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Google Nexus 5: specs, release date and UK price

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By Nicole Kobie

Posted on 1 Nov 2013 at 09:10

The Google Nexus 5 has been unveiled, featuring a 5in display with 445ppi and Android KitKat - for only £299 SIM-free.

The LG-made handset adds to Google's existing hardware lineup, extending it from the Nexus 4 smartphone and the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 tablets.

The Nexus 5 features a 1,920 x 1,080 display protected by Gorilla Glass 3, with its 445ppi topping the iPhone 5s' 326ppi, but coming in a shade under the HTC One's 469ppi.

It runs Android KitKat on a 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 processor and 450MHz Adreno 330 GPU and has 2GB RAM, and features an 8-megapixel rear camera and 1.3-megapixel snapper on the front, as well as new photo tools.

"The advanced new lens on Nexus 5 captures more light for brighter night and sharper action shots," said Sundar Pichai, vice president of Android. "And with optical image stabilisation, you no longer have to worry about shaky hands and blurry pictures. A new HDR+ mode automatically snaps a rapid burst of photos and combines them to give you the best possible single shot."

Nexus 5

For connectivity, it features dual-band 802.11abgnac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4, NFC and 4G/LTE.

Google promises the 2,300mAh battery will offer 17 hours of talk time, and the Nexus 5 supports wireless charging.

It weighs in at 130g - the same as the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One - and is 137.8 x 69 x 8.6mm.

The Nexus 5 comes in two colours - black and white - and two storage sizes, but there's no expandable memory slot. The 16GB version is £299 and the 32GB version is £339 - both are SIM free without a contract, but are also available on contract from Three and O2.

The Nexus 5 is available to order in the UK immediately, but will currently take a week to ship from Google Play.

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User comments

Looks very good

On paper this 'phone looks like a very good deal.
My only concern is that the O\S appears to be highly integrated to Google+, though I'm sure this isn't insurmountable.

By wittgenfrog on 1 Nov 2013


No more so than the Nexus 4, and you don't have to use G+ is you don't want to. The point of a Nexus phone is to use all-Google but it's personal choice.

Think I might be replacing my HTC One soon...

By EddyOS_2K9 on 1 Nov 2013

Bought One Last Night

I for one look forward to saying hello to my new Google overlords! (Goodbye Apple)

By Jules75 on 1 Nov 2013


Thanks for the clarification. My only problem with Google is trust.....

By wittgenfrog on 1 Nov 2013

CPW have them £4 cheaper in store, 16GB only though. Worth it if you only want the 16GB handset and can't wait a week or so

By EddyOS_2K9 on 1 Nov 2013


My Nexus 4 cost £229 a year ago - an extra £70 for the base model makes all the difference when choosing between a "free" phone on contract or buying up front and using GiffGaff (or whoever).

Of course, compared to the iPhone5, and most competing phones from Samsung and HTC, it's great value sim-free but £300 is a lot to find upfront.

By KevPartner on 1 Nov 2013


True, but chances are the networks will still charge £32+ a month like they would with an HTC One/GS4 even though they cost nearly £200 more to buy SIM-free.

It'll be a LOT cheaper in the long run to buy the N5 outright and get a SIM-only deal so long as you can afford the phone

By EddyOS_2K9 on 1 Nov 2013

No full LTE band coverage:

From ZDNet:

The US version doesn't cover LTE bands 3, 7, and 20, while the EU version skips bands 2, 4, 17, 19, 25, 26 and 41. This means that neither variant offers full worldwide coverage.

By big_D on 1 Nov 2013


Maybe not for 4G, but should work fine on 3G

By EddyOS_2K9 on 1 Nov 2013

I did the maths

If you buy a 32GB Nexus 5 for £339 upfront from Google and get a £15/month Three tarrif the total 2 yr cost is £699.

If you buy a 16GB Nexus 5 from Three on a £29/month tarrif the total 2 year cost is £745 - for less minutes and you pay for voicemail.

That's this week. Next week it might be different.

By revsorg on 2 Nov 2013

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