Google’s much-rumoured Nexus 5 smartphone could be more expensive than initial reports have suggested. The next-generation device may come in at $399 across the pond, $100 more than its predecessor cost at launch.
The reason? It's all because Google is plotting a LTE version of last year’s Nexus 4. Or at least, that’s the word from an anonymous source with close links to Google, who has spoken with Android Geeks about the plans.
That move would allow Google to sell the Nexus 4 at the same price as before in the US: $299 for a 16GB edition and $349 for 32GB.
What’s more, because the Nexus 4 already uses a Qualcomm chip with 4G smarts, which until now have been inaccessible to users, Google could rollout 4G to existing users via Android KitKat.
Making the Nexus 5 more costly is bound to disappoint some hardcore Android fans. But with a budget 4G option also available, it should mean Google and LG make a tidy sum from bargain-hungry consumers.
The Nexus 5 is expected to launch later this month alongside Android KitKat. Google is yet to give a specific date for a launch event.
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