Oct 31 AT 1:09 PM Dustin Earley 47 Comments

Google officially unveils the LG Nexus 5

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This is it folks, the real deal. After months of leaks, rumors and speculation, the Nexus 5 by LG has finally been officially unveiled by Google — 5-inch 1080p HD display, Snapdragon 800, Android 4.4 KitKat and all.

Why Google decided against a big announcement event is beyond us, but to be frank, we could hardly care right now. For the nerd elite, those who crave Google’s vision of Android, those ahead of the game buying unlocked handsets on cheap just-as-good-as-the-big-guys prepaid plans, this is exactly the phone you’ve been waiting for. No matter how it’s announced.

Coming in black or white, with either 16GB of storage for $349, or 32GB for $399, the Nexus 5 is a beast of a phone. Most of the leaks on the specs have been spot on. The Nexus 5 will come with:

  • 4.95-inch 1080p HD display
  • Snapdragon 800 processor
  • Adreno 330
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 1.3MP front-facing camera
  • 8MP OIS rear camera
  • Dual-band WiFi
  • LTE Bands 1/2/4/5/17/19/25/26/41
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • 2300 mAh battery
  • Android 4.4

The specs, while impressive for such an affordable handset, are not earth shattering. The real star of today’s show is the newest version of Android. Android 4.4, KitKat, is more than just a facelift. There are some awesome new features as well like an immersive mode, and enhanced dialer and more. We’ll have a separate post with a complete rundown on Android 4.4, so for now we’ll leave it at that.

For those of you looking to buy the Nexus 5, hit up the Google Play store right now. The handset will be coming soon to T-Mobile, Sprint, Best Buy and Amazon (where you can usually snag Google’s newest gadgets tax and shipping free for Prime users). We have several staff members that will be buying one, how about you?

Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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  • surethom

    Very nice, my next phone, when I get paid, 16gb only so far on UK Play store?? but I guess it is also in care phone warehouse, hopefully the 32gb version.

    • ulim57

  • RoyalJoker

    Ordered thanks android and me for keeping up to date with all the rumors and the release. Just woke up ten minutes ago checked my favorite android site then got my favorite android phone. Happy Halloween

    • http://www.androidandme.com Dima Aryeh

      Happy Halloween to you too!

  • halo0


  • jerrbomb

    Google couldn’t have taken the wrappings off of this new iteration off android any better.. a kitkat bar at that.. break me off a piece Google.

  • Gonzi

    Verizon customers openly weep across the country.

  • CJ LaFleur

    Finally I get my first Nexus device!

  • Don Boogie

    32 GB already sold out. :(

    • halo0

      The 16GB black is the only one that doesn’t still say “in stock”, and it says “leaves warehouse by Nov 8″.

      • halo0

        Well, now it’s sold out, lol.

  • http://mihai.discuta-liber.com/ tmihai20

    5 inches? I have to see one, it may be too big for my taste.

    • Caleb

      But the edges are just small enough to where you can hold it in one hand without any strain what so ever. ;)

    • http://mihai.discuta-liber.com/ tmihai20

      :)) That’s ok, I didn’t realize that it could be interpreted like that too. I was trying to be serious about it.

  • Tom Torre

    I see that this phone only works on T-Mobile or Sprint in the USA??? Wouldn’t it also work on AT&T? I always thought that both T-Mobile & AT&T was the same type of network – am I wrong?

  • _AjD

    I could only see the 16 GB black version and I placed my order at 1:06 CST – not that I really mind not having the other options since this would have been my first choice. Anyone else not seeing other versions available?

  • Paul Atreides

    I’m happy that if I decide to pick this up on Sprint, I can buy it unlocked from Google! Smart move Sprint very smart move.

  • Broseph Stalin

    What part of this phone, apart from the 8MP camera, isn’t top of the line?
    I keep reading this, and it’s annoying. 1080p with an S800 and Adreno 330 is among the best you can get.

    • MrMrMan

      No microsd card slot, non-removable 2300 mah battery. . Removing options makes you worse.

  • Matt

    Will this work on Verizon? I hope it does.

    • http://www.infotainmentempire.com pekosROB

      No, unfortunately it will not.

  • ricecakes

    White 32GB ordered!

  • goldenboyrb

    Out of inventory…. wow….

  • Android user

    So they left out Verizon and AT&T out of the mix by not offering to the customers of the two largest mobile carriers in the U.S.? Smooth move Google

    • halo0

      It works with AT&T.

    • MrMrMan

      Verizon is the reason they don’t have a Nexus. The last time the received one they completely screwed it up.

  • RoyalJoker

    Android and me can you please keep us up to date when the covers become available? I ordered the white nexus 5 32 gig and I drooled at the cover (a little bit of Samsung but oh well) if you can please let us know when those are available! So I can get one I would love you forever and ever Lol anyways happy Halloween I’m stoked!

  • aranea

    So thorn I want to buy it but…

  • rustic

    Was anyone else was disappointed from the size of the device? That despite previous leaks Nexus 5 is actually bigger than nexus 5 and SG4? I really wanted to buy this, but now I don’t just because the size is so big. I hate huge devices.

    • rustic

      I meant bigger than Nexus 4 and SG4, sorry for misprint

      • halo0

        Yeah, I’m disappointed in this too. I’m hoping it’s not so slippery that I need a case, and thus will feel smaller than my GS4 does now.

  • Matthew

    Inventory is not sold out. You need to refresh the screen, then it will show it’s available.

  • Gulpo

    Anyone remember how long it took for Amazon to carry it? I’d have a few gift cards I could use on this but might bite the bullet and pay on Google store if it is more than a month… my S2′s USB port/hard buttons recently broke so in a hurry to replace it.

  • Co1e

    Purchased. Shipping dates are already being pushed back! Get ‘em quick!

  • Pete

    No problems in Oz ordering. Shipping date 5th Nov.

  • olen

    come on google, where is the new nexus 10

  • Ardrid

    I’m really tempted to sell my Nexus 4 (along with the bumper and wireless charger) and grab this phone. The only thing I’m waiting on at this point are reviews and user feedback to see how stable everything it is. Decisions, decisions….

  • jamal adam

    Looks like I’ll be getting myself an early birthday present within the month for sure. Now to decide on whether I want black or white.

  • jamal adam

    I hope the camera is stellar but that’ll have to wait until the reviews pour in and I get a hands-on it myself.

  • Oleg

    Great! Hope to get it soon.

    Do you know if I can buy a 16GB version and replace MicroSD card to larger one (64GB or 32GB) ?

    Also does 32GB version of the phone has a larger capacity battery (as rumored) ? Is it replaceable?

    • MrMrMan

      Nexus phones to not have microsd card slots.

  • donger

    I DO WANT.

  • saari

    LG Nexus 5 full table specs are here !!!!!!!!!!!


  • MrMrMan

    I wish I could love this phone. But once Google decided to exclude microsd card slots from their Nexus line of phones they alienated me. Guess I’ll never own another Nexus phone.

  • Michael Thompson

    hi can some one please email when the nexus 5 will be out in Amazon (UK) thanks


  • Brahmnoor Singh

    Yeah, the Nexus 5 is the next great device !!

    Brahmnoor Singh

  • Adam Binder

    Excited for this new device because I will have it in time for my adventure to new zealand. Paired with my new whatwater case http://www.whatwater.com I will be able to explore and take pictures just about anywhere