Today is the big day for the Nexus 5, at least if rumors pointing to an Oct. 31 announcement and a Nov. 1 launch are true. We’ve already told you why the Nexus 5 seems to be Google’s brand new consumer hype machine, and now we’re being treated to yet another leaked image of the device. This time, thanks to a Google+ post by Yusuf Islam, we see a hands-on perspective of Google’s first Android 4.4 KitKat phone.
The back is as we’ve expected, thanks to leaked press images on the Google Play store. We see what appears to be a soft-touch material not unlike what’s on the Nexus 7, LG and Nexus branding, and a large camera sensor with a single LED flash. Meanwhile, just a few hours ago a new post surfaced on Reddit that tells us a bit more of what we can expect on the software end.
User “bckbck” suggested that the device will have an always-on microphone, similar to what the Moto X and Verizon’s new DROID devices offer. additionally, Hangouts with SMS integration will come pre-installed, there’s also reportedly a full backup solution similar to iCloud on iOS devices. Unfortunately, the camera might not stack up well. “Don’t expect anything like the S4/iPhone 5s,” bckback said. The price is still expected to fall in around $349 for the entry-level 16GB model.
Google doesn’t have a press event planned today that we know of, but our ears are going to be to the ground all day in case something big breaks. Stay tuned.