Rumor: Google Nexus 5 to cost $299/$399

Google Nexus 5 is launching soon and if a report from Phonearena is to be believed, the pricing for the phone's variants would be $299 and $399 which is similar to the earlier Nexus smartphones.

The upcoming Nexus device has been featured in various leaks and spy shots around the web and most of the specifications have been revealed by a service manual which surfaced in the past few days. Now a tipster has revealed the pricing of the variants of the device.

Nexus 5 is expected to be based on the LG G2 and will feature a 4.95" IPS TFT 1080p display, 2GB RAM, Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 at 2.3GHz, 8 megapixel rear camera with OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) and a 1.3 megapixel front camera. The tipster mentions that the phone would come with a non-expandable 16GB storage for $299 and 32GB storage for $399. Interestingly, the 16GB version will be powered by a 2300mAH battery while the 32GB version will come with a 3000mAH battery which we haven't seen in previous Nexus models.

Google is rumored to make the smartphone official on October 14th along with the release of Android 4.4 "KitKat" which will include various visual enhancements to the operating systems in addition to new features.

Source: Phonearena

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The thing with Android is that there loads of manufactures with several phones choices. Which means as a consumer I get plenty of choices (screen size, memory, battery etc), some other phone OS'es are more limited. Each to there own!

I highly doubt they are going to provide 3000mah battery in the 32gb version.

With all the leaks, FCC and manual, nothing has any mention of that. Also the design of the phone I doubt has room for a larger battery, they wouldn't have designed it to accomodate multiple size batteries that just makes no sense, especially since its non removable and has wireless charging integrated.

I really hope they release it in white. I've enjoyed my white iPhone 4s for a while now, and have been considering the G2. If this will be 300 and it comes in white I may just go for it.

After going with Nexus phones for a couple of gens (S and 4, skipped the Galaxy) I don't see myselft buying a non Nexus phone anytime soon.

I'll probably skip this gen also and wait for the next iteration, my Nexus4 is doing perfectly fine.

What I did. I got the GNEX and skipped the N4. Used to get a new phone every year but now things are not changing as rapidly.

What I did, I get a new phone every year and sell the previous model to subsidize the new phone.

I bought the GNEX and sold it for $300 Off Contract
I'm selling the Nexus 4 for $300 and buying the $400 Nexus 5 when it comes out.

Good luck.

The Nexus 4's last price new was 249 for 16GB. I can't see you getting 300 for yours unless nobody can find a place to buy a new one.

BobSlob said,
Hint: Moto X rumored to be $300... iPhone 5C rumored to be $300

Those are on contract. If LG releases it like they did the NEX4, then it will be 300-400 off contract for the NEX5.

BobSlob said,
Hint: Moto X rumored to be $300... iPhone 5C rumored to be $300

Goodluck getting an iphone 5c gsm carrier unlocked is $549 - $649

Nexus 5 gsm carrier unlocked is $299 - $399

techbeck said,

Those are on contract. If LG releases it like they did the NEX4, then it will be 300-400 off contract for the NEX5.

Ahh.. that might be my mistake then, I assumed Nexus device pricing as off-contract.

Rusty Shackleford said,

Goodluck getting an iphone 5c gsm carrier unlocked is $549 - $649

Nexus 5 gsm carrier unlocked is $299 - $399

Thats the rumor... and as I've mentioned those rumors are historically wrong.

BobSlob said,

I assumed Nexus device pricing as off-contract.

The Google Play store pricing is off-contract.

BobSlob said,

Thats the rumor... and as I've mentioned those rumors are historically wrong.

The difference here is that the predecessor started at $299 which makes this rumor very plausible. The iPhone 5C and Moto X were new devices and there wasn't anything to base the pricing on.

contriver87 said,

The Google Play store pricing is off-contract.

Just for clarification, The Google Play Store pricing for Nexus devices is subsidized off-contract. Google actually takes a hit on offering the low prices.

This clarification needs to be indicated because when T-Mobile was selling it for $500, everyone said "How dare they add $200+ more dollars on that phone.

Just out of curiosity....why is the Nexus 4 image used for news about the Nexus 5 when there are images of the Nexus 5 all around?

NeoPogo said,
Screen is way too big and the OS is way too sucky. I'll pass on this junk.

You sound like an attention whore. You must not have much going on for you. Sorry.

NeoPogo said,
Screen is way too big and the OS is way too sucky. I'll pass on this junk.

Care to give a little more detail on why the OS is "sucky"? Sure it doesn't have all the bells and whistles that HTC and Samsung put into their phones but the core Android experience is easily on par with iOS (iOS is better and somethings and Android at others, neither is perfect).

I'm very disappointed with the hardware quality of the Nexus 4 (the GPS is flakey).
I don't think I'll be buying LG phones again...

Caleb said,
I'm very disappointed with the hardware quality of the Nexus 4 (the GPS is flakey).
I don't think I'll be buying LG phones again...

