The Nexus 5 is a fully unlocked device, priced at $349 with no contract for the base 16GB model. The 32GB is $399, and both are available in white and black. It will work across a wide array of carriers — in the US, it will work on everything except Verizon.
The LG-made Nexus 5 features a 5-inch 1080p HD screen, runs Android 4.4 on a 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU with Adreno 330 graphics. The 8-megapixel camera and a front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera have many key improvements. It now features a small gyroscope in the lens for optical image stabilization. The camera also has HDR+, which fuses together several exposures, as well as burst shots, to make one ideal image.
The 4.95-inch Corning Gorilla Glass 3 display is the biggest Nexus screen yet. Like its competitors, the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the HTC One, the Nexus 5’s touch screen has a 1,920×1,080-pixel resolution and 445ppi. In contrast, the previous Nexus had a 1,280×768-pixel resolution with just 320 ppi.
The Nexus 5’s screen beats the iPhone 5s in both size and resolution. The iPhone 5s has a 4-inch screen with 1,136-by-640-pixels and 326 pixel density while the Nexus 5 has a 4.95-inch screen with a 1,920-by-1,080 pixel resolution and a 445 pixel density.
Google says KitKat delivers a smarter, more immersive Android experience to more platforms that will include some lower end models with only 512 Megs of RAM. Swipe once from the home screen to get Google Now. You say “OK, Google” to launch voice search, send a text, get directions or play a song. And in the coming weeks, they’re enhancing Now with new card types that bring you information about contextual topics.
Android 4.4, KitKat, which comes on Nexus 5, will also soon be available on Nexus 4, 7, 10, the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One Google Play edition devices in the coming weeks. It also introduces a new, open architecture for NFC payments that works with any mobile carrier, and lets apps manage your payment information in the cloud or on your device.
A new wireless charger is compatible with the new Nexus 5 and this year’s Nexus 7. Presumably, it will charge any Qi-compatible device, including last year’s Nexus 4. The new Google phone has dual-band Wi-Fi with a/b/g/n/ac support and Wi-Fi Direct.
The Nexus 5 will be tri-band enabled on Sprint’s 850, 1900 and 2500 MHz spectrum with a software update in early 2014. A 3G/4G LTE mobile hotspot capability will support up to eight Wi-Fi enabled devices. Sprint has priced the 16GB Nexus 5 at a whopping $449.99 off contract, but the same phone from Google Play have no problem working on its network.
Nexus 5 is available today, unlocked and without a contract, on Google Play in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Australia, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Japan and Korea (and coming soon to India), starting at $349. It will be available soon at Sprint, T-Mobile, Amazon, Best Buy and RadioShack.