Nexus 5: 16GB inventory runs dry while 32GB ship date slips

October 31, 2013
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Google quietly unveiled the Nexus 5 a short while ago and it looks like the inventory is being snatched up quickly. A quick check of the Play Store listing for the Nexus 5 now has the 16GB models showing as being out of stock. The 32GB model remains in stock, but given a slip in the shipping date -- we aren't sure how much longer that will last.

Basically, the Play Store has the "out of stock, please check back soon message" showing for the 16GB model in both black and white. The initial orders were coming in with a 1-2 day timeframe and those quickly jumped to a November 8 ship date. A few order confirmations we have seen are showing a ship date of November 5th and those were for orders that were placed shortly after the initial availability.

As a recap, the Nexus 5 is priced at $349 (16GB) and $399 (32GB). The handset will be running Android 4.4 Kit Kat and arriving with specs to include a 4.95-inch Full HD display, Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, 2300 mAh battery and 8 megapixel rear-facing camera with optical image stabilization. Other specs include a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera, dual-band WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, NFC and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 to help protect the display.

Also, as we recently learned, Nexus 5 users will be amongst the first using Hangouts v2. Other devices will see Hangouts rolling out from the Play Store in the coming weeks. Hardware and software aside, there is no word on when the 16GB inventory will come back to an available status. Not to mention, no word as to if, or when the 32GB inventory will finally slip from November 8 to out of stock.


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  • John Moore

    That’s pretty impressive, honestly.

  • Duke Gledhill

    My white 32gb confirmation says Nov. 5th. From uk play store, ordered not long after the announcement.. uk store now saying 16 and 32 are shipping 8th Nov.

    • Adam Osborne

      Black 16 and 32 gb versions are showing as 8th November from UK play store.

      However white one says 1-2 business days for both 16 and 32gb versions

      • Duke Gledhill

        My white said 1-2 days but when ordered changed to 5/11… I just want it asap :D

      • Duke Gledhill

        Just got shipping notification :D

  • Nexus 10 Release Date

    Love it, but where is the new Nexus 10!!! My wife is insisting she purchase a new iPad Air tomorrow (Nov. 1) and I keep trying to convince her to wait for the new Nexus 10. Way to go Google…you’re blowing it.

  • Harlen Marks

    Ordered a 32gb white at 2:22 eastern and I have an 11/5 ship date.

  • earth

    I would’ve expected power users would be ordering first day and with no SD slot, would expect power users to go 32GB over 16.

    • HayUGuise

      I opted for 16GB simply because of Google Drive..

  • Sven

    Ordered a 32 gb black at 11:30pm CST for a US ship date of 11/15

    • mewmewmew

      Same here, hopefully it is like the Nexus 4 launch and they ship it a week sooner than predicted. I was 2-3 weeks for the Nexus 4 but they ended up shipping substantially sooner.

  • Cielmerlion

    I want a 32gb but not before a review

  • Allen

    I ordered the nexus at around 1230 Pacific time and said it would ship the Nov 8th. I got a confirmation saying it shipped yesterday :)

    • allen

      Damn should have reread before posting haha oh well