Google Announces The Nexus 5 and Android 4.4 Detailsby Brian Klug on October 31, 2013 2:01 PM EST
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It’s been leaked, teased, and practically dissected for a while now, but today Google is finally making the Nexus 4’s successor official. The Nexus 5 is finally formally announced, and it looks as though all of the initial information we had about it was indeed spot-on. Starting today, the Nexus 5 is available for purchase on Google Play for $349 (16 GB) and $399 (32 GB) in either black or white in the US, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, U.K., Australia, Korea and Japan, followed by offline availability (non Google Play) in Europe, Central/South Americas, Asia, CIS and the Middle East will begin in mid-November.
Let’s start with the device itself. Although Nexus 5 is the spiritual successor to the Nexus 4, its industrial design borrows a lot from the recently announced Nexus 7. The two share a similar rotated landscape “nexus” logo emblazoned on the back, and are simple plastic with soft touch finishes. The Nexus 5 also appears to eschew the shaped, rounded glass edges which were very highly praised on the Nexus 4 for a more traditional flat panel and lip approach. Although the Nexus 5 does appear to share a lot of its hardware platform with the LG G2, there’s no rear mounted buttons or emphasis on narrow bezel, rather the Nexus 5 appears to be a lot more pragmatic.
|LG Nexus 5|
Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 (MSM8974)
4x Krait 400 2.3 GHz, Adreno 330 GPU 450 MHz
|Display||4.95-inch IPS-LCD 1920x1080 Full HD|
|RAM||2GB LPDDR3 800 MHz|
|WiFi||802.11a/b/g/n/ac, BT 4.0|
|Storage||16/32 GB internal|
microUSB 2.0, 3.5mm headphone, NFC, SlimPort,
Wireless Charging (Qi)
|OS||Android 4.4 KitKat|
|Battery||2300 mAh (8.74 Whr) Internal|
|Size / Mass||137.84 x 69.17 x 8.59mm|
8 MP with OIS and Flash (Rear Facing)
2.1 MP Full HD (Front Facing)
(D820) North America: 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
(D821) Rest of World: GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
WCDMA: Bands: 1/2/4/5/6/8
LTE: Bands: 1/3/5/7/8/20
True to its name, the Nexus 5 is topped with a 5-inch 1080p LCD display, a step up from the 4.7-inch 1280x768 display which was in the Nexus 4, and following with the ever inflating display size trend. The display also boasts in-cell touch which we’ve come to expect this generation.
Dimensions show the Nexus 5 getting roughly 4 mm taller and 0.47 mm wider, but thickness actually decreases by 0.51 mm and weight by 9 grams versus its predecessor. Platform is based on a Snapdragon 800 (MSM8974) SoC running at the higher 2.3 GHz bin we’ve seen before, with Adreno 330 graphics and the same 2 GB of LPDDR3 at 800 MHz we saw in the LG G2. This isn't the 8974AB with 550 MHz Adreno 330 clocks which it still is a bit early for. On the camera side there’s an 8 MP rear facing camera (no word on optical format or pixel size quite yet), but it does include the same LG Innotek module with OIS from the G2, it just has an 8 MP CMOS behind it. There’s still photo sphere for 360 degree stitched panoramas, in addition the Nexus 5 adds a new HDR+ mode which fuses simultaneously captured images into one HDR image, though I’m not sure how this differs from existing HDR options.
Storage also moves up a notch to 16 and 32 GB options, something the Nexus 4 was criticized for skimping on with its 8 and 16 GB options, oh and there’s obviously no SD card support since this is a Nexus device. Battery is the 2300 mAh 3.8V capacity we suspected, which works out to 8.74 watt hours, although one thing the Nexus 5 has over the G2 that it seems to share a platform with is a QFE1100 envelope tracker which offers 20 percent power savings on the cellular power amplifiers.
On the LTE side we see the FCC leaks and schematics leaks were spot on. There's a considerable set of LTE band coverage for the USA, including Band 17 and 4 for AT&T, Band 4 for T-Mobile, and 25, 26, and 41 for Sprint (making this another Sprint Spark device), and of course LTE roaming band equivalency with the pentaband WCDMA we've come to expect with newer devices. The only thing that's missing on the USA variant is no Verizon (which should not be a surprise to anyone), and no Band 7 for Canada. Just like the new Nexus 7 LTE situation, there's two variants, as I speculated publicly online (LG-D820 is USA, LG-D821 is rest of world), and the rest of world variant has the obligatory Band 3, 7, 20, and so on that makes sense for most markets. This is a dramatic step up from the Nexus 4 which only included hidden Band 4 LTE with appropriate baseband software.
Of course, the Nexus 5 comes with Android 4.4 KitKat, which includes a new dialer that offers suggestions and Caller ID by Google with business matching. In addition the rumors about Hangouts were true, which now supports sending and receiving text messages directly. Similar to the Moto X there's now also the ability to search by saying "OK Google," though I'm not sure if this also is possible with the device in a screen-off mode (Update: from the home screen).
Google will update Nexus 4, 7, 10, the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One Google Play edition devices to KitKat with an OTA update in the coming weeks, signaling EOL status of the Galaxy Nexus. As an aside it would've been quite in-line with Google's stated 512 MB platform target if 4.4 had come to both Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus devices as well.
We’re incredibly excited about the Nexus 5 and hope to have the full review as soon as possible.
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Daniel Egger - Thursday, October 31, 2013 - linkNot sure what exactly you're expecting or why you're waiting for the review at all. If there was no reference to Apple that could only mean that device is so crappy that it's not possible to compare them.
andykins - Thursday, October 31, 2013 - linkOnly black 16GB in stock on UK Google Play store. Says 'dispatched from warehouse in 1-2 business days' which is a big improvement on last year's situation with Nexus 4.
Shame about pricing though: it's £299. If you take $349, convert it at current rates and then add 20% VAT it only comes to about £260 or so. Wonder where that extra £40 comes from :/
mwarner1 - Thursday, October 31, 2013 - linkAll varieties are available in the UK - for some reason, however, there are no links to versions other than the 16GB black:
thesavvymage - Thursday, October 31, 2013 - linkmost places in the US have about an 8% sales tax, so add that onto it first then convert. Makes the difference much smaller. Gotta remember, our prices dont include tax because every state is different, and some dont even have sales taxes
Samunosuke - Thursday, October 31, 2013 - linkLooks good. Just goes to show that all the leaks were intentional. Even the price outing on Google play. Expecting the Nexus 10 refresh any moment now. I was really hoping for an IR port but still going to buy it regardless.
anactoraaron - Thursday, October 31, 2013 - link16GB black sold out already - not even 30 mins in. I got a 32gb black at 1:03pm cst
anactoraaron - Thursday, October 31, 2013 - linkUPDATE-Black 16gb sold out already, white 16gb and black 32gb on second shipment date of 11/8. White 32gb only one left in stock. No surprise to me though, I don't like the white one... it needed to be ALL white for me to consider it.
Bob Todd - Thursday, October 31, 2013 - linkOrdered a 32GB in white. I was having trouble deciding on the color, but I kind of like the storm trooper look, and my last several phones have been black or dark grey so why not switch it up. Not like I'll ever see the white anyway with a tpu case on the thing. Now someone in the family gets a nice hand-me-down N4...
DukeN - Thursday, October 31, 2013 - linkDid the fix the AOSP camera app?
Or is it still the one early man came up with?
A5 - Thursday, October 31, 2013 - linkThey didn't say anything beyond the HDR+ stuff, so I assume it's the same as JB.