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

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

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.

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.


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
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.

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. amiaq

Posts: 509; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

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

35. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1267; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

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

72. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 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....

73. vandroid

Posts: 405; Member since: Sep 04, 2012

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

150. lifeyourlive

Posts: 126; Member since: Aug 23, 2013

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

173. shreyas.s666

Posts: 83; Member since: Aug 24, 2012

1520 Lumia exists. And nexus 5 don't.

74. wrm2013

Posts: 237; Member since: Mar 28, 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

136. 123Andy

Posts: 7; Member since: Jun 25, 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.

176. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

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

75. DukeX

Posts: 327; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

The day you get banned will be my day.

104. jimgeo

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 05, 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.

107. phissith

Posts: 19; Member since: Feb 22, 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.

174. shreyas.s666

Posts: 83; Member since: Aug 24, 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.

119. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 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.

123. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 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.

161. gregarytjoy

Posts: 4; Member since: Oct 28, 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

162. gregarytjoy

Posts: 4; Member since: Oct 28, 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

131. LoveHater

Posts: 234; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

What ever makes u happy in your dream

152. DoritoPro

Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 27, 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.

175. shreyas.s666

Posts: 83; Member since: Aug 24, 2012

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

178. DoritoPro

Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 27, 2013

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

154. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

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

158. nvrhde

Posts: 77; Member since: Nov 10, 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

168. Zeeya

Posts: 331; Member since: Mar 17, 2013

windows phone... how cute :)

170. qjphone

Posts: 19; Member since: Mar 11, 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.

172. eldyagustius

Posts: 182; Member since: Oct 30, 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?

177. DoritoPro

Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 27, 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.

2. mclifford81

Posts: 90; Member since: Jan 26, 2010

What about the ram?

3. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Will be enough.

5. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 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...

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