Google launches Nexus 5 with 5-inch 1080p screen, 8MP OIS camera, 2GB RAM, starting at $349

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Google today launched the highly anticipated Nexus 5 on the Google Play Store, but unlike Apple, the company didn’t host a special event to unveil the device.

The Nexus 5 comes with a 5-inch full HD 1920 x 1080 pixels display with a pixel density of 445ppi, an 8MP rear-facing camera with Optical Image Stabilisation, and Android 4.4 KitKat, the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system.

Technical Specifications:

Here’s a look at the complete technical specifications of Nexus 5:

  • OS: Android 4.4 KitKat
  • Display: 4.95″ 1920×1080 display (445 ppi), Full HD IPS, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • Camera: 1.3MP front facing camera, 8MP rear camera with Optical Image Stabilization
  • Size: 69.17 x 137.84 x 8.59 mm
  • Weight: 4.59 oz (130 g)
  • Battery: 2,300 mAH
  • Battery Life: Talk time up to 17 hours, Standby time up to 300 hours, Internet time up to 8.5 hours on Wi-Fi, up to 7 hours on LTE
  • Wireless Charging: Built-in
  • Audio Output: Built-in speaker, 3.5mm stereo audio connector
  • CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, 2.3GHz
  • GPU: Adreno 330, 450MHz
  • Wireless: Dual-band Wi-Fi (2.4G/5G) 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, NFC (Android Beam), Bluetooth 4.0 LE
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Ports: Micro USB, SlimPort™ enabled, 3.5mm stereo audio jack, Dual microphones, Ceramic power and volume buttons
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, GPS, Compass, Proximity/Ambient Light, Gyroscope, Pressure, Hall Effect
  • Network: 2G/3G/4G LTE, GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, CDMA: Band Class: 0/1/10, WCDMA: Bands: 1/2/4/5/6/8/19, LTE: Bands: 1/2/4/5/17/19/25/26/41
  • Storage: 16GB, 32GB
  • Pricing: $349 for 16GB variant, $399 for 32GB variant

Software Features

The Nexus 5 comes with Android 4.4 KitKat, the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system that brings a new launcher with transparent UI elements, easier access to Google Now, and an iOS 7-like option for developers to override the default UI colors to match the color of their brand or app.

There are also two new system-wide gestures — double touch drag and double touch — to easily zoom into or out of content, similar to Google Maps.

The Nexus 5 also has a new HDR+ mode, that quickly snaps a series of images and combines all of them to give you the best shot possible, much like the iPhone 5s’ burst mode.


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Hands-on video:


The Nexus 5 comes in White and Black, and is available for $349 for the 16GB version and $399 for the 32GB version.


Nexus 5 is available today (unlocked and contract free), on Google Play in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Australia, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Japan and Korea (and coming soon to India). In the US, the Nexus 5 will also be available soon at the following retailers: Sprint, T-Mobile, Amazon, Best Buy and RadioShack.

Wrap Up

Nexus 5 is Google’s “Pure Android” device without any customisations, bloat or custom skins, and gets Android updates very quickly. Just like Apple, Google is slowly building up its own ecosystem with the Google Play Store that has apps, music, movies and magazines, YouTube, the world’s most popular video website, and Chromecast, a great way to stream web videos on your TV. The ecosystem also includes Google’s free, great and robust cloud services like Gmail, Drive etc. If you’re an iOS user, but want to use an Android phone as an experiment, the Nexus 5, with its low contract-free price tag, is great for such a purpose.

Let us know what you think about the new Nexus 5 in the comments below.

[via Android Beat]