With the upcoming Nexus 5 everything but official, a source “familiar with Google” has told TechRadar that the handset with not only be announced and released in the last week of October, but it will also be half the price of the iPhone 5s.
The Nexus 4 was likely the most successful device from the lineup, even with the lack of “official” LTE support out of the box. Shipping with a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro, 8 megapixel camera, 2GB RAM, and the latest version of Android, the Nexus 4 had a lot going for it, but that’s not why the handset looked so attractive. When Google and LG officially announced the handset, the Nexus 4’s starting price was $299 off-contract, which still is very impressive given the hardware on the device at the time. If the Nexus 5 matches it’s predecessor’s price point, this could indeed be the best Nexus launch we’ve seen.
If the rumors (and photos) are to be believed, the Nexus 5 will share a majority of the internal hardware found in the LG G2, which is hardly anything to scoff at. The G2 ships with a 5.2 inch 1080p HD IPS+ display, Snapdragon 800, 2GB RAM, 13 megapixel camera, and just about everything you’d expect to see in a high-end smartphone today. If the Nexus 5 meets or exceeds the specifications of the G2 with a possible starting price of $299, it’s hard to imagine that it won’t be a big deal.
LG and Google likely have learned a thing or two from the Nexus 4 launch when it comes to inventory, and we’d imagine that the supply of the Nexus 5 will be more abundant at launch day.
Of course, one of the most exciting things about owning a Nexus device is getting the latest and greatest version of the Android operating system. While there’s little known about Android 4.4 KitKat, you can be sure that the Nexus 5 will ship with it out of the box.
With the Nexus 4 turning a year old at the end of the month, there’s little to keep us from assuming that the Nexus 5 will be taking its place very soon.