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Rumor: Nexus 5 To Cost $399 and $449 for 16GB and 32GB Configurations

October 15, 2013 - Written By Alexander Maxham

Normally when Google announces the new Nexus phone or tablet, the older one or last generation one usually is gone forever. However, that may not be the case this year. While Google has already sold out of the 8GB and 16GB variants of the Nexus 4, there’s a new rumor out there suggesting that there will be a Nexus 4 LTE coming to the Play Store at $299. Now these rumors really aren’t new. We’ve been hearing these rumors for almost a year now. But this tipster is telling Android Geeks, that there will be a 16GB Nexus 4 LTE for $299, with a 32GB Nexus 4 LTE for $349. So where does that leave the Nexus 5? Well we’re looking at the 16GB Nexus 5 starting at $399 and the 32GB Nexus 5 at $449.

While this does look like a pretty big price increase over last year’s Nexus 4. But we did see a price increase on the Nexus 7 this year. Although if you look at it as the 16GB Nexus 7 2012 was $249 at launch and the 16GB Nexus  2013 was $229 at launch, that’s not really a price increase. Think about this though, with the Nexus 5 you’re getting a Snapdragon 800 processor, the best processor available right now. Along with a 1080p 5-inch IPS display, which is among the best, especially if it’s one of LG’s displays. You’re also getting LTE. Now while all of this may not equate to a $100 price increase over last year’s Nexus 4 (or $50 if you’re comparing to last year’s 16GB model), it might be more that LG and Google want to make a little bit of a profit off of the Nexus 5 this year.

Usually the Nexus devices are sold at cost. Where Google is depending on you spending money in the Play Store. Similar to Amazon’s business model with their Kindle Fire line. Maybe LG was asking for a bit more of a profit on each device sold this year? Which wouldn’t be too terrible, since most phones still retail for over $600, even $449 isn’t that bad since it’s unlocked with stock Android and updates straight from Google.

Would you buy the 16GB or 32GB Nexus 5 at these prices? Let us know in the comments below.