Google has finally launched Nexus 5, its flagship phone, in India via Play Store early this morning. The device costs 28,999 for the 16 GB model and 32,999 for the 32 GB one. Along with Nexus 5, Google has launched the new Nexus 7 priced at Rs 20,999 and 23,999 for the 16GB and 32GB variants respectively.
LG had already started selling the 16 GB variant of Nexus 5 (based on its G2 model) in retail last evening for Rs 29,999 and the 32 GB model was priced at Rs 33,999. The device is powered by 2.26 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor, that can output 1920×1080 resolution image to its 4.9-inch display. It has a 2,300 mAh battery and weighs around 130 grams. It also has 2GB RAM and runs on latest version of Android, KitKat, that has an entirely new launcher built around Google search. In this version of the OS, Google has taken more of its apps out of AOKP and the new launcher is expected to be released on the Play Store for all devices running version 4.1 and up.
(Update: Nexus 5 16GB version is sold out on the Play Store)
Nexus 7 on the other hand, has a 7-inch full HD IPS (1920×1200 pixels) display that is powered by quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor clocked to 1.5GHz. It also has 2GB of RAM, 5-megapixel rear camera, 1.2-megapixel secondary camera, dual stereo speakers and 3,950 mAh non-removable battery.
Nexus 5 had got mixed reviews in US, with TheVerge complaining about poor battery life in their tests. There were also issues with the 8MP camera, with reviewers saying that the images are just okay and not on par with flagship smartphones in the market made by other manufacturers. The device does support 4G network so it might also appeal to the few people in India who are on this network.
It had gone on sale in US via Play Store on October 31 and was sold out within minutes. It is great to see Google bring the phone to India so soon considering they launched Nexus 4 only in May this year in India after releasing it in US in November 2012. It also needs to be noted that a lot of Indians had bought their Nexus 4 from US ahead of the India release and this may have encouraged Google to sell the product here this soon.
To buy from Play store, consumers will need to use a credit card and the two models of Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 (32GB) will ship immediately. The 16GB variant of Nexus 7 will ship only after November 26. That being the case, it is good to see LG bring Nexus 5 to retail stores without increasing the prices drastically.
Google has listed accessories for these device such as bumper cases and sleeves in the play store, however they are not available yet for purchase. Nexus 5 bumper case is priced at Rs 2,499, flipcover is priced at Rs 3,299 and Nexus 7 sleeve costs Rs 1,999. Though the devices will be popular, these accessories might not find any takers if the prices don’t come down.
Meanwhile, the old Nexus 7 has been pulled from the Play Store, but the 16GB Wi-Fi model is still available at Flipkart for Rs 8,999.