Google's Nexus 5 launches

Google's Nexus 5 launches

Don Sambandaraksa  |   November 01, 2013
The long-awaited, often leaked Nexus 5 smartphone has finally been launched and the specs and rumours have proven to be true for the most part.
The United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Japan and Korea get first dibs on the new Google phone and India will be soon to follow.
In the US, the 16 and 32 GB versions are $349 and $399. In the UK, the price is a much less budget-oriented £295 ($473) and £339 ($543), respectively.
Bands were not clear in the spec sheets, but Google will be selling two variants of the Nexus 5. One for the US and Europe and the other for Asia.
The specifications were confirmed with a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 running at 2.3 GHz, 2 GB of RAM, 5-inch 1080p display, Qi wireless charging and slimport connector for connecting to an external monitor. The battery is rated for 2,300 mAh, as confirmed in the latter leaks, not quite the 3,000 mAh rumoured early on.
The main 8-megapixel camera gets optical image stabilisation and what Google calls HDR+, with a new shutter system allowing more light to hit the sensor in shadow areas rather than adjusting images after capture which results in noise in shadow areas.
The latest in the long line of Nexus phones is like its predecessor, manufactured by LG and debuts with Android 4.4 KitKat.
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