Windows Phone OS is a piece of crap, the 1520 doesn't even EXIST, and the 920's specs aren't close to the Nexus 5's. WTF do you mean "innovation", Nokia never "innovates", they have 2 periods, old, tough, crap phones, and then (still crappy) windows smartphones, which (the smartphones) are ALL THE SAME. Windows phone can't (and wont) ever pass Android. Take a look at what you post before you post it.

posted on 07 Oct 2013, 00:27 8

107. phissith (Posts: 14; Member since: 22 Feb 2013)


That's not quite true, Nokia have their camera but not much else. I had Window phone before I start using Android. Live tiles is just gimmick after a while you hardly ever use it....much. Nokia map is nice but Google map destroy it.

posted on 20 Oct 2013, 06:09 9

146. Leo_MC (Posts: 394; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)


You must have never used Nokia Maps...

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 10:38

174. shreyas.s666 (Posts: 80; Member since: 24 Aug 2012)


Windows phone live tiles are gimmick?? I agree with windows phone still needs to improve. But you're just a fan boy. Every os has its pros and cons. You don't have to bash any os.

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 04:45 9

119. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3649; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Wait, what?

First of all, neither devices are even out yet. Second, even if we go based on specs, they are identical (Snapdragon 800, 1080p display, 2 GB RAM), except the 1520 has a larger display. Third, how the hell is the 1520 innovative? Nothing is different from other Lumia models except the specs and the display. Lastly, your Lumia 920 runs a OS in it's infancy and has such outdated specs comparatively that it shouldn't even be compared to the Nexus 5. The ONLY things good about Lumia devices that is specific to them are their camera and build quality, everything else is mediocre.

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 07:36 1

123. Shatter (Posts: 1766; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Nokia should of ditched Microsoft a long time ago and just made windows phones. Now there is no chance and Microsoft will kill Nokia off with a series of bad devices.

posted on 28 Oct 2013, 10:12

161. gregarytjoy (Posts: 4; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


frnd can u suggest a good phone my budget is 15k to 21k. and my needs is good camera,powerful processing speed and good display clarity

posted on 28 Oct 2013, 10:12

162. gregarytjoy (Posts: 4; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


frnd can u suggest a good phone my budget is 15k to 21k. and my needs is good camera,powerful processing speed and good display clarity

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 07:51

131. LoveHater (Posts: 61; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)


What ever makes u happy in your dream

posted on 27 Oct 2013, 16:25 2

152. DoritoPro (Posts: 3; Member since: 27 Oct 2013)


Lol, since when is a quadcore 2.2Ghz better than a 2.3?
Also, since the first lumia, thendesign hasn't changed AT ALL.
Also, the Nexus costs less than $300 while the lumia costs over $700.
So I don't think you know what you're talking about.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 10:40

175. shreyas.s666 (Posts: 80; Member since: 24 Aug 2012)


Nexus 5 is still in rumor mill. And how can u confirm the price?

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 14:27

178. DoritoPro (Posts: 3; Member since: 27 Oct 2013)


When there was a leak in the playstore, the 16gb model would cost around $269.

posted on 28 Oct 2013, 09:15

154. PBXtech (Posts: 623; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)


Even being a Nexus it'll sell more than the carrier exclusive, WP 1520.

posted on 28 Oct 2013, 09:44 2

158. nvrhde (Posts: 64; Member since: 10 Nov 2012)


Good for you , please stick with your WP phone and if you don't mind don't bother to comment in Android related articles

posted on 29 Oct 2013, 17:30 2

168. Zeeya (Posts: 76; Member since: 17 Mar 2013)


windows phone... how cute :)

posted on 30 Oct 2013, 10:36

170. qjphone (Posts: 11; Member since: 11 Mar 2013)


true your correct in regards to the Nokia Lumia 1520 but it took em a while to catch up. The 1520 is the first windows whone since HTC HD2 to not suck ballz or catch my attention. They should have put that 41 MP cam in the 1520 instead damn shame owell.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 05:31

172. eldyagustius (Posts: 44; Member since: 30 Oct 2013)


yeah no doubt the Lumia 1520 will have a great spec as the nexus 5. But I'll ask you "WHAT FOR?" Quad core snapdragon 2.3 GHz with Adreno 330 only for playing Temple Run or other classy games?

