Nexus 5

The link is dead(ish) now, but there it is, folks. The Nexus 5, for $349.

The tag line, as you can see, reads:

"Capture the everyday and the epic in fresh new ways. Starting at $349."

That's a pretty good sign that we'll see more than one SKU (aka retail version), meaning we'll (obviously) see more than one storage size. The defunct link took us to a 16-gigabyte version, so that's a pretty good starting point. The URL also points to a "black" version — a pretty good indication we might see other colors as well. Figure white, of course.

Thanks, @BWFfeldy!

Nexus 5 on Google Play

 

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Nexus 5 makes a brief appearance on Google Play, listed at $349

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the hope will be that the nexus 5 will offer all the lte bands needed to work on at&t, tmobile, and even verizon. more importantly, you can purchase at full price from the google play store.

Have some hope. Please don't ruin it for those of us stuck on a two year contract with the devil

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At least on the versions that went through the FCC so far, there's no Verizon support. And even if it did, as we see with the Nexus 7 LTE, Verizon won't exactly be happy to let you on their network.

I get to retire my handicapped Sprint Galaxy Nexus stuck on 4.2 (I know I can root and have, just prefer Google's stock offering) adios Sprint. Give me a break, give me a break, break me off a piece of that kitkat bar!

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You mean you're going to switch it off until it renounces support for healthcare? :p

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I'm having flashbacks from my order of the N4.. They better spin up about 5000 extra instances to handle this...

I'm a n00b please. What are the specs going to be like?? Might sell my GS4. Can't I get off those on screen buttons???

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Really, you have issues with the on screen buttons? They get out of the way when it's important, like when you watch videos , play games and listen to music. What you really should take issue is with all that gimmicky TouchWiz software running on that GS4, slowing it down and never having the latest and greatest OS from Google.

4.96-inch, 1080p screen, quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, 2300mah/??? battery, and 16GB/32GB of storage.

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I can only hope that the mass-exodus of Android enthusiasts, massive influx of buyers of this device and critiques from all the major tech blogs of why Verizon isn't carrying it, puts pressure on Verizon to finally allow/request Google to have this device on their network. I'll wait 'till Dec, but after that I won't wait any longer. My trusty GNex has served me well, but alas, I'm tired of having to flash ROMs on it to keep it's OS current.

What if Google won't let them? They did ruin the Galaxy Nexus. They might do it again. Unless Verizon commits its time on the Nexus 5 instead of the Droid line, it probably wont happen.

Well, they could force Verizon to do better. Google has more then enough resources.

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You assume that Verizon cares at all. They have consistently added millions upon millions of customers in the two years since the GNex was released, they don't care about allowing Google's Nexus devices (or any other non-approved devices) onto their network.

Yes, dozens of fanbois leaving will really cast a pall over the million new subscribers they just picked up.

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Am really looking forward to this phone, and I hope it'll sell in Canada via the play store relatively shortly after the official launch. Anyone else happen to notice the background they used for the phone? Looks like the reversed colours for the MS window's flag, but in the same sort of arrangement....coincidence? (edit - I hadn't looked at the new N7 as closely before,but noticed it there too *shrug*)

We don't know if Sprint will allow Play Stores devices into their network. or if they'll only sell them through their stores

The Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus on Sprint were only sold through stores, so it's hard to know at this point how Sprint would handle a device sold from the Play Store.

If the screen is truly the next iteration of android os, I will miss the blue coloring for the battery... Etc and I also do not like the dots displaying which page you are on. Everything else is magnifique!!

As I sit swyping on a VZW S4 I long to sell this hunk of plastic for a bit a pure android. Although rooted and rommed, the Dev experience in the vzw gnex was amazing.

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Nothing touches the Nexus dev community. I never complained about anything software related on my lte gnex, only the ridiculous price I paid to use it every month. That said, I understand the complaints of those that wanted the OTA Nexus experience on VZW. I don't see Google making that mistake again unless Verizon is ever willing to take off the leash, in writing.

I was really hoping to get this device (yes, I'm on Verizon.) and after reading the comments (you guys are so helpful) about the New Nexus 7 debacle I'm at a loss. I feel like I've been ripped off, cheated, my heart stomped, and my ex girlfriend took Louisville Slugger to both headlights.

I mean... I didn't know about the whole controversial Verizon not letting the Nexus 7 run on it's network. But at the same time it just begs the question of why? I know I'm setting myself up for "Verizon is evil! It touches you at night when you're sleeping and takes extra money out of your wallet!" I'm just giving my honest to goodness stunned reaction.

I'm not going to say "I hope it's going to run on Verizon" cause it's not. I don't want to read troll comments like "Switch carriers! It's soooooo much easier!" sorry, bro. It ain't that simple. Verizon hands down is the best the in my area and I need my phone to actual do stuff for work. So I'm stuck in between a rock and a hard place. I guess DROID Maxx here I come.... U really wanted the timely updates without root but I guess I'm not missing anything from the phone side when I have a Nexus 7 2012 in perfect working order.

