You've spent months stumbling through the miasma of rumors and leaked FCC documents, but we've reached the light at the end of the tunnel. The LG Nexus 5 is official and it's listed in the Play Store. Pricing is exactly as previously leaked – $349 for the 16GB phone and $399 for 32GB. The phone comes in all black and the white/black panda-phone model. As for the specs, they are exactly as leaked, which is to say, killer.


Here's the full spec listing from Google Play:

  • Screen: 4.95-inch 1920×1080 display (445 ppi) with Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • Processor: 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor
  • Cameras: 1.3MP front facing, 8MP rear facing OIS
  • Weight: 130 grams  
  • Storage: 16GB or 32GB
  • Ram: 2GB RAM
  • Battery: 2300mAh
  • Ports & Connectors: microUSB, SlimPort enabled, 3.5mm stereo audio jack, Dual microphones, Ceramic power and volume buttons
  • Dimensions: 69.17 x 137.84 x 8.59 mm
  • Wireless: Wi-Fi (2.4/5GHz) 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, NFC (Android Beam), Bluetooth 4.0
  • Network: GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, CDMA: Band Class: 0/1/10, WCDMA: Bands: 1/2/4/5/6/8/19, LTE: Bands: 1/2/4/5/17/19/25/26/41
  • Operating System: Android 4.4 KitKat

This is the first Nexus phone to launch with an absolutely top-of-the-line ARM chip in the Snapdragon 800 – past models have always been just a little behind the curve in that department. Storage is also up where it ought to be for a device with no SD card. The camera might be taking one for the team, having been dropped down to 8MP from the 13MP sensor LG used in the G2 chassis, but the addition of OIS can give us at least some hope of a better photo experience.


The device is barely larger than the Nexus 4 was, despite the larger screen. In fact, it's slightly lighter thanks to the choice to go with a soft-touch plastic back instead of a slab of breakable glass. If you've ever held a 2013 Nexus 7, it's probably going to feel like a smaller version of that.

There are four different bumper cases this time around that come in gray, yellow, black, and red. Also, you can get one of two flip case "QuickCovers" in either black or gray. The bumpers are $34.99 and the QuickCovers are $49.99, but aren't available yet.

If you have been hankering to place an order for the Nexus 5, see the links below for the model of your choice and get ready to wrestle with Google's servers – hopefully things go better this year than they did last time. Orders being placed now are showing as leaving the warehouse on 11/5, so you've still got a few days to go. The device is for sale in the US, Canada, UK, Australia, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Japan and Korea (and coming soon to India)

Nexus 5 Black 16GB

Nexus 5 Black 32GB

Nexus 5 White 16GB

Nexus 5 White 32GB

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

He's the author of a sci-fi novel called The Crooked City, which is available on Amazon and Google Play. http://goo.gl/WQIXBM

  • NBM

    I don't know if it has "always" listening... site says from home screen... very much hoping it can be extended to while in standby too, like the chip is capable of. Otherwise I might return my white n5 and stick with my fairly new N4 a bit longer.

  • Jim

    Those of you in the UK, can get it from Carphone Warehouse slightly cheaper and can pick it up in store (saving delivery). But it is still expensive compared to the original price of the Nexus 4.

    • Miah

      How mate??? Anyway to do it over the net?

  • http://tomslominski.net/ Tom Slominski

    I ordered the white 16GB. So ostentatious!

  • Anthony

    Was able to get one in white still, 16GB, in the US

  • Hamza Javed

    Finally!! I wish Google starts its services in Pakistan!!!

  • Pengwn

    Verizon, your greediness just caused a loyal customer of almost a decade to finally leave. Two 32GB Black Nexus 5's have been ordered! T-mobile, here I come!!!

    • remister

      Welcome! I hope you did your research for coverage in your area.

    • Kit Tihonovich

      Yep, same here. Dropping a perfect Note 2 on Verizon...so I can get my OS how I please. T-Mobile is the Buziness.

  • Drome

    no IR blaster?

  • Ian Smith

    I would literally die if they made a Lifeproof case for this. Yeah right...

    Also, what's the "Hall" sensor do that's listed in specs?

