Nexus 5 news is aplenty on the interweb, and with the release date due anytime. Google seems to have made leaking device information pre-launch fashionable, and we know almost everything after the service manual leak, and the bar images. It appears that Google themselves cannot contain their excitement over this game-changer, as they put up the Nexus 5 on the Google Play Store for devices and removed it shortly after, leaving enough time for the press to get their hands on this juicy information.
The Nexus 5 appeared briefly on the Google Play Store in the USA, and before it was torn down, the folks over at Engadget caught a glimpse of it. Though there were no actual links to other pages / more information, this seems to reaffirm what we already know. The images fit what we know about Kitat so far, the revamped Home-screen, and reduced usage of the Holo Theme. This is seen from the press shot images. Also, the Hangouts app is where we usually see the Messaging app, which is in keeping with the rumors that KitKat 4.4 integrates Messaging and Hangouts.
Some interesting tidbits of information can be gleamed from this leak. First, the 16 GB version of the device is priced at $349. While there have been many speculations of he price, and rumors of a new Nexus 4 LTE being coming at $299, this seems to carve in stone the pricing of the device. We heard rumors of the 16 GB version coming with a 2300 mAh battery, and the 32 GB version with a 3000 mAh battery, but Google has quashed these rumors.
Additionally, the device as listed as Google Nexus 5 Black, which suggests that other colors may be available. Google seems to be breaking their trend of all matte-black devices here, ad we already have rendered images of White Nexus 5′s popping up all over the internet.
A quick look at the specs : a 4.95-inch 1080p display, quad-core Snapdragon 800 at 2.3 GHz clock, 2 GB of RAM, 16/32 GB of internal storage, 8 MP rear-shooter and the infamous Android KitKat 4.4.
In less concrete rumors, the folks at NextPowerUp claim to have spotted a listing of the Nexus 5 on the Indian Play Store, at INR 20,999. The only listed difference seems to be HSDPA rather than LTE support, which is in keeping with India’s lack of LTE support. The device was allegedly up for pre-order in early November before these images were claimed to have been torn down ( the link is dead now )
While there are many claims of Photoshop-ping and trickery ( and clever observations like the incorrect spelling of ‘Coming’ ), we do hope this information is at-least partially true. The Nexus 4 and the Nexus 7 ( 2012 ) came very late to India ( nearly 6 months after the US release ), and the former is still selling at INR 24,299. We truly hope the Nexus 5 sees a more international release and it reaches foreign markets faster.
At this point, with so many leaks, Google may just post a 15 second YouTube video with a Google exec saying ‘Here You Go, the Nexus 5 you’ve been waiting for’, and the tech world will still rejoice. We for one can’t wait to get our hands on the device, rumored for a late-October release. We will bring more information as events unfold, which seem to be happening at a rapid pace.
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