Nexus 5 launch, unboxing, print ad and more sightings – last minute rumors (Update: hands-on)

by: Chris SmithOctober 31, 2013

Nexus 5 press image

Google is yet to unveil the Nexus 5, but the phone keeps popping up in various reports, most of them indicating that the launch is imminent.

Nexus 5 release date

As some of the previous rumors have said, it looks like the phone will be unveiled at some point tomorrow, but there won’t be a special event for it. Instead, Google should just launch the device.

Android Police’s Artem Russakovskii has heard from several sources that the launch is happening tomorrow, October 31:

[quote qtext=”Several previously reliable sources have confirmed that the Nexus 5 (I have no information about KitKat, sorry, just sticking to N5) launch is indeed scheduled for tomorrow, October 31st.

The release should happen no later than 11am Pacific, but knowing Google, it’s probably going to be between 8-8:30 and 10am. 11am is the worst case scenario.” qperson=”” qsource=”” qposition=”center”]

Furthermore, a print ad from Switzerland says that the phone will be available in November, although the ad also tells readers to visit for more details, where the launch date is listed as October 31.

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Nexus 5 ad from Switzerland | Image Credit: Tutto Android

This wouldn’t be the first time Google’s partners jumped the gun by leaking details about new Nexus releases well ahead of their time.

However, not everyone is convinced the phone is coming tomorrow.

A T-Mobile employee has apparently confirmed to a customer that the Nexus 5 will be launched by the carrier at the same time with Google, although the price will be slightly higher, just like with the Nexus 4. However, no proof has been provided to support these details, and while the store employee seemed confident in his story, it wasn’t back up by subsequent findings.

The same customer decided to dig deeper and called Best Buy, Staples and Walmart, but neither store confirmed the arrival of the new Nexus smartphone. Upon future checks with T-Mobile, a different employee seemed not to know anything about the launch.

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Nexus 5 unboxing in Ireland | Image Credit: @N1troz (Twitter)

Nexus 5 unboxing, hands-on and other sightings

While most buyers will have to wait a few more days to get their hands on the Nexus 5, it looks like one lucky person in Ireland has unboxed a unit. The image above shows the Nexus 5 reportedly taken out of its retail box by someone from Carphone Warehouse Ireland.

Moreover, a reddit user has apparently spent some time with the device – check out the image gallery above.

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Nexus 5 in Malaysia | Image credit: +Lin Siong Soh (Google Plus)

However, that’s not the only place the Nexus 5 was last seen, as images surfacing from an LG service center in Malaysia (above) and from a Taiwan NCC filing (below) have also made their way online, although there’s not that much to be revealed at this time.

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Nexus 5 at Taiwan’s NCC | Image Credit: NCC

In addition to these images, there’s also a 360 degree GIF render for the Nexus 5, a dummy Nexus 5 phone sighting, and some new benchmark results for the device (all below).

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Nexus 5 dummy unit | Image credit:

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Purported Nexus 5 BaseMark X benchmark | Image credit: GSM Arena

That said, we’ll be back with hopefully official news in less than 24 hours, should Google decide to finally unveil the Nexus 5 and Android 4.4 KitKat.

  • Moose

    That’s so weird that they would have an event for a few fairly minor google+ updates but not a new phone or OS.

    • mumusen

      True that. Google does things way too differently from rest of the competition. Sometimes plain incredible, sometimes weirdly incredible. lol

      • donlon77 .

        That’s why we love ’em……

    • Nil

      I think it’s supposed to be a surpise….

    • Zazou

      They don’t need an event, everyone know everything about it already x)

    • Shubham Singh

      As those changes need attention of the people and N5 already has ton of it

  • MasterMuffin

    I knew the 360° photo was coming :D

    • thegermanguy

      Mein Freund, du hast kein Leben…

      • MasterMuffin

        Ich lieben dich auch (that’s pretty much allthe German I know :D)

        • thesamegermanguy

          Ich liebe dich auch :D

        • htcLOLZ

          Nothing like a Nexus launch to bring out the bromance.

        • John Garlits

          thegermanguy actually said “My friend, you have no life.” LOL

          • MasterMuffin

            I know, my response was sarcasm :)

          • John Garlits

            Nicely done, then. You are the master of more than just muffins!

