Google Nexus 5 Android smartphone unveiled

Google has officially announced the Nexus 5, the new flagship smartphone for its Android mobile operating system.

The device was rumoured to be built by LG and early leaks suggested it would have similar specifications to the Korean electronics manufacturer’s G2.

LG Electronics South Africa recently announced the launch of the LG G2 locally, with the device expected to be available from Cell C, MTN, and Vodacom on 1 November 2013.

As per the rumours, Google revealed that the Nexus 5 would have a 4.95-inch full HD (1080×1920) display, 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 system-on-chip, and 2GB of RAM powered by a 2,300mAh battery.

It will also have an 8MP optical image stabilisation rear camera, and 1.3MP front-facing camera, and run on the new version of Android, 4.4 “KitKat”..

A $349 (US) price for the 16GB model of the Nexus 5 also emerged earlier in October 2013, which Google has also now confirmed.

Availability

Nexus 5 is available today (31 October 2013) on the Google Play online store in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Australia, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Japan and Korea (and coming soon to India), starting at $349.

Google said the device will also soon be available at the following retailers: Sprint, T-Mobile, Amazon, Best Buy, and RadioShack.

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