    • jeffrey6283

      A hall sensor is used to detect the presence of a magnetic field. Only thing I can think of it being used for off hand is as a detector for the cover of a case loaded with a magnet. It might be used as a detector for the presence of a wireless charger.

      • Ian Smith

        interesting, thanks

  • LewisSD

    Just bought 2 32gb in black. So stoked!

    • quick

      Same! Says leaves warehouse Nov. 5th, extra $5 for 2 day shipping is also worth it...

  • Ahmed

    2,300 mAH
    Talk time up to 17 hours*
    Standby time up to 300 hours*
    Internet time up to 8.5 hours on Wi-Fi, up to 7 hours on LTE*

    This is impressive if you compare it to the Nexus 4: talk : 14hours, web browsing: 4:36. The N5 is double the time for web browsing.

  • KRS_Won

    Does Verizon support those CDMA bands?

    • Mike P

      X 2, Verizon is the only carrier with decent 4G coverage here

    • Dlang123

      CDMA bands yes actually.. LTE bands, not so much. No idea if it would work or not on just 3G, Verizon is pretty ticky about what they let on the network.

  • Pierre Gardin

    But....but....*analysts* said it would launch in November. They're getting paid 100K$ a year for their deep knowledge of the electronics industry. They can't be wrong, can't they?


    • helllo

      You should like an AAPL phag

  • Bryan Gaynor

    Woot! Snagged FOUR Nexus 5's today!

  • Darkmyth CH

    As a curiosity do you know that the HQ and Birthplace of Nestle (kitkat maker) does not have google store avaible therefore does not have access to this phone or neither one of the Nexus family?

  • DrWuzer

    So this won't work on Verizon Wireless?

    • quick

      No, I think it might have support for one LTE band that is supported by verizon (700mhz?) like the N7 2013, but thats about it.

  • LewisSD

    Whats going to happen in 2 years when they release the 7th nexus phone? Maybe they will stay with the name Nexus 5 from here on out kinda like they are doing with the nexus 7 (2013).

    • gierso

      my 3 cents (because 2 is too maintream)

      option 1
      nexus phone incremental name
      nexus tablet static names with year attached
      they have just one year of confusion

      option 2
      they keep the nexus 4, 5, 7, 10 names
      and use years to avoid confusion

      i dont know but i hope it decide a cool way to avoid conFusion

    • someone755

      They could bring another company (cough-HTC-cough) to make a Nexus, thereby making them more open (cough-S-ON-cough), and the name scheme would certainly improve.
      Just my 4 cents (cause 2 is too mainstream and 3 is already taken).

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  • stopeject

    Specs say it supports CDMA and LTE. Does it mean that a full price phone from Play store can be activated on VZW, Sprint or prepaids using their networks?

    • Kiritok

      I'm not sure if it'll work on Verizon's LTE network, but on the website it states that it'll work on T-Mobile and Sprint.

    • Dlang123

      Not on VZW LTE band from listed specs.. Verizon is also very ticky about what they allow on their network.

  • LewisSD

    Just bought way too many Nexus 5's

    • Kiritok

      Haha I think you did too. Oh well we're all suckers sometime right?

  • Jorge Corn Pop

    I'm between this one or the Moto x, any suggestions?

    • Kiritok

      The Nexus 5 might be missing some features that the Moto X have while the specs on the Nexus 5 is better. So it really is if you want the features of the voice commands and maybe a smooth ride, which it really is smooth, my friend have one and love it despite the mid range specs, and the Nexus 5 with faster updates and better specs.

      • eilegz

        nexus 5 its cheaper too

  • http://www.brandon.me/ Brandon Hann

    Looks like the 16GB black is gone and all other are set to "Leave the warehouse by Nov 8" I placed my order for the 32GB white and was told that my order was not completed due to high demand on the servers. I did however get an order number and it said the system will be processing it within 15 minutes.

  • Jason

    I ordered the Nexus 5 32GB Black moments after it was posted... and didn't notice the shipping address has the wrong zip code listed and Google support won't change it! The guy over the phone was basically like well just cross your fingers it gets to you. It's amazing to think that Google can offer all these amazing products and services yet changing an incorrect zip code on a shipping address is impossible.