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 14:24

177. DoritoPro (Posts: 3; Member since: 27 Oct 2013)


Well, you got to admit, under $300 is very cheap for a phone this good, and we might not need it YET, but most people just want to be on the top of AnTuTu.

posted on 13 Sep 2013, 08:52

2. mclifford81 (Posts: 65; Member since: 26 Jan 2010)


What about the ram?

posted on 13 Sep 2013, 08:55 10

3. boosook (Posts: 770; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


Will be enough.

posted on 13 Sep 2013, 09:00 31

5. jaytai0106 (Posts: 822; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


You are worrying about the ram? I'm more worrying about battery... near 5 inch screen backed up by a 2300mAh isn't really enough in my view. Especially when I'm out in the field... that would only last for 2 hrs of use...

posted on 13 Sep 2013, 09:28 10

17. _Bone_ (Posts: 2061; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


RAM is the most underrated phone component, cheap ones can ruin a phone never mind capacity. The Nexus 5 needs 2 gigs of fast and reliable Samsung DDR3 RAM, which is unconfirmed, which is why the posted asked about it.

posted on 13 Sep 2013, 11:15 15

31. jaytai0106 (Posts: 822; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


I understand the importance of the RAM, but the late flagship is 2 GB and the Nexus 4 has that already. So i'm not worrying about the RAM size. It needs about 3000 mAh for me to stay

posted on 13 Sep 2013, 12:29 3

36. kanagadeepan (Posts: 590; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)


Yes... Atleast that tiny 2300mAh battery (for a 5" HD screen on snapdragon 800) should NOT be locked like in Nexus4...

posted on 28 Sep 2013, 17:36 6

62. sckortyman (Posts: 22; Member since: 19 Sep 2013)


you guys got to remember that the screen is probably going to be more power efficient, the snapdragon 800 is MORE power effiecient that the s4 pro, and that kit kat will likely bring some battery improvements too. Combine these factors and you should be getting at least an hour more of screen on time the the n4. Not great but should be enough to get you through a day. For me that is enough.

posted on 30 Sep 2013, 08:16 3

65. jaytai0106 (Posts: 822; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


Yeah for an everyday usage might be enough. But when i'm out in the field, I used my phone to record location. My phone could die as soon as 2 hours... And sometime I need to be out there more than 6 hours.... Just enough isn't enough... More is always better.

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 10:56 5

71. improv (Posts: 92; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


Though I understand your desire for a larger battery, you do have to realize that you're not representative of the average intended audience of this phone. Most users aren't likely to be out on the field, tracking their location constantly, so it wouldn't make sense to sacrifice hardware space and price to suit the extreme user. Most likely, the average user will be checking their Facebook or playing games at work or at home, where they will likely have access to a charger.

If it's really a problem for you though then I would consider a battery pack or case, which adds bulk but you may deem it necessary.

posted on 04 Oct 2013, 06:58

101. jaytai0106 (Posts: 822; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


Yes I understand... if you want to bring up average users then you will probably know most of them are probably just switched over in the past year or two. That means they went from a phone can last them about 3-5 days to lets say... 10 hrs? That's pretty hard adjustment, don't you think?

posted on 25 Oct 2013, 23:01 1

151. mattkl (Posts: 137; Member since: 01 Feb 2010)


My Droid Maxx lasts all day in any field.

No one held a gun to your head and made you switch from a non smartphone to a power hungry smartphone. So if the adjustment is too hard for you or you don't research phones enough (Droid Maxx) then maybe you should go back to your flip phone or old Blackberry.

posted on 30 Oct 2013, 13:50

171. jaytai0106 (Posts: 822; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


I understand no one is holding a gun to my head to have me switch. However, I have been using smartphone for a while now (almost 5 yrs now). It's hard to switch back to a regular cellphone. Battery life has always been my 1st concern. I always have done my research before I get a phone. However, being on AT&T I don't have Droid Maxx to choose from.

I went from
BB Storm 2 (Verizon) to
Motorola Atrix (AT&T) to
HTC One X (AT&T) to
LG Nexus 4 (AT&T) (Current)

Only reason I went from Verizon to AT&T was bc I had no signal at apartment I used to live. Now, my contract is going to be up beginning of the next year, I will watch out for a phone with great battery life. I really don't think I'm going back to Verizon... Bc having 3 smartphones on the plan... it could be costly...

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 09:58 1

68. troutsy (Posts: 211; Member since: 17 Feb 2012)


The screen and processor improvements are probably offset by the addition of LTE.

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 13:57 1

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


Now, let's take the fact that i agree with you and imagine this... you have all those power efficient components and now try to imagine more how much it would last with whooping 3000mAh... or maybe 3200mAh. Google once said even before the nexus 4 that they will bring something innovative in terms of battery. I remember this news very clearly. They also said that they understand how people have to recharge the phone all the time (everyday or every second day), how uncomfortable it is. And where is that innovation now?

