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.
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 4||Nexus 5|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro
Quad-core @ 1.5GHz
|Qualcomm Snapdragon 800
Quad-core @ 2.3GHz
|Graphics||Adreno 320 @ 400MHz||Adreno 330 @ 450MHz|
|Display||4.70-inch IPS 1280×768 (320 ppi)
Corning Gorilla Glass 2
|4.95-inch IPS 1920×1080 (445 ppi)
Corning Gorilla Glass 3
|Camera||1.3MP Front; 8MP Rear||1.3MP Front; 8MP Rear|
|802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Dual-band
Bluetooth 4.0 LE
<15H Talk, <390H Standby
<17H Talk, <300H Standby
|Size||68.7 x 133.9 x 9.1 mm||69.17 x 137.84 x 8.59 mm|
|Et cetera||Android 4.3 “Jelly Bean”||Android 4.4 “KitKat”|
|Pricing||8GB: $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?