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Red Google Nexus 5 goes on sale in the UK from £299

Garish model makes a surprise appearance on Google Play
Wed Feb 05 2014, 10:43
Red Google Nexus 5 with Android 4.4 Kitkat

INTERNET GIANT Google's Nexus 5 smartphone has come out in a garish red version that is available to buy now.

The new "bright red" Nexus 5 has been rumoured for weeks, and Google silently added it to the Play store on Tuesday. It's available to pick up now, with the 16GB and 32GB versions priced at £299 and £339, respectively, and Google promising to ship the handset within one to two business days.

Carphone Warehouse has it too, for those who don't fancy handing over £300 for the device. The mobile retailer has the red Nexus 5 in stock now, and it offering the handset on pay monthly tariffs with all of the major UK operators. The cheapest is a 24 month £21 contract, which comes with 300 minutes, unlimited texts and 250MB of data.

The retailer is also offering the red Nexus 5 SIM-free for those who don't fancy waiting for it to be shipped from Google Play. It's undercutting Google's prices by a quid, with the 16GB version now on sale for £298. 

The red Nexus 5, as you'd likely expect, features the same specifications as the black and white versions which debuted last November.

This means that you'll find the same 5in HD 1080p touchscreen powered by a quad-core 2.26GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor with 2GB of RAM and Google's Android 4.4 Kitkat mobile operating system, which so far is on just 1.8 percent of devices.

There's also an 8MP rear-facing camera, a 1.3MP camera on the front, 4G LTE support, a 2,300mAh battery and support for wireless charging.

Google has yet to reveal how well the Nexus 5 has sold since its release late last year, but cited it in its fourth quarter financials as having strong sales over the holiday period, which likely is why it has released an additional bright red model. µ

 

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