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Nexus 5 Release Imminent: Price and Details Arrive from Google



According to a posting on Google, the Nexus 5 price is set at $349 without a contract and the new Nexus smartphone will come in two sizes, which means users can likely purchase the Nexus 5 32GB for $399. While the Nexus 5 release date is not yet here, this is a good sign that it is just days away.

Google pushed links for a Nexus 5 16GB and a Nexus 5 32GB live along with a Nexus 5 image on the main Google Play Devices page. The Nexus 5 is not yet on sale on Google Play, but with the listing appearing it looks like the Nexus 5 release is fast approaching.

Update: Watch this Nexus 5 Video Rumor Roundup

Within minutes of revealing the Nexus 5 price, design and storage capacities Google pulled the listing completely, putting the Nexus 4 back online in its place.

The Nexus 5 release is close as Google shares some Nexus 5 details on the Google Play Store.

The Nexus 5 release is close as Google shares some Nexus 5 details on the Google Play Store.

The Nexus 4 remains out of stock, just as it was earlier today. Google teased the Nexus 5 in an Android 4.4 KitKat video in September and the device has made several high profile appearances since, complete with a new Android 4.4 KitKat operating system.

The Google Play Store description for the Nexus 5 teased an improved camera, claiming the Nexus 5 allows users to,

“Capture the everyday and the epic in fresh new ways. Starting at $349.”

The new ways likely points to the Optical Image Stabilization camera which an FCC filing and a leaked service manual pointed to. LG introduced a 13MP OIS (optical image stabilization) camera on the LG G2 which arrived on multiple carriers recently. The Nexus 5 likely includes an 8MP OIS camera which means it should deliver better looking low light photos and deliver a more stable footage in videos where you are moving.

The Nexus 5 price is set at $349 thanks to the quick listing and with a starting price of $349 it is all but confirmed that the 32GB Nexus 5 price will arrive at $399. One rumor claimed the Nexus 5 with 32GB of storage would come with a larger battery, but that is not confirmed with the listing that Google now pulled. A rumor suggested the Nexus 4 would stay on with an LTE option, but the main Google Play page only showed a Nexus 5 during this time.

This is the Nexus 5, direct from Google. You can't buy the Nexus 5 yet, but the release is very close.

This is the Nexus 5, direct from Google. You can’t buy the Nexus 5 yet, but the release is very close.

Over the weekend a seven minute Nexus 5 video showcased the device’s looks and the Android 4.4 software. The original video is no longer available, but it lives on in copy shown below.

The Nexus 5 listing on Google Play shows the same design, which includes a matte black finish similar to the Nexus 7.

While many companies hold large events for smartphone launches, Google introduced the Nexus 4 with a press release and a page of details before the company began taking orders. The Nexus 7 launch came with an event this summer, so it is possible that Google is still working on an event for the Android 4.4 update and Nexus 5 launch.

A report earlier today indicates the Nexus 5 release date is set for October, and with an appearance on the Google Play Store it looks like this is correct. Given recent hints from the KitKat Twitter account and this appearance the Nexus 5 release date is incredibly close and may arrive in days, or as late as October 28th, depending which rumor comes true.



  1. Shurjo Ali

    10/17/2013 at 7:49 pm

    has anyone else noticed there is no earpiece for the phone

    • John

      10/19/2013 at 11:40 pm

      Look closer the center has a circular speaker in this larger image (thats the one peopel grabbed, the center circular bit is the ear piece LED notifications are to the right when looking at the screen and the camera to the left

  2. Abacar

    10/17/2013 at 7:56 pm

    Google did the right thing by revealing the price, as there was a lot of wild speculation going on about price. Some publications were claiming it would be ridiculously cheap, while other websites said it would be expensive. Google has shut down all those rumors by revealing the correct price. Now people won’t be disappointed when it is released.

  3. Hunter Dahl (@huntaz556)

    10/17/2013 at 7:58 pm

    lol it’s that circle. The camera is on the left.

  4. Job

    10/17/2013 at 11:47 pm

    Finally, the rumors were too much, some had even quoted the price at $499

  5. Tzfardaya

    10/18/2013 at 5:26 am

    Only question I have for the n5 is… Does it have USB otg? Gnex did, n4 initial online manual said it did (but has been changed because the phone doesn’t support otg)….

  6. chazzmatt

    10/18/2013 at 5:39 am

    This “mistake” was a PR leak to shut up the people claiming there will be a re-release of last year’s Nexus 4 to take the “low end” pricing and that this year’s Nexus 5 would be priced up to $500. This brief “accidental” Google Play posting was Google’s way of saying STFU on both ridiculous rumors.

    $349 for 16GB Nexus 5 is actually the same price for 16GB as last year’s Nexus 4 — but with 5″ 1080p, smaller body, Snapdragon 800, multiple LTE bands, pentaband HSPA+, CDMA, and 8MP OIS camera.

    So, if the 16GB is still $349, then the new 32GB will probably be $399?

  7. jaQ Andrews

    10/18/2013 at 6:45 am

    Eagerly awaiting dimensions. And a “Buy” button.

  8. BayshoreBandit

    10/18/2013 at 1:36 pm

    If google got a nickle for everytime I’ve goodled Nexus 5, they would be rich by now. lol

    • Jonny

      10/19/2013 at 1:08 pm

      As if they aren’t already. But same here! ;)

  9. ted

    10/20/2013 at 12:50 pm

    no SD card slot?

  10. Donor

    10/22/2013 at 4:11 pm

    they probably do get a nickle for it

  11. Francesco

    10/23/2013 at 1:31 pm

    Hi guys

    Hope you can help me out

    I’m italian, and a dear friend of mine is going to have a travel in New York in november. Will it be possible for him to buy a nexus 5 (the price in usd is much more better than in £) in a physical shop for the same google store device price?

    If this is possibile, does the phone will work in Italy as well?

    thank you in advance!

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