The Google Play Store recently stopped selling red and white Nexus 5 smartphones. Soon the black model could disappear as well.
TechRadar reports that production of Google’s 5 inch Nexus smartphone has ceased. That means once the remaining inventory is gone, it won’t be replaced.
The Google Nexus 5 features a 5 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, an up to 32GB of storage. It was released in 2013, but Google continued to sell the phone after introducing this year’s Nexus 6.
That was good news for folks who thought the Nexus 6 was too big (because of its 6 inch display) or too expensive (because of its $649 starting price). Last year’s phone sells for just over half the price and is a much easier to slide into your pants pocket.
It’s likely that you’ll still be able to pick up a Nexus 5 from third-party stores such as Expansys or Amazon for a while, and there’ll probably be used or refurbished models available for years. But if the Google spokesperson who talked to TechRadar is correct, folks hoping for a low-cost Nexus smartphone might not have much longer to get their hands on a brand new model.
Update: Gizmodo got a slightly different statement from Google, confirming that the Nexus 5 will “continue to be available… in Q1 2015,” although the company is making not promises March, 2015 at this point.