KitKat-based LG Google Nexus 5 finally goes official, already available

The much-anticipated Google Nexus 5 by LG has finally been launched and has already been made available online in some regions. The ‘slimmest and fastest Nexus ever’ is up for grabs off-contract in countries like the US, the UK, Canada, Germany, France, Australia, Spain, Italy, Japan and Korea via the Play store.

The guys over at Mountain View have also revealed that the LG device will hit India soon. And those in the US who wish to lay their hands on the on-contract version of the phone will have to wait for a few more days. Sprint and T-Mobile will be carrying the gadget in the country and e-retailers like RadioShack, Amazon and Best Buy are slated to stock up on it as well.

LG Google Nexus 5

The key highlight of the next-generation smartphone is the Android KitKat 4.4 OS which made its debut along with the handset. The 5-inch gadget comes in two variants featuring either 16GB or 32GB onboard memory and boasts of advanced imaging capabilities. Its 8MP snapper makes the most of the optical image stabilizer technology and cuts down on blur and noise. Other features include HDR+, Auto Awesome and Photo Sphere to name a few.

Apart from the common Google mobile services, the Nexus 5 brings a new and intuitive dialer as well as a Caller ID that matches number to a business and displays it, even if it is not stored on the phone. And if that’s not enough, the device has voice recognition functions and naturally lets you shop for apps, music, books and more at the Play store.

Here’s a list of the key specifications of the smartphone:

– 4.95-inch full HD IPS touchscreen of 445ppi
– Android KitKat 4.4
– 8MP camera, 1.3MP HD webcam
– 2.26GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor
– 2GB of RAM
– 16GB or 32GB onboard storage
– 2300mAh lithium-polymer battery

The Google Nexus 5 is available in the regions mentioned above through the Play store for a price of $349. Its 16GB model will hit Sprint on November 8 for $149.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate with a two-year customer agreement and a qualifying data plan. It will be available at retail stores in Europe, Central and South Americas, CIS, Middle East and Asia sometime later this month.