Google officially announced the Nexus 5 on October 31st and, in the same day, it was made available for purchase in Play Store. As you probably know, there’s only a handful of countries that can buy Nexus devices that directly from Google Play Store, but the Mountain View-based just added two more countries to the list.
According to the Nexus page on Google+ starting today, the people in India and Hong Kong will be able to purchase the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 2013 directly from Google Play Store.
In Google Play Store Hong Kong the 16 GB and 32 GB variants of the Nexus 5 are available for HK$3,198 and HK$3,588, respectively, both in white and black liveries. The cheapest Nexus 7 2013 (16 GB WiFi-only) costs HK$2,398 in Play Store Hong Kong, followed by the 32 GB which has a price of HK$2,798. If you want the LTE-enabled 32 GB Nexus 7 2013 you will have to pay HK$3,598. All Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 2013 variants will begin shipping today in Hong Kong.
On the other hand, in the Indian Google Play Store the white/black Nexus 5 16 GB costs Rs. 28,999, while the white/black 32 GB model costs Rs. 32,999. The Nexus 2013 prices in Play Store India are as follows: Rs. 20,999 for 16GB, Rs. 23,999 for 32GB, and Rs. 27,999 for the WiFi+LTE 32 GB model. Just like in Hong Kong, the devices in Play Store India will start shipping today. Of course, the ship dates are subject to change, as they will probably be pushed back as the stocks begin to diminish.
As you probably noticed, the Nexus 10 is not available for buy in either India or Hong Kong Pay Stores. The reason may be related to the reports saying that Google is already working on a successor for the Nexus 10 which will be released in the coming months. Thus, launching the 10-inch tablet now and rolling it back in a few weeks would be a waste of resources.
Regarding the official accessories compatible with the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7, the red and gray bumper cases for Nexus 5 as they can already be ordered in India. As for Hong Kong, the gray Nexus 5 bumper is listed as available, along with white and black LG QuickCovers and all colors of the Nexus 7 sleeve. For the time being, the rest of accessories are listed as “coming soon” both in India and Hong Kong.
Do you plan on purchasing the Nexus 5 or Nexus 7 2013 not that it arrived in your country’s Google Play Store?