Nexus 5 is here: available today on Google Play

Nexus 5 is here: available today on Google Play
The Nexus 5 is finally here. After countless rumors and leaks, Google has finally officially unveiled the new member of the Nexus family and it comes with a 5-inch 1080p display, top-shelf specs and the latest Android 4.4 KitKat. 

Plus, it features an ambitious optical-image stabilized camera that aims to deliver ‘unmatched’ dim light performance.

You can buy the Nexus 5 on Google Play starting from $349.99 right now (Google Play link)

Design and display

The Nexus 5 looks are not a surprise. The new Nexus is made out of plastic and it's lightweight and thin, boasting a huge vertical Nexus logo on its back and a large camera eye. 

It comes in two colors from the start - you can pick between black and white. Most prominent on the front is the very sharp 5-inch display with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels. That’s as sharp as flagship smartphones get. The display uses in-cell touch, a fancy name for a technology that integrates the part of the screen that registers touch with the actual LCD. This eliminates reflections and makes the screen much easier to read outdoors.

Under the hood

Under the hood, the Nexus 5 features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 system chip with Adreno 320 graphics and 2GB of RAM. This is the exact same chip that powers the latest cream of the crop smartphones from Samsung, Sony and LG. We have seen the leaked benchmarks earlier and we have no reason to believe it will perform any worse than those flagships.

The handset will be available with 16GB and 32GB of built-in storage. There is no card slot to expand that.


We’re excited to see Google pay special attention to the camera on the Nexus 5. Earlier Nexus phones featured lackluster cameras, something that Google promises to change with this device. The main camera is an 8-megapixel one with a single LED flash and it features optical image stabilization (OIS) that is said to contribute for the ‘unmatched’ dim light performance of the Nexus 5. Google promises less blur and noise in Nexus 5 images, and we’re eager to put those claims to the test. Interestingly, the new Nexus uses the exact same OIS tech that is found on LG’s latest flagship, the G2, and we found it worked very well there. The handset also features an improved HDR+ mode that captures a series of images and enhances them.

Android 4.4 KitKat

Android 4.4 KitKat makes a debut on the Nexus 5. The new version of Google’s mobile operating system brings huge optimizations to the way memory is utilized and introduces new camera features like ‘auto-awesome’ images and movies, a compilation that the phone automatically creates using what’s on your camera roll. As with every Nexus, this one is expected to be first on the line for new updates as well.


The Nexus 5 comes with a 2300mAh battery. We have definitely seen larger battery packs on similarly sized smartphones, so we don’t expect the Nexus 5 to last more than the average smartphone. One cool feature that the phone has inherited from last year’s Nexus 4 is wireless charging.

Release date, price and carriers

Best of all, the Nexus 5 release date is imminent. The handset is going on sale today online on the Google Play store in United States, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, U.K., Australia, Korea and Japan. Countries in Europe, Central/South Americas, Asia, CIS and the Middle East will get it in mid-November on other retailers. In the United States, the Nexus 5 will be available on Sprint, T-Mobile, Amazon, Best Buy and RadioShack. It will not be available on Verizon Wireless and question remains open whether AT&T will offer it. 

To buy the phone on Google Play you don’t need to sign a contract and the price is $349 for the 16GB Nexus 5 and $399 for the 32GB model.

Nexus 5 specs

Display 4.95-inch Full HD display, 445 ppi
Dimensions137.84 x 69.17 x 8.59 mm (5.42 x 2.72 x 0.34 inches)
Processor2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 (MSM8974)
GPUAdreno 330
Internal Storage 16GB or 32GB
Camera 8MP auto-focus camera with OIS
Front Camera1.3MP
Sensorsaccelerometer, magnetometer, gyroscope, proximity, light, barometer, orientation
Battery2300mAh with support for wireless charging
OtherMultiple LTE bands - support for Sprint and T-Mobile; Pentaband HSPA+ (works across the globe), NFC, Nexus 7-like design, ceramic physical buttons

Related phones

Nexus 5
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Quad-core, 2260 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 2300 mAh(17h talk time)



1. megaLK

Posts: 8; Member since: Sep 29, 2013


32. Tommy1960i

Posts: 144; Member since: Oct 11, 2013

A nice phone And a good price To Nexus Hello To iPhone goodbye No more problems Now things are clear We are out of trouble The Nexus is here!