The only issue I have with my Nexus 4 is that the maximum volume for headphones is too quiet. It is a lot quieter compared to other phones which is why I currently use a Galaxy S4 even though I much prefer the minimal Nexus experience. I hope to sell this S4 soon and buy a Nexus 5.

InTheSwiss said,

The only issue I have with my Nexus 4 is that the maximum volume for headphones is too quiet.


performance wise its a good phone but you sure you happy with crappy camera and lack of LTE?

trojan_market said,

performance wise its a good phone but you sure you happy with crappy camera and lack of LTE?

You mean I can put my 20.1 MP camera away if I have an iPhone 5S or Lumia 920 or 1020?

Fortunately for my use case, I have a VZW Droid Maxx which has LTE then I have a Nexus 4 with a TMobile SIM $30 per month plan. HSPA+ is just as good.

Camera is not crappy with well lit conditions (which is when I'm not carrying my 20.1 MP Nikon Camera). It alright for indoor shots but then again you don't need anything brilliant unless you want it to be brilliant.

I take pictures a lot and there is an old saying that the best camera is the one thats always with you. having said that, I never carry around my DSLR everywhere because its retarded to do so. so the best we could do to have a decent camera phone. 1020 is awesome camera phone. at some extend I can compare pictures with my DSLR although it can never compete with DSLR but it takes really good picture even in dark, so if you are a photography fan I recommend it

Like I said, I use my phone for dumb events you know like hanging out with friends but when I go to a museum or a concert I carry my DSLR camera with me. So it works out perfect for me.

Also, "retarded" is an offensive term. It only makes the person using it seem like the word they just used. Just saying. But then again, I am not surprised that a typical Neowin member used this term.

I didn't mean to be offensive when I used retarded means If lets say I am not a professional Photographer I cannot carry my DSLR when I go out anytime of the day unless as you said there is a concert or something. but speaking from experience most of creative photo opportunities happens when you don't have your DSLR with you because in concerts or museums all subjects are given and not unique which means anybody can take picture. but walking down the street you see something never seen before, thats when you take the best picture. that time I like to have L1020 with me (even iphone 5 or galaxy s 4 take decent photos though they are not as good as L1020 specially at low light) not crappy nexus 4 camera. with that said, you get what you paid for comparing retail price nexus 4 is half of the competition price so it is expected to get lower specs in this case in photo censor

Edited by trojan_market, Oct 14 2013, 10:29pm :

trojan_market said,
But speaking from experience most of creative photo opportunities happens when you don't have your DSLR with you because in concerts or museums all subjects are given and not unique which means anybody can take picture. but walking down the street you see something never seen before, thats when you take the best picture. that time I like to have L1020 with me (even iphone 5 or galaxy s 4 take decent photos though they are not as good as L1020 specially at low light) not crappy nexus 4 camera. with that said, you get what you paid for comparing retail price nexus 4 is half of the competition price so it is expected to get lower specs in this case in photo censor

Unfortunately I cannot disagree with you more. Hence why you see a lot of pointless photos in your stream that are posted on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc... My friends tried to use that argument before because you know, they heard that saying before and try to play it off like you are. My proof, what have you posted that was visually interesting that you had to say thank god I had my iPhone (sorry, nobody uses Windows Phone in my stream and the argument was always about how good the iPhone camera is).

Now, if you take a look at Google+. A lot of people post pictures publicly (including me). Search under #photography and you'll see how many people use DSLRs or Mirrorless Full Frame cameras. The camera model is posted under Photo Details.

Given that the vast majority of pictures most people take are just going on their Facebook, Twitter, Instagram accounts, most phones are enough for that. The fact is I actually took really good pictures with my Nexus 4. Your average person knows nothing about focusing pictures and knows nothing about editing pictures before post. But you know who does? Photographers (hobbyist or professional). Those are the type of people that know how to take pictures. You don't just point and shoot and hope for the best.

Do we know the list of providers who will carry this phone just yet ? Will it be available on Sprint ?

este said,
Do we know the list of providers who will carry this phone just yet ? Will it be available on Sprint ?

I'm pretty sure that all Nexus phones are not locked to any carrier and those prices are unsubsidized. You would be buying this phone directly from Google.

NeoTrunks said,

I'm pretty sure that all Nexus phones are not locked to any carrier and those prices are unsubsidized. You would be buying this phone directly from Google.

Except you can't use on CDMA and it has to have the specific bands for 4G LTE to work on a CDMA carriers LTE network.

Yea the Nexus 4 did not work on Sprint's network. That's why I am asking for this phone.
But nothing has been announced thus far, it seems.

neonspark said,
meh. predictable yet another android black slab.

It's a smartphone for christ sake, what exactly do you want? The only phone that I think actually *looks* good is the HTC One. Every other phone is a boring black or silver (or more recently gold) slab.

Good to see it is being properly sold as an electronic device, and doesn't have the "phone tax" of double the price just because it has a radio that cost a couple bucks to produce.

The last price rumour I heard was it was going to cost around £275 here, so that would match up for the 32GB version if it's $399. I'm happy with that if that's the case.