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Google Nexus 5 may be more expensive than expected

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Google's next flagship Android phone, the Google Nexus 5, may be a little more expensive than many had predicted.

According to the latest internet rumour, the LG-manufactured smartphone will start retailing from $399 for the 16GB model, which works out to about £250 if we were to make an exact conversion.

That's the assertion made by Android Geeks, at least, which cites "a source close to the Mountain View-based giant."

For those who are struggling to keep track, $399 would be a good $100 more expensive than previous predictions. It would also be that much more expensive than the Google Nexus 4's debut price, although it's worth remembering that this was for the now-discontinued 8GB unit.

The report goes on to suggest that the 32GB Nexus 5 will retail for $449, which is around £281.

Previous rumours have suggested that the Google Nexus 5 will be considerably more advanced than the outgoing Nexus 4. It'll have a 5.2-inch 1080p display, a superior quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM and an 8 or 16-megapixel camera with OIS.

But that's not the only reason for the higher pricing. According to the report, Google will also relaunch the Nexus 4 with LTE capabilities to occupy the entry level of the range. This model will start from $399 for the 16GB model.

This wouldn't actually be much of a modification on Google's and LG's part, as the original Nexus 4 shipped with LTE capabilities integrated as part of the Snapdragon S4 Pro chip. It just wasn't activated.

It's even possible that the Android 4.4 KitKat update could enable 4G support for existing Nexus 4 owners, but that's a different matter.

We're expecting to see the Google Nexus 5 announced some time this month.

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lwg

October 16, 2013, 9:49 am

No, LTE can't just be enabled with a firmware update for most customers. The current Nexus 4 only contains an LTE power amplifier for a single band (which is only in use in Canada, if I remember correctly).

newsjunkieintl

October 16, 2013, 9:57 am

1) Google has NEVER released a Nexus smartphone before November. NEVER. \

Last four were November, November, December, January. Expect November again, after an October announcement -- just like the last two years.

2) There will be no "Nexus 4 LTE" . Google only releases one model per year, to influence design. The Nexus 5 is 2013 Nexus phone, there will be no others. It's unlocked, has multiple LTE bands, CDMA, HSPA+ is 4.96" with full HD 1080p, 2GB RAM, 8PM OIS camera and comes with Snapdragon 800. PLUS, it's a hair smaller than the Nexus 4. Yeah, they packed a 4.96" 1080p display into a case a hair smaller than last year's 4.7" 720 Nexus 4.

And it will be PRICED close to last year's Nexus 4.

If they re-released a Nexus 4, even with LTE, it would LOSE in all the benchmark tests as CPUs have moved on. Google is not going to do something stupid like that. They have a winner with the LG G2-based Nexus 5 -- and they will be going full throttle with that.

Google looks forward, they don't look back. There will not be a "runner up" Nexus, it will only be the gen5 Nexus 5.

Geoff Richards

October 16, 2013, 9:58 am

The Nexus 4 was £279 for the 16GB so that makes perfect sense. The $299 rumour was just wishful thinking IMO

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