Google’s newest Nexus has some of the best specs available on an Android smartphone, but it sells for about half the price of a top tier phone from Samsung or HTC… at least if you buy any of those phones unlocked. $349 is still more money than many folks are used to spending up-front for a phone.
But that price doesn’t include any carrier subsidies.
The Nexus 5 features a 4.95 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel IPS display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor, Adreno 330 graphics, 2GB of RAM, and 16Gb to 32GB of built-in storage.
There’s a microUSB port with SlimPort, which means you can use it as a video output, and the phone has dual microphones and ceremic power and volume buttons. The phone has a 1.3MP front-facing camera and an 8MP rear shooter.
The phone features dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n/ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, and support for GSM, CDMA, WCDMA, and LTE wireless networks.
It has a 2300mAh battery which is said to be good for up to 17 hours of talk time, 300 hous of standby time, and 8.5 hours of internet use.
The phone’s available in black and white, with a 16GB model running $349, and 32GB model selling for $399. It’s available for purchase from the Google Play Store, and should be available soon from Sprint, T-Mobile, Amazon, Best Buy, and Radio Shack.