Nexus 5 makes appearance on Google Play store


— 9:18 AM on October 18, 2013

Google's Nexus 5 smartphone briefly appeared on the Play store yesterday. The listing has since been removed, but not before Engadget grabbed a few details about the upcoming handset. The big news is the price—$349 for the 16GB version—which matches the initial launch price of the Nexus 4. The old Nexus handset was introduced with a cheaper 8GB variant at $299, but it doesn't look like there's a lower-capacity version of the Nexus 5. (Those are off-contract prices, by the way.)

According to a leaked service manual, there will be a 32GB model. Other specifications mentioned in that document include a 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, and a 4.95" IPS display with a 1080p display resolution. Reportedly, the battery has a 2300-mAh capacity, and the integrated cameras offer 1.3 megapixels up front and eight at the rear. NFC and LTE connectivity are supposed to be in the cards, as well, along with support for inductive charging.

Unfortunately, there's no mention of a microSD slot. Google's Nexus devices are frustratingly devoid of expandable storage, and it looks like the Nexus 5 will be no different. Everyone's supposed to pull data from the cloud, I guess.

The Nexus 5 is expected to debut with Android 4.4, otherwise known as KitKat. This OS update is supposed to be optimized for older handsets, and it's apparently loaded with minimalist UI tweaks. Android 4.4 should start trickling out to other Nexus devices after the new model makes its formal debut. The Nexus 5's brief appearance on the Google Play store suggests that the official unveiling will happen soon.

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