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Google Officially Unveils the Nexus 5, It’s the Slimmest Yet With 4G LTE

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The Nexus 5 is finally official. Google and LG took the wraps off their new flagship phone, while also giving us Android 4.4 Kit Kat. It has been an intense journey of leaks…and more leaks, but we’re finally here. The device is mostly what we expected with it’s 5-inch HD display, 4G LTE, 8MP camera with OIS, and black or (mostly) white color schemes (full specs). 

The phone is available today on Google Play starting at just $349 for the 16GB version. If you want to bump the storage up to 32GB, you’ll only pay $399. It’s quite the deal; probably the best deal in the industry for a top tier smartphone. If you don’t want to order through Google Play, you can find it at Best Buy, Sprint, T-Mobile, Amazon, and RadioShack “soon.”

If you were looking for special Nexus 5 features that you can highlight for friends, look to all that Android 4.4 has to offer (full details), but the camera should also be greatly improved since it has optical image stabilization and a new HDR+ mode. This phone is also incredibly light and thin at 4.59 oz and 8.59 mm.

And in case you were wondering, here are all of the bands the phone works on:

  • 2G/3G/4G LTE
  • GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
  • CDMA: Band Class: 0/1/10
  • WCDMA: Bands: 1/2/4/5/6/8/19
  • LTE: Bands: 1/2/4/5/17/19/25/26/41

So we’re looking at T-Mobile, Sprint, and AT&T.

You can buy the Nexus 5 here. [Play Link]

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  • Shilamar Drea Shockley

    I wonder if Otterbox will support Nexus this time. They were rude to not support the N4.

  • Taglogical

    All the coverage for this phone… Not on Verizon? Next.

  • mcdonsco

    So what are the theories as to why Verizon never gets/allows nexus’ on their network?

    My guess, it would slow DROID sales…?

  • overrated

    moto x is still better. camera isnt all that on this, and battery life is far better. hi specs dont mean a thing unless you are launching a satellite.

  • redskins59rocs .

    F you verizon

  • DeathtoVerizon

    Eff you, Verizon. I love your service, but my word you are petulant money-grabbing hooker.

  • donkeykong85

    Not trying to start a rumor or get anyone’s hopes up…BUT I just talked to a verizon rep who said that this phone may indeed be coming to verizon and we will hear more in the next few days…obviously these reps are not reliable but it is what I was told.

    • donkeykong85

      appears this is definitely false

  • ajm531

    Isn’t there a band on there or 2 that makes it technically work on Verizons 4g ltr?

  • iNfAMOUS70702

    I get sprint LTE all over my area so im pretty happy…will most likely pick up the nexus 5 as a side phone to my note 3…AOSP is great and all but I prefer the larger screen real estate

  • Kizaru Hiruko

    Bad news, Verizon customers. I just spoke to a sales rep who said that the Nexus 5 was incompatible with the network. After I explained that the Nexus 5 was technologically compatible with Verizon’s network, with the exception of band 13 LTE, she replied that the phone is still incompatible. I realize that sales reps typically have no technological knowledge, but it seems like Verizon is actively trying to keep the N5 off its network.

    I’ll try to get the phone activated on Verizon when I receive mine, but in the meantime, my Nexus 5 will be on T-Mobile.

    • Bradley Siegel

      I saw the same thing in the specs. I am very curious to hear if that works or not!

  • Anon

    The Galaxy S4 is 7.9mm thin with 4G LTE – Am I missing something?

  • Joshua Bailey

    Bought 2 N5s immediately. Status reads “Pending.” Anyone else?

  • h8thepain

    I have a complaint, against BOTH Verizon and Google!

    Verizon for being overbearing on adding their own customization to their phones and screwing things up. Loosen up VZW!

    Google needs to build in the additional radios to support VZW. They WILL get the sales to justify it! Besides, those of us who truly want a stock android phone will end up rooting it and running an AOSP ROM anyways.

    Verizon has the BEST service and coverage around. Google has the best phones around.

    If they keep this up, I’ll switch to a BlackBerry or a Windows Phone and move to Sprint.

    I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels this way. So, Verizon and Google, get with the program guys or you’re going to lose business.

