Handheld Devices

Nexus 5 arrives with super-sized screen, boosted battery

After months of leaky speculation, Google finally released the official details on the Nexus 5, the supersized LG-built successor to the since-departed Nexus 4.

On the hardware side, the new phone received a bump-up across the spec spectrum, boasting a 5-inch 1080p display powered by a 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 processor and 2GB of RAM. And yes, it will be 4G/LTE compatible.

Thankfully Google and LG have pumped up the Nexus 5's juice pack to 2300mAH from the 4's 2100mAH. Lackluster battery life dulled our otherwise positive vibes about the Nexus 4. It's hard to say how much the new battery will help until we get our grubby fingers on the device for a hands-on, but the extra power should--in the very least--keep pace with the 5's larger display.

While it's not an apples-to-apples comparison with other plus-sized phones, the battery would match with the one in the similarly sized HTC One, but fall short of the 4-inch Galaxy S4's 2600mAh battery or the 3000mAh power pack on LG's G2 phone.

Indeed, the Nexus 5 is poised to directly compete with the supersized Android flagships from Samsung, HTC, and LG. But unlike those phones, the Nexus 5 will be the first to ship with the Kit-Kat flavor of Android and will be thankfully devoid of all that bloaty manufacturer nonsense.

Like other high-end handsets, the Nexus 5 has placed a new emphasis on photography, with optical image stabilization and a new HDR+ mode that will capture a rapid burst of photos and combine them to create one single best shot.

The Nexus 5 will be available starting Thursday unlocked and without a contract on Google Play for $349 for the 16GB version, $399 for the 32GB version in either white or black. The phone will be available on Sprint, T-Mobile, Amazon, Best Buy, and RadioShack shortly thereafter.


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