Cover blown: Nexus 5 pops up on Google Play

Cover blown: Nexus 5 pops up on Google PlayIt's time to draw a line under all those sketchy Google Nexus 5 pics and proposed prices, because Google itself has dished up the real deal.

No, the Nexus 5 hasn't actually been announced yet – though that may still happen today. But it has made a fleeting appearance on Google Play, complete with official pic and starting price.

It only popped up on the US Google Play site, and it wasn't there for long, suggesting its appearance was an accident, but thanks to the wonders of screenshots the details have been stored for posterity.

Not that there's much by way of surprise, well not in terms of the image anyway. The various glimpses of the LG-made device we've spotted over the past few weeks seem to have been pretty accurate.

That means a fairly tried and trusted design comprising a blend of straight edges and gentle curves, with the 8MP rear camera unit and glossy black Nexus logo, plus a smaller LG logo below it, the only things breaking up the matte black rear cover.

We're also expecting a 4.95in full HD display, 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM and a 1.3MP front-facing cam to go with that rear-facing snapper. Plus – of course – Android 4.4 Kit Kat.

But enough of that, as it's the price that's arguably the most interesting detail here given the differing pricing theories we've been hearing recently. The cheapest model, which is set to be the 16GB edition, will cost $349 across the Atlantic, which matches what the 16GB Nexus 4 cost before a recent price cut.

That would equate to £279 here in the UK. Whether that still leaves space for a cheaper LTE-enabled version of the Nexus 4 to retain a place in Google's smartphone lineup remains to be seen.

When will we know for sure? Tempting as it is to think the Nexus 5 page going live today means Google's about to launch it, the chances look pretty slim that the Kit Kat-loving handset will be announced this week as some rumours had predicted.

The smart money is still on a date towards the end of the month, with the Nexus 5 likely to be launched alongside a new Asus-made Nexus 10 tablet and possibly the Google Gem smartwatch too.

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ChazzMatt  Oct. 18, 2013 at 14:03

This "mistake" was a PR leak to shut up the people claiming there will be a re-release of last year's Nexus 4 to take the "low end" pricing and that this year's Nexus 5 would be priced up to $500. This brief "accidental" Google Play posting was Google's way of saying STFU on both ridiculous rumors.

$349 for 16GB Nexus 5 is actually the same price for 16GB as last year's Nexus 4 -- but with 5" 1080p, smaller body, Snapdragon 800, multiple LTE bands, pentaband HSPA+, CDMA (for "North America" version of the Nexus 5), and 8MP OIS camera.

So, if the 16GB is still $349, then the new 32GB will probably be $399?

mrew42  Oct. 18, 2013 at 18:54

Oh, err Yes, probably

Stelph  Oct. 19, 2013 at 08:06

Logistics aside, it would be quite clever of google to bring out a nexus 4 alongside the 5, to offer an even cheap option for people

It could even be a PR victory, the nexus 4c :)


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