          • MasterMuffin

            Yea, master of Google Translate xD

  • noTHANKS

    MEH with the rumored low capacity battery I will have to pass especially since its non-removable as well

    • BDPSU

      Do you go on message boards for every phone you’re not going to buy and say that you’re not going to buy it?

      • Jacob

        His point is not refusing to buy. It’s the battery life problem and the fact that if battery is dead (which is common) the whole phone is gone. If it’s true, it’s a big deal. I don’t understand why some people vote him down in this post while in other posts they would vote him up:

        • BDPSU

          A battery life problem – on a phone that was not yet released at the time of his comment? A phone that people could only start ordering today?

          No one knows what the battery life will be. We’ll find out soon. The size of the battery is only one part of the equation, anyway.

    • MasterMuffin
      • impulse101

        Wow noThanks has to feel kind of like a douche now. Yeah 24 hours of battery life with 5 hour screen time is reeeallly going to blow, paaassss lmao

    • vfgh

      the ipbone 5 has i think a 1300 mah batt capacity but that lasted just fine…

      • Christian Koch

        The Iphone 5S has 1560 mAh battery (the Iphone 5 had 1440 mAh)

        I agree that capacity alone is not enough to estimate battery life.
        Though, more battery usually is better…

    • mentalplex

      Fixating on a single technical specification really doesn’t make sense. Battery life is determined by more than battery capacity and battery capacity impacts more than battery life. If you want to increase battery life without increasing weight and charging time, decrease power consumption (which is what the leaked specs suggest they did).

    • sluflyer06

      Low? By what standard? The HTC One has the same battery and has incredible endurance, I’d regularly get 4.5 hours of screen on before it got stolen. 3k mah batteries are outliers not industry benchmarks, go buy a phablet if you need a tablet sized battery.

    • Jacob

      Before you posting anything do some research buddy! Nexus 5 lasts 7 hours on LTE and 8.5 hours on WiFi browsing. With some adjustments in Android settings you can even double it. Can you find a phone at $350 price to do that?

  • Josay247

    so do these phones release after google announces or can it just magically appear at the google play store unannounced? if so, can we say that it would be up at midnight the day of anticipated release? someone please hit me with the truth! :(

    • impulse101

      The earliest it would be up is about 12pm EST

  • Lloydblaze

    This Phone has to be one of the Worst kept Secret yet… But i still like the phone .

    • Azaz Patel

      i think if not all, some of the leaks were intentional…IMO google is experimenting new press tactics…may be…

      • TomTomTom

        Considering they ‘accidentally’ put the N5 on the play store and did the same with the new N10 on days later, I would assume you’re right. They know if they leak bits to the press then it creates news and talk about the devices and at the same time its free marketing.

    • MasterMuffin

      You obviously weren’t here whenthe Nexus 4 leaks were coming :)

      • candlelarbra5212

        This is worse

        • MasterMuffin

          No this isn’t

  • Azaz Patel

    If they get it right…LG stocks are gonna skyrocket after N5

  • i’ll be up early stalking the google play store… *night night*

  • Amit

    Here it is friends. The phone is listed on Digitec website. It is listed as LGD821 – 16 GB – Schwarz. But on the details page it says it is a Nexus 5.

    Apparently Google has priced it a bit as compared to the rumors it is 499 CHF, which is approx 555 USD.

    • impulse101

      Thats because googleplay is the only place you can buy it at the official price. Bobo’s Phone Shack has these pathetic prices for morons

    • Amit

      They did not take down the link. They just removed the information. Pity I did not take a screen shot.

      • makapav

        Please don’t breed.

  • Ray Oyn

    13 MP camera? That would be sweet. I just hope the price is wrong.

    • impulse101

      The whole article is wrong. That might be the price from crappy little resellers like this but the actual price will be 349 for the 16GB and either 399 or 449 for the 32GB all an absolute steal.

    • Kieron Quinn

      “All new Tegra 4” Later in the article “Snapdragon 800”. Seems legit. I wouldn’t trust that

  • shabbir

    is there anythng else to leak abt N5?? :/

    • makapav

      I am still holding out for that 3000mAh rumored option.

