Front view of the Nexus 5
|Developer||Google, LG Electronics|
|Compatible networks||2G/3G/4G LTE
GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
Model LG-D820 (North America)
CDMA band class: 0/1/10
WCDMA bands: 1/2/4/5/6/8/19
LTE bands: 1/2/4/5/17/19/25/26/41
Model LG-D821 (International)
WCDMA bands: 1/2/4/5/6/8
LTE bands: 1/3/5/7/8/20
|First released||October 31, 2013|
|Availability by country|
|Dimensions||137.84 mm (5.427 in) H
69.17 mm (2.723 in) W
8.59 mm (0.338 in) D
|Weight||130 g (4.6 oz)|
|Operating system||Android KitKat 4.4, upgradable to Android Lolipop 5.0.1|
|System on chip||Qualcomm Snapdragon 800|
|CPU||2.26 GHz quad-core Krait 400|
|GPU||Adreno 330, 450 MHz|
|Memory||2 GB of LPDDR3-1600 RAM|
|Storage||16 GB (12.55 GB available) or 32 GB (26.7 GB available)|
|Removable storage||Not available|
|Battery||3.8 V 2300 mAh, 8 Wh
Qi wireless charging
|Data inputs||Multi-touch capacitive touchscreen, Proximity sensor, Gyroscope, Compass, Barometer, Accelerometer, Hall effect sensor, Ambient Light sensor, GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, step counter and detector|
|Display||4.97 in (126 mm) Full HD 1920×1080 px (443 ppi) IPS LCD, with Corning Gorilla Glass 3|
|Rear camera||8 MP 1/3.2-inch CMOS sensor with OIS, f/2.4 aperture and LED flash.|
|Front camera||1.3 MP|
|Sound||Monaural lateral loudspeaker, dual microphones, 3.5 mm stereo audio jack|
|Connectivity||Micro USB, SlimPort, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac|
|Other||Multi-color LED notification light|
|SAR||Head: 0.810 W/kg (1 g)
Body: 0.998 W/kg (1 g)
Hotspot: 0.998 W/kg (1 g)
The Nexus 5 (codenamed Hammerhead) is a smartphone co-developed by Google and LG Electronics that runs the Android operating system. The successor to the Nexus 4, the device is the fifth smartphone in the Google Nexus series, a family of Android consumer devices marketed by Google and built by an original equipment manufacturer partner. The Nexus 5 was unveiled on 31 October 2013, and released in black and white colors the same day for online purchase on Google Play, in selected countries.
The Nexus 5's hardware is similar to that of the LG G2, with a Snapdragon 800 system-on-chip (SoC), and a 4.97-inch 1080p display. The Nexus 5 is also the first device to feature version 4.4 of Android.
When released, the Nexus 5 was priced at US$299 (16 GB) and US$349 (32 GB) in the US, and was subsequently increased to US$349 and US$399 a few months later. This was much lower than comparable smartphones, which would cost around $649.
The exterior of the Nexus 5 is made from a polycarbonate shell with similarities to the 2013 version of Nexus 7, unlike its predecessor that used a glass-based construction. Three exterior colors are available: black, white and red.
Its hardware contains similarities to the LG G2; it is powered by a 2.26 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor with 2 GB of RAM, either 16 or 32 GB of internal storage, and a 2300 mAh battery. The Nexus 5 uses a 4.97-inch (marketed as 5-inch) 443 PPI 1080p IPS display, and includes an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with optical image stabilization (OIS), and a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera. The Nexus 5 supports LTE networks where available, unlike the Nexus 4 which unofficially supported LTE on AWS Band 4 only with a hidden software option, but was not formally approved or marketed for any LTE use.
There are two variants of the Nexus 5; one is specific to North America (LG-D820), and the other is designed for the rest of the world (LG-D821). The differences between these two variants are in supported cellular frequency bands; see the infobox on the right for more details.
Like its predecessors, the Nexus 5 does not have a microSD card slot, while it features a multi-color LED notification light. There are two grills present on the lower edge of the Nexus 5: one is for the mono speaker and the other is for the microphone.
Notable new hardware features also include two new composite sensors: a step detector and a step counter. These new sensors allow applications to easily track steps when the user is walking, running, or climbing stairs. Both sensors are implemented in hardware for low power consumption.
The Nexus 5 is the first Android device to ship with Android 4.4 "KitKat", which has a refreshed interface, improved performance, improved NFC support (such as the ability to emulate a smart card), a new "HDR+" camera shooting mode, native printing functionality, a screen recording utility, and other new and improved functionality.
The device also ships with Google Now Launcher, a redesigned home screen which allows users to quickly access Google Now on a dedicated page, and allows voice search to be activated on the home screen with a voice command. Unlike the stock home screen, Google Now Launcher is not a component of Android itself; it is implemented as part of the Google Search application. Until 26 February 2014, when it was released on Google Play Store for selected Android 4.4 devices, Google Now Launcher was exclusively shipped by default on the Nexus 5, and was not enabled in Android 4.4 updates for any other Nexus device. While an update to the Google Search application containing Google Now Launcher (which itself was tweaked to improve compatibility with other devices as well) was publicly released shortly after the Nexus 5's release, the launcher itself could not at the time be enabled without installing a second shim application.
In December 2013, the Nexus 5 began receiving the Android 4.4.1 update, which fixes issues with auto focus, white balance, HDR+ and other camera issues, while introducing some other camera issues for low-light scenes. It also fixes low speaker volume output in certain applications. Android 4.4.2 update followed in a few days, providing further bugfixes and security improvements. In early June 2014, the Nexus 5 received Android 4.4.3 update that included dozens of bug fixes, while another mid-June 2014 Android 4.4.4 update included a fix for an OpenSSL man-in-the-middle vulnerability.
A developer preview of the Android 5.0 "Lollipop" system image was released for the Nexus 5 after the annual Google I/O conference held on June 26, 2014. Release version of Android 5.0 "Lollipop" was made available on November 12, 2014, in form of factory operating system images.
CNET gave the Nexus 5 a "4 out of 5 stars" review, and voted it the best tech product in December 2013 on their CNET 100 leaderboard. Overall, they praised its "strong performance, high-end specs, and ultra-affordable price", while the downsides were described as "screen is dimmer than its competitors' and its camera struggles under auto settings." Camera issues were addressed with the later release of Android 4.4.1.
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