Move Aside, Nexus 4: Google’s Nexus 5 Gets Announced – $349 for 16GB, $399 for 32GB

Posted on October 31, 2013 3:00 PM by Ryan Perry

Alright, folks! Google has finally taken the wraps off of the worst kept secret in the smartphone world: the Nexus 5!

For those who don’t know, the Nexus 5 is the next generation of “pure” Google phone, meaning that instead of a skinned Android operating system that most manufacturers use in order to add their own features and flair, this is the straight-up Google version, with nothing piled on.

Google Nexus 5

The hardware specifications of the Nexus 5, which are posted below along with the last generation Nexus 4 for comparison, have been known about for some time thanks to a bunch of leaks that have flown around the net for months now. Everything from a filing with the FCC to a leaked version of the manual has shown up, so we’re not overly surprised about what we see in the officials specs.

By comparison, there’s a lot less known about the newest operating system, 4.4 “KitKat”, which is so named due to a marketing partnership with candy giant, Nestle. We’ll be looking at the OS more in the coming days and will work on dissecting it find out what’s new, what’s old, and what has been updated to stay fresh.

 Nexus 4Nexus 5
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro
Quad-core @ 1.5GHz
Qualcomm Snapdragon 800
Quad-core @ 2.3GHz
GraphicsAdreno 320 @ 400MHzAdreno 330 @ 450MHz
Display4.70-inch IPS 1280×768 (320 ppi)
Corning Gorilla Glass 2
4.95-inch IPS 1920×1080 (445 ppi)
Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Camera1.3MP Front; 8MP Rear1.3MP Front; 8MP Rear
Wireless802.11 a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Dual-band
Bluetooth 4.0 LE
Network3G: 850/900/1800/1900
GSM: 850/900/1800/1900
2G/3G/4G LTE
GSM: 850/900/1800/1900
Battery2100 mAh
<15H Talk, <390H Standby
2300 mAh
<17H Talk, <300H Standby
Wireless Charging
Size68.7 x 133.9 x 9.1 mm69.17 x 137.84 x 8.59 mm
Et ceteraAndroid 4.3 “Jelly Bean”Android 4.4 “KitKat”
Pricing8GB: $299; 16GB: $349 (USD)16GB: $349; 32GB: $399 (USD)

As far as the price, the black and white variants are available through Google Play for $349 for the 16GB version, and $399 for the 32GB flavour, but all versions at the time of writing appear to be sold out. In fact, the 16GB version apparently sold out in 27 minutes!

There’s also no word from any of the Canadian carriers with regards to when the phone will be available through them, or what the price will be when rolled into a contract, but I’m waiting on a call back from an assistant manager at a local Telus store. Hopefully they can shed more light on things, if they’re even allowed to.

Google’s Nexus 5 has become one of the most-hyped smartphones of all time, so our question to you: Are you planning to pick one up?

  • Rob Williams

    The pricing and supposed performance of this phone seems to be amazing… it’s almost a no-brainer phone as far as Android goes. This is the first phone in quite a while that I genuinely want.

  • xOptix78

    I’m just worried about what the carriers will tack on to the price. It’s retailing for what Telus shows the Nexus 4 at with a 2 year contract, so I’m sure it’ll be about $150, pretty much on par with the LG G2, which the Nexus 5 is based off of.

  • Matthew Harris

    While I have no plans to migrate away from my Galaxy S3 any time soon my room-mate has said he’d like to get a Nexus 5 in the near future. I’m a bit interested to see if it is indeed all that and a bag of chips. I have to say that the pricing looks great but the lack of an SD slot is a huge ding in my book.

    • Rob Williams

      That burns me also, since I love having the ability to load up the device with music or something. I don’t even have a data plan most often, so I’m not interested in compensating for that with the cloud.

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