Nexus 5 Officially Revealed and It's Another Super-Powered Bargain

By Gerald Lynch on at

It's the most oft-leaked handset of recent times, but finally, finally Google has seen fit to reveal all on the Nexus 5. A high-powered Android beast, it's following in the Nexus 4's footsteps by being a bang-for-your-buck bargain.

The first phone to be running Android 4.4 KitKat, the Nexus 5 has a 4.95-inch 1920 x 1080 display (for a pin-sharp 445 ppi), with all those pixels being pushed by the impressive Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor, clocked at 2.26GHz, backed by 2GB of RAM. An 8MP rear camera sensor, while still totally worthy, is the only area where you could argue that the Nexus 5 doesn't match its pricier Android rivals.

Measuring 69.17x137.84x8.59 mm, the handset weighs 130g, with its screen protected from scrapes and scratches by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. A 2,300mAh battery is onboard, and should be good for 17 hours talk time or 300 hours of standby, with wireless charging support built-into the handset.

Both 16GB and 32GB versions will be available (though there's still no microSD card expansion), with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC and 4G connectivity rounding off the spec sheet. Both white and black-cased versions will be available.

Starting at £299 SIM-free for the 16GB version and £339 for 32GB version, and available at £32 a month on an O2 contract (1GB of data, unlimited calls and texts) it's roughly £100 cheaper than the similarly-spec'd LG G2. It's not quite the almost-pocket-money pricing that the £249 Nexus 4 started at, but considering that's double the 8GB storage that its predecessor entered with (not to mention the raft of other improvements the Nexus 5 is packing) it's looking a pretty sweet deal.

Grab it from the Google Play Store RIGHT NOW. You'll be able to walk away with it from brick-and-mortar Carphone Warehouse stores tomorrow, November 1st. We'll pass on details of other retail channels and network carriers as we get them.