Details surrounding Google’s new upcoming Nexus 5 flagship smartphone have been no secret thanks to rumors, leaked images and tipsters. New reports suggest that the LG manufactured Nexus 5 is expected to be announced this week and could be released as early as Friday.
According to Phone Arena Wednesday (Oct. 30), a retailer in China claims that Google will officially announce the Nexus 5 on Halloween, Thursday (Oct. 31). Google is expected to release the device Friday (Nov. 1). Known leaker, @evleaks posted a photo of a press render of a white version of the Nexus 5 earlier this week, also suggesting a November 1 release date.
These dates coincide with the previous suggestion of an Oct. 31 release date for the Nexus 5, derived from Nexus 5 phone case maker, Spigen. Over the past couple of weeks, an accidental listing of the Nexus 5 that was pulled from the Google Play Store revealed pricing information for the new device. As BGR reported, the brief sighting listed a retail price of $349 for the 16GB model, off contract. No pricing information is available at this time for the expected 32GB model of the Nexus 5.
As for which U.S. carriers are expected to offer the Nexus 5, Sprint will be among the first, according to @evleaks in a Twitter post Tuesday. Prior reports indicate that the Nexus 5 will be LTE capable with support for AT&T and T-Mobile networks. No information has surfaced on whether Verizon will carry the anticipated Google Nexus 5 yet.
Leaks from FCC filings, an LG service manual and a WIND mobile Nexus 5 pre-registration confirm the following detailed specs for the highly anticipated device:
Display: 4.95-inch 1920 x 1080 Full HD display, 445 ppi, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Dimensions: 137.84 mm x 69.17 mm x 8.59mm
Processor: 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800
Operating System: Android 4.4 Kit Kat
Internal Storage: 16GB/32GB
Camera (rear): 8MP auto-focus camera with OIS
Camera (front): 1.3MP
Sensors: accelerometer, magnetometer, gyroscope, proximity, light, barometer, orientation
Battery: 2300mAh with support for wireless charging
Other: Wi-Fi (2.4G.5G), Bluetooth 4.0Multiple LTE bands - support for Verizon (not confirmed), AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile; Pentaband HSPA+ (works across the globe), NFC, ceramic power and volume buttons