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Could Google’s new Nexus 5 powerhouse cost as little at $349? It seems so, based on a brief appearance of the phone on Google Play. Lenovo is trying Android in a laptop while Dell has a pair of new Android tablets using Intel chips.

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Google appears ready to launch the Nexus 5 smartphone with a low $349 price tag. The information appeared online briefly this week, either as an accident or a planned leak and was spotted by Engadget. Either way, if that’s the price for a 16 GB Nexus 5 without contract, it will be a great deal.

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The expected specifications indicate that Google’s Nexus 5, a showcase device for Android 4.4, will meet or exceed those of currently available flagship smartphones. Qualcomm’s 2.3 GHz Snapdragon 800, a 4.95-inch 1080p display, 8 megapixel camera with optical image stabilization, 2 GB of memory and wireless charging are all anticipated.

Considering most smartphones with similar hardware cost $650 or more without subsidy, $349 for a 16 GB model would be very attractive for consumers, particularly with carriers such as T-Mobile and Sprint who offer a discount on monthly service for customers that bring their own device or pay separately for their phone.

Those looking to use Android on laptop have a new option: This week, Lenovo introduced its A10, a 10.1-inch notebook with 1366 x 768 resolution running Android 4.2. Pricing and availability details are scare as Lenovo says both will vary by region. Lenovo chose RockChip’s 1.6 GHz quad-core RK3188 to power the laptop, which runs for 9 hours on a charge.

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The company created custom “laptop mode” software complete with an app launcher and file manager. In “stand mode”, the A10’s screen rotates 300 degrees from its full-sized keyboard for a tablet-like touch experience.

While we’ll have to wait for the A10, there’s no more waiting for Dell’s newest Android tablets. The Venue 7 and 8 are both available on Dell’s site, starting at $149 and $179, respectively. Both slates run on Intel’s dual-core Atom processor with Intel HD graphics. Each uses a 1280 x 800 screen, 2 GB of RAM and come with 16 GB of storage to start.

  1. This “mistake” was a PR leak to shut up the people claiming there will be a re-release of last year’s Nexus 4 to take the “low end” pricing and that this year’s Nexus 5 would be priced up to $500. This brief “accidental” Google Play posting was Google’s way of saying STFU on both ridiculous rumors.

    $349 for 16GB Nexus 5 is actually the same price for 16GB as last year’s Nexus 4 — but with 5″ 1080p, smaller body, Snapdragon 800, multiple LTE bands, pentaband HSPA+, CDMA (for the “North America” Nexus5), and 8MP OIS camera.

    So, if the 16GB is still $349, then the new 32GB will probably be $399?

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  2. That’s pretty slick!

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