Google has unveiled its Nexus 5 smartphone running the KitKat 4.4 version of its Android operating system. The device has been built by LG and will be available on Friday.
Google has also said its KitKat 4.4 update will soon be available for the Nexus 4, 7, 10, the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One Google Play edition in the coming weeks.
The Nexus 5 boasts 4G connectivity and internal storage options of 16GB or 32GB. It has an 8MP rear-facing camera and 1.3MP front-facing camera, and weighs 130g. The dimensions are 69.17x137.84x8.59mm and the screen is a 5in display with Corning Gorilla Glass to offer a 1920x1080 resolution of 445ppi.
It also has a micro USB port, a microphone audio jack and dual microphones. Prices start from £299 SIM free. Google Play pricing for the 32GB device is £339.
Writing in a blog post Sundar Pichai, senior vice president of Android, Chrome & Apps said that the device had been built to optimise KitKat 4.4 by working alongside LG for the launch.
"For KitKat, we partnered with LG to develop Nexus 5 -- the slimmest and fastest Nexus phone ever made. Its design is simple and refined to showcase the 5in Full HD display," he said.
"The advanced new lens on Nexus 5 captures more light for brighter night and sharper action shots. And with optical image stabilization, you no longer have to worry about shaky hands and blurry pictures."
The device is the latest Nexus smartphone from Google after its previous phones have proven huge hits with users, especially due to their low price and high-end specs when set against other phones such as the iPhone 5S.
The Nexus 4 proved immensely popular but was blighted by delays from manufacturer LG, which struggled to complete orders. Google will no doubt have seeked reassurances from the firm that it will be able to meet demand this time around.
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