Man, Google just cannot keep the leaks from coming, can they? This time, what appears to be a full-on Nexus 5 was left in a bar, as these things tend to be, and we’ve gotten a fuller look.
Something We Already Knew
We know the Nexus 5 is coming, and sooner rather than later, as Google has announced that the Nexus 4, which just got a price cut, has been discontinued. Google’s not going to stay out of the smartphone arena for very long, of course, so that was a major hint that a new Nexus was coming, likely tied to the arrival of a new version of Android, called Kit Kat.
No Look At The Software
The phone was locked, for obvious reasons, so it’s not like we got a detailed look at the next version of Android. That said, we did get a look at the lockscreen, which actually fairly closely resembles your standard Android lockscreen, but it’s still nice to know the Android family will be sticking with what works. Aside from that, the Nexus 5 in question was left charging, so that may offer a hint about its battery life.
Most interesting is the fact that Google seems to have stuck with LG, despite the Goog and LG arguing over Nexus 4 supplies, and that the buttonless interface Nexus fans have come to love isn’t going anywhere. Which is probably the best news.
When Can We Get It And What Will It Cost?
Unfortunately, there wasn’t a price tag or a release date tagged to this. But, based on Google’s previous behavior, we know they want the Nexus line to be high-end and unlocked, so expect the Nexus 5 to be between $300 and $400, just like its predecessor, and available unlocked. Similarly, expect it to be coming ASAP: Google may give the iPhone hype a week or so to die down, but it’s not going to let Apple have all the fun for very long.
Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.