New Nexus phone rumors name launch details: pricing, availability

By this point, the upcoming Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P have managed to reveal what sure feels like nearly all of their secrets, and recent leaks have brought us numerous looks at the hardware, along with providing us detailed technical info. But for as much as we’ve learned about the phones themselves, questions have still surrounded just how this pair will arrive. Today we pick up some new intel about how sales for this year’s Nexus phones might get underway, including an answer to maybe the biggest unknown hanging over their release: pricing.

Well, for pricing, at least, we’re only hearing about one handset right now, but it’s still maybe the most important figure we’ve been waiting for: the Nexus 5X should start selling at just about $380.

Presumably that’s the 16GB model, with a 32GB storage option going for a slight premium (maybe $430, total). Update: We’ve got a figure for the Nexus 6P, as well, with sales tipped to start at $500.

As for sales, we’re told that the carriers will be sitting things out, and the only way you’ll be able to get your hands on a Nexus 5X or a Nexus 6P is by ordering online – likely straight from Google. It’s possible other retailers may be involved, but right now it’s sounding like this could be a Google Store exclusive. Carrier support is still supposed to be broad, with the phones working on all the major networks (and we wouldn’t be surprised to learn of some Project Fi action at some point), but you just won’t likely find the new Nexus phones in any carrier retail stores.

Source: Android Police 1,2

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