Nexus 5, Android 4.4 shown in leaked press renders

TELUS-branded press images of Google's upcoming Nexus 5 smartphone have leaked onto the web, showing a larger screen, repositioned front camera and a slim profile.

The upcoming Google-branded phone seems to run Android 4.4, which has a previously spotted translucent menu bar and navigation buttons, sandwiching new icons. Mobilesyrup revealed the new images, which suggest wide availability for the phone from day one. However, the phone is still likely to be sold unlocked from Google, which, if the Nexus 4's launch is anything to go by, will be a far more popular option.

The Nexus 5 is expected to come with significant internal improvements but still be manufactured by LG, like its predecessor. It's expected to include a 2.3GHz Snapdragon processor, full HD display and tout an 8MP camera with image stabilization. There are likely to be bold similarities to the LG G2, although the leaked renderings show different button locations.

An announcement of the Nexus 5 and Android 4.4 KitKat is expected to occur sometime this month. According to leaked information, the smartphone will start at $299 for a 16GB version and $399 for a 32GB variant.

Source: Mobilesyrup | Images via Mobilesyrup

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$299 for a kickass smartphone. FAAARRRRKKKK!!!!!!

How can anyone compete? You would have to be an imbecile to pay more than $400 for a smartphone when google are in town.

It's only small changes but it manages to look so much cleaner. Those black nav bar and status bars took up so much room. Being able to see the wallpaper behind them gives the illusion of a much larger screen to me.

Javik said,

Are you sure we are both looking at the same image?


I'm talking about the black nav bar (like the app bars) and the transparent clock wifi cellular icons.

myxomatosis said,
Really? I'm still looking for a tile...

McKay never said anything about tile was referring to the status icons and clock at the top.

What about motorola?
This just shows how much love google have for those guys, or in other hand, the google strategy to keep cycling manufacturers to keep them in the android market. Worked for htc, samsung and now lg.

They released the Moto X. Although they merged with Google, they're still autonomous in terms of branding. It's possible that the next Nexus device will be made by Motorola but it isn't a guarantee.

Sure glad Google got LG to make the Nexus phone again.
Gonna be an awesome phone, that's for sure.
Apple is definitely going to have to do some serious upgrading to catch up,
but I doubt they ever will.

Surprise? HTC made the first Nexus (two if you count the HTC Dream - the first Android phone after Google's purchase), two from Samsung (Nexus S/Galaxy Nexus), and now two from LG.

tsupersonic said,
Surprise? HTC made the first Nexus (two if you count the HTC Dream - the first Android phone after Google's purchase), two from Samsung (Nexus S/Galaxy Nexus), and now two from LG.

Oh. I thought it was just 1 each for some reason.

Shadrack said,

Oh. I thought it was just 1 each for some reason.


I think they go with whoever has the best balance of price/performance/features around, and LG putting a Snapdragon 800 and a high quality IPS 1080p screen is probably the best you can get right now for the projected $300-$350 range.