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

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