Nexus 5 gets all official, our first delicious taste of KitKat (Updated)

Today Google finally officially announced the Nexus 5. LG and Google have buddied up to deliver the first smartphone to run Android 4.4, KitKat. The Nexus 5 is the...

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Today Google finally officially announced the Nexus 5. LG and Google have buddied up to deliver the first smartphone to run Android 4.4, KitKat. The Nexus 5 is the slimmest and fastest Google Nexus phone to date. The Nexus 5, coincidently has a 5-inch display that is full HD res, IPS display with an impressive 445 ppi density. Underneath hides the powerful Snapdragon800, a 2.26GHz Quad-Core processor.

“LG and Google’s first collaboration, the Nexus 4, delivered significant sales in the region so we’re excited to be partnering with Google once again to build on this success,” said Lambro Skropidis, Marketing General Manager for LG Electronics Australia.

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The Nexus 5 features an 8MP camera with Optical Image Stabilisation for taking video and images without blur or at least reducing it. Nexus 5 also includes Photo Sphere making it easy to capture a series of images and turn them into a 360-degree experience. The device can also now create Auto Awesome photos and movies from the content in your library to share with friends and family via Google. Additionally, the improved HDR+ mode in the Nexus 5 captures a burst of shots and applies computational photography to intelligently fuse these images together into one perfect photo with a greater range of shadows and light culled from the multiple exposure and colour data.

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Seriously Google
Android 4.4 is fast, powerful, and simple to use. The new contact dialer system automatically suggests contacts the more frequent you call them whilst Google Caller ID matches an incoming phone number to a business even if that number isn’t stored within the contact list. Furthermore, users can send and receive text messages directly from Hangouts, and Hangouts for Android now supports location sharing.

With Gmail, Chrome, Calendar, Maps, Drive, and Hangouts, Nexus 5 helps users manage their day-to-day lives with familiar, easy-to-use applications. With Google Now, initiating a voice search is as simple as saying “Ok, Google,” and with more than one million apps and games, plus movies, books, and music on Google Play, it’s easier than ever to find what you’re looking for.

“Nexus 5 offers ground-breaking functionality in a modern design, and is a testament to the level of innovation that can be generated when two companies such as LG and Google come together for a second time.”

Key Specifications:

  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, 2.26GHz Quad-Core Krait CPU
  • Operating System: Android™ 4.4, KitKat
  • Display: 5-inch Full HD IPS (1920 x 1080 pixels)
  • Network: GSM/GPRS/EDGE, WCDMA/HSPA+, LTE
  • Memory: 32GB / 16GB Online (retail 16GB)
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Camera: Rear 8.0MP with OIS / Front 1.3MP HD
  • Battery: 2,300mAh Li-Polymer (embedded)
  • Size: 137.84 x 69.17 x 8.59mm
  • Weight: 130g
  • Others: Wireless charging, NFC
  • Colours: Black/white

Availability
The Nexus 5 will be available in Australia for purchase in black and white with no contract required on Google Play store starting the beginning of November.

Update
So it turns out that it’s November now and the Nexus 5 is available for purchase through Google Play.

Price
The 16GB version comes in at AU$399 and the 32GB version for  AU$449.

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Further info on launch date and pricing will follow the completion of local network testing.

There’s little doubt that if you’re on team Android, this will be the phone to get.

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