At last! LG announces the Google Nexus 5, and you can buy it now

At last! LG announces the Google Nexus 5, and you can buy it nowIt's a Hallowe'en miracle. Finally... finally... LG has announced the Google Nexus 5, putting to an end the speculation on what may be the most exhaustively leaked smartphone in history.

Rumours surfacing earlier today hinted the announcement was coming at 6pm UK time, and it turns out they were spot on, with the Nexus 5 available to buy immediately on Google Play.

So let's pretend this is all new and we haven't been nattering on about the Nexus 5 since all the way back in January.

Talking specs, the Nexus 5 brings a 2.26GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, a 4.95in full HD display, 2GB of RAM, 16GB or 32GB of storage, 8MP/1.3MP cameras, a 2300mAh battery and – of course – Android 4.4 KitKat.

Hardware-wise, it's very much an evolution on the existing Nexus 4, bringing Google's own-brand smartphone range into line with other leading handsets. Where it leaves them behind, though – for the time being at least – is the presence of Android 4.4, which brings improved Google services and – apparently – optimised resource use for better performance.

Best of all, it's on sale immediately on Google Play in the UK, US, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Australia, Korea and Japan, with physical retailers to get on board in mid-November.

The 16GB model is going for £299 (SIM-free, obviously), while the 32GB effort costs £339. Both can be had in either black or white.

However, while the rest are listed as shipping within 1-2 business days, the 16GB model in black supposedly only “leaves warehouse on 8 November”. No idea why, but it's a shame considering it'll probably be the most popular of the four options.

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JCinSpain  Oct. 31, 2013 at 19:04

A 2300mAh camera ????

theunforgiven  Oct. 31, 2013 at 19:22

guess no premium model with the beefed up battery then? *sigh*
seriously with the amount of people complaining of battery troubles, why the hell are these manufacturers not getting it right?!!

satchef1  Oct. 31, 2013 at 21:55

Pricey. Doubtless it represents good value for money, but I was expecting pricing closer to the Nexus 4. At this price, I'm a little confused as to why they sold off Nexus 4 stock on the cheap - I expect there would have been a market for it at £219 'until stocks last' as a cheap alternative to the '5'.

Leaves me with a dilemma too. My Note 2 is knackered (again). I've been eyeing up the Lumia 920 as a replacement (£230, Tesco), but I was holding off for the Nexus 5 announcement. At £249-£279 it would have been a no-brainer decision. At £299 I'm struggling. That's an extra £60, but half the memory. Or an extra £110 with the same amount of memory. At £339 we are pretty close to Lumia 1020 prices (on eBay).

Damned if I know which to buy :p (probably the 920 - sticking to the budget and all that...)

SpeedyG  Oct. 31, 2013 at 22:00

Not just battery, but no big memory option once again. How will people look to consume content without a 64/128gb option when there is no micro sd option?

Do google even care??

satchef1  Oct. 31, 2013 at 22:26

Not just battery, but no big memory option once again. How will people look to consume content without a 64/128gb option when there is no micro sd option?

Do google even care??


They care (about you using their cloud services)...

The Nexus phones are designed for large data allowances TBH. The whole point of them is that you stream your music/video over the web, keep your files in the cloud etc. That's why there's no large storage/microSD option. I'm betting they only provide 32GB as a courtesy to those with a lot of apps - if they could stream apps even that might disappear.

CTPAHHIK  Nov. 1, 2013 at 08:30

I think it's priced quite right - 32GB is in £300 - £350 range for a phone like that.
Battery might not be great, but it's acceptable size and should last through a day.
Let's hope camera is not crippled.

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 1, 2013 at 10:31

Price aside, what's great about it?

krogothnx  Nov. 1, 2013 at 11:29

anyone else notice how we're getting rather shafted on price over here? It's still the same $349 price for the 16gb the Nexus 4 was, but £279 vs £299? Where's the extra £20 come from?

CTPAHHIK  Nov. 1, 2013 at 17:23

Price aside, what's great about it?

Hard to say without any legit reviews. Seems like a standard high end smartphone with nothing in particular to stand out.
There is nothing wrong (save SD card) with it either. At least until reviews show up.

I paid £330 delivered for ZL back in May and 32GB Nexus is £280 delivered in US. There is just not much to improve upon at this point. Chipset is faster + KitKat - usable widgets (about another £30 investment in third party apps).

I still haven't figured out which bands it supports. There seems to be European and US version and also talks of CDMA.

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