Google Nexus 5 pricing to start at $299, rumours state

Google’s Nexus 5 smartphone could be priced similarly to the Nexus 4 with rumours indicating the upcoming device will start at $299 [£185] with different battery sizes depending on the memory.

Phone Arena report the 16GB Nexus 5, made by LG, will be priced at $299 [£185], the same price that the 8GB Nexus 4 was on launch, with the 32GB Nexus 5 coming in at $399 [£247] and both devices significantly undercutting Google’s competitors.

The leaked pricing is similar to the “source familiar with Google” that told TechCrunch the Nexus 5 will be half the price of the Apple iPhone 5S, which sells at $649 [£402], meaning the Nexus 5 would be around $324 [£201].

Each of the new devices is expected to ship with a new battery size depending on the model and improves on one of the main complaints about the Nexus 4. The 16GB edition will have a 2300mAh battery with the 32GB version coming with a powerful 3000mAh battery. Compare it to the 2100mAh that shipped with both the 8GB and 16GB Nexus 4 and buyers are in for a treat.

The latest news comes just a day after a copy of the official service manual for the LG Nexus 5 appeared online that gave a detailed run down of the device’s vital statistics.

It’s expected the phone will have a 4.95in 1080p display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor clocked at 2.3GHz, 2GB of RAM, an 8-megapixel camera, a 1.3-megapixel snapper on the front, and the manual confirmed the existence of a 2300mAh battery.

When it comes to connectivity the Nexus 5 is expected to have wireless charging, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, a microSIM slot and benefit from Slimport connectivity.

Rumour has it that Google will unveil the new device at the same time as the official release of Android 4.4 KitKat at some point later this month, with 14 October pegged as a possible date.