    • Skittlez

      if verizon won’t allow the phone, google has no reason to put the radios in. don’t blame google. this is all verizon’s fault

    • akhnaten

      Verizon coverage sucks where I live (major metro area).

  • chris_johns

    no verizon :'(

  • Brandon

    question: my VZW contract is up 3/30. what does everyone think the next big thing will be then? or will N5 still hold up?

    • guest

      Galaxy S 5 slated for earlier then normal release, right around then.

    • Skittlez

      Nexus devices generally last about 2 years.

  • Robert Willis

    When does the Nexus 6 come out? Trolololololololol

  • Jeff Helget

    32GB in black, on the way. Can’t wait to leave Verizon and return to T-Mobile, the prodigal son, home at last.

  • ben

    10 year + Verizon customer right here just jumped ship! 32gb black on the way! I’m going ATT go phone btw. Still want decent support and t mobile has no service here, but oh well.

    Just a heads up I added it to cart and a few minutes later it showed out of stock, switched browsers and it was in stock again and let me purchase!

    • donkeykong85

      lucky. i am on a family plan i cannot get out of at this point. i hate verizon. att is going to be just as good if not better.

    • Alex Coldstone Simon

      how much is the go plan? what do you get with it? i’m interested in doing this as well.

  • Droid Ronin

    and not surprisingly…out of inventory.

  • Don Crist

    My credit card just got charged. Normally a sign that shipping is eminent. Hello Nexus!

  • nivek31

    Got the 32gb black. Good bye Verizon. I won’t miss you..

  • delrayser

    Okay, so can someone explain to me in not-too-technical terms why you can’t buy one of these and just activate it on Verizon? I thought VZ and Sprint ran on the same technology.

    • Justin W

      Different CDMA bands. This only supports CDMA bands 0/1/10, which are Sprint’s, not Verizons.

      • donkeykong85

        what are verizons?

  • vincent scala

    unfortunately i gotta wait till tomorrow to order definitely want the 32gb

    • col3rsc

      Order now update payment info tomorrow.

  • zapote21

    Soooo No Verizon? Shocking

  • That-Guy

    i’m leaving verizon this month since i’m pretty sick of this crap. not only do they not get the phone i want, but they are horrible at rolling out updates. i’m thinking Tmobile. nexus 5 over moto x?

    • Steve B

      Nexus 5, buy it now!

    • donkeykong85

      n5 over moto x any day. moto x will have no support in about 6 months.

      • guest

        moto x is getting kitkat in couple of weeks!!

  • Steve B

    Okay. Ordered white 16gb. Now, Ringke or Spigen Hybrid?

    • RhinoShock


      • Steve B

        Diztronic is great, I had it for the Gnex, but I want a clear back to show off dat ass.

        • Steve B

          Screw it, went with the Spigen.

  • David Wanless

    this or Oppo N1?

    • GJV

      This, no question about it.

  • Stephen Melley

    When wil Kit Kat hit my Nexus 7?

  • j-wood

    Hey everyone look! The google blog says the new hangouts app does SMS AND MMS!

    ” And with the new Hangouts app, all of your SMS and MMS messages are together in the same place”


    Do i get credited for a new find Droid-life? haha

  • New Nexus comes out and everyone is asking “IS IT ON VERIZON?”…. I think we all know the answer to this question. We just don’t want to admit it….

  • JPfingsten

    If anyone was actually expecting Verizon model I have a lottery ticket for 100 Million I’ll sell you for 500k!

  • Clint O

    Why no microSd? Come on Google

    • hkklife

      Not counting the GPE GS4 (where the SD card is essentially useless), no official Google Experience device has had a microSD slot since the read-only Xoom. No Nexus has officially had it since the Nexus One. Call it laziness, forward-thinking, greed, or arrogance, Google ain’t ever going back to expandable storage. Heck, I personally don’t even see Google ever releasing a 64GB storage device (at least not in the foreseeable future).

  • live stock report!
    16 GB black – out of stock
    32 GB black – first batch out, 11/8 batch in stock
    16 GB white – first batch out, 11/8 batch in stock
    32 GB white – in stock