Nexus 5 now rumored to start at $399, Nexus 4 with LTE support coming too for $100 less

The incredibly often-leaked LG Nexus 5 could be more expensive than previously anticipated. This handset is the hottest in the leakosphere right now (yes that term is completely made up) – meaning we’re seeing the most leaks about smartphones these days focused on the Nexus 5 (and yes, Apple’s upcoming iPads win the prize in the tablet space). At one point we heard that it could be announced on October 14. That didn’t happen. Even October 15 (hint:today!) was rumored to be ‘the’ date, but so far nothing’s come out of Mountain View. We’ll keep an eye out, naturally.

But let’s talk about the latest talk of the block. The Nexus 5, we’ve been led to believe, will be exactly as affordable as the Nexus 4 was before it (when it launched). Starting at $299, that is. At least that’s what was said to happen a while back. Yet it may not be the case.

Today AndroidGeeks reports that “a source”, which is apparently close to Google, yet obviously wishes to remain anonymous, disclosed the upcoming superphone’s pricing. And it’s $100 more than previously rumored.

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So yes, the Nexus 5 will start at $399 with 16 GB of storage, and the 32 GB variant will cost $449. That’s more than the Nexus 4, but still a lot less than any similarly-specced device out there.

Oh, and speaking about the Nexus 4… apparently it won’t be killed off. It is said to be sold in the Play Store alongside the Nexus 5 as a more affordable option. Its pricing will be brought back to $299/$349 levels like when it launched, but there’s a twist. The Nexus 4 will get LTE support, in both versions, and the storage space has been bumped up too. So, if this is correct, you’ll be able to buy a 16 GB LTE-enabled Nexus 4 for $299, and a 32 GB version for $50 more.

When, exactly? We’re assuming it can’t be long now, what with all the leaks. The Google folks surely are tired of reading every single detail there is to know about their strategy before it’s made public. So maybe they’ll do something about that. Here’s hoping.

Author: Vlad Bobleanta

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  • newsjunkieintl

    This article is complete hogwash. There will be no “Nexus 4 LTE” . Google only releases one model per year, to influence design. The Nexus 5 is 2013 Nexus phone, there will be no others. It’s unlocked, has multiple LTE bands, CDMA, HSPA+ is 4.96″ with full HD 1080p, 2GB RAM, 8PM OIS camera and comes with Snapdragon 800. PLUS, it’s a hair smaller than the Nexus 4. Yeah, they packed a 4.96″ 1080p display into a case a hair smaller than last year’s 4.7″ 720 Nexus 4.

    And it will be PRICED close to last year’s Nexus 4.

    If they re-released a Nexus 4, even with LTE, it would LOSE in all the benchmark tests as CPUs have moved on. Google is not going to do something stupid like that. They have a winner with the LG G2-based Nexus 5 — and they will be going full throttle with that.

    Google looks forward, they don’t look back. There will not be a “runner up” Nexus, it will only be the gen5 Nexus 5.

  • bibleverse1

    I hope it has a memory slot.