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Nexus 5 arrives on Google Play with Android 4.4 KitKat in tow

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Google has unveiled the Nexus 5 smartphone, the first device to come with its Android 4.4 KitKat operating system pre-installed.

The LG-made handset is touted as the "slimmest and fastest Nexus phone" yet, with a 2.3 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor and 2GB of RAM on board.

Google's Nexus 5 smartphone in white

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Google's Nexus 5 smartphone in white


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Tipping the scales at 130g and measuring in at 8.59mm thin, the device includes a 5-inch Full-HD display made of Corning Gorilla Glass 3, an Adreno 330 GPU running at 450 MHz, and a 2300 mAH battery with wireless charging functionality.

Available in black or white, the handset comes with an 8-megapixel camera with Optical Image Stabilisation on the rear, and a 1.3-megapixel snapper on the front for video conferencing.

Google Nexus 5 phone

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Nexus 5



The main camera comes with a host of improvements over the previous-generation Nexus 4, including a new lens that captures more light for brighter night shots and sharper action shots.

A new HDR+ mode automatically snaps a rapid burst of photos and combines them to give you the best possible shot, while the Photo Sphere software, which can be used to create 360-degree panoramic pictures, comes pre-loaded.

Google claims that the Nexus 5's battery is capable of providing up to 17 hours of talk time, 300 hours of standby time, and eight and a half hours of web browsing, dropping to seven hours on LTE.

Google Nexus 5 phone

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Nexus 5



Other features include support for LTE, microUSB, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 and dual-band Wi-Fi, as well as dual microphones, a built-in speaker and a 3.5mm stereo audio connector.

Both 16GB and 32GB storage options are available, with the former priced at £299 and the latter costing £339 from Google's online storefront.

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