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The new Nexus 5 is here: the world’s first KitKat smartphone

Oct 31, 2013

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Google Nexus 5 powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor

Today may be Halloween but thankfully, news of the Nexus 5 is no trick. The Nexus 5 is Google’s newest smartphone and the first to feature Android 4.4 KitKat, Google’s latest mobile operating system. Packing top-tier hardware, including a Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 800 processor designed to support several advanced features, the Nexus 5 is likely going to be at the top of an Android lover’s holiday wish list.

Top-tier hardware

Designed without compromise, the Nexus 5 features a Snapdragon 800 processor, engineered to deliver incredible performance, jaw-dropping speeds and incredible graphics that wow even the toughest mobile gaming critics. Add to that Snapdragon processor battery efficiency and you’ve a got a smartphone to do it all, while charging up less.

Global 4G LTE with less battery gulping

Nexus 5 is the first Nexus phone that allows you to connect to 4G LTE networks where available around the world—making it a must-have smartphone for international travelers who need lightning-fast connectivity. In addition to superior connection speed, the Qualcomm envelope tracker is designed to monitor and reduce the amount of power needed to maintain a better LTE connection resulting in less battery use for a charge that lasts up to 7 hours.

The best camera a Nexus smartphone has seen

The Nexus 5 comes with a 1.3 MP front facing camera and 8 MP rear facing camera that features optical image stabilization and HDR+ for capturing video and low-light images with incredible clarity. The Nexus 5 is also packed with special photo features including Auto Awesome which automatically creates animations, photo booth shots, and panoramas from your library and Photo Sphere for creating an immersive 360 degree view for capturing the full scene.

Wireless charging

Nexus 5 supports wireless charging so you can charge your phone without having to search for your cable.

Sleek design

The Nexus 5 features a gorgeous 5-inch 1080p full HD display, while still being lighter than the smaller Nexus 4. Other features include a ceramic side panel power button, ceramic volume rocker, incredibly durable construction, and a silky soft-touch texture on back for a better grip.

The Nexus 5 is available in black and white from AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and the Google Play store in 16GB for $349 and 32GB for $399. 

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Jackie Hade

Staff Writer, Snapdragon Blog