Google has launched its latest own-brand Android phone, in the shape of the Google Nexus 5.
The new Google Nexus 5
The phone, which is being manufactured by LG, will be the first to run the latest version of Android, called Android KitKat - yes, Google really has partnered with the world's most popular chocolate bar.
Otherwise, though, the Nexus 5 is like the extremely popular Nexus 4 in that it's a relatively simple phone in terms of overall style and features. There are no fingerprint readers, stylii or curved screens here. Instead it sports a simple curved soft-touch plastic body, with only a minimum of features breaking its surface.
Said features include an 8 megapixel rear camera with LED flash, 1.3MP front camera, volume and power buttons, microUSB charging port, headphone socket and of course the screen.
Of course, all these features are top-end with the 5in IPS LCD screen having a 1080p resolution and the processor being a 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 model.
There are a couple of obvious omissions though, with the back being non-removable, meaning you can't hot-swap batteries, and there is no microSD slot.
The camera, though has taken a step forward from the Nexus 4's below-par unit. The new one only packs 8megapixels but does now feature optical image stabilisation for brigher, wobbly-free pictures.
Crucially, Google has also stuck to the low pricing of the Nexus 4, meaning it significantly undercuts the iPhone 5 and other Android models such as the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4. Pricing starts at just £299 for the 16GGB version, with black and white models on offer.
The phone is available straight away, direct from the Google Play store
Google Nexus 5 specs
Android™ 4.4 (KitKat®)
4.95" 1920x1080 display (445 ppi)
Full HD IPS
Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3
1.3MP front facing
8MP rear facing with Optical Image Stabilization
69.17 x 137.84 x 8.59 mm
4.59 oz (130 g)
Talk time up to 17 hours*
Standby time up to 300 hours*
Internet time up to 8.5 hours on Wi-Fi, up to 7 hours on LTE*
Wireless Charging built-in
- Audio Output
3.5mm stereo audio connector
Qualcomm Snapdragon™ 800, 2.3GHz
Adreno 330, 450MHz