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Google Nexus 5 Release Date, Specs, and Rumors Round-up

When Google announced officially that the next Android iteration will be Android 4.4 KitKat, dismissing all the rumors talking about Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie, one of the Mountain View-based company’s representatives used a mysterious smartphone to take pictures of the newly unveiled Android statue.

Since the mysterious smartphone looked like a Nexus 4 on steroids, the tech publications started to speculate that it’s the Nexus 5. At that point we knew very little about the Nexus 5, the controversies ranging from the manufacturing company to its technical specifications.

Now, almost a month after we saw the Nexus 5 in flesh we know almost everything about the Nexus 4 successor and we are almost sure how the terminal will look like, what materials will be used, its release date and what will the hardware platform be. Talking about release date, the terminal is rumored to debut on October 14, along with Android 4.4 KitKat. Moreover, sources close to Nexus 5 case manufacturers claim that the handset will be released on the market on October 31, a claim that checks with Google’s habits of making the Nexus devices available for purchase a couple of weeks after the launch event.

Even though it was only a month ago when we found out the almost complete Nexus 5 specifications list, the first rumors about the new flagship smartphone surfaced in the first half of the year.

Earlier this year, an LG official said that the Korean company will no longer team-up with Google to develop a Nexus smartphone, as it wants to focus on its proprietary Android user interface. From that moment on we were hit by a wave of rumors regarding the phone maker that will build the Nexus 4 follow-up.

Some voices said that we will get a Motorola Nexus based on the Moto X flagship, others said that it will be underpinned by Xperia Z’s hardware patform and that it will named Nexus Xperia Z. It was even rumored that Samsung will return to making Nexus smartphones after it launched the Nexus S and the Galaxy Nexus in 2010 and 2011, respectively.

Earlier this summer another LG representative said that Korean smartphone manufacturer is still considering a collaboration with Google for the development of the next-generation Nexus. That statement put an end to almost all the speculations about the Nexus 5 manufacturer, especially after the Android 4.4 KitKat unveiling, as the mysterious smartphone had the LG logo stamped on the back.

At the moment LG announced that signing a partnership with Google for the Nexus 5 development is still in the cards, the Koreans didn’t have a 2013 flagship on the market to serve as platform for the upcoming Nexus, so we were once more hit by a wave of Nexus 5 specs rumors, most of them saying that the handset will sport a Snapdagon 600 chipset.

It was only after the LG G2 announcement in August when it became almost clear that the device will be underpinned by the mighty Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC based on a quad-core 2.26 GHz Krait 400 CPU and Adreno 330 GPU. The launch of the G2 also hinted at the other Nexus 5 technical specifications: 2 GB of RAM, LTE, WiFi ac, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, 5.2 -inch full HD display and 13 MP camera.

It seems though that the new Nexus smartphone will not borrow all the technical specifications of the LG G2. A recent Nexus 5 log showed that the terminal will actually come wit a 5-inch 1080p display and an 8 MP camera. Rumor has it that the 8 MP shutter will employ technologies similar to the ones of the ClearPixel and UltarPixel cameras used by Motorola and HTC for the Moto X and One, respectively.

Earlier today, a report indicated that the 8 MP sensor will be a MEMS camera with Lytro-like functionality, packing f/2.4 aperture and 1/3.2″ sensor size. If you want to learn more about the MEMS technology please watch this video by Engaget.

In terms of design, the Nexus 5 will look a lot like a shrunken Nexus 7 tablet. Moreover, it seems that black back of the new smartphone will be built using the same soft touch plastic as Nexus 7, which will make it less prone to scratches. Another advantage of the soft plastic is that it provides better grip than the glass used last year for the Nexus 4.

We even got to look at at least a dozen of Nexus 5 photos caught in the wild; some taken at the Android KitKat statue unveiling, some taken in a bar and others coming from an FCC filling and from a Nexus 5 tester. You will find five of the bet leaked Nexus 5 photos in the gallery below.

Sources close to the Mountain View-based giant say that the price point of the Nexus 5 will be similar to the one of its predecessor. Therefore, expect it to be available in Google Play with a starting price of $299. Compared to last year’s Nexus 4, which costed $299 with 8 GB of storage, the 16 GB Nexus 5 will be priced $299 while the 32 GB model will have a price tag of $349.

There are less than two weeks left until the rumored Nexus 5 and Android 4.4 KitKat launch event. Any particular expectations from the new Google smartphone and the new Android version? Please share them in the comments section below.