Nexus 5 coming in two battery sizes, priced from £239?

Nexus 5 coming in two battery sizes, priced from £239?

A quick check reveals we've written 10 separate stories about the Google Nexus 5 in the past 55 days, including one just yesterday, about specs supposedly gleaned from a leaked user manual.

But screw it, time's running out before launch day so apparently things are really going to hit overdrive now.

Today, PhoneArena has been rumourising about one of the most talked about aspects of any new phone – the price – and one of the least talked about – the battery.

Not that the battery's not important – in fact, it'll probably have more day-to-day impact on your life with the Nexus 5 than how much it's costing you to use it, but anyway. The point is, in this case the two are actually related, as PhoneArena's source say the price you pay will determine the battery you get.

Apparently Google is releasing two different Nexus 5 models, one with 16GB and one with 32GB, but it won't just be the on-board storage (and obviously the price) that will differ. The cheaper 16GB will apparently come with a 2300mAh battery (as revealed by the leaked manual) and will be priced at $299, while the 32GB model will pack a larger 3000mAh cell and will go for $399.

Given how those prices relate to the US Nexus 4 prices, we're probably looking at £239 and £319 here in the UK.

It's an interesting point of differentiation, as having more files stored on your phone doesn't in itself put significantly more strain on the battery. So could there be other differences between the two that would make the difference in battery size more logical?

The 2300mAh battery capacity was already looking a little on the light side when it leaked a couple of days ago, and we can't see anyone being any happier to find out Google could have slotted in a higher-capacity battery just fine, but chose not to do so to create an artificial “upgrade” point to the pricier 32GB handset.

If that's indeed the case – we'll probably have another six leaks by the end of the week saying different.

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Harryisme  Oct. 8, 2013 at 20:47

I'm hoping after Amazon release the Kindle HDX with the price difference between the 16GB and 64GB model being of $80 on the 7" Model and $100 on the 8.5" version, Google and other manafacturers will follow suit.

There is no way that a bigger battery and 16Gb should cost an extra $100, even $50 is pushing it but it's a hell of allot better than $100. Other than that the Nexus 5 is shaping up to be a nice upgrade from last years model, hopefully it's not painfully in short supply like last years model.

Though I'd prefer the inclusion of a MicroSD port but that's not going to happen, they want everything to be in the freaking cloud nowadays.

mrT786  Oct. 8, 2013 at 22:02

Shame no MicroSD slot, for that reason next yrs upgrade will have to be a samsung again (shame because i really like htc & nexus phones)

Harryisme  Oct. 9, 2013 at 01:55

Shame no MicroSD slot, for that reason next yrs upgrade will have to be a samsung again (shame because i really like htc & nexus phones)

Yeah same here, but if Samsung don't allow you to install apps on a MicroSD I might end up going for another manufacturer completely. My S3 has a 32GB memory card and can only really be used for photo's music and video, non of which I really care too much for, I want to install GTA, Asphalt, Need for speed etc on my device then play using an external controller...but I can't do either because I can't install games on the memory card.

Richaldanny  Oct. 9, 2013 at 03:54

Is it still produced by LG?

corgi74  Oct. 9, 2013 at 07:06

You've not been able to install apps on SD card since Ice Cream Sandwich on any manufacturer's devices.
There are workarounds if you root. Can't understand the obsession with SD cards if you can only read (but not write) media from them. I suppose if you're really in to music it's useful.

lutin  Oct. 9, 2013 at 08:45

You've not been able to install apps on SD card since Ice Cream Sandwich on any manufacturer's devices.
There are workarounds if you root. Can't understand the obsession with SD cards if you can only read (but not write) media from them. I suppose if you're really in to music it's useful.


Photos and videos taken on samsung phones can be saved directly to the SD card. It's an especially useful feature if you take a lot of videos (1080p files are quite large). I take loads of videos of my kids.

Possibilities  Oct. 9, 2013 at 09:16

Could we be looking at 2 nexus phones. Looking at the market most 5 inch phones come with 3000mah batteries. Meanwhile smaller 4.3 inch phones have batteries around the 2300mah area. Hence could we have a 5 inch nexus and a nexus mini housing largely the same specs but smaller screen to more directly compete with the mini and iphone segmant?

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