42. AceStorm1249

Posts: 14; Member since: Feb 16, 2013

u probably made that up on october 24 :P

2. Gulenkov

Posts: 50; Member since: May 15, 2013

Woooooow! When do we get an update for our older nexus devices?

43. Wiki_jaan

Posts: 704; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

GN is done..... not getting 4.4 but n4,n7,n7(13),n10 and GNe r getting 4.4

3. Jklaz

Posts: 159; Member since: Jul 01, 2013

Was there even an announcement???

4. kalloud

Posts: 155; Member since: Jun 21, 2012

alhamdulileh! FINALLY!!!

5. Takeharu

Posts: 286; Member since: Oct 28, 2013


6. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

Honestly... It's quite ugly. The attractive here is the price really.

7. greenmunky

Posts: 13; Member since: Oct 08, 2013

So.... the question still remains.... is it Verizon compatable?

8. Jklaz

Posts: 159; Member since: Jul 01, 2013

The verge says no (I googled nexus 5 Verizon lol)

9. Sakeem

Posts: 862; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

This is what is keeping me from pulling the trigger right now.

10. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

That was sudden O.o

11. McJobs

Posts: 107; Member since: Jul 08, 2012

Nexus 5 ~ $349 > iPhone 5S ~ $649

12. GrapeEyes

Posts: 248; Member since: Sep 01, 2013

Don't buy the Nexus 5. It has an awful battery and pathetic camera. You have been warned!!!!

13. Sakeem

Posts: 862; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

What do you suggest?

19. GrapeEyes

Posts: 248; Member since: Sep 01, 2013

If you only want android, then get either the LG G2 or wait one week and get the LG Flex with an amazing battery, specs and 6 inch screen. I am waiting for the Lumia 1520. But that is just my preferrence.

44. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

While the G2 is a nice phone, other than the knock feature most critics are panning it for all the extra software overlay. It is very possible that with a stock build of Android, that the battery will be just fine without all the extra BS LG has loaded on it. As far as the camera who's to say it's not going to be as good as the G2? The main difference is price, and $600 for a G2 vs $400 for a Nexus5 with comparable storage is a big difference. On top of that, there are updates to consider, which LG is horrible at doing with their non-Nexus devices. As far as the Flex that isn't out and hasn't been reviewed yet, so it's a little early to consider it a better alternative. How about wait until all three are out and then make an educated comparison before claiming which is better than the other.

15. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Everyone completely ignore this guy. You have been advised!

21. GrapeEyes

Posts: 248; Member since: Sep 01, 2013

Why ignore, my friends brother is a manager at one of the Carphone Warehouse stores. He tested one on Wednesday and in less than 24hrs he had enough of it. He said the battery was awful and the camera was a joke. You can buy a 1000 Nexus 5's if you want. But you will regret it. If your an android lover, your better off buying the LG G2 or LG Flex

18. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

And you know this how?

30. Reality_Check

Posts: 277; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Troll much? -_-

38. wilsong17 unregistered

you dont even own the phone douchbag

14. cse.vicky unregistered

From the home screen, say “Ok Google” to start a voice search, get directions or play a song.

16. improv

Posts: 96; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

I just purchased a 32gb in black! So excited!! :) CAN IT ARRIVE ANY SOONER!? Looks like shipping times are getting slower by the minute!

23. SellPhones82

Posts: 569; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

What did it say when you placed it? Said 1-2 days for mine and did 2 day shipping. Hope to get it next week. Now to get my GS3 on Swappa!

25. improv

Posts: 96; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

I purchased mine at 11:03 am (had to make sure I had enough money in my bank account, lol) and the page currently says that it'll ship in 1-2 business days. The status on the "My orders" page says that it'll leave by Nov. 5. I didn't see anything about choosing a quicker shipping so I just went with the normal shipping. I hope to get it next week too! I'm not sure what to do with my iPhone 5s that'll arrive by December... (It looks like the 16gb black version is now out of stock :P)

34. SellPhones82

Posts: 569; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Yep, I get the same "Ship By Nov 5th", hopefully that means it could ship sooner! My order time was 2:18 EST since I was a good and ran it by the wife first! Sell the iPhone when you get it or cancel the can might be a ble to make a profit selling it if ship time is a month and a half.

17. gauravbhakuni90

Posts: 28; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

Hello, can somebody tell me if nexus devices support usb otg ????? thanks.

20. SellPhones82

Posts: 569; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Order placed! 16GB White!

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