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Everything You Need to Know about Google Nexus 5

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If you’ve following the endless deluge of leaks over the last few months, then you pretty much already know everything about the Nexus 5. The difference is that it’s now all official and you can actually buy the hotly anticipated smartphone.

In line with all the previous leaks, the Google Nexus 5 officially launched today via the Google Play Store. It gets a 4.95-inch 1090p IPS display (445ppi) with Gorilla Glass 3. It’s powered by the brand new Android 4.4 KitKat, along with a quad-core 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor with an extra core to handle some tasks while the rest of the phone can sleep. It has an 8MP camera on the back with optical image stabilization, a 1.3MP camera on the front, wireless charging, 4G LTE support, NFC, 2GB of RAM, a combination micro-USB and SlimPort jack, dual microphones, ceramic power and volume buttons and a 2300mAh battery.

The Nexus 5 shares a lot of its guts with the LG G2, but there are some distinct differences. The Nexus 5 has a slightly different body style and material, and the power and volume buttons are not in the awkward back position like the G2. It also comes with a lower resolution camera, but it does get KitKat right out of the box. Android 4.4 should be optimized with better performance, as well as using a translucent menu bar, Google Hangouts as the default SMS handler, and a voice activated “OK Google” command like the Moto X.

The phone has been listed on the Google Play Store in your choice of 16GB for $349 or 32GB for $399 with both capacities coming in your choice of black or white. It seems that Google is releasing the phone in batches, so even if it says sold out for all four SKUs right now, keep hitting refresh and hopefully you’ll get lucky. Canadian carriers are reportedly taking pre-orders now with their launch coming on or around November 8.

About Michael Kwan

A freelance writer and tech geek from Vancouver. Find me at michaelkwan.com and follow me on Twitter @michaelkwan.

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