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 13:37 1

86. madmikepr (Posts: 68; Member since: 09 Aug 2011)


if the battery last me more than my ip5 in a Day IM SOLD :) if not i will carry my car charger anyway lol :)

posted on 07 Oct 2013, 00:28

108. phissith (Posts: 14; Member since: 22 Feb 2013)


Yeah, I echo this. I though Nexus 4 has battery problems and that is only with 720p!!

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 07:38

124. Shatter (Posts: 1766; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Energy efficiency should be better than the nexus 4.

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 04:29 1

66. Hager_Peng (Posts: 2; Member since: 02 Oct 2013)


I hope is 3G RAM

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 15:01 2

93. _PHug_ (Posts: 380; Member since: 11 Oct 2011)


If you're hoping for 3GB you better look elsewhere. Note 3 is the only 3GB phone around

posted on 05 Oct 2013, 23:45

106. Vertigo (Posts: 1; Member since: 05 Oct 2013)


Elpida LPDDR3 RAM(FA164A1PB-GD-F)

posted on 20 Oct 2013, 02:59

145. Larry_ThaGr81 (Posts: 294; Member since: 26 May 2011)


It should have at least 2GB, but what a disappointing battery capacity for a smartphone with such nice specs in all other areas.

posted on 13 Sep 2013, 08:55 5

4. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


I'm loving the design and features of this device, but I have two questions:

1. Will there be a 32 GB version? This is a showstopper for anyone like me who wants to load a large music library onto their phone.

2. Will it really be available on Verizon with updates direct from Google? The Galaxy Nexus experience soured a lot of us on the prospect of a Verizon Nexus.

If I can buy a Verizon-compatible Nexus 5 32 GB this fall for under $400, it's worth waiting for. If not, a shiny new G2 or Droid Maxx awaits me.

posted on 13 Sep 2013, 13:21 3

39. maxican16 (Posts: 361; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)


This article touts its availability on Verizon, but if you click the links claiming proof, it states the D821 was a LG G2. Color me confused. I wish it was coming to Verizon, but I won't hold my breath.

posted on 13 Sep 2013, 14:06 1

42. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


Yeah, I'll believe it when I see it. I think the Play Store will stay unlocked and while the device supports Sprint bands, I don't expect them to get it either. CDMA and unlocked Nexus devices don't mix. And with the Moto X, Droids, and G2, I don't think Verizon needs the Nexus, even if we want it.

posted on 13 Sep 2013, 16:20

46. a_merryman (Posts: 546; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)


They include all 3 LTE Bands that Sprint supports. One of which is exclusive only to Sprint (LTE on 800MHz). As well as CDMA radios that follow Sprint.

It is most certainly coming to Sprint. Hopefully Sprint users can buy it through the Play Store too....but I'm not as hopeful about this. It could be that Google made Sprint agree to certain terms (Ability to buy it on Play Store, access to all Google services...which Sprint does already, and allow updates at the same time as other nexii) to allow this device on Sprint's network. Sprint and Google usually have friendly relations (as far as corporations can be concerned).

posted on 14 Sep 2013, 00:14

51. hallucinogenius (Posts: 7; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)


I think my words just came out of your mouth

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 09:52

67. NexusPhan (Posts: 320; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


No Verizon. Sorry. Zero chance. The D821 just passed by Brazil's equivalent to the FCC (Read: the D821 is not going to be for the US market). The D820 for US markets doesn't include Verizon bands.

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 13:08

83. softfurryanus (banned) (Posts: 232; Member since: 09 Jul 2013)


Under $400 for 32 gigs? The Nexus 4's initial pricing was $349 for 16GB, IF they make a 32GB model it will be at least $400...

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 14:05

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


I dont get it why there is just this option to separate models into variants for 8GB 16GB 3GB 64GB... why isnt there option like:

2300mAh = 299$
2600mAh = 349$
2900mAh = 399$
3200mAh = 449$

?

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 18:18 9

96. Commentator (Posts: 2180; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


I'm guessing because adding extra memory doesn't affect the manufacturing process as much as adding larger batteries.

Charging for extra memory is the biggest ripoff in mobile.

posted on 10 Oct 2013, 18:56

113. jimv1983 (Posts: 21; Member since: 10 Oct 2013)


Actually, charging that much for the larger battery is a bigger ripoff than the memory. Doubling the memory from 16GB to 32GB will cost them about $10-12. The increase in battery will cost them like $4-6.

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 07:40 2

125. Shatter (Posts: 1766; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Try a couple $ more for a 3200mah battery and like $5 more for 32gb of storage.

Storage is the largest ripoff in the phone industry Apples iphone 64gb cost $200 more and only cost them ~$15 to more to make it over a 16gb 5s.

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