Google Nexus 5 India launch: Everything you need to know

Google Nexus 5As we have already reported Google Nexus 5 is finally available in the Indian market. Google earlier today started selling the smartphone on Google Play with shipping times varying around 1-2 days. In this report, we will be talking about everything that you need to know about Nexus 5 and its availability in the country.

Q: From where can I purchase Nexus 5 in India?

A: Google Nexus 5 is available both at Google Play and in open market. Head over to this link to buy Nexus 5 from Google Play, or contact your nearest mobile retailer/ LG shoppe to buy the phone from a store.

Q: What is Nexus 5 price and how many storage variants are available in the country?

A: There is a slight difference in the Google Play and open market price of Nexus 5 right now. While Google Play is selling Nexus 5 (16GB) for INR 28,999 & Nexus 5 (32GB) for INR 32,999, LG will be retailing the phone for INR 29,999 (16GB) in the open market. As per the information we have received so far, only 16GB version will be sold by LG in the open market. The company might release 32GB version in the future but initially only 16GB version will be sold. The company is doing the same in many other Asian markets.

Q: What is the stock status of Nexus 5 in the country?

A: As per the shipment import data, LG has imported the following number of Nexus 5 units for launch in the country. The company will be importing more units in the coming weeks but right now, only the given numbers of Nexus 5 units are available in the country.

  • Nexus 5 (16GB) White version – For sale in Google Play: 1350 units
  • Nexus 5 (16GB) Black version – For sale in Google Play: 1350 units
  • Nexus 5 (32GB) White version – For sale in Google Play: 1650 units
  • Nexus 5 (32GB) Black version – For sale in Google Play: 1700 units
  • Nexus 5 (16GB) White version – For sale in open market: 1500 units
  • Nexus 5 (16GB) Black version – For sale in open market: 3500 units

Q: What do I need to purchase Nexus 5 from Google Play and are there any EMI schemes or instalment options?

A: You will need a credit card with India billing address to purchase Nexus 5 from Google Play. As far as we know Debit cards do not work, if you get lucky, good for you. There are no EMI schemes or instalment options in Google Play; you will have to pay the full amount via your credit card immediately to purchase the phone.

Q: How much time will it take for Nexus 5 shipment to reach me?

A: Although Google is showing 1-2 days for Nexus 5 to leave warehouse, the order receipt notes that actual shipping date to be November 24. So, if you are living in a tier 1 city, you will most probably get your Nexus 5 as early as November 25 or 26. Tier 2 city shipment can take a day more and so on.

Q: Are there any shipping charges or VAT for Nexus 5 purchase from Google Play?

A: As far as Google Play purchases are concerned, the listed price in India includes everything like shipping costs and taxes. So, you won’t have to pay anything more. Some states charge OCTROI or other local taxes, you might have to pay them but we are not sure about them at this point. If you have any experience with this, let us know in comments.

Q: Will 4G LTE support present in Nexus 5 work in India?

A: No, the 4G technology & bands present in Nexus 5 don’t support TD-LTE, which is being used by majority of Indian telecom operators. So, you won’t be able to use LTE on Nexus 5 in India.

Q: What are the full specifications of Google Nexus 5?

A: Google Nexus 5 comes with Android 4.4, 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, 4.95-inch full HD IPS display with Gorilla Glass 3, 2300 mAh battery, 2GB of RAM, 8MP rear camera with OIS, 1.3MP front camera, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 LE and Wi-Fi.

Q: Are there any official accessories available with Nexus 5 in the country?

A: Google will be selling bumper case and quickcover via Google Play. The company might even release wireless charger in the future but there is no confirmation right now. You can read more on the accessories here.

Update: Q: Does Nexus 5 come with headsets in the box?

A: As the first Nexus 5 order have started reaching consumers, one of our readers Kush has let us know that Nexus 5 indeed comes with headsets in the box  in India. Here is the photographic proof.

Feel free to drop any more questions in the comments and I will try to answer them..


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