Google has today officially launched the Nexus 5, the long-awaited successor to the immensely popular Nexus 4, which was also manufactured by LG. It is also the first smartphone to come with the latest Android version 4.4 KitKat. Here is all the most important information on the next best smartphone on the market.
The Nexus 5 differs both in the choice of materials as well as in appearance from its predecessor, the Nexus 4. The back of the device is no longer made of glass with glitter effect, but instead from rubberized polycarbonate, like the 2013 model of the Nexus 7. This should not only feel great in the hand like the Nexus 7, but it also means the new Nexus should not slip so easily on smooth surfaces. Google and LG have not omitted a head-turner though: the camera glass on the back is very large and gives the device a certain recognizability – remember it was even spotted as an icon in the camera app in Android 4.3!
One of the main highlights of the Nexus 5 is that it is the first device to run Android 4.4 KitKat. Google has made a lot of improvements on the mobile operating system in this new version, like completely revising the launcher. Other 4.4 improvements include immersion mode for full screen viewing, better dialler and multitasking. Google further refined the design of the system, adding more connectivity options, battery and memory optimizations and Hangouts was merged with the SMS app. All of the other changes can be found in our Android 4.4 KitKat features article.
The Nexus 5 is based on the LG G2 and has correspondingly generous internal components. The display measures a size of 4.95 inches and has a Full HD resolution (1,920 x 1,080 pixels). The new Google flagship is driven by a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, a quad-core processor with a clock speed of 2.3 GHz. To keep processes running smoothly there is a large 2 GB of Random Access Memory (RAM). The Nexus 5 is equipped with an internal memory capacity of either 16 or 32 GB. It also features an improved camera with HDR+ and better low-light shooting.
Overview of technical data
|Processor||Quad-core, Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 2.3 GHz|
|Display||4.95-inch, Full HD IPS TFT, 445 ppi, Corning Gorilla Glass 3|
|Inetrnal memory||16/32 GB, not expandable|
|Dimensions||137.84 x 69.17 x 8.59 mm|
|Camera||8 MP camera (rear-facing) with OIS, 1.3 MP (front-facing)|
|Connectivity||NFC, LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth v4.0|
|Android Version||Android 4.4 KitKat|
|Other Details||Qi Wireless Charging, ceramic power and volume buttons|
|Price||349 USD (16 GB model) / 399 USD (32 GB model)|
Price and Availability
The Nexus 5 is available as of right now in the Google Play Store, shipping November 4th and through retail stores at a later date. In the Play Store the Nexus 5 costs 349 USD for the 16 GB version or 399 USD for the 32 GB version.