    • Ahmed

      You can cancel it and make a new order, I did that when I found that I put the wrong billing address.

  • Ahmed

    Should I get it from T-Mobile or from the play store? does it matter? I want to make sure that I will get the LTE speed on my N5.

    • randpost

      You should get it from the Play Store. Buying from TMO will come with a higher price, 100 or so more. It will have to same radio and bands regardless of place of purchase and you will be without wifi calling either way also.

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  • CrookedKnight

    "Storage is also up where it ought to be for a device with no SD card."

    Wait, there's 64/128 GB versions now?

  • David Hart

    WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEW Can't wait for my 32GB Black :D

  • LewisSD

    Currently talking to a guy on ebay who already has the N5 in hand to see if he can get the apk for the new hangouts app. here is his response:

    Yes it will have the new hangout app once you perform the mandatory OS upgrade in setup wizard.

    UPDATE: looks like he is not willing to give us the apk :(. I will keep searching ebay for people who have the N5 in hand. Hopefully I will get lucky!

  • zorbakun

    White Nexus 5 16GB availabe now on play store, Black out of stock, hurry!

  • Thomas Jonson

    got mine ordered in white 32GB. Very nice. Cant wait until it arrives.

  • http://www.modminecraft.com/ Nick Coad

    Absolutely no problems ordering mine (Australia). Absolutely stoked, Google seems to have this launch figured out :)

  • Guest

    Guys, guys, guys! What about beloved notification LED? Is it there?

    • ElectricCow

      Ordered a 32GB Black tonight not even thinking for one second that Google would be stupid enough not to include a notification LED. Now I read over on XDA that there isn't one! Straight on ebay if that's the case and a serious case of the grumbles.

      • Subsonic

        Wait...do whaaaat? *face palm* I thought it was pretty lame not to have an indicator light for when the phone was charging and to have that long interval flash for missed calls but to go to NO notification LED? Wtf? That would drive me nuts, I rely on it at work as I have to keep my phone on vibrate or silent. No way in hell do I want to have to constantly turn the screen on just to check for notifications. I would be tempted to cancel my order if that's true. Nothing wrong with my four month old N4.

        • Subsonic

          Supposedly a multicolored notification LED was shown in the leaked service manual. I think that XDA may be confused. Do you have a link to that source? I have a hard time believing that Google would remove something like that.

  • North

    Can someone help out out a fellow android police reader and order me one to my US address? The Canadian site sold out in 27 minutes while I was in a meeting after I gave my girlfriend my phone in anticipation of the release a week ago.

  • Nunzio

    the volume is on the other side now...with a flip cover you can't easily turn the volume up and down anymore. Even the official case doesn't have cutout for the volume

    • Gabernasher

      What other side? It's on the same side as the N4.

  • tyler

    Omg just saw this and my mind was so clustered I couldn't remember my bank ID to make sure I had enough money. Bought one anyway luckily I had enough. Still shaking lol

  • dave

    where is the nexus 10? :-(

  • Coolio

    What about the Google Experience Launcher?

    • Water

      what about it?

      its built into kitkat. you can tell that its there because of the dots on the launcher, there probably inst an article about it yet because they don't have a nexus 5 or android 4.4 rom to review the Google experience launcher that comes with it.

      • Coolio

        Oh, I just saw pictures of an app drawer and didn't see Google Experience Launcher in there so, I thought it wasn't released. Maybe its just named Launcher now and its incorpated into it. Nobody knows until Kitkat 4.4 is with everyone. :)

  • MafiaMM

    I don't know what to do! I want to get the white one but all these stories of phones that are being white turning yellow after touching it too much is making me not get it!

    • Austin

      wash your hands?

    • lordmerovingian

      Jeebus Christ dude, aren't you going to slap one of them nice official bumper condoms on it anyway??

      • MafiaMM

        *eBay non official cover? OF COURSE!

        But come on! Why buy a white version if you're not going to show it off??

        • lordmerovingian

          I don't buy phones to show off but to use them.

  • A Black UI is the best UI

    Why the fuck does it cost $449 here in Australia when it only cost $399 in the US.

