Google Nexus 5 release date, rumours, news, price and specs

The Google Nexus 5 is widely expected to launch in the coming days, with a raft of Google Nexus 5 rumours suggesting the eagerly awaited handset will run Android 4.4 KitKat alongside a range of premium components.

With images of the Nexus 5 appearing all over the internet in the last month, the next-generation flagship Android phone looks to be sprinting towards an imminent arrival.

Further indicating a rapidly approaching Nexus 5 launch, Google recently let slip on the upcoming phone, accidentally listing the Google Nexus 5 on the Google Play store. The phone’s premature arrival was hastily removed.

Set to line up alongside the recently unveiled new Nexus 7, the Google Nexus 5 will seemingly land with Android 4.4 in tow, while recent Google Nexus 5 leaks have claimed the phone will not only be manufacturered by LG, but feature a spec markedly similar to that of the LG G2. The phone has even been caught on camera at Google’s HQ.

With the Google Nexus 5 release date now expected to be just a matter of days, or indeed hours away, latest Google Nexus 5 rumours have suggested the phone will bring a larger screen, bumped up specs and a thinner form factor to boot.

We’ve rounded up all the Google Nexus 5 gossip for you in one place, saving you having to trawl the web for any news of the next Google smartphone. We will be updating this page too, so bookmark it now to keep up to date.

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Google Nexus 5 Release Date

Latest reports have pegged the Google Nexus 5 release date as anywhere between October 31 and November 5. Although not having come from official avenues, the tipped Halloween arrival would fit with past Nexus launches and see the Nexus 5 look to capitalise on the pre-Christmas shopping rush.

Claimed unnamed sources have stated: “The next Nexus phone should arrive sometime in October, possibly around October 31.” This would see the phone land just weeks after the LG G2 release date.

Although there has, as yet, been no official word from Google as to when the Nexus 5 will be released, this is just one of several reports which have suggested that an October arrival is on the cards, given added backing to the claims. Given the Nexus 5 could be just days arrival, recent Google Nexus 4 price cuts have suggested that the search giant is already preparing for its next flagship phone. What’s more, retailers have already started pulling the Google Nexus 4 from shelves.

Back in May, both Phones 4u and Carphone Warehouse reportedly stopped selling the Nexus 4, then in July the Nexus 4 disappeared from the Carphone Warehouse site entirely. Having a quick scan of all the UK network providers, the Nexus 4 is conspicuously absent, only listed as out of stock on the O2 website, and completely missing from the rest.

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Google Nexus 5 Specs

The Google Nexus 5 will improve on the existing specs of the Nexus 4 with recent rumours pointing to a considerable jump in performance. A 5-inch OLED 1920 x 1080p Full HD display is said to be making the cut, upgrading the current 4.7-inch 1280 x 768p resolution screen.

Processor-wise the Google Nexus 5 should pack a 2.3GHZ Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM. There should also be the option of 16GB, 32GB or 64GB of internal storage, probably lacking microSD card expansion like the existing flagship.

New Nexus 5 benchmarks emerged mid-September, revealing that Google’s next flagship will offer quite the graphical grunt. Leaked GFXBench benchmark results saw the Nexus 5 eclipse the Sony Xperia Z1 and HTC One to draw with the iPhone 5S.

With a hearty 3300mAH Lithium Polymer battery reportedly in tow, the Google Nexus 5 should also have a 16-megapixel rear camera and Full 1080p HD video recording capabilities as well. Up front there is expected to be a 2.1-megapixel snapper for video calling and all those selfies.

As with the Nexus 4, we expect the next Google smartphone to have NFC, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, but with 4G LTE compatibility added.

A recent Android 4.4 KitKat leak also suggested that the Nexus 5 will support wireless charging, just like its Nexus 4 predecessor.

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Google Nexus 5 News

Over the past month, pictures of the Nexus 5 have been appearing more rapidly online, with the first sighting of the phone caught on camera in the hands of a Google employee outside the company’s Mountain View HQ (above).

Early in September, the first official looking images of the Nexus 5 emerged, showing a smartphone with an ultra-thin bezel reminiscent of the LG G2 design as seen below. This was followed by fresh images of the Nexus 5 being used out in the world, again showing off the slim bezel, strong Nexus branding down the back of the device and prominent rear camera housing.

Apparently the phone was snapped whilst a rather absent-minded Google employee left the upcoming flagship charging at a bar. According to the report, the screen is only “OK”.

Kicking off October with a bang, another image of the Nexus 5 leaked online accompanied by some initial impressions of the smartphone.

Having worked with Google to create the Nexus 4, LG stated back in May that it wouldn’t be producing the Nexus 5, preferring to focus on promoting its own branded smartphone lines rather than stock Android devices. “The Nexus 4 was a great success despite the production problems for us and Google,” said Kim Wong, VP of LG Mobile in Europe. “However, we do not need such a marketing success again.”

The South Korean manufacturer believes that the launch of the Google Nexus 5 under the LG umbrella would detract from its own line of smartphones, especially the recently unveiled LG G2.

Now, retailers have already started letting consumers register their interest in the unconfirmed phone, with official looking press renders of the phone doing the rounds, showing off a phone with an 8-megapixel rear-mounted camera that will be further enhanced by optical-image-stabilisation.

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Despite LG stating that it would not be partnering with Google to produce the Nexus 5 despite a strong relationship, latest reports have seemingly put LG back in the picture. What’s more, LG representatives have hinted heavily to TrustedReviews that they will be in the driving seat of the Nexus 5, teasing that we will be seeing the phone “very soon.”

Elsewhere, further Google Nexus 5 rumours have put production duties in the hands of Asus, which already produces its Nexus 7 tablet, or Samsung, with whom Google worked with for the Nexus 10.

Google Nexus 5 Rumours

Although it was widely thought that the Google Nexus 5 would be the first device to run Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie, especially as Google chose to launch the new Nexus 7 with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, the arrival of Android 4.4 Kit Kat has changed these beliefs.

While Android 4.3 introduced several new features like Restricted Profiles, Android 4.4 is expected to be a more comprehensive overhaul, potentially showcasing the processing prowess of the Nexus 5 when it launches later this year.

Google Nexus 5 Price

Seeing as Google chose to stay close to the price points set by the first-generation Nexus 7 with its new 7-inch slate, we expect the search engine giant to follow the same path with the Nexus 5.

Although the Full HD screen may well push these price tags a little higher, when the phone was teased on the Google Play Store, it was accompanied by a $349 price tag.

Latest Google Nexus 5 price leaks, attributed to an anonymous tipster, have claimed that the upcoming handset will run eager owners less than £200 at launch, a price which would see it gain a major advantage over the rival HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4.

Although a US Google Nexus 5 price has been provided so far, the claimed $299 and $399 fees for the 16GB and 32GB versions of the phone equate to roughly £186 and £248 respectively.

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