updated 02:48 pm EDT, Thu October 31, 2013
Flagship Google smartphone introduces Google Now wake commands
After weeks of launch rumors, Google has finally introduced the Nexus 5 smartphone. The LG-produced device features a Gorilla Glass 3-protected 4.95-inch Full HD IPS display, giving it a pixel density of 445 PPI, powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor clocked at 2.3GHz with 2GB of RAM and an Adreno 330 GPU.
Running on Android KitKat, the Nexus 5 features an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with Optical Image Stabilization along with a front-facing 1.3MP version, with the lens said to capture more light for brighter night and sharper action shots. Storage extends to 16GB and 32GB options, while connectivity is provided over dual-band Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, 2G, 3G, and 4G LTE. MicroUSB, SlimPort support, a headphone jack, dual microphones, ceramic power and volume buttons, and a 2,300mAh battery said to provide up to 17 hours of talk time are also packed into the 4.5-ounce, 8.59mm (0.34-inches) thick smartphone.
Google has added a number of extras to the Nexus 5, along with Android 4.4. Users can now select a vocal keyword to wake up the device and turn on Google Now, similar to the voice recognition feature of the Moto X. The camera app has also been improved to introduce a new HDR photography mode, which Google calls HDR+.
Available in black and white color options, Google is putting the Nexus 5 on sale today through Google Play in the US, Canada, UK, Australia, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Japan, and Korea, priced at $349 and $399 for the 16GB and 32GB models respectively. It will also be making its way to other retailers in the future, including Amazon, Best Buy, and RadioShack.
Sprint has confirmed it will be selling the Nexus 5 on its network on November 8th, with the 16GB model selling for $150 after a $50 rebate, or $18.75 per month under Sprint One Up. T-Mobile has also advised that it will be selling the Nexus 5 in "in time for the holidays," but has yet to provide availability nor pricing details.