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As seen with the Galaxy Nexus, the lack of any other Nexus device after it, the current Nexus 7 (2013) Certification Debacle, the probability that there won't be a Nexus 5 on VZW, their refusal to allow Android phones to get prompt updates and insistence that all Android phones be bootloader locked, VZW has become a hostile carrier to Android phones, fans of the Android O/S and Google itself. Its become quite clear that VZW doesn't respect Android the way it does IOS. But the only way they would understand the displeasure of the savvy yet vocal enthusiast minority like myself would be to hurt them where it would hurt them, in their pockets. Get the word out to all your loved ones, families, friends, coworkers, etc... who you support and influence their cell phone purchasing decisions and who are also fans of Android devices themselves to stop buying Android devices from carriers like VZW, that cripple and prematurely end the life of still-useful Android devices. We as Android enthusiasts, deserve to have the most current and secure Android O/S version as well as the same great user experience VZW allows iPhone users to have.

I hope he's wrong to. I want a nexus 5. I deserve it I have a Nokia Lumia 928 that I just signed a contract for 4 months ago. But I miss my android. At least I have a nexus 7

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Why is there NO expandable memory via MicroSdHC card? Guess they couldn't make this phone perfect because then no one will spend $300 MORE for the LG G2 which has similar specs...DAMMIT!!!

yup. Because they think it is to complicated. And I agree

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The LG G2 doesn't have an SDcard slot either... But yeah, Google is done using SDcards for various sound reasons including the complication for the user, the instability of removable storage and the file system issues of having it.

If all of the specs turn out to be true on the N5, there will be basically nothing different between it and the G2 beside the external changes.

To be fair, the screen, camera, and battery are slightly different. Not to say all three won't be better on the N5. I know the software will be for sure. That's worth more in and of itself to me. Fortunately, it's actually a lot less!

I used to have Galaxy Nexus and bought the GS4 when I made the switch to TMo. I have to say while the device is nice, having to use a separate SD card is a pain in the ass .. I've gotten so used to just saving to my device with the GNex and the N7. Having to worry about partitions and moving apps seems so clunky to me now.

man that device is looking nice. They have me as a buyer already!!!
meh well was already a buyer off all nexus devices since i got my galaxy nexus wen it came out..... once u go Nexus u cant go back man.... the experience is so good! :|

The true Nexus fanboy enters the Play Store, with all his credit cards at the ready.

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Liking the specs, and KitKat looks nice to, but the device is ugly. Looks cheap (although I suppose, it is) and brick like. Not sold, yet.

Guess I'll be the first and only person to admit that the price isn't very attractive to me. Even though that is what I paid for my 16GB nexii 4. I'm sad to admit that I should probably wait for the next nexii as I can't afford to pay that for a phone that will be an incremental update to my current phone. Now I understand how the gnex owners felt when the nexii 4 came out.

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The Nexus 4 was a huge upgrade across the board over the GNEX. I loved my GNEX, but mostly becuase of the Nexus experience/dev community. My not stock N4 is a beast and flies, but the S800 still blew my mind running freaking TWIZ and LG's skinned Android. Can't wait to see it in a Nexus.

I feel like Google got tired of all the crappy old prototype leaks that wasn't doing the phone much justice and those mediocre renders from others, that Google decided to just show us a glimpse of the Final version with a Solid source to keep us at bay until the real announcement comes.

"Sorry! Devices on Google Play is not available in your country yet.
We're working to bring devices to more countries as quickly as possible.
Please check back again soon."

What more could I expect from Google..

Wonder if the price will directly transfer to other currencies. If so £220 in the UK...

I'm wetting my pants excited at the moment.

Getting ready to put my gnex in the rejected drawer next to my HTC desire.....

Love the transparent notification bar and home buttons. Felt like wasted space on previous versions.

Keep it secret keep it safe..... ø

Don't forget V.A.T. and the other usual price hikes for when things are released in the U.K. I just hope the 32GB version isn't too much more than £300.

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The circular hole in the center of the top bezel. Looks great! This is the first pic that you can clearly see it has pin holes, so sadly it probably won't have the bone conduction tech from Google Glass.

Oh noes I got a feeling, that you can place some stuff on the camera lens. Maybe with a magnet or so. -.- I hope my feeling is wrong

What do I do! Need to offload my nexus 4 first. Not sure nexus 5 is a great departure from nexus 4

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It will be lol. You won't NEED to switch. But if you are an enthusiast like most of us it will be worth it.

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Here's hoping it will be a worthy upgrade to my S3. Looking great though. I'm loving what I'm seeing so far.LG has come of age and Android is very matured now.

