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Nexus 5 pricing and battery sizes (that's right, plural)

Kris Carlon

How exciting, more Nexus 5 news to brighten your day if you've already managed to wade through the 281-page technical manual and need some new information on the Nexus 5. How about two really juicy tidbits like price and battery news? An anonymous tipster has informed Phone Arena that each model of the Nexus 5 will come with a different sized battery to power it, and that the pricing will indeed be as low as we had hoped.

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It looks like the Nexus 5 will be as affordable as we had hoped./ © Vovicon

There are reportedly two versions of the Nexus 5, one with 16 GB and one with 32 GB, a very nice increase from the 8 GB/16 GB versions of the Nexus 4, especially considering the lack of expandable storage. The 16 GB Nexus 5 will reportedly come with a 2,300 mAh battery (as seen in the technical manual) and will cost a ridiculously low $299 off-contract. The 32 GB model on the other hand will cram a 3,000 mAh battery into a handset that'll set you back $399 off-contract. Very good news for anyone disappointed with the Nexus 4's battery performance.

Different sized batteries for different models. / © LG/Google

While these prices are a little different to the original Nexus 4 structure, we are talking about completely different storage capacities here, amongst other improvements, and getting a 16 GB model for the same price as the 8 GB Nexus 4 is a ripper deal. The 32 GB model may be $100 more than the smaller Nexus 5 (and $50 more than last year's 16 GB Nexus 4) but you're getting double the storage capacity. And a 50% bigger battery to boot. This bigger storage combined with bigger battery idea could become a standard for differentiating models and will definitely see more people shelling out the extra cash for the more expensive version.

Be reminded that this is unconfirmed information but if it's true it's very good news for Nexus fans. Will you be dropping a few hundred on the Nexus 5?

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  • Amy R. Oct 8, 2013 Link

    WOW, I didn't realize batteries could run up THAT high.........$$$

  • Trent Neuman Oct 8, 2013 Link

    This is awesome. I'll totally be getting the 32 gb model!

  • Mladen Vuckovic Oct 8, 2013 Link

    Am delighted to hear these very very very good news ;):D;)
    Hope its true for sure.
    I`ll pick up one 16gb model for 300$, one hundred %, cant wait.

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    Kris Carlon Oct 8, 2013 Link

    The clever aspect of this, in my opinion, is that Google can now convince you to spend more money whether you want a better battery OR if more storage. To some people that much storage is unnecessary but a good battery is essential, while to others like me storage is paramount but the battery is not that important because I'm always connected to power sources. This way both of us pay for the more expensive model! But whatever your reasons may be, you still get both upgrades. Very clever, and very welcome!

  • santosh reddy Oct 9, 2013 Link

    Waiting for that

  • Noly27 Oct 10, 2013 Link

    I hope it got good speakers so you could actually hear what people saying to you because the last one sucked

  • CJ Brown Oct 21, 2013 Link

    Well, remember, this is speculative until it can be confirmed (does anyone have evidence of different models of the same smart phone offering different battery sizes compatible to the extra Gig of memory? Or, is this a first, from any Company)

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    Kris Carlon Oct 21, 2013 Link

    Well it already sounds like it won't be true (if you believe the latest rumors), but maybe the rumor was just intended to test the waters. I for one think it's a good idea and it would 1000% percent guarantee I'd buy the more expensive model. Maybe next gen Nexus...