Google Inc. has the tradition of cutting the price of its latest smartphone ahead of the release of its new device but it is yet to cut the price of the Nexus 5 despite the release date of its flagship smartphone dubbed as the Nexus 6 aka Nexus X nearing.
A few online carriers have started selling the Nexus 5 at a discounted price, anticipating the arrival of the Nexus 6 aka Nexus X but the price remains the same on Google Play Store.
eBay recently sold 16GB variant of the Nexus 5 (Unlocked) at $314.99 (Unlocked) as against the original price of $350 but it stopped after selling 2,000 units. It put up "SOLD" tag on its website a few days later, giving a strong hint that the carrier was either trying to create hype around the upcoming device, Nexus 6 aka Nexus X or was trying to deplete the remaining stock in anticipation of Google's announcement of its next-generation smartphone.
Interestingly, several carriers are offering the Nexus 5 with a discounted price in India, according to My Smart Price. The 16GB version of the device is ₹28,999 on Google Play (price unchanged) but it is available for ₹25,240 on Snapdeal, 25,512 on Amazon, ₹25,749 on Flipkart, ₹27,433 on eBay, ₹28,500 on Paytm, and ₹28,849 on ManiacStore.
It looks like Google Inc. is not cutting the price of the Nexus 5 despite the release date of its new device drawing near as the smartphone is still going strong despite its age. The device sports a 4.95-inch display with 1080 x 1920 pixels (445 ppi pixel density), 16/32 GB internal memory and 2 GB RAM, non-removable Li-Po 2300 mAh battery, and 8MP camera with autofocus, optical image stabilization, and LED flash. It is powered by Qualcomm MSM8974 Snapdragon 800 chipset and runs on Android v4.4.4 (KitKat).
Meanwhile, the Nexus 6 aka Nexus X is expected to arrive this fall though Google is yet to announce the release date. Vice president of Google, Sundar Pichai had said at the Mobile World Congress 2014 (MWC 2014) that the smartphone would be announced in October. However, Inferse website has claimed that Motorola Shamu aka Nexus 6 will be unveiled on 31 October.
The Nexus 6 aka Nexus X may sport a 5.2-inch screen with 1440x2560p resolution, powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 chipset with CPU speed close to 2.5GHz, come packed with 3GB RAM and 13MP rear camera and 2.1MP front snapper, according to Antutu benchmark listing. G4Games website reported that the device might come with a Quad-core MT6732 64-bit chip that clocked at 1.5GHz, or the octa-core MT6752 SoC running at a frequency of 2.0GHz.
It is reported that Google's new device will run yet-to-be-released Android L and house a 3100 mAh Li-Polymer battery. It may also come with several interesting features, including a curved LCD display and a lightweight, polycarbonate body. It may also boast of Wi-Fi, 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC and micro-USB connectivity slot.