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Google continues with the Nexus 5 with Android 5.0 Lollipop

News by Luke Jones on Thursday October 16, 2014.

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The Nexus 6 is stunning; it looks good, is highly spec'd, and is well made, but it is also very, very big. In fact, despite its undoubted good qualities, the handset will simply be too big for some tastes, which means some may feel like they will miss out on getting a Nexus. However, while the Nexus 7 is departing to make way for the Nexus 9, Google has announced that the Nexus 6 is not a direct replacement for the Nexus 5, and will continue to sell the older device.

That means that you can of course get a more size manageable slice of the Nexus pie, and it runs the brand new Android 5.0 Lollipop software too. It had been previously reported that Google would launch a smaller 5.2-inch version of the Nexus 6, but that was never really a viable or cost effective option. Instead the company has decided to keep last year LG built Nexus 5 around.

Of course, you won't get the blockbuster smartphone experience that is coming on the Nexus 6, and the Nexus 5 certainly has plenty of compromises compared to current flagships. That said, it was so affordable from day 1 that Google has not needed to slash the price and the Nexus 5 at $349.99 is still something of a bargain.

As a recap, the Nexus 5 has a 4.95-inch 1080p HD screen with a 445ppi, while there is a 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 with 2GB of RAM. It also packs an 8 megapixel rear snapper and a 1.3 megapixel front facer (cameras are definitely a compromise here). Elsewhere there is 16GB or 32GB storage versions and a 2300 mAh battery.

The device has had its product page updated to include new images of the handset packing Android 5.0 Lollipop, which will be now landing on the Nexus 5. However, for the moment the device is currently listed as out of stock, so Google is probably backing up inventory again before effectively re-releasing the Nexus 5.

If the Nexus 6 is too big for you, would you consider going with the older, but smaller Nexus 5?

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