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

October 31, 2013
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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:

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.

Furthermore, a print ad from Switzerland says that the phone will be available in November, although the ad also tells readers to visit digitec.ch 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: overclockers.co.uk

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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.

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