    • WhyWai

      because the currency exchange rate is 1USD to 1.2AUD... oops, that was many years ago... maybe the world still not used to it...

    • Oliver Phillips

      Because the US price doesn't include sales tax

  • Chronus719

    I was strongly considering getting a Japanese one until I realized it supports different bands than the North American one and won't work correctly work when I get back to the States (they use some seriously funky bands out here). Looks like I'll be waiting a while, or might just wait for the next Nexus. I'll deal with the Xperia Acro HD I've been using for a few months now.

  • MrLockOut

    32GB Black - Got the Tracking number now I have a whole new link to refresh all night...

  • WHO?

    Im lost...So 4.4 has IR support as a new feature and from what i am reading the N5 dosent have a IR blaster?

  • jonathan3579

    I wonder if we'll get that kernel update before the next major version of Android drops.

  • Adam Watts

    Kind of disappointed. I've been waiting for this phone for a long time. The non-removable battery, and just 2300mAh might be a deal breaker. After almost 2 years with my Gnex and having to recharge it twice a day, I'm sick of crappy battery life. 2300mAh doesn't instill confidence.
    I'll have to wait for the reviews before I make a final decision.

  • Oli72

    Got it too. Blk 32gb.

  • David Anderton

    waiting till some reviews, if the battery was bigger I would be a day one buyer

    • Anfronie

      Yeah I wish it was a 3,000mAh :/

  • Zionzhill7

    $399 for 32GB!! thats an insanely great deal! Goodbye icrapple I'm going back to Android!

  • Zionzhill7

    sucks I have to wait until someone buys my iphone 5 before I can go back to Android, i traded my galaxy s4 early this month to give ios 7 a chance, it's nice but I miss Android and this Nexus 5 is a looker!

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  • Rahul Nebhnani

    a page just launched here also in india (coming soon), good to see that india is getting it early !!
    P.S i'm so getting it :D

  • ari_free

    Needs more storage. It's near the end of 2013 but even iPhones from years ago came with 64 GB options. No 64 GB and no SD means a No from me.

  • APJ

    Wow I ordered one around 3pm PT and it said "Ships by 11/8." Now 6 hours later it says "Leaves warehouse in 3 - 4 weeks." Looks like they may have underestimated demand once again.

  • HANK

    I miss the adrenaline of everybody rushing to get a Nexus device. I just completed the order, first time around... LOL #Firstworldproblems

  • jonathan rodriguez

    Got the 32gb black n5 . Shipping on 11/8 :'( with 3to5 day shipping :'(:'(:'( more waiting..

  • Lalit Mali

    Why is Kitkat so much about Google updates and less about Android improvements?
    CyanogenMod users won't be impressed(till they sideload and flash additional stuff)

  • Blowntoaster

    everything the world expected it to be. can't wait for the reviews. need to decide between this or the Note 3.

  • Yeah

    "coming soon to India"??? YES! We never get anything first.

  • willharris24

    yay... my UK order just despatched!
    said 1-2 days on order, then 4th November last night.. but just got the email :)

  • Rob Cook

    will a current under contract AT&T sim from my SGS3 drop in no issues?

  • 1729

    will US model of Nexus 5 work in asia subcontinents? should i bring the cell to india......

  • http://www.alainalemany.com/ Alain Alemany Arana

    Purchased it ! ! ! Nexus 5, 32GB White :)

  • Pelt Hunter

    I can't believe I missed the launch of this.. although I did just buy an Xperia Z. Not a Z1 as I wasn't spending $650 for no LTE and just a bump in GPU and CPU. I was waiting for the Nexus 5 drop.

    Judging from the wait time though at 3-4 weeks for the Black in both sizes... I can wait. I love my Xperia Z. Yes, Kit Kat is a tantalizing draw. Yes, I will be getting one soon. TBH, I might just put that $400 on a PS4 and get an N5 when the hype dies down and it'll ship same week.

  • Cherokee4Life

    Question. If anybody knows the answer I would appreciate it. If I buy the N5 on Sprint can I take it to Boost?

  • jay

    Got it 32GB white shipped arriving Friday