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Nexus 5 Packs 2.3Ghz Snapdragon 800, 5-inch Display

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Google has finally put us out of our misery and confirmed the Nexus 5.

After countless leaks, Google has finally made the next phone in its Nexus line of handsets official. Instead of holding a big, glitzy event, Google decided to announce the phone via a blog post published on its official Android blog.

Thanks to the numerous leaks we've had over the last month or so, the Nexus 5 and its specs come as no surprise. The Nexus 5 is an LG made phone and Google says it's the slimmest, fastest Nexus phone yet. It packs a 4.95-inch 1920x1080p full HD display (though Google is calling this a 5-inch phone), a quad-core Snapdragon 800 CPU clocked at 2.3 GHz, support for 4G/LTE and dualband WiFi, wireless charging, a 2300mAh battery, and an 8-megapixel camera with Optical Image Stabilization. There's also a 1.3-megapixel camera up front for video calling.

Of course, the big news is that the Nexus 5 will ship with Android 4.4, also known as KitKat. KitKat packs improvements to the phone application, as well as a new Hangouts app, a new camera shortcut on the lockscreen, support for third-party cloud storage in the Gallery application, and hands-free voice search.

What is surprising is that though rumors pointed to a November 1 launch, the Nexus 5 is actually available today. Priced at $349 off contract, those living in the U.S., Canada, UK, Australia, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Japan and Korea can buy the phone right away.

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    Pinhedd , October 31, 2013 12:35 PM
    2300mAh battery powering a Snapdragon 800? This thing is going to have a 1 hour battery life
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    DarkSable , October 31, 2013 12:43 PM
    It's going to have a longer battery life than the phone I'll be upgrading from, which is a Galaxy S 1, with a 4g chip in it. It gives me about 20 minutes of talk time with a completely full charge.

    I've been dealing with this rather awful thing for a long while now, waiting for the Nexus 5. It's going to be a nice upgrade.
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    airanp , October 31, 2013 12:44 PM
    The 800 is actually more efficient than previous models as it can scale each core as needed independantly. The real drain is going to be the 1080p ips display. The spec sheet is stating somewhere in the ballpark of 7 hours of use though on LTE which is something I'll be interested in seeing when some battery drain tests start popping up.
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    typicalGeek , October 31, 2013 1:47 PM
    "It packs a 4.95-inch 1920x1080p full HD display (though Google is calling this a 5-inch phone)..."

    Seriously, you're saying this as if the screen is noticeably short of being a full 5" diagonal measure. The 0.05" (less than 1.3 mm) that the author seems to have a problem with Google's rounding up is less than the thickness of a dime. Not really a big marketing ploy on Google's part.

    Now, if you're fishing with a buddy and the 19" fish he caught is described as "about two feet long" then you've got a bit of a meaningful rounding error.
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    cmi86 , October 31, 2013 2:24 PM
    $350 off contract ??? I want.
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    redeemer , October 31, 2013 2:32 PM
    Just scored a 32GB white Nexus 5 $467 inc taxes/shipping here in Southern Ontario Canada
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    Pinhedd , October 31, 2013 3:01 PM
    Quote:
    The 800 is actually more efficient than previous models as it can scale each core as needed independantly. The real drain is going to be the 1080p ips display. The spec sheet is stating somewhere in the ballpark of 7 hours of use though on LTE which is something I'll be interested in seeing when some battery drain tests start popping up.


    The Snapdragon 600 in my Galaxy S4 already gets uncomfortably hot and drains the battery in a few hours. It 2600mAh and lasts long enough for my purposes but I wouldn't want anything that drains faster.
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    razor512 , October 31, 2013 4:09 PM
    Seems they forgot to design it with a user replaceable battery, and sd card slot.

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    house70 , October 31, 2013 6:10 PM
    Quote:
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    The 800 is actually more efficient than previous models as it can scale each core as needed independantly. The real drain is going to be the 1080p ips display. The spec sheet is stating somewhere in the ballpark of 7 hours of use though on LTE which is something I'll be interested in seeing when some battery drain tests start popping up.


    The Snapdragon 600 in my Galaxy S4 already gets uncomfortably hot and drains the battery in a few hours. It 2600mAh and lasts long enough for my purposes but I wouldn't want anything that drains faster.


