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Google Nexus 5 Release Date Confirmed: Available to buy now

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The Google Nexus 5 release date has been confirmed, with the first Android 4.4 KitKat powered smartphone available to buy now.

Officially unveiled as a direct rival to the likes of the HTC One, Samsung Galaxy S4 and LG G2, the latest flagship Google phone is already available to purchase directly through the Google Play Store, with an estimated shipping time of just "1-2 days."

As well as offering the phone directly, Google has confirmed the Google Nexus 5 will hit retailers with near immediate effect, going on sale tomorrow, November 1 through third-party sellers as the search giant targets a smoother rollout than last year’s Google Nexus 4.

While the Google Nexus 4 was only available through the Google Play Store at launch, the Google Nexus 5 will be available through a selection of third-party retailers and network providers, as well as Google’s own online outlet. What’s more Google will be hoping to avoid the stock issues which plagued the arrival of last year’s phone.

The Google Nexus 5 release date will see retailer Carphone Warehouse and network O2 offer the handset on both 3G and 4G tariffs.

Google Nexus 5 Features

Packed with a raft of premium components, the Google Nexus 5 sees a 2.26GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor included alongside 2GB of RAM and the option of 16GB or 32GB of internal storage, up on last year’s 8GB and 16GB capacities. As with the Nexus 4, or indeed the iPhone 5S, the Google Nexus 5 does not support microSD expansion.

On top of the speedy processor, the Google Nexus 5 features list sees a 4.95-inch display included with a 1920 x 1080 pixel Full HD resolution and a 445 pixels-per-inch image density. A Corning Gorilla Glass 3 coating gives the glass panel some added protection.

Further Google Nexus 5 features include an 8-megapixel rear-mounted camera with optical image stabilisation, a 1.3-mwegapixel secondary camera, and a 2300mAh Lithium-Polymer battery. The usual Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC connectivity options are further enhanced by 4G.

Will you be buying a Google Nexus 5 now the phoen is official? Let us know via the comments box below.

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Seth T Wilson

November 1, 2013, 1:49 am

Wait, no microSD? Again? A "flagship" with as little as 16GB, no card slot? You've got to be kidding me, Google. I figured this would be an automatic buy for me since I wanted a new phone already. Maybe it will be a Nexus 5, which I was sure of previously, but now that the full specs are available I must shop around first. VERY disappointing, and perhaps one little deal killer, and the same (and only) reason I never bought a Nexus 4 or 1G Nexus 7.

andyvan

November 1, 2013, 9:52 am

Got to remember it's a fair bit cheaper than flagship phones, though. Every little thing adds a cost and the Nexus 5 is made to hit a very juicy and tempting price.

Pro SD cards & huge batteries!

November 1, 2013, 10:59 am

It's got nothing to do with cost, everything to do with encouraging customers into using Google's Cloud based products. (Which are absolutely no substitute for a removable MicroSD card). I'd always prefer to save my photos and videos taken by the phone, onto the SD card in case the phone breaks or gets destroyed. Recently came back from a work trip somewhere very hot, humid & remote and the phone died as I got off the plane home. Unfortunately, I had forgotten to set the SD card as default storage and lost over 500 photos and videos after the phone was replaced under warranty! You can't do a 'cloud backup' from a jungle or a desert!

Seth T Wilson

November 1, 2013, 11:22 pm

I wasn't the one labeling it a "flagship," just responding to what I've read. But of course it is Google's top phone, even if it is not LG's best.

Pg

November 4, 2013, 2:10 pm

I don't mind the no sd slot. Doesn't bother me, But no radio? I find it hard to believe it costs much to put one in. Which would save me from running down the battery trying to stream a station, which doesn't work if the network is busy or down, or I'm on a train (not underground) :-(

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