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Google shut up and take my money!!! I need this device in my life!!!! But first I gotta dump the horrible iPhone 5.

I'm sitting here in Denmark, looking with blank eyes on the screen. I know what's coming for me.
Tears, frustrations, crying in my sleep for a long long time while most of you lucky people get to decide: 16 or 32GB?

This beast will come to Europe in 6 months, and will be priced the double.

Ebay sure is an option but will be double price for a long time as well. Plus, shipment to Europe .... kinda sux regarding toll..

I hate you guys. I really do :)

Give me da Nexus NOW

I don't know about Denmark, but I got my N4 16GB version for £279 plus £10 delivery on Xmas eve last year in the U.K..

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That black space on the bottom would annoy me. They could have put capactitive buttons there or something.

:p

Oh, hell no!! You can do SO much more with software keys. Get with the times! JK you have other choices ;)

If the specs and price are good I will be getting it. Love the HTC One but I want a stock phone without jumping through hoops!

I just wanted to say that I hate Verizon, how many ways can the continue to screw their costumers? I wanted to get this phone, T-Mobile may be getting another customer. The only problem I have is that Verizon has the best coverage in my area hands down.

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I'll let my N4 munch on some of that KitKat first and then take a look at the N5. Dang......I just got it just the way I want it. It'll be tough parting ways.

I'll let my N4 munch on some of that KitKat first and then take a look at the N5. Dang......I just got it just the way I want it. It'll be tough parting ways.

This is pretty close to what was featured in the rendered leaks, only so much better. I'm waiting on the reviews to start when this is officially announced and released. I'm hoping for a better camera because the Nexus 4 camera quality is HORRIBLE and they've opted to still keep the pixel density at 8MP so should be interesting to see if they improve that.

The focus should also be a better screen and a better battery performance. If all those are implemented Google can have my money.

The N4 is a very capable smartphone camera. You're likely a very poor photographer...

OIS should help people like you a lot.

Wasn't accidental. They wanted to check the buzz on their higher price point. If it got a lot of negative publicity or chatter then they will re-evaluate that 350 price point to 300.

What higher price point? The 16GB N4 was $350. It's an unbelievable deal and well under what most realistic persons and tech sites expected.

There's another reason that Oct 28th is the Nexus 5 release date:

Go to kitkat.com, click hardware section. There are 28 kitkat bars in a row.

Haven't seen this on any blog yet!

Today would be good.......especially after Google's share price passed $1K.

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Has anybody stopped to think these are strategic leaks. It gets alot of people worked up.alot of free PR

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Ooooh I like the transparent status bar! But I think if I use a wallpaper with a white background I won't the icons o_o

I bought the Samsung galazy note 3 but I still have my black nexus 4 it's need some tlc though I dropped the phone once and it has one line crack on the screen, my lcd + digitalizer is screwed needs a new one plus that rubber stock edging. The back still good not a crack =( and I have my Samsung galazy 2 international version that phone is a beast. I really want to rom it but I can't root. Both ways. I eneded up putting on a version on jelly bean (4.2.1) that was ment for the other models of s2. =( but one question what's the best rom for the s2 I tried reading about it though xda develop but not really helpful.

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I bought the Samsung galazy note 3 but I still have my black nexus 4 it's need some tlc though I dropped the phone once and it has one line crack on the screen, my lcd + digitalizer is screwed needs a new one plus that rubber stock edging. The back still good not a crack =( and I have my Samsung galazy 2 international version that phone is a beast. I really want to rom it but I can't root. Both ways. I eneded up putting on a version on jelly bean (4.2.1) that was ment for the other models of s2. =( but one question what's the best rom for the s2 I tried reading about it though xda develop but not really helpful.

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Did you make enough phones this time goog?
Don't run out..because there is too much competition to steal the dollars if these humans have to wait for their toy.

Did you make enough phones this time goog?
Don't run out..because there is too much competition to steal the dollars if these humans have to wait for their toy.

The reasons given for the delay seem odd to me. I thought the phone already had FCC certification so can't see how the shut down would affect a release?

The event on 24th apparently, isn't hardware related if we're to believe Google's response to questions.

As there doesn't seem to be anything left about the phone itself, that we haven't seen leaked, I wonder what a launch would offer?

I think it would wrong-foot everyone if Google just put the Nexus 5 on Google Play and let people find it... It would be much more intriguing as a launch than a big (non)event for an item we all seem to know inside-out....

I don't know why Google would sell a 16gb for the expense of lower battery life. that seems quite liberal of them. The battery needs to DEFINITELY be improved. My Nexus 4 is TERRIBLE on battery. 4hrs max is what I get with normal facebook, texting, very minor web search, and instagraming here and there. The battery life is a MUST. Also, if they improve the battery, sell it with 4.4 and LTE enable it, I wouldn't even second thought paying close to $400. That's a steal.

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