    Not quite. My SGS4 GP Edition lasts about 2 days on it's old battery and 3-4 days on an extended battery. It's all in the software optimization, and pure Android devices (like Nexus, or GP phones) are pretty good at that.
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    Nada190 , October 31, 2013 6:15 PM
    I want one so bad but AT&T is EVIL.
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    DarkSable , October 31, 2013 8:08 PM
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    I want one so bad but AT&T is EVIL.


    It'll work with AT&T... Verison is the only carrier a Nexus device won't work with.
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    vinay2070 , October 31, 2013 8:51 PM
    13MP camera and a 3000 mah battery would have made this phone a killer!
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    Nada190 , October 31, 2013 10:24 PM
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    I want one so bad but AT&T is EVIL.


    It'll work with AT&T... Verison is the only carrier a Nexus device won't work with.


    No, I mean they don't let you get away with wifi only because I really don't need a data plan.
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    jase240 , November 1, 2013 12:59 AM
    According to the specs, it supports both GSM and CDMA on the SAME phone!?!?

    Network
    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

    Confusion? These specs are from this page: https://play.google.com/store/devices/details/Nexus_5_16GB_Black?id=nexus_5_black_16gb

    I didn't think phones usually supported both GSM and CDMA on the same exact device, I always thought it was one or the other per model(ex. A CDMA model and a GSM model).
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    ChiefScooter , November 1, 2013 1:10 AM
    My Motorola Photon was CDMA and GSM. Was real handy in areas with poor coverage, as it could reach out to any network around, as opposed to one or the other.
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    Grandmastersexsay , November 1, 2013 7:17 AM
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    Seems they forgot to design it with a user replaceable battery, and sd card slot.



    Exactly. Screw google pushing their google drive on us so they can scan our files for advertising algorithms and charge us directly for more storage capacity.

    You are condoning this kind of behavior if you buy this phone.

    You also might want to get a phone that allows you replace a $20 battery that will be significantly degraded in one year.
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    DarkSable , November 1, 2013 8:55 AM
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    No, I mean they don't let you get away with wifi only because I really don't need a data plan.


    You don't know the trick for that? When it comes time to upgrade, say you don't want to pay for a data phone and want a "dumb"phone - it should be free, even though it'll use your upgrade; any phone with a SIM card that you don't have to pay for data with will work.

    Then you aren't paying for a data plan, and you can just take the SIM card out of that phone and plunk it in whatever phone you like.

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    Nada190 , November 1, 2013 5:04 PM
    Quote:
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    No, I mean they don't let you get away with wifi only because I really don't need a data plan.


    You don't know the trick for that? When it comes time to upgrade, say you don't want to pay for a data phone and want a "dumb"phone - it should be free, even though it'll use your upgrade; any phone with a SIM card that you don't have to pay for data with will work.

    Then you aren't paying for a data plan, and you can just take the SIM card out of that phone and plunk it in whatever phone you like.



    I thought AT&T would find out and slap a data plan on your contract? I currently use a dumbphone.
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    DarkSable , November 1, 2013 10:44 PM
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    I thought AT&T would find out and slap a data plan on your contract? I currently use a dumbphone.


    I've done it for years with T-mobile and they've never put a data plan on me. They can't tell what phone you have through your SIM card - and as long as you block/are careful with your data usage and don't do the thing for which data plans are now mandatory (racking up $1000s in data charges then pleading ignorance and threatening to go to the press), you're fine. I know people who do it on AT&T, as well; works a treat. If you aren't sure about it, you can always pick up a used smartphone like the original Galaxy S for dirt cheap - often free on craigslist.
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    hoofhearted , November 2, 2013 7:58 AM
    I quit AT&T last year and went to tmobile just because of this behavior. They will scan your IMEI and determine if you have a smartphone (IMEI can tell make and model). Then they will "automatically" add a dataplan to your bill without even notifying you (except when you get the bill). Tmobile however does a no-contract, plus if you get the minimal data plan, I have four phones and am only paying $100 / month. And their dataplan works such that you get 500MB per month of the high speed access, but after you use it up, it doesn't charge you money, they just spam you with a text, then your speed drops to 2G.
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