  • Aniruddh

    White one looks real sexy. Just wished that even the front was white. First phone for me that isn’t black

    • MrMagoo

      I said the same thing about the black one last night to my GF. She looked at me like “whaaaaa?”… “did you really just call a phone sexy?” hahahaha

      • Xed

        thats a sin if she was in lingerie.

        • MrMagoo

          Hahahaha yes it would be… my GF is pretty hot. But non the less, that is a sexy phone!
          hmmmm…. Think they have lingerie for the N5? :-/ :-P

  • candlelarbra5212

    Seriously am I the only one who thinks this is ridiculous. People can’t honestly believe that these “leaks” are coming from anywhere but Google themselves.

    They are obviously trying to whip up a frenzy of anticipation before the release, for me it’s way to much, seriously “leak” less information later on. I’m so sick of Nexus 5 and it’s over-hyped release.

    At best it’ll be a G2 with a worse camera, stock android and a price cut, they’ll remove storage and restrict the battery and SD card.

    I like “leaks” as much as the next guy but not this whole, September, early October, late October, early November, late October is to much. Just release it, this is only frustrating people Google.

    • John Smith

      don’t piss in my Cheerios.

      • makapav

        Honey smacks callin’ here, yo! Can confirm piss splashback. Suspect needs to give his elbow a rest.

    • Zionzhill7

      agreed they took so long I did the unthinkable after owning 5 android flagship phones since 2010, I switched to ios this month, I miss the big screen and customizing but thats about it and with the iphone 6 getting a 4.5 – 5 inch screen I may never go back, Android is great but the OS even on a Nexus Devices feels very inconsistent and disconnected and almost unfinished, i swear I am not trolling either I was an android geek flashing roms and taking names, but for now I am sick of all these leaks and no product or announcement. Maybe after I get my hands on one they will pull me back but I honestly don’t care anymore.

  • Wozn2

    Ok, the pump is primed.

    In my mind I have exaggerated every tiny shortcoming of my existing handset
    The credit card is ready
    I’ve been working out my mouse finger and F5 button hitting all week

    BRING IT ON!!!!

  • Jaun Lombard

    it is a very dull looking device…

  • Jack

    Confirmed,HongKong will have 16GB LTE version on morning of Nov1st at HK$3898 or US$503.

    • Za

      Source ?

    • makapav

      Source, dude?

  • monkey god

    enough with the N5 ‘leaks’ already. Where the hell are all the N10 leaks and why is no one talking about it?

    • Frothgar

      There is no nexus 10 this year. The sales of the first one didn’t do well, and Samsung tried to make their note 12.2 a nexus device but google rather focus on the 7″.

  • Dee Lee

    Quit giving us the leaks just give us the Nexus 5 already. Halloween already so give us the KitKat and Nexus 5 for our Treat or this just another TRICKS on us again.

  • Groud Frank

    Here we go again. At this point I wanna just say that I don’t care or that this entire thing is getting old but that would be a big lie! I am super excited. Though I am more excited about Kit Kat than anything else.

    • Zionzhill7

      “Here we go again. At this point I wanna just say that I don’t care or that this entire thing is getting old ” you should of stopped there, teasing is only good for so long after awhile it no longer becomes teasing but cruelty.

  • Simon

    Oliver Urlaub ( who posted the digitech ad to G+ said that the staff said the N5 can be PREORDERED by October 31. He couldn’t tell when it will be available ;)

  • Simon

    Oliver Urlaub who posted the digitech ad to G+ said that the staff said the N5 can be PREORDERED by October 31. He couldn’t tell when it will be available ;)

  • Sean 陳偉國 Tan

    Cant wait!

  • devoncatt

    16 GB in White and in Black arrived in stock this morning,said the clerk at CarPhone Warehouse in Reading. No 32 Gb models available there yet . No prices on their systems yet.
    Perhaps the release is tomorrow , they had no information when it would be sold. They let me take a picture of the box..

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  • Bert Trees

    Its now listed & ordered!

  • jim

    phone has been released and ordered :-)

  • Ishaan Malhotra

    I want my nex72 homescreen to look like that now!!:-P

  • John Garlits

    Looks like the white one has glossy sides, but the black one has matte sides.

  • John Garlits

    Damn, like with the N7, high price on official cases!

  • Roxroy Bollers

    Can’t wait to get my hands on this baby. Already start cleaning up my GN4 for sale.