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Nexus 5: Google officially introduces the next best smartphone

Kris Carlon (translation)

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.

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The wait is over - the Nexus 5 is finally here. / © Google


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!

The Nexus 5 is the first device to ship with Android 4.4 KitKat / © AndroidPIT/Google/Nestle

Android 4.4

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.

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The Nexus 5. / © Google

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
Weight 130 g
Battery 2,300 mAh
SIM micro-SIM
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)

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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.

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  • Glostermeteor 11 months ago Link

    no microsd

  • Sterling Keys 11 months ago Link

    FINALLY. No more "breaking" information on the Nexus 5 a countless number of times a week!

    All joking aside, I'm going to be grabbing a Nexus 5.

  • Rui Costa 11 months ago Link

    I would love to buy one to replace my Nexus 4, but for Google Portugal doenst exist, so they dont sell there devices here :(

  • Trent Neuman 11 months ago Link

    Out of inventory already! Damn!

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    Kris Carlon 11 months ago Link

    It took 27 minutes to sell out the 30,000 units in Canada.

  • Trent Neuman 11 months ago Link

    Got one! In white though! $470 with shipping and taxes!

  • my ute 11 months ago Link

    Cool. Ordered one from Australia this morning

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    Kris Carlon 11 months ago Link

    I read somewhere that the US supply of 16 GB sold out in 33 minutes or something too. Crazy number of N5's going to be in trucks and mail bags over the coming days. Anyone up for some highway/postal robbery?

  • Iwan Firdaus 11 months ago Link

    Kapan maduk ke Indonesia ya?

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    Kris Carlon 11 months ago Link

    No idea about Indonesian availability @Iwan, sorry. But keep an eye on AndroidPIT and we'll let you know when we do.

  • Lue Vang 11 months ago Link

    That is sexy. I the only one who caught, "323 GB Model"??? lol.