There were a few more revelations about the Nexus 5 over the weekend. Nothing earth-shattering, but enough to be worthy of a quick mix tape. Some will make you smirk, others will make you laugh, and, sadly, at least one will make those lines in the middle of your forehead, above your nose, crinkle up. Read on, friends.
Firstly, the ''official'' packaging of the Nexus 5 appeared over at Underkg.com. The box is very much the same as the new Nexus 7 packaging and seems pretty legit looking to us. The most interesting part of the packaging is that the Nexus 5 on the box – well, the back of it anyway – is all white. There has already been a white Nexus device, and the short-lived Google Play address for the Nexus 5 specifically mentioned black in the address, hinting that there would be other options available. There's also an all white render of the Nexus 5 floating around CtechCN.com. The question is, how white will the Nexus 5 get? The funny part of this story is that the internet is now ablaze with arguments and images of inverted colored Nexus 5's.
There is now an invitation to a Google press event circulating for October 24th. The strange thing is that Geek.com are reporting that their Google sources are saying there will be no product revelations at the event, but will instead be a Google Play event only. Keep in mind that the Play Store is being updated to version 4.4 too and this makes sense, but to have an event the day after Apple's iPad reveal without announcing any products is a strange move for Google, who definitely like to steal the thunder from other product launches, as we saw with the KitKat launch video and the Nexus 5's cameo. There's a possibility that Android 4.4 KitKat might just get revealed at the event, and the demonstration will need to be done on some devices, but that's more wishful thinking than fact.
The price question has reared its ugly head again, with the 16 GB base model of the Nexus 5 appearing on the Play Store last week with the Device page stating ''Starting at $349''. This means that the rumored price point of the larger model being over $400 sounds much more likely, with or without a Nexus 4 LTE version. The $349 price tag for the 16 GB is actually the same price put on the 16 GB model of the Nexus 4 originally, so it is in fact keeping in line with the Nexus' traditional pricing structure. Nevertheless, I'm not the only one who had hoped for a continuation of the $299/$349 price line of the Nexus range.
The last sad note is that new claims state the Nexus 5 will come in two models, but that both will pack the same 2,300 mAh battery. Perhaps the initial rumor of a 3,000 mAh battery in the larger model was nothing more than a pipe dream, but it made a lot of sense. A Redditor by the name of Hunt3rj2 made the point that, if you actually read the 281-page Nexus 5 technical manual, you'd know that the Nexus 5 uses envelope tracking for the power amplifiers, whereas the LG G2, upon which the Nexus 5 is based, uses average power tracking, which is much less efficient. Combined with the smaller screen and the fact that envelope tracking can also be used for GSM/CDMA bands as well as LTE, the 2,300 mAh battery might not be so bad after all.
What do you think of these latest Nexus 5 tidbits? Good news, bad news, who-knows-what news?